Archive for September, 2007

“Some call it stalking. I call it love.”

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Is this part of Wal-Mart’s efforts to appeal to classier shoppers?

WalMart Unsustainable?

Friday, September 28th, 2007

An article by Ruben Garcia and Andrea Buffa posted on common dreams discusses the sustainability of WalMart. The post is pretty much a summary of what we already know about WalMart, but it ends with this paragraph: It’s time to counter some of the hype about Wal-Mart’s sustainability. On Saturday, November 17th, the Saturday before […]

I’ll believe it when I see it.

Friday, September 28th, 2007

From Jeremiah Owyang: [Edelman is] helping their client Wal-Mart launch a new blog, one that is to be transparent authentic, and written from actual Wal-Mart employees. I’ve seen a preview of this blog, which will be letting the buyers and purchasers of products speak directly to the world in a conversation. Wal-Mart’s newest Social Media […]

The rest of the fisking.

Friday, September 28th, 2007

The rest of my fisking of the Wal-Mart anti-union orientation video is here, where it passed off the front page in less than hour (which explains why I post almost everything here now exclusively). There are also some other interesting, better-informed-than-mine comments here. PS to “antichue”: I’m not in the least bit surprised to find […]

Wal-Mart Prices Aim for Younger Medicine User

Friday, September 28th, 2007

The NY Times rewrites the Walmart press release about their expanding drug plan. Perhaps the notice that offering birth control and ADD drugs is worth pointing out, but so is this: Perhaps more significant, Wal-Mart said it would start selling generic versions of two popular birth control pills for $9 a month, appealing to an […]

Between a rock and a hard place.

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

If you don’t remember, I quoted this from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel last night: Topps Meats, a New Jersey-based business, announced on Tuesday that it would recall more than 331,000 pounds of frozen beef patties distributed around the country. Wal-Mart also said it would remove Topps products from its stores. “We’re not sure why it […]

Success!

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

I finally got to see the video most of you probably saw three days ago. I’ve taken down a transcript and started fisking it over in my old JR Monsterfodder space if anyone here is interested in reading that.

Greenwashing Works

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Well either Bill Clinton is more easily fooled that I imagined, or what critics have been saying about his “triangulation” strategy during his presidency is true. The strategy seems to have been give the GOP and big business whatever they wanted. The latest example: Clinton Hails Wal-Mart As Eco-Leader Sharing the stage with the chief […]

More on Walmart in India

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Today there is a profile of Sunil Bharti Mittal the man behind the Walmart deal in India. We can ignore the Horatio Alger story and focus on this bit of flimflam by Walmart: A month later, Mr. Mittal flew to Wal-Mart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., to meet Michael T. Duke, the company’s vice chairman. “What […]

Wal-Mart Launches Phase Two of Prescription Program

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Via CNN Money More medicines covering more categories — Important prescription medicines have been added to the $4 program covering glaucoma, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), fungal infections and acne. Fertility and prescription birth control will also be included at $9… … Faster savings on new-to-market generics — One month ago, the antifungal […]

It’s only a matter of time before Wal-Mart kills somebody.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: A local teen and her family have filed a suit against Wal-Mart after the girl allegedly contracted E. coli from eating a hamburger patty sold by one of the retail giant’s stores. Samantha Safranek, 18, suffered kidney failure, was hospitalized for three weeks in August and nearly died, according to […]

Now laundry detergent.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

You know, if Wal-Mart cared more about saving the Earth than about getting good press coverage they might make all of these kinds of announcements at once instead of stringing them out day after day.

WAL-MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, September 26th, 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.

Next stop: YouTube?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

The Wal-Mart union-busting orientation video that Jeff posted yesterday (and I still haven’t seen because I couldn’t get it it to play on my laptop at home) is now history. The darn thing has 631 Diggs as of this counting, so you know the people who put it up couldn’t have taken it down for […]

What about all the other cheap crap, Tom?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Last July, Mr. Scott was visiting a Wal-Mart in Las Vegas on a day when the temperature was more than 100 degrees. He happened to notice that a Wal-Mart staple — inexpensive Styrofoam coolers — were not being promoted by the store’s associates. As Andrew Ruben, Wal-Mart’s vice president for sustainability, told me: “Lee walked […]