Archive for the 'Technology' Category


Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I’m truly scratching my head over why Walmart would want to team up with Oodle to compete with Craig’s list in a limited number of categories. You’ll find houses, cars and a cobalt blue casserole dish on the Oodle site, but you won’t find: Alcoholic beverages and tobacco; animals, plants and insects that are regulated […]

Walmart could leave your pants if it wanted.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

So we know Walmart wants to tag individual items of clothing, even if it means they could track you with it after you leave the store. The RFID Journal Blog asks, “Why isn’t Walmart killing the tags:” A member of my staff told me it didn’t makes sense for Wal-Mart Stores to tag clothing and […]

“Wal-Mart wants to get into your pants”

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Yes, as a matter of fact, that is the scariest headline ever. It’s discussing Walmart’s new plans to put RFID tags on individual items of clothing rather than just pallets of items. Here’s the potential privacy problem: “This is a first piece of a very large and very frightening tracking system,” said Katherine Albrecht, director […]

Don’t pull a Don Henley.

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

If Barenaked Ladies play the Walmart annual meeting, I’ve got two albums that I’m going to have to destroy.

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]