Archive for the 'England' Category

COULD WALMART MAKE UGLY THE NEW CUTE…?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

[Update on 13 July @ 0600: Suzanne Goldenberg, writes Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests.] While I was in college I volunteered at the local food co-op once a week in exchange for a discount on food I bought there. I stocked shelves, sliced and wrapped cheese and performed […]

VOLUNTARILY EAT FOOD FROM WALMART…?

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

I’ll say up front that Tim Worstall has found a better way to make a living with his journalistic skills than I have. He managed to turn his blogging skills into a regular gig for Forbes while there are moths circling my mailbox for all the offers I’ve had. Having said that, I’ll take my […]

WHAT DOES TOO PROMOTIONAL MEAN…?

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

I’m looking over sales figures released by Walmart and the analysis of same by the BBC. Sales in the United States are down 1.6 percent, but one quote from Andy Bond, chief executive of ASDA, Walmart’s United Kingdom operations, jumped out at me. When reflecting on the fact that ASDA had beaten its sales and […]

THIS IS INSIDIOUS BEYOND COMPARISON…

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

As a magazine editor I dealt with smarmy salespeople trying to convince me that I should drop to my knees and give blowjobs to write positive stories about advertisers. But reading about Walmart’s British division Asada leaves me near speechless. From Brian White at Blogging Stocks: Asda’s demands have been pretty forthright: two pages of […]

AND IN THE OTHER GAZILLION STORES…?

Friday, May 16th, 2008

According to the Financial Times: Wal-Mart says it will be pursuing a “passion for fresh and delicious food” and “the highest level of customer service” in small neighbourhood grocery stores – its first new format for a decade. And in it’s other stores? This is a classic public relations gaffe. By implying that its Marketside […]

Walmart Continues to Expand – Elsewhere

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Britain: Retailer Plans Expansion The retailer Asda Group, a unit of Wal-Mart Stores, unveiled a $776 million expansion that it said would create more than 9,000 jobs this year. Asda plans to open as many as 22 stores and build 12 extensions, totaling 800,000 square feet, after attracting two million new customers last year. No […]

Union Busting

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

There are a number of stories involving the union movement today. The big story is from GM which just closed the year on their biggest loss ever. Their solution is to offer all hourly (that is UAW) members a buyout package. Wall Street has gone crazy over the prospect of a union free GM. It […]

A PEAK BEHIND THE CURTAIN…

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

The events detailed in the three-page memo from Owen Barder are nearly 10 years old and much as changed in the Wal-Mart world, but the story remains instructive of the level of access the company has wielded in the past. And how it might leverage its economic clout in the future. From The Telegraph: Details […]

TWO WORDS NOT TO BE ASSOCIATED…

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Fast forward about six minutes into the news broadcast. Since first communicating with Dr. Subrahmanyam I’ve become fascinated with nuclear Wal-Mart.. I Googled the phrase this morning and came up with more than 1,800 hits. What does it say about the world that people are comfortable with this use? Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Eco poaching

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

It seems that the big chains are poaching the niches created by eco conscious smaller firms. This is from the Guardian: Can supermarkets be green giants? ‘Supermarkets wait and see how a product from an outstanding independent supplier is doing, and if it sells well will “de-list” it without explanation and bring out their own […]

More on Monopsony Power

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

From the Guardian: “Retail Watchdog may be on trail of bullyboys whose threats drive down prices” At last, it is said, competition watchdogs have found the “smoking gun” they have spent years hunting for: hard evidence that the big supermarkets use their muscle to bully suppliers and extract unreasonable price cuts. … The Competition Commission, […]

WHAT BUYING CHEAP PLASTIC CRAP GETS YOU…

Monday, July 16th, 2007

The good news is that Wal-Mart, through it’s British subsidiary Asad, is investigating near-slavery levels of employee abuse in Bangladesh. The bad news is that Wal-Mart through its the focus on prices creates the precise situation that it is investigating. From the Melbourne, Australia Herald Sun: The Guardian quoted a factory owner in Bangladesh, who […]

A Lesson from the UK?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Shareholders lambast M&S over pay Shareholders lambasted Marks & Spencer today for paying its executives — led by Stuart Rose — huge bonuses while being miserly towards its staff on the shop floor. Now why would stockholders want to see employees paid more? Anthony Lytham, a private investor, speaking at today’s annual meeting, said: “There […]

SAINSBURY…? MAYBE… MAYBE NOT…

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

This story is perhaps a little tOo gnomish, but when you’re Wal-Mart, any small financial move threatens whole business sectors. So when a gnome speculates what Wal-Mart might do if a rumor is true, people get on the phones. From Reuters: Asda, the British grocer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., could counterbid for J. Sainsbury should […]

Flogs in the News

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

There has been a great deal made over fake blogs (flogs) in the US. As usual Walmart has been one of the leaders in this brave new world. Apparently the politicians in the EU don’t take as benign an attitude to the practice as in the US. From today’s Times Online Businesses which write fake […]