Archive for November, 2007

DID WAL-MART STIFF CLEVELAND…?

Monday, November 26th, 2007

The Wal-Mole formerly known as BBC American dropped me an email this afternoon. BBC was bothered by the 300 number the Wal-Flacks bantered about for the number of jobs at the Wal-Mart Supercenter at Cleveland’s Steelyard Commons. Heres the problem: Wal-Mart seems to be shrinking staff without shrinking store size. From Wal-Mart Facts — 2004: […]

Wal-Mart: Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to break free (so that we can exploit them).

Monday, November 26th, 2007

I love it when Jeff and I take a story in two different directions! It makes me feel like I’m part of a team. Today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer story is a great example. While Jeff’s post is excellent, he didn’t bring you my favorite quote. Here it is, with full context: Sadly, few of the […]

BLACK FRIDAY… SCENE I’M DONE…

Monday, November 26th, 2007

I still haven’t been near a store to buy anything for the holidays — I buy 95 percent of my gifts at a local book store plus a Fruit Of The Month package for my parents — and I can’t stand to look at another Black Friday video. Can you? Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will […]

The Shopping Race

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Just as the political press likes to treat the election campaign as a horse race, the business press is doing the same thing in its coverage of the Christmas shopping season. The NY Times had a detailed report on the Black Friday weekend today. I found this part the most interesting: But shoppers did not […]

WAL-MART REJECTS 5,700+ IN CLEVELAND…

Monday, November 26th, 2007

In what can only be seen as a condemnation of the mayoral stewardships of Jane Campbell and Frank Jackson, and the total absence of leadership from its city council member past and present, Cleveland’s only Wal-Mart turned away more than 5,700 job applicants. From Cleveland’s Plain Dealer: When thousands of people compete for a few […]

Eco poaching

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

It seems that the big chains are poaching the niches created by eco conscious smaller firms. This is from the Guardian: Can supermarkets be green giants? ‘Supermarkets wait and see how a product from an outstanding independent supplier is doing, and if it sells well will “de-list” it without explanation and bring out their own […]

David vs Goliath

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

The mom & pop vs the big retailer gets an airing in this local story, only this time it’s about Starbucks. A small coffee shop in Little Falls, NJ is fighting back against the opening of a Starbucks a half mile away by buying an ad on a billboard. See the story for an picture […]

WELCOME TO WAL-GAS…

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

In an era that will increasingly be dominated by the price of gasoline, we all knew that it was just a matter of time before Wal-Mart, faced with consumers unwilling, or unable, to drive any distance to shop would go small, local and… begin selling gasoline itself on a massive scale. From Convenience Store News: […]

Retail picture mixed

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

As I predicted awhile ago, a squeeze on people’s disposable income should benefit Walmart, as people shift to less expensive stores. At the same time this should also hurt Walmart as those with even less disposable income stop shopping for non-essentials altogether. Here’s the latest take, in what I’m sure will be a continuing series […]

Sierra Club 1, Environmental Defense 0.

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

There’s a major front-pager on Wal-Mart in today’s Washington Post. It’s got a little bit of everything, but I’d say it’s mostly about the environment. Here’s the part I found most interesting: Environmental activists debated which side to join. They worried that Wal-Mart encouraged shoppers to drive long distances and pushed manufacturing jobs to countries […]

BLACK FRIDAY…. SCENE 7…

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

THIS KID KNOWS HOW TO WALLOP WAL-MART…

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Rather than suffering hours of cold just to be crushed in the stampede of frenzied shoppers convinced they can prove their love and self-worth by buying cheap plastic crap from China, one girl decided to turn the Black Friday insanity into a positive experience… and take some of Wal-Mart’s money in the bargain. From the […]

BLACK FRIDAY…. WHERE WAL-MART IS LEADING…

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

BBCAmerican is obviously a masochist.

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Why else would he return to a Wal-Mart on Black Friday of all days? From 21 Minutes: Let me go on record and say that if I were a customer at this Wal-Mart – I would be plenty pissed off. It is 3 p.m. on Black Friday – and there are only four registers open. […]

BLACK FRIDAY…. SCENE 6…

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.