Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Is life for Walmart workers about to get a lot worse?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Remember computerized scheduling? Of course you do, as most of you have to live with its implications every day. Now that it’s fully implemented I hear it’s already destroyed morale (at least in the Pueblo area). Here’s another Walmart tech story: Some guy at Fortune thinks Walmart has just signed on to implement a new […]

THANK GOODNESS FOR SIMPLICITY…

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I first wrote about Walmart’s experiments with drive-through shopping back in December. The idea is that shoppers could order online and then — 8-12 business days later (WTF?) — pick up there order at the Walmart drive-through. So how’s that working in a test store in Mount Prospect, Illinois? From the Chicago Tribune: The drive-through […]

CAN WALMART GET ALONG WITH HOLLYWOOD…?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

I wrote yesterday about the Walmart VUDU deal. It took a New York minute for the skeptics to take a close look and begin to scratch their heads. I agree that Walmart has a pitiful track record with plans not involving discounts resulting from bullying its suppliers. From Financial Skeptic: Wal-Mart has done very well […]

WALMART VUDU DEAL DONE…

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

First there was John Rockefeller’s lurking Standard Oil octopus and later Sam Walton’s raging many-limbed retail monster. Reading the news this morning concerning Walmart’s expansion into online video with the purchase of Vudu (previously). I have a 21st century image of Walmart: the creepy Japanese anime tentacle monster. From Techland: It was made official Monday […]

“Living at Walmart.”

Friday, January 29th, 2010

I’ll concede that this is funny (but they’re still has-beens).

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Personally, I plan on cremation.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

I can’t remember if we even covered the Walmart casket news, but I’ll certainly cover this. Via Boing Boing:

But I don’t want to join Facebook!!!

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Yet I really want to read this: Wal-Mart’s Facebook page administrator has been regularly posting updates and responding to wall posts. It recently launched a new charity-related application—something that worked wonders for Target’s Facebook page—and another app to promote holiday gifts. Wal-Mart is also encouraging employee interaction on the page. With 1.4 million employees in […]

HOW MANY YEARS DID THIS TAKE…?

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The wires are flooded that Walmart is emulating to emulate on-line powerhouse Amazon by offering products from other vendors. It’s a smart move since it costs essentially nothing and harvests free money just lying around on the Internet. From the San Francisco Chronicle: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has launched an addition to its online business that […]

THREADED REPLIES AT WRITING ON THE WAL…

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Those writing comments will notice that, thanks to our web sorceress, we now have threaded replies. This means that regardless of the time a reply is posted, it will appear immediately beneath the comment you reply to. This will be a great boon for me, at least. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

WALMART VS. GREEN DAY… REAX…

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

The Walmart-Is-Censoring-Green-Day meme is grabbing traction but there’s no merit in the claim. Freedom of the press belongs to the person who owns the press. There is no censorshipt here. Here’s a sampling of the 549,000 Google hits on the story. Green Day lashes out at Wal-Mart policy Green Day: Wal-Mart not in 21st century […]

I’M WITH WALMART ON THIS ONE…

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

The musicians of Green Day have their panties in a bunch because Walmart has declined to carry their CD unless the group remixes the songs so that they don’t earn a Parental Warning label. That’s Walmart’s right as a retailer. Their store, their rules. [G]uitarist Mike Dirnt said: “As the biggest record store in the […]

BREAKING WALMART NEWS FROM TWITTER…

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Do you Twit err. Tweet? I did for about three weeks and then I figured out that it was about as useful as an ethics manual at a public relations agency. We build our communities through our conversations, but not like this: From Business Week: Twitter is already becoming one of the first places people […]

CAN WALMART OUT AMAZON AMAZON…?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Walmart is not Amazon. It’s that simple, but Walmart executives don’t believe that. Walmart has inventory and buildings where customers shop and employees who clean and those buildings. Amazon doesn’t. And that means they don’t have to pay for all of that. The dinosaur, the mammal and the hyper-mammal are set for a race. From […]

MAKING BILLIONS… TWO CENTS AT A TIME…

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Back on tax day I posted the blogger at Durango Texas’ lament that Walmart was purposefully stealing his two cents. Now another blogger has commented on his initial post with a detailed account of how the process works, like the house in any casino… Always in Walmart’s favor. Stephen writes: The Associated Press, among others, […]