Archive for the 'China' Category

HA! HA! FOOLED YOU…!

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

[Update @ 1507: From AMH at Berry Plastics — I work for Berry Plastics. If you visit our website, you will see that we disclose our manufacturing locations. We have over 75 locations, of which the majority are located in the U.S. The bowl you mentioned is truly made in the U.S.A. at our Lawrence, […]

WEIRD WALMART HAPPENINGS IN CHINA…

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

OK, so maybe not weird, but definitely worthy of head scratching. Chinese workers are loosing fingers and hand working at foot pedal-powered equipment and a group of students and scholars is demanding that Walmart fix the problem. Huh? From SACOM: Retail chain giant Wal-Mart Stores has launched an investigation into the alleged hazardous working conditions […]

Very subtle vegetarian propaganda.

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

A whole bunch of pictures from what purports to be inside a Chinese Walmart showed up in my inbox this morning. [I don’t doubt their authenticity, but there is simply no way for me to confirm it.] My correspondent was sickened by them. Me? Not so much. The pictures reminded me of what has come […]

CHINA STRIKES, CHEAP PLASTIC CRAP IN PERIL…

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The Communist leadership of China believe that they can flirt with Capitalism and remain true to Chairman Mao’s principles. Perhaps they can, but as recent labor unrest demonstrates, when bosses get wealthy, workers get pissed. From the BBC: Industrial unrest has been spreading through China’s factories, with strikes breaking out in the south, east and […]

SUICIDE PAYMENTS…?

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

No, the suicides at Foxconn do not directly involve Walmart, but I cannot help but suggest that the global race to the bottom to make sure Americans have ever cheaper toys they don’t need is part of the greater culture of which Walmart is the retail icon. There is an aspect I was not aware […]

ARE THE LIGHTS IN THE TUNNEL GOING OUT…?

Monday, June 7th, 2010

If you were to do a search of phrases on The Writing On The Wal, I would expect that no phrase has been repeated more times — specially by me — than cheap plastic crap from China. Well, guess what, the run may be going dark. Economists are suggesting that the the flow of cheap […]

10 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF WHAT…?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Walmart Asia CEO Scott Price said at a summit in Beijing that Wal-Mart plans to add 10 million square feet of retailing space in China this year. OK, but 10 million square feet of what? Supercenters, Sam’s Clubs? Neighborhood Markets? Smart Choices? Price apparently didn’t offer those detail,s but 10 million square feet sure sounds […]

The workers I forget about.

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

We had Nelson Lichtenstein on campus Thursday night. I thought he was going to give the Retail Revolution (out in paperback in about a month), but he actually covered a lot more than Walmart. It’s going to be hard for me to do justice to a complex argument, but I made sure I’d remember at […]

IS CHEAP PLASTIC CRAP FROM INDIA BETTER…?

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

America may have allowed Walmart to lead it so far into the black hole that is imports that there is no may be no escape because American dollars have created two economic giants in Asia: China and India. It doesn’t matter where the cheap plastic comes from. The net effect is the same, minority economic […]

CHEAP PLASTIC MEATY CRAP FROM CHINA…

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

According to Snopes, this email meme is at least three years old — having popped up there in August 2007 — but it popped up in my inbox this morning as one of the many pieces forwarded to me From My Dad. Snopes says the status of the email is: undetermined. But why the feck […]

WALMART POISONING CHINESE…?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

I’ve lost track of all the cheap-plastic-crap-from-China-harming-the-health-of-Americans stories we have written here, so when one about Walmart selling illegal foods in China that threaten the health of Chinese is posted, my eyes light up. From China CSR: According to a report released by the global environmental organization Greenpeace, the U.S.-based retail giant Wal-Mart has been […]

STIMULUS DEMAND FOR 2M JOBS IN CHINA…

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

In the Walmart Nation we have a patriotic duty to buy enough cheap plastic crap from China so that the terrorists don’t win. We took the red pill more than a year ago, but it doesn’t seem to be working. Maybe we need to stop relying on pharmaceuticals? From the BBC: China is facing a […]

WALMART, LI AND FUNG…

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

I wrote earlier about Walmart’s announcement that it had agreed to a strategic alliance (don’t you just love the geopoliticalness of that phrase?) with Hong Kong based Li & Fung. More information is coming out as analysts consider the ramifications of the deal. From Andrew White: The intent is that Wal-Mart is moving closer to […]

WALMART IS POISONING OUR CHILDREN…

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

How many times do Chinese manufacturers — purely in the name of profit — have to make and market poisoned toys in through Walmart before parents get a clue and just say no to cheap plastic — and poisoned — crap from China? From the Los Angeles Times: For China’s low-cost jewelry makers, it was […]

FEAR THE PANDA…

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

One of the hallmarks of a first-rate industrial nation is the export finished goods. In the 19th century it was England at the top. In much of the 20th century it was the United States and most recently Germany, that was king of the export hill. No longer. From the BBC: China’s exports rose 17.7% […]