Archive for November, 2006

Is Wal-Mart Really Green?

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

I’m lifting this one straight from Wal-Mart Watch because I agree whole-heartedly with all of it: In the last few months, Wal-Mart has received an award from a US Senator and adulation from Hollywood’s A-list, all on the supposition that the company had a commitment to environmental sustainability. The example of global warming as it […]

WHY SHOPPERS LOVE WAL MART, NO. 124…

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

The consumer revolution is being blogged and one of the walls up against which retailers are being placed is My 3 Cents. Stop in and type a search for Wal-Mart and watch the search engine whir. I got 317 hits, like this one: Our local Walmart wants the area schools to bring in supply list, […]

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Good for Wal-Mart! I don’t get to write that much, but I can’t help but do so after reading this article in Fortune. Here’s my favorite part: Early in 2003, Ken Pearson, who works at Wal-Mart University, the company’s training arm, came back from a corporate meeting where the theme was “It’s My Wal-Mart” and […]

A Tired and Failing Campaign?

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

WakeUpWalmart has a national tv ad that features three Wal-Mart employees speaking out about poor practices by Wal-Mart. A Wal-Mart spokesperson responds: A Wal-Mart spokesman says the union is engaging in a — quote — “tired and failing campaign.” He says the company creates jobs, reduces the cost of health care through its four-dollar generic […]

The Walmart Snowball

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

We already know that certain themes take on a life of their own (Gore invented the Internet, Walmart has low prices, etc.) But lately there is a new theme: Walmart can’t get its act together. Today’s NY Times has two front page stories which jump to a full inside page in the business section: Wal-Mart […]

Sorry Brian – Better Luck Slandering Joe Biden.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

I contacted the Barnes & Noble on University. They wouldn’t talk. So, I looked around for the closest Barnes & Noble I could find that would talk. Jackpot. The one I got in touch with was at 101 Jordan Crk Pkwy in West Des Moines (phone is 515-453-2980 in case anyone cares to double-check my […]

UPDATE FROM PULLMAN…

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

The fight by citizens of Pullman, Washington against the Walmarting of their community continues with a decision to carry the battle to the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Spokane. According to The Pullman Alliance for Responsible Development: The decision came after several weeks of deliberation and discussion. PARD legal liaison T.V. Reed stated that […]

WHY SHOPPERS LOVE WAL MART, NO 123…

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

The consumer revolution is being blogged and one of the walls up against which retailers are being placed is My 3 Cents. Stop in and type a search for Wal-Mart and watch the search engine whir. I got 317 hits, like this one: Three years ago, I accepted a free 30 day trial of Wal-Mart’s […]

WAL MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, November 29th, 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.

Wal-Mart Plans to Test Online Films

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Full Story Wal-Mart, the country’s largest seller of movies, announced that next year it will begin testing a video download service on its Web site. Wal-Mart did not reveal its partners, but media executives involved in the deal said that all the major studios are either on board or in active talks with the retailer, […]

Wal-Mart vs Target?

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

There is a funny post concerning Wal-Mart at Steve-Olsen.com. I like funny, especially when it concerns Wal-Mart. That’s why I enjoy Behind the counter so much. Steve Olsen lists 10 reasons Wal-Mart is better than Target and he’s gotten 237 responses to his opinion. Crime, destruction of small towns, prices, employees, customers, atmosphere and aisles […]

San Diego Bans Big Boxes

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

From USA Today: Yesterday, the San Diego city council voted to ban box stores from their city. The measure, approved on a 5-3 vote, prohibits stores of more than 90,000 square feet that use 10% of space to sell groceries and other merchandise that is not subject to sales tax. It takes aim at Wal-Mart […]

A Lesson on Recent Labor History Written Especially for Brian McNeill

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Dear Brian: I don’t know if you’ve been writing all the posts at “Paid Critics” (as your name has only appeared there recently), but this seems likely as I keep seeing the same tired anti-union arguments come up there in different forms over and over again. I’ve been reading your stuff from the moment your […]

WHY SHOPPERS LOVE WAL MART, NO 122…

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

The consumer revolution is being blogged and one of the walls up against which retailers are being placed is My 3 Cents. Stop in and type a search for Wal-Mart and watch the search engine whir. I got 317 hits, like this one: Walmart on the computer offered a secret ad on the computer that […]

Wal-Martyrs

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Robert Feinman gave me a heads up on an article in Fortune Magazine -Attack of the Wal-Martyrs by Barney Gimbel. The article discusses the folks behind Wake Up Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart Watch and their campaign to make Wal-Mart a more responsible corporate citizen. They spin, leak and cajole. The politicos behind Wake Up Wal-Mart aim […]