Archive for April, 2007

Happy May Day, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.!

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times, writing for tomorrow’s paper, gives Wal-Mart a great big May Day present courtesy of Human Rights Watch: In its first study of how an American company treats its workers, Human Rights Watch asserted yesterday that Wal-Mart’s aggressive efforts to keep out labor unions often violated federal law and […]

Smear opponents? Check. Jobs? Check. Repeat step two.

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Back on April 24th, Mike Ivey of the Madison [Go Badgers!] Capital Times referenced a WSJ article we’ve talked about before here: Here’s the latest Wal-Mart tax avoidance scheme, as reported in the Wall Street Journal in February 2007. Apparently, Wal-Mart has aggressively used a “captive Real Estate Investment Trust” or REIT, which is based […]

Filler in Animal Feed Is Open Secret in China

Monday, April 30th, 2007

From the NY Times: “They have fewer people inspecting product at the ports than ever before,” says Caroline Smith DeWaal, the director of food safety for the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington. “Until China gets programs in place to verify the safety of their products, they need to be inspected by […]

Ancient Camel Bones Found in Arizona

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

The tie-in is that the site is for a new Walmart store. What are the chances that they would delay construction to give archaeologists time to do a thorough investigation? AP Article (via Huffington Post) Workers digging at the future site of a Wal-Mart store in suburban Mesa have unearthed the bones of a prehistoric […]

Always Low Prices?

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

It appears that stores are using a new generation of software which helps maximize profit by pricing items according to purchasing patterns. Naturally Walmart is one the stores trying this new technology. Pricing Software Could Reshape Retail Although major software providers such as SAP AG and Oracle Corp. have joined the market, analysts estimate no […]

AT THE WALLY PLEX…

Friday, April 27th, 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 Bardacious. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

A very stupid argument returns.

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Last November I wrote a post about a very stupid and evil argument put forward by a blogger with nice graphics on his site and apparently little else. Well, that same blogger is back with a new post arguing that liberals are the cause of a spate of recent bomb threats at Wal-Marts around the […]

The Real Threat to Retail

Friday, April 27th, 2007

This story in today’s NY Times highlights what may become an increasingly important threat to big box retail stores. Amazon.com, the online retailer, is expanding a program designed to allow independent sellers to use its network of distribution centers to store and ship their products… … The program is part of a broader set of […]

Remember the tainted pet food and the Nazi T-shirts?

Friday, April 27th, 2007

From the Columbus Dispatch: Amid mounting concern over tainted foods, Wal-Mart removed frozen Chinese catfish fillets from its stores nationwide today. The move came a day after Alabama banned the sale of Chinese catfish because it was contaminated with a banned antibiotic. The antibiotic presents no immediate health hazard, only a long-run problem. Wal-Mart removed […]

Hillary Clinton owes the union movement an apology (Updated).

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Here’s the Hotline’s blog summarizing part of tonight’s Democratic Presidential debate: Williams asks [Hillary Clinton]: Overall, is Wal-Mart a good thing or bad thing for the United States of America.? Clinton: ” It’s a mixed blessing. It brought goods intro rural Arkansas and gave people a chance to stretch the dollar further. As they grew […]

Job Cuts at Sam’s Club

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

I’d try to write something analytical and profound about this, but the Research Team at Wal-Mart Watch has already done such a good job that I’m not even going to try.

On Philanthropy (Off Topic)

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

We’ve been a bit earnest lately so perhaps a little humor may be forgiven. Mr. Dooley was a character in the newspapers in the 1890’s who owned a tavern and opined on current events. Here is his take on the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie as concerns his construction of libraries (without any books). If you […]

“Wal-Mart sales do not constitute the entire economy.”

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

There’s another part of that Nelson Lichtenstein symposium on Wal-Mart I wanted to post here. In an academic symposium, commentators write short responses to an article and then the author responds in turn. In this symposium, an economic historian named Peter Coclanis makes the usual argument that Wal-Mart’s low prices save people money and therefore […]

Wal-Mart’s cheap crap is in a class by itself.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

“Why anyone would go to Wal-Mart for electronics is beyond me anyway!” – BBCAmerican, November 2, 2006. We, the writers at the Writing on the Wal, have let you down. A few days ago, Business Week posted a really interesting article by our friend Pallavi on Wal-Mart’s effect on the big screen TV market and […]

WAL-MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, April 25th, 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.