Archive for January, 2007

Uh Oh.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

From New York Magazine’s blog, the Daily Intelligencer: The operatic battle between Wal-Mart and its fired senior vice-president of marketing communications, Julie Roehm — the juiciest Madison Avenue scandal in years, and the subject of an upcoming piece in New York — escalated today when Wal-Mart claimed it had “irrefutable and admissible evidence” that she […]

I’ll take Mr. Scott’s pay cap, please.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Isn’t the Pay Range max just another way to save money at the expense of hard working associates? I’ll bet Lee Scott isn’t having his pay maxed out. The implementation of Pay Ranges is not a cost saving measure. The maintenance of competetive pay ranges will actually represent an increase in costs, but it is […]

Pay no attention to the anti-union goon squad descending upon your store.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

What do I say to an Associate who mentions a union? Thank the Associate for voicing his or her concern. State our Company’s position on unions and third-party representation (PD-42). After you have concluded the discussion, call the Union Hotline at . . . – From the Internal FAQ for Wal-Mart managers marked “highly confidential” […]

WAL-MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

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 MANAGEMENT SHAKEUP CONTINUES…

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

In the wake of last week’s changes, Wal-Mart announced two more top management changes yesterday that could send ripples through the company, utlimately effecting as many as 15 senior management positions. From CNN Money: Wal-Mart is moving to shake up its senior management, which could mean leadership changes at the company’s Wal-Mart U.S. stores division […]

The Computerized Scheduling Smoking Gun

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Those Wake-Up Wal-Mart folks certainly are having a busy time in KC! From the AP: Wal-Mart’s union-backed critics released a company memo Tuesday saying that a new scheduling system could cut hours for individual workers, but Wal-Mart said the document was outdated and the new system is working fine. WakeUpWalMart.com obtained a 2006 briefing packet […]

An Open Letter to Wal-Mart Managers

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Wake-Up Wal-Mart just realeased the following letter at the Wal-Mart managers meeting in KC. I’m guessing they won’t mind if I borrow the whole thing: Much like the hard-working Wal-Mart Associates in your stores, we know that Wal-Mart managers, like yourself, are good and decent people, who work hard to support their families and make […]

BOB’S BANK…?

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

OK, the name wouldn’t really be Bob’s Bank, it’s really Urban Trust Bank and owner Bob Johnson announced today that he intends to open branches inside Wal-Mart stores. Right now Johnson isn’t talking numbers, only that he’ll open branches in select stores. With more than 3,900 stores in the United States, he’s got plenty to […]

WAL-MART JAPAN BLEEDING YEN…

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Even as Wal-Mart is looking to expand its retail business in Japan, it’s existing Japanese operation is in the red and announced today that it would go even further in the hole than previously announced. Five years in and it still can’t turn a profit? From Reuters: Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Japanese unit, Seiyu Ltd., on […]

Why does Wal-Mart get sued so much?

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Wake-Up Wal-Mart has posted an article from the Arkansas Democrat that could keep me going for a week if I had the time. It’s called “Lawsuits Sizes S-XXL” and, among other things, it tries to get at the question of why Wal-Mart is sued so much. How much?: Wal-Mart officials quit talking publicly several years […]

The Morning News

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

The Morning News publishes many business articles about Wal-Mart. Here is one called Back to the drawing board for Wal-Mart. The article is about how Wal-Mart needs to get back to basics (stack it high and watch it fly). But it’s the comments that are really interesting. Retail is not rocket science! If the Company […]

ANYBODY OUT THERE SPEAK GNOME…?

Monday, January 29th, 2007

This is my opportunity to display my ignorance in all its glory: Jon Ogg, who last year named Wal’Mart CEO Lee Scott to a list of Top CEO’s Who Have To Go, had this to say about Wal-Mart today. Under the headline: Cramer… slaps Lee Scott of Wal-Mart, Ogg wrote: On today’s STOP TRADING! segment […]

BI-PARTISAN SLAM FOR WAL-MART…

Monday, January 29th, 2007

In a move obviously intended to send a message to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Paul Gilmore (R-Ohio) introduced a bill today to ban commercial companies from owning a type of bank known as an industrial loan company. From Reuters: “We are seeking to prevent the expansion of a historically […]

Wal-Mart Does Bad By Doing Good.

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Last year, our friend Charles Fishman wrote about Wal-Mart’s decision to sell only certified sustainable seafood: In the case of the wild-caught fish, Wal-Mart announced that it will sell only fish that comes from fishing areas that are certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council — that is, fisheries that are managed in such […]

I think she’s got a case.

Monday, January 29th, 2007

To discourage unhealthy job applicants, [Wal-Mart Executive Vice-President Susan] Chambers suggests that Wal-Mart arrange for “all jobs to include some physical activity (e.g., all cashiers do some cart-gathering).” – New York Times, October 26, 2005. Anchorage resident Barbara Flory believes her paralysis and back problems shouldn’t prevent her from doing her job. Flory, 66, has […]