Archive for the 'Citizen Groups' Category

WALMART UNSHELVES ASSAULT WEAPONS…

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Nearly 40 years ago I seriously considered buying an AR-15, the civilian, semi-automatic version of the M-16, but not for varmint hunting. I was a 20-something card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association with an attitude. Good sense prevailed and I spent my $300 elsewhere. Conspiracy aficionados notwithstanding there simply is no good reason to […]

SAM’S CLUB WANTS TO GO UPSCALE…?

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

I learned a fact about Walmart today that I never knew before: households earning $45,000 a year are the Bentonvile Behemoths sweet spot. Not coincidentally, I’m sure, the most recent figure (2013) for the median household income in the Unites States s $51,939. So, Walmart wants to low-ball the median by just a skosh. Sam’s […]

WHAT IS LIBERALIZING WALMART SHOPPERS…?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The demographic of the Weekly Walmart Shopper is politically changing, and not in the direction you might think. The person shopping at Walmart on a weekly bases is more likely to African American or Hispanic and liberal or moderate than just a few years ago. What is driving this change? John Zogby, in The Dramatic […]

NEW YORKERS POLLED ON WALMART…

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Are politicians, and their Union backers, depriving New York City residents of the joys and benefits of shopping at Walmart. A poll taken by Quinnipiac University seems to make that case. Greg David, reporting in Despite everything, New Yorkers want Wal-Mart in city for Crain’s New York Business writes: I had taken a vow not […]

WALMART ICE CREAM WON’T MELT…?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Before I get to the real story here, I have to share Walmart’s response as to why one of the company’s Great Value ice cream sandwiches didn’t melt after 12 hours out-of-doors in a Southern Ohio summer. Here’s what Walmart spokescritter Danit Marquardt said: Ice cream melts based on the ingredients, including cream. Ice cream […]

WALMART’S SALES-TAX CON SETTLED…

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

I first wrote about Walmart’s policy of calculating sales tax refunds based on the tax rate at the store where a return is made and not the tax rate at the store where the sale is made back in 2009. I recognize that on balance, a customer may be as likely to receive a higher […]

CAN UGLY BECOME A TREND AT WALMART…?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

A week-ago Sunday, John Oliver schooled Americans on he obscene amount of food that we throw away because we don’t think the fruits and vegetables are pretty enough. Earlier this week Jordan Figueiredo, founder of @UglyFruitandVeg and Stefanie Sacks, author of What the Fork Are You Eating? launched an online petition calling on Walmart and […]

WALMART LATE-SHIFT SHUT-DOWNS GROW…

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

How do you lay off employees without laying off employees? Well, shrinking hours can help. By whacking off 25 percent of the hours they are open, Walmart Supercenters reduce the number of employees they need to operate. The reduction will be less than 25 percent, the store will still have stocking personnel working behind the […]

IS WALMART V. AMAZON ALL ABOUT SEX TOYS…?

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Of course, Mac McClelland nailed this story more than three years ago, but to be fair to Walmart, the company does sell sex toys online, although in a slightly more discreet manner. And dildos. Really, a staggering number of dildos. At breaks, some of my coworkers complain that they have to handle so many dildos. […]

WALMART MAKES A BUSINESS DECISION…

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

This story about Elaine Glidewell and a class ring she ordered from a Walmart in Forth Smith, Arkansas, is why I don’t get all warm and fuzzy when Walmart takes a right action. Brian Nick, spokesman for Walmart, told FoxNews.com Glidewell was denied the ring because her transaction came after the retailer made a “business […]

WHO BUYS BETTER-QUALITY AT WALMART…?

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Walmart’s re-invigoration of the Made in the USA campaign has attracted attention downunder where writer Nick Carey thinks: Wal-Mart is taking its ‘Made in America’ initiative to the extreme. (Not really, to be fair, headlines are almost never written by reporters but by someone on the copy desk with a click-bait mandates.) What caught my […]

DID CHUCK NETZHAMMER SET WALMART UP…?

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

When I first heard the story of Walmart refusing to make a cake decorated with the Confederate battle flag but then agreeing to create an ISIS battle flag in icing I immediately thought of James O’Keefe and Andrew Breitbart because the timing and pitch-perfect flackiness of the affair were just too clean. Given votes in […]

BATTLE FOR WALMART IN LOUISVILLE…?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Walmart has a history of astroturfing. Readers will recall the stories of Working Families For Walmart, Walmarting Across America and other Edelman shenanigans. So, when I came across this story about the continuing battle over building a Walmart in Louisville, Kentucky, my bullshit meter twitched: More than a dozen [my count is 15, JH] people […]

WALMART NOT OUT TO BE OFFENSIVE…

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Under the free speech and free press provisions of the First Amendment of our Constitution, we all have the right to be offensive, and, as a rabid defender of the First Amendment, I will even defend anyone’s right to be offensive. That does not mean however, that I, or anyone, has an obligation to support […]

WALMART’S MADE IN USA CHINA LABELS…

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

I remember hearing a—false—story when I was a child that the Japanese had renamed one of their cities Usa so that they could stamp products made there as Made In USA. As I discovered this morning, there is a Usa, Japan but the small city is not a export scam. Besides, marketers don’t need a […]