Archive for the 'Competitors' Category

WALMART NO LONGER LARGEST RETAILER…

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Walmart is no longer king of the hill in the retailer universe, and the Bentonvile Behemoth didn’t lose that coveted spot to Amazon. No, the new behemoth is China’s Alibaba Group. There is no hint of this at present, but I have to wonder if the retailer famous for importing cheap plastic crap from China […]

WALMART VS. THE HORSEMEAT STORE…?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

We’ve written endlessly here about Walmart’s meat department, but the news this morning that Walmart is facing a crisis from the German food chain Aldi, infamous for packaging horsemeat as beef, is ironic. Hayley Peterson, reporting for Business Insider in ‘The worst storm in retail history’ is heading straight for Walmart… writes: Two highly competitive […]

CAN WALMART TRAIN-DOWN STAFF LEVELS…?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Tim Worstall is becoming one of my favorite writers on Walmart. We are polar opposites on the level of the 60 Minutes Point/Counterpoint duo of James J. Kilpatrick and Nicholas von Hoffman, but Worstall does get a conversation going. Like this one headlined: Walmart Is Changing Its Labor Model: How Many Workers Will Lose Their […]

WALMART VS. AMAZON VS. JET; WHO WINS…?

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

There is nothing Nature, or business, hates more than two of anything. Monopolies are the gold standard, but having just two entities, going head-to-head, is an abomination. So, that a third company would challenge Walmart and Amazon in what I think is the future of retailing, was to be expected. Sarah Halzack decided to do […]

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 […]

JET CHASING AMAZON (AND WALMART)…

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Back on 21 July I noted the entrance of Jet in the online brawl that is Walmart and Amazon. While media are focused on Amazon, Walmart is the business elephant in the fight. My sense is that Amazon and Jet are already focused on a more upscale base, one that can afford to subscribe to […]

WHY IS AMAZON WORTH MORE THAN WALMART…?

Friday, July 31st, 2015

That’s a good question in my book. To me this question would be like an 18th century investor pondering the question of whether his money would be better placed with a Spanish slave trader or a Portuguese slave trader. From my point-of-view, if you have money to invest, put that money elsewhere entirely, but Ben […]

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 […]

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. […]

ANALYZING THE WALMART V. AMAZON WAR…

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

When the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 retailers butt heads, Wall Street pays attention. We may be witnessing a tipping point here but I’m not willing to predict which way the market will fall because the of the bricks-and-mortar vs. shipping costs equation is not yet decided. How the government finally settle the issues […]

FECK…! AMAZON OUT WALMART’S WALMART…!

Friday, July 24th, 2015

For years I’ve told people I write about Walmart because, while the Bentonvile Behemoth is certainly not the only retail monster on the block, Walmart has been the biggest monster. No longer. The retail king has lost its crown. Amazon.com’s market value whizzed past that of Walmart in after-hours trading Thursday, as investors increased their […]

WALMART, AMAZON AND JET…? OH MY…!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Just when the grudge match between Walmart and Amazon is heating up, a third contestant, Jet, dives in swinging. Sarah Halzack, in Jet is here. Let the price wars begin for The Washington Post writes: After months of testing and tweaking, the e-commerce start-up Jet.com opened its digital storefront on Tuesday, marking the official kickoff […]

WALMART AND AMAZON DESERVE EACH OTHER…

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

If there is a company I dislike as much as Walmart then the winner of that distinction is Amazon. So, I take perverse delight when the two monsters face off in grudge matches. Wal-Mart is the biggest retailer in the world with $482 billion in annual sales, making it five times as large as its […]

HOW WALMART FIGHTS BELOW THE BORDER…

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

San Antonio, Texas-based grocer H-E-B has long competed with Walmart in Texas, but 18 years ago, after Walmart took a six-year lead by forming an alliance with Mexican retailer Grupo Cifra, H-E-B followed the Bentonvile Behemoth into Mexico and got a taste of a more free-style kind of competition. Neal Morton in H-E-B takes battle […]

HAS WALMART BITTEN OFF TO MUCH TO CHEW…?

Friday, April 17th, 2015

People can live without cheap plastic crap from China, but they still need to eat. This may have been the realization that lead Walmart to create the Super Center, a larger version of the traditional store that sells both cheap plastic crap from China and food. Trying to be all things to all people however, […]