Archive for the 'Economics' Category

COULD STOP-WALMART EFFORT HAVE WORKED…?

Friday, July 8th, 2016

I can’t begin to count the number of stories I’ve read about citizen groups failing to stop a Walmart being built in their community. Stopping a Walmart is like stopping a Tsunami. So much so that I have given groups that have contacted me about how they might be successful little to no hope for […]

WALMART FIRST, WORKERS LAST…

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

If you’re going to hang the greater part of your very existence to selling cheap plastic crap from China to Americans then cutting out the cost of shipping by selling cheap plastic crap from China in China makes perfect sense. That has been part of Walmart’s strategy for 20 years. There have been bumps in […]

APPLES AND ORANGES IN THE JOB MARKET…

Monday, July 4th, 2016

There are two tasks that all politicians like to be able to boast success about: making the lives of voters safer and making the lives of voters more prosperous. The latter often involves the promise of jobs. Lots of jobs. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo made such a promise and as New York Times […]

JUST WHAT STOCKS ARE THE WALTONS BUYING…?

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Years ago I worked as executive editor of a small, family owned publishing house. I learned a lot there from the owner who, while he did not match his financial success, did share what I think of as many of the good qualities of Sam Walton. I remember a conversation we had once regarding Wall […]

MADE IN ‘MERICA, YEAH…!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

As a child in the early ’60s, at a time when the label Made In Japan was looked upon with scorn, I remember a meme (almost certainly malicious and false) that those wily Japanese had renamed one of their cities Usa so that they might flood our markets with cheap (mostly tin rather than plastic) […]

WHO YOU GONNA CALL…?

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

This is exactly why I leave very little money on any card that has electronic access to my reserves, and that’s on my bank card. I can’t imagine being at the mercy of cards controlled by retailers not under the jurisdiction of the FDIC and bank regulators (yeah I know, don’t laugh to hard, but […]

BAD GOVERNMENT, BUT GOOD BUSINESS…?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Way back in 2006 Walmart fired a serious shot across the bows of the Bentonvile Behemoths pharmacy competitors by announcing $4/month prices on a wide range of generic pharmaceuticals. Of course there were twists and turns, but the company pushed ahead. Now Walmart seems intent on taking a further step in the price war for […]

SO, WHAT INTERESTS MY READERS…

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Occasionally I like to look back and see what readers of The Writing On The Wal find most interesting. The list below shows the top of the list for the past five years. I always get a chuckle at No. 1. Does Walmart do such a horrible job of letting employees know about company policies […]

TIME TO STRIKE THE BANNERS AT WALMART…?

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

The business world is all abuzz over Walmart’s announcement of a two-day shipping subscription service targeted directly at Amazon’s Prime service. I don’t like buying from Amazon anymore than I do from Walmart for a variety of reasons, but the main reason focuses on the company’s use of ginormous warehouses in obscure communities where workers […]

WALMART OUT SHINES THE HEAVENS…

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

I attended Colorado State University back in 1975 and I have fond memories of the brilliant night skies once you got away from the light pollution of Fort Collins. Seeing those stars gets more difficult with each coming year and, some residents of Pagosa Springs believes, each coming Walmart. A Walmart parking lot is a […]

WALMART HAS ANOTHER ASK FOR VENDORS…

Monday, May 9th, 2016

When Walmart needs to slash costs the Bentonvile Behemoth turns first to the serfs who till the fields vendors that supply product for the company’s shelves. Why divert any of the stockholders’ profits when others can be made to pay? Why indeed. In the ongoing struggle with Amazon for online parity, if not dominance, Walmart […]

BLAH, BLAH, NEW WALMART, BLAH, BLAH, NO…!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Yeah, that’s how I feel after writing about Walmart, and protests by local residents when the Bentonvile Behemoth threatens to come to town, for more than a decade. The Writing On The Wal, nee No Cleveland Walmart, began as just one such protest in the Spring of 2005 and over the years communities have reached […]

WALMART’S 21ST CENTURY LINK TO SLAVERY…

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Yes, I know, Walmart is not the only bad actor in this story. The headline on Jane Reed’s story—Wal-Mart, Sysco And Fancy Feasts May Be Getting Their Products From Slaves clearly tells the reader that the link goes beyond the Bentonvile Behemoth. Reed goes further in the body of her story to list The supply […]

WOULD YOU TAKE A WAL-JOB FOR $149,000…?

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Forbes contributor Panos Mourdoukoutas, writing in Who Earns $149,000 In Walmart? answers the question: techies. Walmart has a reputation for paying very little money to its low-skill floor employees. But it pays big money to recruit and retain talent for its eCommerce division, where starting salaries can be as high as $149,000 a year, according […]

WHAT $1,000 GETS WALMART…

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The headline on a story this morning informs us that Wal-Mart Donates $1,000 To Local Charities, Through Community Foundation Of The Lake. Good on you Walmart, you get a tax write off and good press for your $1,000 (which might be what? a nanosecond’s worth of sales?) but what about your workers who continue to […]