Archive for December, 2006

Wal-Mart Could Power Chile

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Wal-Mart has been making a big deal about going “green” and good for them if they follow through. Just how much electricity does Wal-Mart use each year in the USA. According to this article, each of their 2074 supercenters use 1.5 million kilowatts of electricity each year. Combine the electicity use of all 2074 supercenters […]

Now He Tells Us

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

“I’m officially over the lefty orthodox position of principled hatred for Wal-Mart. We’re talking about enormous power being marshaled here, an economy equal to the GDPs of small countries.” – David Roberts, “Learning to Love Wal-Mart,” Gristmill [the Grist magazine blog], July 27, 2006. “Of course, Wal-Mart’s core business model — importing cheap plastic widgets […]

AT THE WALLY PLEX…

Friday, December 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 Mookieisms. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

“Shoplifting. Lockouts. Drugs. Accidents. Fights. Guns.”

Friday, December 29th, 2006

From the Albany Times Union: The pitch for a new shopping center predicted a modest impact on police: maybe four or five calls a month. The reality is the Wal-Mart that came to town sometimes generates that many calls a day. After three years in business, the largest store at Bethlehem Town Center is now […]

Wal-Mart Says: What You Gonna Do About It?

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Wal-Mart Inc. refuses to raise the price of some $4 generic drugs as ordered by the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy. State Board of Pharmacy Director Bryan Potter, responding to complaints from pharmacies, said the retailer was running afoul of a state law requiring that products be sold at “cost plus 6 percent.” He said […]

Paid Critics Hits New Low

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Brian McNeill, the better-paid critic employed by Edelman to smear Wal-Mart’s union opponents, is concerned that Wake-Up Wal-Mart is exploiting children. This is coming from someone working for a wholly-owned astroturf creation of a corporation whose suppliers employ Bangladeshi children for pennies an hour for 80 hours/week and which created “Wally” and “Marty” to enlist […]

Grist Magazine Abets Wal-Mart’s Greenwashing Yet Again

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

If you’re wondering what my swipe at Grist Magazine in last night’s post was about, check out this line from their David Roberts: And to those who will inevitably chime in with the bit about how Wal-Mart is still evil, I remind you: the choice is not between solar Wal-Mart and no Wal-Mart; the choice […]

Xmas Sales vs. Public Safety. Which do you think Wal-Mart chose?

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

From the Sioux Falls (SD) Argus-Leader: Last Saturday afternoon, Eva Voorhees heard the clatter of feet on the roof of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Mitchell where she works in the photo department – but it wasn’t the pitter-patter of reindeer. It was the police looking for a bomb. Up front, police officers, the SWAT team […]

Wal-Mart vs. Entropy

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Unlike Joel Makower, I have no inside information. Nevertheless, I feel confident in reporting to you that Wal-Mart is well on its way to overcoming the Second Law of Thermodynamics so that it will use no energy whatsoever in any of its stores. While many “paid critics” attack Wal-Mart for its vast size, I am […]

LEOPARD, SPOTS… WAL MART, CHEAP CRAP…

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

There is a myth that we can, with dedication and focus, reinvent anyone and anything. Politicians are constantly trying to reinvent themselves to follow the wind; and businesses churn their images to grab and hold onto that top-of-mind awareness. But it seldom works. And Brian White at BloggingStocks thinks that Wal Mart’s efforts in 2007 […]

THE CHARLES FISHMAN LECTURE…

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

WAL MART GO HOME…

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Blogger and business consultant Niti Bhan has some advice for Wal Mart and its plans to tap the more than 1 billion shoppers in India: Go back to where you came from — not in terms of leaving India, but in terms of your company’s heritage and roots. Look to your history and your biggest […]

WAL MART IS WHAT MADE AMERICA GREAT…

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

WAL MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, December 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.

Brian McNeill’s “Double Secret” Wal-Mart Boycott

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Like Joseph Parente of Rescue Pittsburgh before him (who at least has the fact that he’s unfailingly polite going for him), it seems that our friend Brian McNeill of Edelman’s “Paid Critics” is having a little trouble with the meaning of the word “boycott.” While I was on pre-holiday hiatus last week, he wrote what […]