Archive for April, 2008

Evil and stupid: Two great traits that go great together!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

This is from a new e-mail in my inbox by David Nassar of Wal-Mart Watch: Remember when Wal-Mart told Jim Shank on April 1 that the company would not claim Debbie Shank’s money in her trust so it could be used for her medical care? Apparently, Wal-Mart is not keeping its promise to Debbie and […]

WAL-MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, April 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.

Inactivity.

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Mr Coolidge’s genius for inactivity is developed to a very high point. It is far from being an indolent activity…Nobody has ever worked harder at inactivity, such force of character, with such unremitting attention to detail. – Walter Lippmann, on President Calvin Coolidge. As of this writing, there hasn’t been a post over at Check […]

BUT ARE THEY STILL AFFLUENT SHOPPERS…?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Wal-Mart’s U.S. Division CEO touts the meme that more affluent shoppers are coming to Wal-Mart. The question I have is: if they’re coming to Wal-Mart because they’re salaries aren’t stretching as far as they once did, are they still considered affluent? I don’t think so. From the Associated Press: More affluent customers are shopping at […]

Kodak and Wal-Mart Launch Nationwide Recycling Program

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

From Shutterbug Magazine: Eastman Kodak Company and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. have announced the launch of a national program to recycle used materials from in-store picture kiosks. The program is underway at about 4,100 Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubs in the U.S. that operate KODAK Picture Kiosks, and is expected to annually recycle 2 million pounds […]

Food: The way it used to be.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Cross-posted at More or Less Bunk. I just discovered Feeding America, historic cookbooks online at Michigan State University and am now deeply engrossed in Thomas Devoe’s The Market Assistant (from which the above picture is taken) and Artemas Ward’s The Grocer’s Encyclopedia. I think there’s a pretty good chance I might not surface for days.

Personally, I’d recommend a credit union.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Help me here, please. Read this press release and tell me whether people without bank accounts can bring Wal-Mart their economic stimulus checks and actually get cash back, as the Reuters story I see on this subject seems to suggest. I can’t tell. What I can tell, however, is that this is a major opportunity […]

It’s the growth, stupid.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

This whole post by Stacy Mitchell is absolutely wonderful, but I particularly like this: The best case scenario for Wal-Mart’s sustainability initiative is to make a highly polluting operation somewhat less so. But the best case scenario is not what Wal-Mart hopes to achieve. Like everything the company does, its eco-initiatives are designed to facilitate […]

HE JUST BELIEVED WAL-MART’S OWN PR…

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Steve Bradley just wanted a job. He was willing to take any job that Wal-Mart had to offer. He was willing to accept any wage Wal-Mart would pay. Bradley knew Wal-Mart hired people like him; he’d seen the people smiling in pictures Wal-Mart used to promote its image. Bradley didn’t get hired. He has cerebral […]

WHAT BIZARRO UNIVERSE HAVE I SLIPPED INTO…?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

On Sunday I wrote about Wal-Mart revisiting the world of high fashion in the middle of a recession. Then this morning I read about a Wal-Mart in Nashville, Tennessee, considering valet parking. Is this the end of the world? From WSMV: The [Wal-Mart] store at Old Hickory Boulevard and Nolensville Pike in south Nashville is […]

Who wants to help a mom of two?

Monday, April 28th, 2008

She has a blog I just discovered called “How to Avoid Walmart.” If her title isn’t enough to get you interested in reading, let’s offer this argument from her second post: My next big challenge will be proving to my husband, and to others as well, that shopping almost anywhere but Walmart will not cost […]

COFFEE SPEWING ALERT…

Monday, April 28th, 2008

I once got an irate phone call from a reader about a magazine cover I conceived that featured the banner head: White Trash! I’m entitled because I grew up in Appalachia and swapped lies with plenty of friends in that colorful category. So I make no apologies for linking to Freida Bee’s retelling of a […]

“Bonfire anyone?”

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Wednesday will announce a partnership with Disney for more than 140 products based on the Disney Channel’s wildly popular teen series Hannah Montana. The goods roll out nationwide this week, and a marketing campaign starts pitching Wal-Mart as “Hannah Montana Headquarters,” says Janet Bareis, marketing vice president. – USA Today, 1/29/08. Some […]

LEFT HAND CALL RIGHT HAND, IT’S URGENT…

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

I’m missing a key point here. We’re in the middle of the first recession created by Wall Street since 1929, shoppers are going to Wal-Mart because they can only afford cheap plastic crap from China and Wal-Mart is making another stab at upscale clothing? From The Wall Street Journal: Despite the discount retailer’s assurances that […]

Let them eat … peanut butter

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Marie Antoinette’s famous advice has been updated. Recession Diet Just One Way to Tighten Belt Stung by rising gasoline and food prices, Americans are finding creative ways to cut costs on routine items like groceries and clothing, forcing retailers, restaurants and manufacturers to decode the tastes of a suddenly thrifty public. … Wal-Mart Stores reports […]