Archive for February, 2006

Don’t Trust Wal-Mart w/ Your Credit Card

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Here’s the Las Cruces Sun News via Tom Duncombe at Daily Kos: Thousands of Doña Ana County residents have been issued new debit cards in recent weeks because of the theft of debit card and personal identification numbers (PIN) from the local branch of a nationwide retailer. VISA has notified banks of the card numbers […]

CLEVELAND’S ROLDO ON ANDEW YOUNG…

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Here in Cleveland we have a social conscence that has kept the squeaky wheel turning for nearly 40 years. Roldo Bartimole today calls civil rights leader Andrew Young a disappointment for agreeing to shill for the Bentonvile Behemouth. He writes: Young is quoted, I like to fight poverty. For almost 10 years, I’ve been using […]

BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMB…

Monday, February 27th, 2006

… Something Wall Mart This Way Comes. That was the title of South Park episode No. 120. First aired on Wednesday, 3 November 2004, the rerun this month caught the eye of poster Sawdust on thomhartman.org Sawdust posted the following transcript of the episode’s critical scene: Man: Hello, boys. Congratulations on getting this far. [the […]

Andrew Young’s Disgrace

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Civil rights pioneer and distinguished public servant Andrew Young announced today that he will serve as national Steering Committee Chairman of Working Families for Wal-Mart, a group comprised of individuals and families who understand and appreciate Wal-Mart’s positive impact on the working families of America. “I have committed my life to helping the poor and […]

Health Care and Walmart

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Here is a link to a posting on another blog about the use of branded Medicare Part D cards to steer people to Walmart. My Left Wing

Do You Want Health Care at Wal-Mart?

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Yesterday, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott defended his company’s health insurance plan for employees in front of the National Governors Association. Most of the speech was the same old thing: Scott praises Wal-Mart as a good neighbor, Scott claims that Maryland style bills do nothing to solve the nation’s healthcare crisis, etc. However, Scott did offer […]

LIKE HANGING GUERNICA AT THE PENTAGON…

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

I’ve mentioned Alice Walton’s purchase of Asher B. Durand’s 1849 painting Kindred Spirits several times in this blog. Purchased for $35 million (twice the annual healthcare costs of Wally World’s Arkansas employess) the painting is now headed for the Walton Museum. Rebecca Solnit sees the move in the tradition of robber baron/art partons like John […]

Wal-Mart Workers Can’t Eat Smileys

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

In the May 10, 2004 edition of Lee’s Garage, a Wal-Mart manager told CEO Lee Scott: I’ve never actually had [a superior officer] ask me my honest opinion. We are creating a culture of fear. The philosophy seems to be, if it is not a company direction, don’t do it AND don’t challenge it. [Emphasis […]

Wal-Mart at Turning Point for Business

Friday, February 24th, 2006

“Once you have saturated the country and soaked up enormous quantities of market share, it gets hard to grow in this country faster than the economy and general spending grow,” said Fishman, a senior editor at Fast Company magazine. …. “That’s why Target has been running twice the same-store sales as Wal-Mart has for months […]

Wal-Mart Rearranges Deckchairs on the Titanic

Friday, February 24th, 2006

The cry has gone out in Bentonville: “All hands on deck!” Wal-Mart is drowning in bad press. So they’ve come up with more cosmetic changes for their health care plan, for the second time in less than six months. From the NYT: Wal-Mart Stores, facing a raft of state bills that would require it to […]

FDIC to hold hearings on Wal-Mart bank plan

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Thursday said it will hold public hearings in April on Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s (WMT) controversial request for federal insurance of its banking services. Wal-Mart’s status as the world’s largest retailer has drawn concern about an application it filed last July for federal insurance of back-office banking services by a […]

Only a Fool Would Eat Meat from Wal-Mart

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

I have written previously about problems with case-ready meat. Now it looks like it is even worse than I imagined. As the AP explains, some meat producers are using carbon monoxide inside the cellophane: “Color is the number one indicator that’s used” in selecting meat, said Don Berdahl, vice president of Kalsec Inc., a maker […]

Wal-Mart Is Why Antitrust Laws Exist

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

In the September 4, 2004 edition of Lee’s Garage, a Wal-Mart manager asked CEO Lee Scott whether the company was afraid that it would be treated like a monopoly as Microsoft was. Tom Hyde, an Executive VP for Legal and Corporate Affairs fielded the question: Currently, Wal-Mart’s share of the U.S. retail market is less […]

Walmart Earnings Report

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

From today’s news: Earnings Report The real story is here (my emphasis): Revenue at the world’s largest retailer was $90.13 billion, while net sales rose 8.6% to $89.3 billion. Same-store sales rose 3.1%. As I have said previously, Walmart can’t really grow organically any more. It is too big and it has saturated those markets […]

Wal-Mart Deserves an IRS Audit Pronto

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

I would like to thank my friend Jeff for introducing me to my new hero. Yes, I’m talking about the anonymous blogger he linked to in the post below this one. If you haven’t read the blog yet, you’re missing a treat. Besides being hostile to Wal-Mart (always a plus), the author is an extremely […]