Archive for March, 2007

FACT CHECK, AISLE SEVEN…

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

There is a bit of viral emailing going on regarding Wal-Mart and Becky at I Thought I Would Have It Together By Now… wants to know how much of the information is true. My gut says that most of it was true at some point in the past year. I haven’t run the most recent […]

CLUELESS OR LYING… YOU CHOOSE…

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

One pass wasn’t enough for PR Week writer Hamilton Nolan when it came to Wal-Mart, Edelman and the damning Jeffrey Goldberg’s New Yorker article. Nolan came back to the story yesterday to give Edelman a few more well deserved swats. As mentioned earlier on this blog, the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Goldberg piece on Edelman’s work […]

AT THE WALLY PLEX…

Friday, March 30th, 2007

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 avertist. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

“Paid Critics” is no more.

Friday, March 30th, 2007

I always got the feeling that I was the only person who ever read that poor excuse for a blog. Now I’m guessing I might have been right: For the last few months, Working Families for Wal-Mart has been covering the paid critics on this blog. It has exposed their hypocrisy and their over the […]

Quote of the Day

Friday, March 30th, 2007

“[Wal-Mart is] making America fat. Actually, Americans are making America fat, but all the ingredients are there in the store: wide-screen TVs in one aisle, jumbo bags of Doritos in the next. Maybe Wal-Mart should offer diabetes testing on the way out.” – “Confessions of a Wal-Mart Schizophrenic,” US News and World Report, March 29, […]

The impossibility of a green Wal-Mart

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

From an online article in Grist Wal-Mart’s eco-commitments are not without substance. … This cannot be dismissed as greenwashing. It’s actually far more dangerous than that. Wal-Mart’s initiatives have just enough meat to have distracted much of the environmental movement, along with most journalists and many ordinary people, from the fundamental fact that, as a […]

Bare-Knuckle Enforcement for Wal-Mart’s Rules

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

From today’s NY Times Wal-Mart, renowned to outsiders for its elbows-out business tactics, is known internally for its bare-knuckled no-expense-spared investigations of employees who break its ironclad ethics rules. [my emphasis] This is, if history is any guide, the tip of the iceberg. Companies with their own internal secret police force usually also engage in […]

How Wal-Mart’s Labor Policies Affect Customers

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Our friend BBCAmerican is having a crisis of confidence. A few days ago, he wrote: Personally, I think my writing is getting stale and predictable. How many evil customers can you read about? Really? I’m sure a lot of people read BBCAmerican because they too deal with the ugly side of American consumerism every day, […]

Can Edelman manufacture its own clients?

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

By now, the New Yorker article on the Wal-Mart spin team is old news. Nevertheless, I want to emphasize a part that Peter has already considered to make a slightly different point quite near and dear to my heart: St. Claire was one of the forces behind Working Families for Wal-Mart, which paid for his […]

Just When You Thought it Couldn’t Get Any Worse

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

This makes even Walmart look like a (half) decent employer. Circuit City to cut more than 3,500 jobs The electronics retailer, facing larger competitors and falling sales, said Wednesday that it would lay off about 3,400 store workers– immediately — and replace them with lower-paid new hires as soon as possible. Circuit City, the nation’s […]

WAL-MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, March 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.

WAL-MART TO NEW YORK: FUGEDDABOUDIT…

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

That’s the lede in this morning’s New York Times for a story reporting on a sit-down by its editors and reporters with Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott. Scott told the journalists: I don’t care if we are ever here… I don’t think it’s worth the effort. (In typical flack fashion, a denizen of Action Alley called […]

Meeting the Senior Edelman Employee

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

More on the New Yorker article. Greg St. Claire….St. Claire….that name sounds familiar. Remember Wal-Marting Across America!!? It was Laura St. Claire, Greg’s sister, writing that blog. One was Greg St. Claire, at the moment the senior Edelman employee there. St. Claire, who is about forty and is a former Republican congressional staff member, got […]

Wow! Just Wow!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Thanks Jonathan. I just finished reading the New Yorker article entitled “Selling Wal-Mart” by Jeffery Goldberg. What am I wowing about? Just this: The job of the Edelman people—there are about twenty, along with more than three dozen in-house public-relations specialists—is to help Wal-Mart scrub its muddied image. Wal-Mart critics tie up 20 Edelman people […]

What Would Happen if Walmart Raised Prices?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

One of the arguments that Walmart gives for not raising the wages of their workers is that it would cause prices to rise (the alternative of earning less is not, apparently, a possibility even to be considered). So let’s assume that Walmart will raise prices in response to demands for improved wages. Is their claim […]