Archive for the 'Target' Category

At least we exchange e-mails with the nice folks at Edelman every once in a while.

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

“Target Tells a Blogger to Go Away.”

Why let logic stand in the way of all those convenient preconceptions?

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

The Ludwig Von Mises Institute, helpful libertarians that they are, have published an article that respectfully suggests that our blog (among other such Wal-Mart-related efforts) adopt a broader focus: Shopping at Wal-Mart’s competitors is apparently fine just as long as one doesn’t shop at Wal-Mart itself. Ever. No reason is given for this singling out […]


Saturday, December 29th, 2007

When I was in high school I played on the chess team. We lost a series against another team and as a joke we made the announcement that we’d come in second place while the oppossing team had only managed to land a next-to-last spot. That’s how I read a CNNMoney story about Wal-Mart and […]


Friday, October 12th, 2007

If you scan the business news over the last 24 hours or so, you’d think that Wal-Mart’s financial report yesterday heralded the second coming of Ronald Reagan. But a (Motley in this case) Fool has taken a deep breath… And ponders why everyone is going ga-ga over the Bentonville behemoth? A single month of sales […]


Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Sometimes great minds think alike but the results can be radically different; as AdWeek found when it compared the back-to-college campaigns run by Target and Wal-Mart. The results were all too predictable, but instructive nonetheless. By most accounts, one of the smartest moves a marketer can make is to solicit, and interact with, consumers’ comments […]

Would this happen at Target?

Monday, September 17th, 2007

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: An off-duty Clayton County police officer trying to detain a shoplifter was ignored and assaulted when she requested assistance from the public, according to recent news reports. Officer Sue Bennett was shopping at Wal-Mart on Jonesboro Road when a cashier called out to a woman attempting to leave without paying for […]

The Unspeakable R-word

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

I’ve been claiming that we are in the beginning of a recession recently, but apparently no one has been listening. The best we get from the business community is a “slow down” for the rest of the year. So some random evidence from the sector we track (retail): Tween Brands Inc. , a clothing and […]


Friday, May 18th, 2007

In ecology carrying capacity and limiting factors help to determine the health of any functioning ecosystem and the populations it contains. If any one population grows too large and upsets the ecosystem, causing die-off in other populations. When Nature works, the ecosystem self-corrects and rapidly reduces the rogue population. While I’m no social Darwinist, there […]

The BBC American Interview (Part 2)

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

BBCAmerican talks about movie downloads the new computerized scheduling system in the second part of our interview with him. If you missed the first part of our blog-to-blog interview with the man “Behind the Counter” you can find it here. His original of this post is here. *** This question was one of the ones […]

Advice to Wal-Mart

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Jack Trout gives free advice to Wal-Mart in this Forbes magazine article. What is missing in all these articles [concerning Ms. Roehm and her short career at WM] is an analysis of whether or not Wal-Mart can or should change. I’ve written in the past that once a brand has established itself in the value […]

Dynamists for Sprawl

Monday, December 11th, 2006

If you take one argument from a very long list of complaints and blow it up to mythic proportions, does that make it a red herring? A pink herring, perhaps? Here is Virginia Postrel of the Dynamist blog fame from a piece called “In Praise of Chain Stores” in the Atlantic of all place: Stores […]

The Walmart Zeitgeist

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

The tone of stories about Walmart has settled into a pattern. The business press is concerned with their “lackluster” performance, for example: Holiday price wars: Round 1 to Wal-Mart Moreover, Wal-Mart’s been plagued by weak monthly sales growth at its stores open at least a year, also known as same-store sales. This is a key […]

Target Corp. Rises on Berkshire News

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Business wizard Warren Buffet caused a flurry today when he revealed that he has taken a stake in Target. Story Berkshire Hathaway’s stake in Target was worth $268.8 million as of June 30, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing dated Oct. 30. Monday’s filing is the first to name Berkshire’s holdings in Target, […]


Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Jonathan wrote yesterday about Just-In-Time employment at Wal Mart. Today the New York Times weighs in with an editorial about how the Bentonvile Behemoth is cutting the only thing left to cut: workers’ wages. There are distressing signs that Wal-Mart may be acting on many of the ideas outlined in an internal document — leaked […]


Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Some of us remember the days of what were called Gas Wars: competing gas stations dropping prices, sometimes several times an hour, to out sell their competitors. Radio stations covered the wars with a sense of excitement akin to high school football. It seems now that Wal Mart’s announcement of a $4/month plan for some […]