Archive for February, 2007

Speaking of Groceries

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Today’s NY Times had this article about Whole Foods The newer stores are getting bigger, too: 60,000- to 80,000-square-foot supermarkets, they have extensive prepared food offerings, along with in-store restaurants, spas, concierge shopping services, gelato stands, chocolate fountains and pizza counters. … Whole Foods faces competition from chains like Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, Safeway and Kroger, […]

Back to the Employee Free Choice Act

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Please excuse me for expanding the parameters of this blog a little bit, but like my post on Dick Cheney a couple of nights ago, this essay will also come around to Wal-Mart before the end. It looks like the campaign against the Employee Free Choice Act is in full swing. As a labor historian, […]

WAL-MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, February 28th, 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.

When Did You Stop Beating Your Wife?

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Here’s the followup to yesterday’s item about compensation consultants: “The New York Stock Exchange has indicated that we are not in violation of its rules,” Wal-Mart spokesman John Simley told Reuters. Did the NYSE really conduct an investigation in two days?

Open Season at Wal-Mart . . .

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

. . . at least if you’re under 18 or over 65. From YourHub Denver (connected to the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News): A Wheat Ridge police officer was shocked to learn recently that America’s largest retailer will no longer prosecute shoplifters under the age of 18 or older than 65, according to a […]

The Slightly After Dinner Wal-Mart Roundup.

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

* The AFL-CIO plays hardball: The AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor group, is asking the New York Stock Exchange to investigate Wal- Mart Stores Inc.’s executive-compensation practices. The AFL-CIO wants the NYSE to look at whether Wal-Mart is violating one of the company’s own corporate-governance rules by allowing management, rather than its outside directors, to […]

OUR PORN-RIDDLED GALAXY OF WALMARTS…

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

No night hours here, like physicists their universe mathematical      and pure in its way: dinner at six, Rawhide at eight, lights out at ten, kiss in the dark, up at five for the subatomic world      of toggle bolts, cap screws, hinch-pin clips, split-lock washers. And the tools — saws, rakes, wrenches, […]

This stinks!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Why couldn’t Wal-Mart have drawn a weaker opponent in the early rounds? Aren’t they a top seed?

“Staying union free is a full-time commitment.”

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Thanks to ImpeachKingBushII for remininding me of this lovely piece of inspirational poetry from the Wal-Mart managers handbook: Staying union free is a full-time commitment. Unless union prevention is a goal equal to other objectives within an organization, the goal will usually not be attained. The commitment to stay union free must exist at all […]

SAINSBURY…? MAYBE… MAYBE NOT…

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

This story is perhaps a little tOo gnomish, but when you’re Wal-Mart, any small financial move threatens whole business sectors. So when a gnome speculates what Wal-Mart might do if a rumor is true, people get on the phones. From Reuters: Asda, the British grocer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., could counterbid for J. Sainsbury should […]

WAL-MART: CHINA’S NO. 2 MONOPOLY…

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

The principle monopoly in China is the Communist Government. But Wal-Mart has inched it’s way toward becoming a monopoly-in-waiting with the down-payment purchase today of 35 percent of Bounteous Co. Ltd., the owner of well-placed Trust Marts. From Reuters: Under terms of the deal, Wal-Mart said it would buy control of the Taiwan-based chain by […]

Who does Dick Cheney think he’s kidding?

Monday, February 26th, 2007

I wrote this one out for the Kos audience because I haven’t posted there in a long time. Nevertheless, I’m x-posting here because if you read on you’ll see it is still on topic for this blog. On February 14, 2007, Vice-President Dick Cheney promised to protect workers’ rights. Stop laughing, I’m not making this […]

Does the Emperor have no clothes?

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Ever since I have been a Wal-Mart blogger, there has always been a little part of me that wondered whether Wal-Mart is (like Enron was) actually a house of cards waiting to collapse. I know, I know – the company is profitable, but think of their fixed costs and all that discretionary spending going into […]

WHAT CAN WAL-MART TEACH MR. SOTO…?

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Other than how to say Welcome to Wal-Mart, of course. Francisco Soto is the owner of Midwest Audio, a Chicago business in Wal-Mart’s first Jobs and Opportunity Zone. Last Christmas, says Soto, Wal-Mart sold TV-radios for $25 under his cost. That’s my bread and butter,” Soto says. “I don’t know what my future here holds. […]

Bringing Wal-Mart to a New Level

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Via an item on DailyKos which references work from Midwest Environmental Advocates comes a story about a Walmart effort in Wisconsin: Last fall I moved to a lovely little town in southern Wisconsin. It is small, has a thriving downtown, and the traffic is minimal. Unfortunately, Wal*Mart also thinks it’s the perfect town to build […]