Archive for February, 2008

AT THE WALLY PLEX…

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Video: Something Wall-Mart this way comes…

More answers for Rand.

Friday, February 29th, 2008

It looks like Rand’s post about sustainable food has really caught on in the blogosphere! Eating Liberally borrows his questions for what I believe is a weekly segment called “Let’s Ask Marion,” in which they get answers from NYU Nutrition Professor Marion Nestle. She starts with what should be removed from stores and it’s a […]

Wal-Mart: Still throwing out food.

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Via Wake-Up Wal-Mart, I notice that the same St. Louis TV station that did this report in December on Wal-Mart’s policy of throwing out perfectly good food instead of donating it to food banks has a follow-up report here. Other than a few irate politicians, there’s nothing new there except the announcement of a pilot […]

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS INTERSECTION…?

Friday, February 29th, 2008

At 9920 East 30th Street, near the intersection with North Meitthoefer Road, in Indianapolis, Indiana, a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market store closed yesterday. The store was twice the size of Wal-Mart’s Marketside stores. From The Indianapolis Star: The store’s 71 employees have similar positions waiting for them at other Neighborhood Markets and Wal-Mart stores in Indianapolis, […]

An open letter to Rand Waddoups.

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

This is my promised comment in response to Rand’s post here. I’ll post it at Check Out as soon as I’m done, and look for it to show up there once it’s been moderated. Rand: You’ve surprised me – Not just by the fact that you created an entire post from my comment, but by […]

Censorship at Check Out? [Updated].

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

A couple of days ago, I noted a post at Check Out by Rand Waddoups in which he asked for feedback on what Wal-Mart could do to make industrialized food more sustainable. At the time I pleaded meetings and Elvis papers as the reason I didn’t respond immediately. The Elvis papers are graded and I […]

WAL-MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Thursday, February 28th, 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.

Economics

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

This contains a bit of insider humor, but I’ll try to provide some context. Greg Mankiw is an influential conservative economist who was the chairman of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors. He is a big fan of “free trade”, as is, of course, Walmart (see I did make a connection). He is also the […]

HAS WAL-MART BECOME A THIEF MAGNET…?

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

I ask the question with only anecdotal evidence to back me up, but I have to ask it anyway. Have hard times and low-to-no security made Wal-Mart a thief magnet. Bank robbers, like Willy Sutton, robbed banks because that’s where the money was. Crime in Wal-Mart parking lots is old news. But Henrietta Abell’s story […]

The Wal-Mart Puzzle

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Here’s an article from the online magazine Slate: The economy’s tanking. So why is Walmart thriving? Which brings us to the mystery of Wal-Mart. The nation’s largest retailer, which caters to working-class customers, seems to have something of a sweet spot….So how can it be that Wal-Mart’s stock is outperforming its tonier, trendier rivals? The […]

Mmmmmmm……downer cow [JR makes a Homer sound].

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Robert has already mentioned the biggest beef recall in American history. Now we can link it directly to Wal-Mart: A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said a company called Stampede Meat informed Wal-Mart last Tuesday that it was a customer of Hallmark/Westland [the plant whose meat was recalled]. Wal-Mart directed its stores to destroy the affected products. The […]

SO WHY IS WAL-MART THRIVIING…?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Daniel Gross asks the question this morning on Slate under the headline The Wal-Mart Puzzle. Gross gets it and nails four reasons why Wal-Mart looks so attrative to the Wall Street gnomes and the gamblers who hang on their every word. Can Wal-Mart really save the oughties? Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

LIVE BY THE SHELF… DIE BY THE SHELF…

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

In agriculture farmers talk about the dangers of monocultures — crops with little or no genetic diversity where a new virus can wipe out 90 percent or more of a crop with no resistance. Cott has learned that a lack of diversity in customers can be just as devistating. From Canadian Business: Cott Corp., which […]

Is Walmart a Dinosaur?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Apple beats Best Buy, Target in music sales; only behind Wal-Mart With music sales on its iTunes Store continuing to grow and sales of physical CDs continuing to fall, Apple has become the second largest music retailer in the United States, only trailing retail giant Wal-Mart. Walmart shouldn’t feel bad, IBM almost went broke before […]

Pardon me, but I want a second opinion.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Let’s talk about yogurt. Here’s Rand Waddoups at Check Out: Our size allows us the unique and exciting opportunity to create markets for products you know…like a new yogurt that strengthens your immune system to market (DanActive, which really does work). Yup, Dannon really is marketing a yogurt to “[h]elp strengthen your body’s defenses.” Being […]