Archive for the 'Groceries' Category

COULD STOP-WALMART EFFORT HAVE WORKED…?

Friday, July 8th, 2016

I can’t begin to count the number of stories I’ve read about citizen groups failing to stop a Walmart being built in their community. Stopping a Walmart is like stopping a Tsunami. So much so that I have given groups that have contacted me about how they might be successful little to no hope for […]

AND THE STUPID-CRIMINAL AWARD GOES TO…

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

I don’t often write about crime and Walmart, although I make an exception when bribes are involved, but occasionally a story pops up that is just to hilarious to ignore. Such is the case of Demitichius Justice (I didn’t make that name up). Carol Vaughn, reporting in Wal-Mart meat theft earns man jail time for […]

WALMART AND WILD OATS PARTING WAYS…

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Organic food first appeared on our radar back in October of 2006. Since then, more than 50 stories have come under the organics category. Walmart has always seemed like an unlikely place to buy organic food (akin to buying solar panels from the Peabody Coal company) but I do believe the company is trying. I’ve […]

WALMART’S 21ST CENTURY LINK TO SLAVERY…

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Yes, I know, Walmart is not the only bad actor in this story. The headline on Jane Reed’s story—Wal-Mart, Sysco And Fancy Feasts May Be Getting Their Products From Slaves clearly tells the reader that the link goes beyond the Bentonvile Behemoth. Reed goes further in the body of her story to list The supply […]

IS THEIR PROFIT IN CURBSIDE SERVICE…?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Back on Friday I considered the rationals behind Walmart’s expansion to curbside and pickup services for customers who shop on line. Fortune contributor Neil Stern, writing in For CVS And Walmart, Curbside Pickup May Be A Great Idea That Customers Don’t Want asks the most basic question for any business: is there money in the […]

AS LONG AS I DON’T HAVE TO GO INSIDE…?

Friday, April 15th, 2016

[Update at 0400 on 18 April: The Motley Fool weighs in on the service, and points to the costs: Wal-Mart’s efforts to widen its moat against Amazon are admirable, but they’re also expensive. The company invested nearly $1.3 billion in e-commerce expansion in fiscal 2016, up from $1 billion in 2015. It spent another $1.2 […]

SO, DO SELL DATES IN FACT MEAN ANYTHING…?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Since Jonathan first began posting stories about meat and meat products (don’t you just love that euphemism?] no theme has attracted more comments, even years later, from our readers. This current story, reported by Paul Kiska in Eastlake man shocked to find Walmart packaged meat expired three years ago for WEWS television in Cleveland, has […]

WALMART SLIPS TO NO. 3…? HOW…? WHERE…?

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Coming on the news that Walmart is no longer the No. 1 global retailer comes a parallel story that in one market, the Bentonvile Behemoth has dropped to No. 3. There are qualification and plenty of wiggle room, of course, but Katherine Peralta, reporting in Grocery wars: Harris Teeter takes top spot… for The Charlotte […]

BE FREE CHICKEN LITTLE, BE FREE…!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

So, Walmart, the largest food retailer in the United States (world?) has joined other corporate entities in pledging to only sell eggs from cage-free chickens by 2025. Good on you Walmart, but why in 2025? Why not next year? Perhaps the reason is that not enough egg producers exist for cage-free eggs? For years that […]

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 […]

WALMART ICE CREAM WON’T MELT…?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Before I get to the real story here, I have to share Walmart’s response as to why one of the company’s Great Value ice cream sandwiches didn’t melt after 12 hours out-of-doors in a Southern Ohio summer. Here’s what Walmart spokescritter Danit Marquardt said: Ice cream melts based on the ingredients, including cream. Ice cream […]

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 […]

WALMART RIDING ON PUBLIC GENEROSITY…

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

That Walmart uses money from a good-feelings slush fund to give people the impression that the Bentonvile Behemoth actually cares about hungry people is bad enough, but when the company leverages donations from outside the company to earn public-relations brownie points, well, I find such actions simply shameful. From Walmart fights hunger locally and nationally […]

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 […]

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, […]