Archive for July, 2006

ON THE ROAD, DAY 0…

Monday, July 31st, 2006

19 States, 35 Cities, 35 Days, 1 Mission. That’s the slogan riders on the bus nicknamed Smiley are traveling under from The Bronx to Seattle. Wake Up Wal Mart is sponsoring the journey of over-caffeinated Americans on one really big bus. From the blog of Paul Blank, Campaign Manager: And, by the way, the movement […]

Lying as the Norm

Monday, July 31st, 2006

While Walmart remains the poster child for much of what is wrong with business and government ethics these days, it wouldn’t be able to get away with such behavior if wasn’t close to the norm. Two seemingly random items from today: The first is a full page ad from an organization called “UnionFacts.com”. The point […]

ON THE ROAD…

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

19 States, 35 Cities, 35 Days, 1 Mission. That’s the slogan riders on the bus nicknamed Smiley are traveling under from The Bronx to Seattle. Wake Up Wal Mart is sponsoring the journey of over-caffeinated Americans on one really big bus. Of course Paul Blank, the organization’s campaign director is blogging the trip from the […]

Biggest Wal-Mart Lie Ever (and that’s saying something)

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

[Beth Keck, Wal-Mart’s director of international corporate affairs] said Wal-Mart recognized that its employees had the right to join a union at any of its workplaces. “In every country we operate,” she said, “we follow the laws concerning labor relations.” – “Official Union Set Up in China at Wal-Mart,” New York Times, July 31, 2006. […]

Wal-Mart vs. the Past (Yet Again)

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

From the Santa Fe Free New Mexican: An archaeologist who worked on the site of the planned Wal-Mart Supercenter in southwest Santa Fe says the developers didn’t want to hear about him finding 2,000-year-old artifacts there. Tom McIntosh, who was hired to examine the vacant 65 acres earlier this year, said the developers seemed to […]

It’s the Market Power, Stupid.

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

I have never heard of Rokovoko before, but they’ve published an essay by the Economic Policy Institute’s L. Josh Bivens that deserves much wider attention. Although he’s an economist, he lives in my mental zip code: I disagree with the premise that enforcing wage and benefit mandates on Wal-Mart will inexorably reduce market efficiencies. That […]

CULTURAL ICON STATUS…

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Did this story happen at a Wal Mart? Of course not. In fact, I’m sure it never happened at all. But it points to the cutural icon status we have given the Bentonvile Behemoth. I wonder how many bags I’d have to buy before I got to tell the story though? I used to have […]

Republicans Against Big Business

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Why does conservative godfather Paul Weyrich hate big business? From the Conservative Voice: Big businesses care little, if at all, what effects their actions have locally. Small businesses do care, because their owners and managers live in the local community. If they injure that community, they hurt themselves as well. Small businesses are also an […]

I’m sorry, Wal-Mart.

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

In the past, I have repeatedly implied and/or outright stated that Wal-Mart’s decision to increase its organic food offerings will “kill” organic food. An article in today’s Times (which my friend Robert just sent me) makes it abundantly clear to me now that organic food is already dead: In 2002, the Department of Agriculture established […]

Wal-Mart Greenwashing Insanity

Friday, July 28th, 2006

If you follow Wal-Mart like I do, you probably ran into the cover story in Fortune magazine this week already. As a puff piece in Fortune on Wal-Mart is hardly news, I wasn’t going to touch it, but two things changed my mind. First, when the magazine arrived in my mailbox, I saw that it […]

Wal-Mart Gives Urban League $5 Million

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Full Story Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is donating $5 million to the National Urban League for job training programs in 10 cities – the second grant this week to an African-American cause. On Wednesday, Wal-Mart announced a $1 million, three-year grant to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) to provide scholarship and internship opportunities for black […]

Wal-Mart Leaves Germany

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Full Article “As we focus our efforts on where we can have the greatest impact on our growth and return on investment strategies, it has become increasingly clear that in Germany’s business environment it would be difficult for us to obtain the scale and results we desire,” said Vice Chairman Michael Duke. “This sale positions […]

From Our Neighbors to the North

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Wal-Mart runs on ground in Canadian courts: The Canadian legal system does not play Wal-Mart’s game, if the company now thought they would. In two recent court decisions, the retail giant has been mercilessly exposed for its repressive and anti-social behaviour. Workers that were fired in Jonquière, Quebec, for their union activities, have to be […]

“Selling industrial organic is going to be nothing special soon”

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

There’s a very important article for people who care about the future of food in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle. It’s about whether Whole Foods really follows through on the soft cooing noises it makes in their customers’ ears about where their food comes from and how its produced. According to this reporter, they aren’t doing […]

Prepare for Libertarians to Start Frothing at the Mouth

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

From the AP (via Wal-Mart Watch): The Chicago City Council has approved a measure that will require large retailers to pay their workers at least ten dollars an hour. The city’s aldermen debated the so-called “big-box” ordinance for more than three hours before passing it on a 35–to-14 vote this afternoon. The proposal requires mega-retailers […]