Archive for March, 2006

Wal-Mart Shows a Similar Side to Sears

Friday, March 31st, 2006

From the advertising section of today’s NY Times comes a story about Walmart copying an ad campaign of Sears’ from 1993. The idea of the Sears ads was to induce women into the stores for clothes and remove the men-oriented hardware image. Apparently the tactic wasn’t too successful as the history of Sears (and K-mart) […]

Wal-Mart Begins Quest for Generals in P.R. War

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

From today’s NY Times: Full Story Wanted: two people to help defend the nation’s largest retailer against critics. Requirements: plenty of experience managing a crisis. Wal-Mart Stores has begun circulating two senior-level job postings — both in public relations — and if the language used to describe the positions is any indication, the giant discount […]

Wal-Mart and the Corporatization of Organic Food

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

There’s a very important article out in Business Week today about Wal-Mart and its push into organic food. It includes this useful warning about organic food going corporate: Many farmers who have benefited from the strong demand and healthy margins for organic goods are fretting that the market’s newfound success also brings with it newfound […]

Greetings fellow cultural elitists…

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Robin’s post below reminds me of an op-ed from an Idaho paper I saw a few days ago. It’s reprinted at a blog called “Palouistics” here: There has always been a taint of elitism wafting from the opposition to the construction of a Wal-Mart superstore in Pullman. Most of the time, the ironically misnamed Pullman […]

Selective Shoppers

Monday, March 27th, 2006

I know that I’m senstive on the subject of class. But this description of a new “upscale” WalMart store built for “selective shoppers” made my skin crawl. Read it while keeping in mind WalMart’s constant cries of class war! every time someone tries to get the retail giant to do the right thing by its […]

Should U.S. Wal-Mart Workers Move to China?

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Should U.S. Wal-Mart workers move to China? Fromthe Santa Fe Free New Mexican: This reporter recently toured the Shanghai Wal-Mart in the company of several store managers, including Nancy Ye, the district operations manager; Lawrence Lee, the regional operations director-east region; and Liu, Wal-Mart China’s senior corporate-affairs manager-Shanghai. The Shanghai Wal-Mart opened last July and […]

From PostSecret

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Double evil

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Double evil Originally uploaded by synthrabbit. Found on Flickr.

Here’s a new reason to hate Wal-Mart

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

They might get us all killed. From the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire (as quoted by Wal-Mart Watch): WAL-MART RESISTS efforts in Congress to dramatically tighten port security in wake of Dubai-ports furor. The company argues examining all containers, or even a fixed percentage of them, could impede shipping and boost costs. I can’t wait […]

A Show of Hands on Wal-Mart

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Walmart’s bank proposal is still getting lots of attention: NY Times Story A dispute over a new store? Not exactly. Instead, these two groups — and an eclectic collection of 69 more — have signed up to testify before federal regulators deciding, of all things, whether Wal-Mart can open a bank. But like almost anything […]

Quarantine Walmart

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Posted without comment: Quarantine Walmart (OK, a small comment: real issue or street theater?)

“No other pharmacy has even raised the issue.”

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Wal-Mart has a ways to go before its pharmacies guarantee Plan B contraception to any woman who wants it, as the Hartford Courant explains: The dispute began last month, when the state threatened to exclude 31 Wal-Mart and four affiliated Sam’s Club pharmacies from the state’s medical insurance programs for 188,000 state employees, retirees and […]

Couric: Wal-Mart as American as Apple Pie

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

From Media Matters (via Wake-Up Wal-Mart): On the March 21 broadcast of NBC’s Today, co-host Katie Couric introduced a report on Wal-Mart’s expansion of its retail business in China by telling viewers: “It’s a company that is as American as mom and apple pie.” Couric did not say whether the following practices are also “as […]


Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Organic Food at Wal-Mart Is a Sick Joke

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

My family shops at Whole Foods because it has better food than any other store near me. Slate has an article up now that essentially pokes fun at Whole Foods shoppers because of the ideals which Whole Foods uses to pitch to people like me. As I wouldn’t shop there if the food wasn’t good, […]