Archive for January, 2008

YOU SHOULD LOVE WORKING AT WAL-MART…

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

We all get email here at The Writing On the Wal. Sometimes readers need some information or want to share experiences either shopping at or working for Wal-Mart. While I wouldn’t say the letters I’ve recieved were 100 percent negative, it’s pretty close. Like this one. I’m writing you this letter, because I’m a team […]

“Labor unions are nothing but blood-sucking parasites living off the productive labor of people who work for a living.”

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Click here, then click again on the phrase “VIDEO: Clinton’s Corporate Side” to see the full video report of the story about Hillary Clinton and Wal-Mart I linked to this morning. In that story, you’ll see former Wal-Mart Board member John Tate get a big hand at a Wal-Mart meeting repeating the quote I’ve used […]

Pro Business Puff Piece

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

From the LA Times opinion page: A gentler capitalism Every few decades, America’s business leaders change their minds about what obligations corporations and the wealthy have to society. This happened 100 years ago, when ex-robber barons like Andrew Carnegie invented modern philanthropy to address social ills, and in the mid-20th century, when leading executives stopped […]

Guess what this is.

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Hint: they’re not preparing the bread for composting.

“Clinton Remained Silent As Wal-Mart Fought Unions.”

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Yes, it’s old news, but I think it tells you a lot about how much she’d care about the plight of organized labor even today. Her strategy for everything would be the same that her husband had: compromise, triangulate and conduct a poll. Gosh, I miss John Edwards already! PS Someone out there with an […]

WILL MOVING TO NEW YORK HELP, TAKE 2…?

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

[Update: 0832 — I came across this little gem by Liz Gunnison on Portfolio: Bravo to that. Wal-Mart couldn’t have picked a better time to get out of the apparel game (unless it was this time last year). With “recession” as the buzzword on everyone’s lips, clothing retailers are posting some of the steepest losses […]

Some call it slavery.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

New from Wal-Mart Watch:

More fallout from the “Wal-Mart Stimulus Package?”

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Maybe this explains why Wal-Marts are crime magnets.

WAL-MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

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.

Starbucks – Chapter II

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

I know this is supposed to be a Walmart focused site, but sometimes it pays to look at other weather vanes to see which way the wind is blowing. Starbucks offers two views into the economy. The first is their push to open more stores as a kind of bragging game. This is the same […]

The “Wal-Mart Stimulus Package”: Harbinger of doom?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

When I first read Wal-Mart’s “Economic Stimulus Package” press release yesterday, I had a nice chuckle and went on with my day. Thanks to Joseph at Plunderbund, I’m revising that assessment: Walmart can call it price-chopping and say it’s intended to help consumers get more for their dollars but at the end of the day […]

WILL MOVING TO NEW YORK HELP…?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

We’re all used to reading stories about thousands of people lining up for jobs at Wal-Mart. What we haven’t seen is news that Wal-Mart is laying off workers; not in the stores, but in the Bentonville-based apparel department. And the people who don’t lose their jobs? They’re moving to New York. New York? From The […]

Time is Money

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

OK, this is a bit wonky. A new paper out says that families headed by older people spend less for the same items than those who are in their 40’s because they can use their time to find the deals. We find that the price paid for a particular bar-coded item is essentially flat up […]

Rollback? What rollback?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Via the Consumerist (as usual):

“Wal-Mart: Recession Ambulance Chasers.”

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Jonathan Tasini is on a frickin’ roll. First there was this, now there’s this (reacting to the story Robert reported on this morning): Not only is Wal-Mart seeing the recession as a way to draw in more cash-strapped customers, they want to exacerbate an already bad situation by encouraging people to pile on more debt: […]