Archive for the 'Employees' Category

WALMART FIRST, WORKERS LAST…

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

If you’re going to hang the greater part of your very existence to selling cheap plastic crap from China to Americans then cutting out the cost of shipping by selling cheap plastic crap from China in China makes perfect sense. That has been part of Walmart’s strategy for 20 years. There have been bumps in […]

ANOTHER BELOVED WORKER BITES THE DUST…

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

There are people at Walmart that customers actually love. In a worlds where underpaid and overworked employees don’t have time to be cordial or even helpful, those who make the effort to smile and make the shopping experience not so horrible get noticed. Workers like Frank Swanson come to mind, but there are many others. […]

WILL THEY GO OR WILL THEY STAY…?

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Two weeks ago I mentioned that Walmart is making changes to the front-end of the store, but this morning I read a post from The Answer Man at the Rochester, Minn., Post-Bulletin that seems to tell a different story. Dear All Knowing and Extremely Wise Answer Man, I have it on very good authority that […]

IS FLORIDA BECOMING THE CENTER OF HELL…?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Earlier this week I speculated that Walmart’s decision to build eight new distribution centers directly purposed for the expansion of the Bentonvile Behemoths online competition with Amazon was like adding eight rings to Dante’s Inferno. This morning I read the news from Brevard County, Florida, that the county commissioners there voted a $3.74 million tax […]

SO, WHAT INTERESTS MY READERS…

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Occasionally I like to look back and see what readers of The Writing On The Wal find most interesting. The list below shows the top of the list for the past five years. I always get a chuckle at No. 1. Does Walmart do such a horrible job of letting employees know about company policies […]

WALMART BUILDING EIGHT RINGS OF HELL…?

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Over the last few days the news feed has been filled with stories regarding Walmart’s decision to offer a two-day shipping subscription service in the Bentonvile Behemoth’s quest to take down Amazon. This morning, reading Here’s How Walmart Plans To Take On Amazon Prime I came up short at the first sentence of the second […]

WALMART GREETERS MAKING A COMEBACK…

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

When Sam Walton instituted the practice of hiring, often kindly and retired, people to stand at the doors of his stores and greet people, he found a way to take the most impersonal edifices imaginable—a big box store—and make them, for at least a moment, seem human and friendly. Four years ago the company moved […]

WOULD YOU TAKE A WAL-JOB FOR $149,000…?

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Forbes contributor Panos Mourdoukoutas, writing in Who Earns $149,000 In Walmart? answers the question: techies. Walmart has a reputation for paying very little money to its low-skill floor employees. But it pays big money to recruit and retain talent for its eCommerce division, where starting salaries can be as high as $149,000 a year, according […]

FRANK SWANSON ISN’T GOING AWAY…

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Remember Frank Swanson? Walmart shoppers in West Plains, Missouri do. Swanson was a cashier who, days away from celebrating his 20th anniversary working under The Golden Asshole got what you’d expect from such a position: dumped on. KBSI in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Community rallies around 20-year Wal-Mart cashier fired for giving hugs, price matching […]

A LIFE IS WORTH MORE THAN THIS…

Monday, April 11th, 2016

[Update at 0730 on 14 April: 5 things to know: Suspect arrested after Wal-Mart guard shot during shoplifting, police say.] [Update at 2100 on 12 April: Police arrest suspect in Wal-Mart security guard’s death] So, this is why, despite the ruling a week ago by a court in Utah, Walmart’s policy demanding that employees not […]

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, […]

BETTY DUKES IS BACK WITH A NEW CAREER…

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court denied her discrimination claim against Walmart on the behalf of all the women working for the Bentonvile Behemoth, Betty Dukes is back with a new, broader fight for the rights of Americans. Frank Lockwood, writing in Wal-Mart suer now taking on inequality for the Arkansas Democrat reports: A […]

WORKING FOR STARVATION WAGES…

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

One of the strongest weapons in the protest arsenal is the hunger strike. Gandhi used the tactic several times to great effect. British suffragettes attempted to starve themselves in their quest for the vote, but brutal force feeding thwarted their efforts. Irish freedom fighters, lead by Bobby Sands, did starve themselves to death protesting England’s […]

REPLACING THE DRONES WITH, UM DRONES…?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

As if working for Walmart didn’t suck hard enough, the company is looking to replace human drones with actual robotic drones. Writing in Walmart applies to test drones for home delivery for The Guardian, Reuters reports: Walmart Stores Inc applied Monday to US regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickup and […]