Archive for September, 2006

One Wal-Mart Health Care Story

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

I’ve been having a discussion about Wal-Mart’s new health care options with our friend “Someone in the USA” over at his blog “Watching Wal-Mart.” While Someone brings his normal fairness and coherence to the difficult position that Wal-Mart has put them in, it’s a series of comments by a Wal-Mart worker calling herself “Tornado” that […]

Is Wal-Mart sure this is a good idea?

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

I was thinking about doing a post on this precise subject, but since Liza Featherstone actually has sources I’ll quote her instead: In other Wal-Mart news, the company is trying to counter its political troubles — from site fights to “Fair Share” laws to living wage ordinances — through “voter education” within its own workforce. […]

AT THE WALLYPLEX…

Friday, September 29th, 2006

There are sound stages on Hollywood’s back lots smaller than Bentonvile’s behemoths, so it’s no surprise that budding video talent has been sneaking cameras in at odd hours. And now for the midnight show at the Wally Plex featuring Gxngsta. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

An Interesting Comparison

Friday, September 29th, 2006

I found this interesting comparison between the Waltons and Bill Gates at knowmoremedia.com. Bill Gates was the richest person in the world in 2004 and he remains the richest person in the world in 2006. Alice, Helen, Jim, John and S. Robson Walton were numbers 6-10 in 2004. But in 2006 the Waltons are no […]

If this article doesn’t get a discussion going, something is mighty wrong.

Friday, September 29th, 2006

This is a very good web-only article at The Nation’s web site. I think I could write a post on any of the ten points here. However, since this argument doesn’t get enough play in other places, I’ll feature this: Wal-Mart is now “the green machine” (Fortune magazine): In an apparent attempt to peel off […]

Uh oh! What is Edelman going to do now?

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Perhaps this (.pdf) will convince them and the rest of the world that other people besides Democrats have a problem with Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart’s Factory Inspection Program Still Has Gaping Holes

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

A little over six months ago, Charles Fishman wrote on the Fast Company blog (echoing his book): But if you look closely at Wal-Mart’s own 44-page report of its performance (issued last June), Wal-Mart’s factory inspection program begins to look like an energetic PR effort, more than a serious effort to protect factory workers. Of […]

Did an Edelman Employee Try to Bribe a Blogger for Wal-Mart?

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

From The Consumerist: Earlier this summer, we did an interview with the No Respect! podcast. They asked us about The Consumerist in general and Walmart in particular. Especially of interest was our meeting with Mike Krempasksy (above, center, tie), who runs the Walmart blog war team at Edelman PR. After a series of disapariging posts, […]

Consumer Reports Ranks Wal-Mart Grocery Stores

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Consumer Reports has an analysis of grocery stores in this months magazine. They rate 54 national grocery stores. Wegmans is number 1 and Publix is in the top 3-5 ( I can’t remember). But I do remember that Wal-Mart is ranked number 45. I also remember that Wal-Mart grocery stores were ranked low in cleanliness, […]

CORPORATE ORGANICS…

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Wal Mart’s entrance into the $16 billion organic foods industry this spring is threatening to crush the industry, according to a White Paper released yesterday by The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based farm policy group. According to the abstract of Wal-Mart: The Nation’s Largest Grocer Rolls-out Organic Products Market Expansion or Market Delusion? If Wal-Mart applies […]

WAL MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

How do you really feel about Wal Mart? Here’s your chance to express your true feelings — pro and con — about the world’s largest retailer. Write whatever you like in the comments section and engage your fellow readers in the conversation. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Why doesn’t Wal-Mart pay a living wage?

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Because they depend upon desperate people to fill their job openings. From the Chicago Sun Times: The retailing giant will open its first Chicago store at 8 a.m. in Ragsdale’s West Side neighborhood, and the 19-year-old was one of the 15,850 applicants for one of 450 jobs — a welcome influx of jobs into a […]

SMALL CHANGE…

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Every day I read stories from around the country and around the world where dedicated citizens take Margaret Mead’s words to heart and stand their ground against the Bentonvile Behemoth. These are the ones I’m reading about today. The Vallejo City Council deadlocked Tuesday night on whether to support plans for a giant Wal-Mart store […]

“Wal-Mart is effectively out of the health care business.”

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Wake-Up Wal-Mart has just made public internal Wal-Mart docs demonstrating that their health care coverage for employees is about to get even worse than it already is. Here’s the press release: Today, WakeUpWalMart.com revealed new, internal Wal-Mart health care documents proving that Wal-Mart’s health care benefits are actually getting worse, not better as the company […]

OUCH…! THAT’S REALLY GOT TO HURT…

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Only about 20 percent of our population lives in rural communities. That means that 80 percent of Wal Mart’s potential customer base lives in America’s urban areas. And the further Bentonvile Behemoth attempts to penetrate the urban zone, the harder it gets. From Boxed In: Seeking Growth in Urban Areas, Wal-Mart Gets Cold Shoulder; Retailer’s […]