Archive for July, 2005

Pensacola paper pays the price for criticizing Wal-Mart

Monday, July 25th, 2005

Today’s Poynter Online has the story and links. The retail giant will no longer sell the News Journal because of a piece by Mark O’Brien. “Mark’s column really wasn’t about Mr. Walton’s store, but about Pensacola and how we’re becoming a Wal-Mart kind of town, ‘cheap and comfy on the surface, lots of unhappiness and […]

Negative Shift in Public Opinion for Wal-Mart

Monday, July 25th, 2005

As reported in today’s Wall Street Journal, new public opinion polling conducted for Wal-Mart Watch reveals significant erosion in positive perceptions of Wal-Mart. People are finally getting the facts.

BUT WILL IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE…?

Monday, July 25th, 2005

At a convention where it expected to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary, the largest union organization in the United States is disinigrating. And a Phoenix may be rising from the ashes. In Four Major Unions Plan to Boycott AFL-CIO Event, the New York Times’ Steven Greenhouse writes that: Leaders of four of the country’s largest labor […]

Accused of being a lot of classist bile

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

Polly loves of Wal-Mart: I am a Wal-Mart shopper. I shop at Wal-Mart almost once a week but certainly every two weeks. I love Wal-Mart. Because Wal-Mart exists, I can afford to own a flat screen television. Because Wal-Mart exists I can afford name brand asthma inhalers, allergy medicines, toothpastes and various other daily supplies. […]

BURYING CLEVELAND BLOGGERS…

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

George and Tim get pushed to the jump, page B5 of today’s Plain Dealer. Bill Callahan gets dissed. And Plain Dealer reporter Olivera Perkins blows the lede. Why did she chose to begin: The two men searched until they found T-shirts in just the right shade of blue — Wal-Mart blue. I wasn’t there, but […]

“Express” Lane at Walmart

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

"Express" Lane at Walmart Originally uploaded by mtparadis. How many times has this happened to you? Luckly this person had a camera…

Profiles, discriminates, then sponsors filmfest

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

Chech out this post on Walmart and African Americans. The company using profiling, discriminates against truck drivers, gets sued, then cranks up the PR by sponsoring the American Black Film Festival saying “it makes good business sense”.

No explanation for Singles Dating crackdown

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

From The Box Tank: Wal-Mart has put an end to its Roanoke Virginia store’s Friday night singles dating. “I’m disappointed,” said Dale Firebaugh, 63. “Where can someone over 40 who doesn’t smoke or drink or go to bars meet someone?” The dating program which began a month ago and was the only one of its […]

Always Low Liquor Prices

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

Here’s one advantage to having a Supercenter downtown – cheaper liquor prices! It’s that great?

YOU IN A HEAP OF TROUBLE, BOY…

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

Police have another use for abandoned Wal Marts. According to a media release from the Shelby County, Tennessee, sheriff’s office: This Friday, February 25, the two SWAT teams will gather at the now closed Wal-Mart Store at 1251 Germantown Road near Wolf River Boulevard. Starting at 9 o’clock that morning, the SWAT teams will conduct […]

Tom Peters against Walmart

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Tom Peters lists 16 MUSTS in order for the little guy to eat the BIG GUYS’ lunch. Via the Brand Autopsy blog.

A FRIEND OF MY BROTHER-IN-LAW…

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Just as the shear number of users for Microsoft’s Windows makes it the target of choice for scum writing viruses, so too does the Bentonville Behemoth’s No. 1 spot in retailing make it easy prey for those generating urban legends. The retail chain’s name comes up in no less than 28 urban legends at Snopes. […]

Uhhhh… YOU DECIDE…

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Jonathan Rees asks the question: How Dumb Is Wal Mart? In Part I and Part II, Rees explores how the Bentonville Behemoth, in an effort to tar whistle-blower Jared Bowen, published his college transcripts. Writes Rees: Bowen, if you don’t remember, is a Wal-Mart mid-level executive who fingered Board of Directors member Tom Coughlin and […]

Walmart attempts to lower revenue going to schools

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

From The Times-Reporter: Representatives of Wal-Mart again are asking Tuscarawas County officials to dramatically lower the amount of property taxes the company pays for its New Philadelphia retail store. The New Philadelphia City School District is challenging the request, which is similar to one made by Wal-Mart for tax year 2001. An attorney for Wal-Mart […]

GETTING A CLUE…

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

It was the Oxford, Mississippi postmaster (and writer) William Faulkner who said: The past is never dead. It’s not even past. The Community Land Use and Economics Group likes the quote well enough to make it the epigram for its website. CLUE Group is a consulting firm that helps communities create vibrant, dynamic downtowns and […]