Archive for the 'Public Relations' Category

MADE IN ‘MERICA, YEAH…!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

As a child in the early ’60s, at a time when the label Made In Japan was looked upon with scorn, I remember a meme (almost certainly malicious and false) that those wily Japanese had renamed one of their cities Usa so that they might flood our markets with cheap (mostly tin rather than plastic) […]

IF ONLY WALMART CONTROLLED THE MESSAGE…

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

The wet dream of any individual in the public arena, or any corporation desirous of only good press, is to own a media outlet that people trust: think NBC and General Electric or Rupert Murdoch and Fox News. Over the years Walmart has attempted to broadcast a friend vibe, but that hasn’t always worked as […]

WALMART’S SILENCE IS GETTING NOTICED…

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The time for Walmart to get on the right side of bathroom use by transgender customers is past. Every day that goes by only worsens the effect of the inevitable decision to follow the lead of Target and other stores serving the public. The homophobic scaremongers raising vision of pedophile predators cross dressing to gain […]

WHO SHOULD HANDLE WALMART SECURITY…?

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

When your job is security, every person looks like a security threat. No. I’m not talking about the Transportation Security Administration (thank gawd I don’t fly), I’m talking about retail security guards, working two jobs and likely bored out of their skulls and afraid that if they do nothing, their employer will figure out that […]

NO GOLD WATCH FOR FRANK SWANSON…

Friday, April 8th, 2016

What does Walmart give one of those employees that the company so badly wants to achieve upward mobility and satisfaction in their jobs after an employee works for the company 19 years and 355 days? How about a pink slip? Hayley Peterson, writing in Walmart fired a brain-damaged worker of 20 years who gave customers […]

BEST WAY TO FEED THE HUNGRY: PAY WORKERS…

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Walmart is very fond of spending charitable funds to garner tax breaks and public relations good will, but never seems to ask the question: how many of our employees are showing up to get food to feed their families because we don’t pay a living wage? In launching its new “Fight Hunger. Spark Change,” campaign, […]

REMEMBER KEVIN WESTLEY…? HE’S BACK…!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Last year I wrote about Kevin Westley and his one-(Irish)man campaign against offensive Irish stereotypes in merchandise sold at Walmart in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day. After nicely asking Walmart to remove offensive merchandise in 2014 and getting no result he decided to take a more active route. He bought up all the offending merchandise, […]

WALMART UNSHELVES ASSAULT WEAPONS…

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Nearly 40 years ago I seriously considered buying an AR-15, the civilian, semi-automatic version of the M-16, but not for varmint hunting. I was a 20-something card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association with an attitude. Good sense prevailed and I spent my $300 elsewhere. Conspiracy aficionados notwithstanding there simply is no good reason to […]

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 […]

WALMART’S MADE IN USA CHINA LABELS…

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

I remember hearing a—false—story when I was a child that the Japanese had renamed one of their cities Usa so that they could stamp products made there as Made In USA. As I discovered this morning, there is a Usa, Japan but the small city is not a export scam. Besides, marketers don’t need a […]

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 […]

WALMART NEEDS PLUMBING AND A NEW ROOF…?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Back in the middle of April, Walmart gave employees five-hours notice that stores in Pico Rivera, California; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Brandon, Florida; and Midland and Livingston, Texas would close for six months. Walmart said the closings were necessary to deal with plumbing problems. Walmart builds new stores in less than six months. No one bought the […]

WUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT…?!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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GOOD ON YOU KEVIN WESTLEY…!

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

We have experience here at The Writing On The Wal when we’re talking about Walmart and offensive t-shirts. As someone with many of Irish blood in my extended family—both here and in County Donegal—I think the Americanization of St. Patrick’s Day as an excuse for those who wouldn’t know a shamrock from a shillelagh to […]

WALMART WORKERS’ CHILDREN TOO…?

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Walmart workers go begging for food for their Thanksgiving dinners while corporate philanthropy spreads money in areas likely to garner more favorable coverage. Walmart has given the Boys & Girls Club’s South Lake Unit $10,000 toward a new bus so the organization can serve more children. Michelle Beck, the community relations representative with Walmart of […]