Archive for the 'Doug McMillon' Category

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 […]

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE WALMART EMPIRE

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

So, we’ve written hundreds of posts about the Walton family, their peers and their hirelings, but we’ve never focused on the people the way the folks at The Walmart 1%, The People Behind The Walmart Empire. Who, sadly, were these bloggers? The Walmart 1% was a project of Making Change At Walmart, (who took notice […]

IS DOUG MCMILLON WORTH $19.8 MILLION…?

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

The short answer is, of course, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon is worth exactly what the (newly reshuffled) board says he is worth. Still, you think they might be aware of how the peasants (sometimes known as stock holders) are faring with all the, internal and external, changes the company is dealing with and tone down […]

KATRINA HIT ONCE, WALMART HITS 24/7/365…

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

We did what we could here in Cleveland to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Walmart chipped in as well. On the 10th anniversary of New Orleans nearly disappearing, Walmart wants to feel good again and thinks that $5 million dollars a year for five years, spread across the whole globe, is […]

SO, DOUG MCMILLON’S WHOLE PACKAGE IS…

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Yesterday, in WHAT INCOME INEQUALITY LOOKS LIKE…, I wrote about the wage gap between some employees, like Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, and business owners, like the Koch Brothers, and called that gap a difference that doesn’t make a difference. Dodd-Frank, passed five years ago in the wake of the Republican induced Great Recession of 2008, […]

WHAT INCOME INEQUALITY LOOKS LIKE…

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Earlier this morning I wrote: What the Koch brothers really want, what most people in the same league as the Koch brothers always want, are more game tokens. That is what life is to the sociopaths, a vast, nearly exclusive game designed to give meaning and worth to people whose lives are meaningless without the […]

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 […]

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 […]

DARTH CEO MCMILLON IS ON THE WRONG SIDE…

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Even a man as apparently savvy as Doug McMillon can reach too far. Assuming the Jedi mantle and encouraging Walmart workers to think of themselves as members of the Rebel Alliance was one such reach. Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon wants his 2.2 million employees to summon their inner Hans Solo, Chewbacca, and Princess Leia to […]

JUSTIN BIEBER IS NOT WALMART’S PROBLEM…

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Yesterday I wrote about Walmart’s intention to raise thermostats (controlled from Bentonville) a single degree to take the chill off workers. The company also magnanimously pronounced that the music of Celine Dion and Justin Bieber were off the play list. Activists say they applaud the company’s efforts to improve working conditions for U.S. employees—policy changes […]

WALMART BOOTS DION AND BIEBER…

Friday, June 5th, 2015

The few times I have shopped at a Walmart—I think the last time may have been in July of 2010—I have never noticed the music playing in the background. This may be a result of learning to tune out hideous store music (particularly during the holidays season) when I worked discount retail in the ’70s. […]

WALMART CRANKS UP THE HEAT, FOR WORKERS…

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Henry Ford was an evil, anti-Semitic feck, but he was an evil, anti-Semitic feck who knew on which side his bread was buttered. CEO Doug McMillon may also be an evil feck—the jury remains in deliberations on that point—but for unclear, possibly mixed motives he appears to be making many good decisions for workers like […]

WHO IS BOB WITECK…?

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

While the furor and threatened boycotts regarding Walmart’s very public stand against anti-gay legislation in Arkansas—and generally in other states—aren’t going away anytime soon, we are beginning to learn more about what lead to the important decision, like what did a many by the name of Bob Witeck have to do with Doug McMillon’s decision? […]

WHEN GOOD PEOPLE ABANDON SHIP…

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

After listening to Diane Rehm’s discussion on Friday, I had a new thought—for me, at least—about why Walmart decided to raise wages. For the past eight years, as a result of The Great Recession, Walmart has enjoyed access to a labor pool that prior to 2008 would have thought working at Walmart was the last […]

SPREADING THE GOAT ENTRAILS…

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Everyone, myself included, is reading the tea leaves on Walmart’s decision to raise base pay for half-a-million workers. Bloomberg Business reporter Dashiell Bennett thinks a better economy and a corresponding increase in jobs not so bad as working at Walmart lies at the core of the argument. I don’t. Last month, Walmart made headlines by […]