Archive for May, 2008

AT THE WALLY PLEX…

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Panhandlers outside of an Oregon Wal-Mart can make seven times more than actual Wal-Mart employees. Hoofy and Boo report on one of the biggest businesses on the street…

I certainly won’t miss the meat at Wal-Mart.

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Those of you out there who have been following my writing on Wal-Mart for a while know that I gave up eating beef about two years ago in large part because of the meat posts I’ve written for this blog. Well, we had a family meeting tonight over pizza (without pepperoni or sausage) and decided […]

WAL-MART FLUNKS ECON 101…?

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

I confess that at one level I want to applaud Wal-Mart standing its ground on wholesale prices. But after my initial stick-it-to-the-man moment I snapped out of it and remembered that Wal-Mart is The Man. Cheap plastic crap from China can only get so cheap. If increasing energy costs in production are not balanced by […]

WORDS FROM A WAL-MOLE…

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Most everything one hears about Wal-Mart is true. I can’t truly express the way I feel about the company around people I work with for fear of my job. I’d like to ramble a bit. So here I go. We need union representation. “Union” is like a four letter word there. I can’t count the […]

WAL-MART TACKLING EBAY AND CRAIG’S LIST…?

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

LET WAL-MART FIX IT… IT CAN FIX ANYTHING…

Friday, May 30th, 2008

First, my apologies to Mikey, wherever he may be. If you’re in business, then business is the answer to every problem. Every aspect of life, business people believe, is a contract; a transaction where services are exchanged for legal tender. Anyone who thinks otherwise, business people will assert, is just a fuzzy-brained liberal with no […]

It’s not “Jim and Laura” again, but it’s still the same problem.

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Rand is back, bragging about the wonders of smaller bottles of laundry detergent: Second, these changes are great b/c they end up being about more than just Wal-Mart. Because this was done in partnership with the suppliers of detergent focused on efficiency across the entire supply chain, the impact will be seen at the rest […]

Scientific proof that Wal-Mart profits from human misery.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Freakonomics quotes a new paper from University of Missouri economist Emek Basker which is much more interesting than it sounds: In this note, I estimate the income elasticity of revenue for Wal-Mart and Target over the last ten years. Because some consumers are likely to view each discounter’s products as normal while others view them […]

SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM…

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

The AP gives us our latest “times are tough” story: Love it, hate it or laugh at it — at least it’s inexpensive. Sales of Spam — that much maligned meat — are rising as consumers are turning more to lunch meats and other lower-cost foods to extend their already stretched food budgets. What was […]

I GET IT…! WAL-MART LOVES ANOREXICS…!

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

The primary problem with the Wal-Mart philosophy of constantly driving prices lower and lower is that at some point, the fat is all gone and you start destroying muscle. Lean and mean can be healthy. Anorexia never is. In the business world profit is the fat. Quality is the muscle. And Wal-Mart is destroying the […]

WHAT DOES TENNESSEE THAT OTHERS DON’T…?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Why has Tennessee unilaterally withdrawn from the Wal-Mart energy audit program that it — and 18 other state governments — signed on to earlier this month? Only the government knows and it isn’t talking. Was there too much public in the public-private partnership? From the Associated Press: Under the program announced May 6 at the […]

“Finally, you start skipping meals.”

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

I can’t remember how many times this blog has used a variation on the phrase “Wal-Mart loves human suffering,” but it’s a lot and I’m not the only one here who’s used it. Now that human suffering is spreading well beyond Wal-Mart shoppers, there are a lot more stories like that out there. Here is […]

WAL-MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, May 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.

Quality control?

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

By now, you’ve probably seen the story about the scorpion in the watermelon biting that little girl at a Wal-Mart in West Virginia. When something gets this much press, I generally try to avoid blogging about it unless I have something different to say. I do. This isn’t the most important thing about this story, […]

WAL-MART TO HAVE IN-STORE CASSINOS…?

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Shop at Wal-Mart. Buy lots of cheap plastic crap from China. Gamble away what ever is left in your bank account. Installing the lottery equivalent of one-armed bandits in its stores is not Wal-Mart’s idea, but the company admits it likes the money. From Raleigh, North Carolina, News & Observer: Officials in charge of North […]