Archive for the 'Competitors' Category

TARGET IS RIGHT ON TRANS CUSTOMERS…

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

[Because this issue is important, this post is stuck to the top of the blog. Newer stories do appear below. JH] Let Walmart know that you think Target (and others) are right in not discriminating against transgender customers’ use of their bathrooms and that you support Target’s stance by informing Walmart headquarters—via email or phone: […]

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 […]

WALMART’S ONLINE STRUGGLES CONTINUE…

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Two stories popped up this morning that relate to Walmart’s continuing battle to figure out how to transform dominance in bricks-and-mortar retail sales to the same kind of crush-the-competition success in the virtual world of online sales. First up is this report by Madeleine Johnson headlined Walmart’s Unoriginal ShippingPass is Still No Match for Amazon […]

COMMUNITY IN WALMART VS WHOLE FOODS

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Yes, when Walmart finds buying from local or regional vendors economically beneficial, the Bentonvile Behemoth is happy to pump a few pennies (relative to the hundreds of billions going—going—cough to China—elsewhere) in the name of pretending to be a good neighbor. Christopher Kelly, expressing his opinion in Purpose-Driven Companies Must Anchor Community Roots for Forbes […]

IS FLORIDA BECOMING THE CENTER OF HELL…?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Earlier this week I speculated that Walmart’s decision to build eight new distribution centers directly purposed for the expansion of the Bentonvile Behemoths online competition with Amazon was like adding eight rings to Dante’s Inferno. This morning I read the news from Brevard County, Florida, that the county commissioners there voted a $3.74 million tax […]

WALMART BUILDING EIGHT RINGS OF HELL…?

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Over the last few days the news feed has been filled with stories regarding Walmart’s decision to offer a two-day shipping subscription service in the Bentonvile Behemoth’s quest to take down Amazon. This morning, reading Here’s How Walmart Plans To Take On Amazon Prime I came up short at the first sentence of the second […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

CAN HIGH TECH SAVE EVERYDAY LOW PRICES…?

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

In terms of operating costs, virtual trumps bricks-and-mortar. Walmart has invested in, and fought long hard battles for, actual locations where customers have to travel to to buy merchandise. These fixed costs—maintenance, light, heat, employees—add up and are nearly impossible to eliminate. Walmart’s principle competitor, Amazon, has avoided nearly all of these costs by staying […]

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 […]

IS THEIR PROFIT IN CURBSIDE SERVICE…?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Back on Friday I considered the rationals behind Walmart’s expansion to curbside and pickup services for customers who shop on line. Fortune contributor Neil Stern, writing in For CVS And Walmart, Curbside Pickup May Be A Great Idea That Customers Don’t Want asks the most basic question for any business: is there money in the […]

AS LONG AS I DON’T HAVE TO GO INSIDE…?

Friday, April 15th, 2016

[Update at 0400 on 18 April: The Motley Fool weighs in on the service, and points to the costs: Wal-Mart’s efforts to widen its moat against Amazon are admirable, but they’re also expensive. The company invested nearly $1.3 billion in e-commerce expansion in fiscal 2016, up from $1 billion in 2015. It spent another $1.2 […]

IS AMAZON’S LEAD TOO GREAT FOR WALMART…?

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Yesterday I noted that in a list of reasons why Walmart’s revenues didn’t climb in 2015, Amazon is mentioned in 40 percent of the reasons. That’s no coincidence. Amazon is the single greatest threat in the near term to the Walton family fortunes and they fully understand that the company is gunning for Walmart. Walmart […]

WALMART SLIPS TO NO. 3…? HOW…? WHERE…?

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Coming on the news that Walmart is no longer the No. 1 global retailer comes a parallel story that in one market, the Bentonvile Behemoth has dropped to No. 3. There are qualification and plenty of wiggle room, of course, but Katherine Peralta, reporting in Grocery wars: Harris Teeter takes top spot… for The Charlotte […]