Archive for April, 2006

Say it with me: What low prices?

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

From a Texas TV Station, as quoted by Wake-Up Wal-Mart: Every time you go shopping, you could be getting overcharged and not even know it… Store managers don’t usually allow our cameras to come in and check things out so we used a hidden camera and went shopping… The first stop is the Wal-Mart on […]

Edelman again?

Friday, April 28th, 2006

From Whitedust via Slashdot: For up to two years Wal-mart lobbyists have successfully waged a war against a fair viewpoint on Wikipedia’s Wal-mart page[1]. Although the Wal-mart page was originally highly critical of Wal-mart, it has slowly shifted to a very positive perspective. Although Wikipedia maintains a ‘Neutral Point of View’ (NPOV) policy[2], the Wal-mart […]

Wal-Mart CMO Stresses Importance of Local Approach

Friday, April 28th, 2006

From Advertising Age: Story Wal-Mart CMO John Fleming said the retail giant is trying harder to customize its mix of goods to the local community around each store. Does this means that before this new initiative the just pushed whatever they want to, regardless of their customer’s preferences? What to stock, and how much to […]

Fight Wal-Mart and You’re Fighting for Civil Rights

Friday, April 28th, 2006

The historian Nelson Lichtenstein begins his book State of the Union by looking at an employment application from Burger King. He takes special note of language on it that suggests that the restaurant will not discriminate against people on the basis of race, gender…you know the drill. In fact, Lichtenstein writes: The overwhelming majority of […]

What Do Wal-Mart Executives Fear Most?

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

If you don’t know, or haven’t figured it out already, my academic specialty is American labor history. As my department has only five historians in it, I don’t get to teach it very much, but that allows me to branch out occasionally and cover other courses that I wouldn’t get a chance to teach otherwise. […]

More “good works” from the Waltons

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

A new study shows that just 18 super rich families have been behind the decade long effort to repeal the estate tax. They have spent $500 million on the effort lobbying, buying up think tanks, and running false ads. The largest among this group of “patriots” is the Walton clan. Here is a report on […]


Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

I’ve written elsewhere that I think the mass protests in the United States next Monday will be counter-productive for several reasons, but here’s an angle that I hadn’t considered. Mexicans are planning boycotts of U.S. companies that do business in Mexico. According to the Associated Press: Under the motto Nothing Gringo, the Mexican boycott urges […]

More Proof that Conservatives Hate Wal-Mart Too

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

This post from The Hometown Conservative speaks for itself: At Wal-Mart, I had a supervisory position with three years experience, and was making the amazing wage of $8.30 per hour. I was yelled at daily, was treated like I knew nothing, and was expected to completely forget that I was a human being with a […]

Hey Wal-Mart! This One Is Personal.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Honestly, this is a true story. When I moved to Pueblo, Colorado, I asked the rental agent at my apartment complex what was unique and special about my new town. She replied hesitating, “Well, we have the biggest Wal-Mart in the state.” I never confirmed whether that statement was true, but I do know now […]


Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Five years ago a registered sex offender lied to Wal Mart on his employment application and was hired as a an associate. In that capacity he approached a then 10-year-old girl and grabbed her buttocks. The incident was captured on tape and Wal Mart fired him. The following year, Bobby Devon Randall pled guilty to […]


Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Under continued pressure over it’s labor practices, Wal Mart yesterday named former Detroit mayor Dennis Archer, the first black president of the American Bar Association, and Latina civil rights activist Vilma Martinez as the first members of its Diversity Panel. From the Associated Press: The announcement came two days after the Democratic National Committee weighed […]


Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

When you’re the world’s largest retailer, actions like this one are about as bothersome as an upside down warning label on your bottle of Chardonnay. The Bentonvile Behemoth’s profits were $11.2 billion in profit in 2005. The fine was all of 0.013 percent of the company’s profits. If you made $100,000 last year, that would […]


Monday, April 24th, 2006

From left, Brendan Bush, Paul Blank, Jeremy Bird, Buffy Wicks, and Chris Kofinis, of Wake Up Wal-Mart stand in their office in Washignton in this July 19, 2005 file photo. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Wal-Mart Evolves Into Big Political Issue

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

— The political aspects of the reform Walmart activities AP Story A year-old effort to force the nation’s No. 1 private employer to change its business practices has evolved into a Washington-style brawl: tens of millions of dollars spent by Republican and Democratic political consultants using polling, micro-targeting, ads, e-mails, direct mail, grass-roots organizing and […]

Busy Day in Walmart News

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

Today’s stories: “Wal-Mart Flirts With Being Green” (NY Times – behind firewall) — An apparent win by the Walmart PR offensive. The online environmental magazine Grist gave soft applause to Wal-Mart last week in its introduction to a Q. and A. session with H. Lee Scott Jr., the chief executive. When the company this month […]