Archive for August, 2008


Sunday, August 31st, 2008

A while back Uncle Bob challenged me and my fellow bloggers here at The Writing On The Wal to get a job at Walmart. At the time we all suggested that we’d never make it past the interview process. We were right (at least for me). I applied for a Walmart consultant job this afternoon […]

Walmart angers customers at Check Out (again).

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

First it was Blu Ray. Then it was milk. Now Walmart has stepped in it again on the issue of green gaming. What’s green gaming? Sustainable video games, of course. As usual, Walmart is on the right side of this issue, but also as usual they’re blowing this WAY out of proportion. This is Joe […]


Saturday, August 30th, 2008

The news item from Living In Peru is brief: Walmart is interested in entering the Peruvian market. Two pieces caught my attention. The first was the reason for the interest given by Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Mercedes Aráoz. She told the Andina News Agency: We have met with Wal-Mart representatives and they […]

Which Vice-Presidential candidate do you think Walmart prefers?

Friday, August 29th, 2008

This guy. Or her: Wasilla’s own Gov. Sarah Palin cut the red duct-tape ribbon early this morning with a really big pair of scissors and a slug of local pride. Palin heaped praise on the store’s hard-working employees, the company’s community spirit and the hometown atmosphere that keeps the parking lot full just about any […]

And you wondered why a historian writes about Walmart.

Friday, August 29th, 2008

The National Coalition for History reports on that Walmart supposedly going onto the Wilderness Battlefield in Virginia: The Wilderness Battlefield was determined to be one of the most historically significant battlegrounds in the nation by a blue ribbon panel created by Congress in 1990. In an exhaustive 1993 report, the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission […]

The Two Americas

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Sometimes candidates have the right message, but at the wrong time. John Edwards was the first to pol to speak of the widening gulf between the haves and the have-nots, but he won’t be the last. He thought the gap was serious in the US, but it is actually a worldwide phenomenon. Other countries may […]

Visiting a Walmart Store

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

My wife was doing a bit of shopping in a mall yesterday and I wandered over to the Walmart next door to have a look around. As our devoted readers know, I’m one of the elite snobs who doesn’t shop at Walmart (I also don’t do much shopping anywhere else these days either). The store […]


Thursday, August 28th, 2008

From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Bentonville-based Wal-Mart has no intention of changing its official company name, spokesman Christi Gallagher says. But nowadays, “Walmart” refers to the company’s U. S. stores, and storefronts eventually will reflect that change. The new logo went up on store No. 1 in central Rogers on Tuesday. “Wal-Mart” refers to the entire […]

As you might have guessed, I really like Joe Biden.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

[W]ork is more than a paycheck. It’s dignity. It’s respect. It’s about whether you can look your children in the eye and say: we’re going to be OK. – Joe Biden, August 27, 2008. Do you work for Walmart? If so, does Walmart respect you? Come on, be honest with yourself. Do you know that […]


Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

How do you really feel about Walmart? 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.

Walmart finally admits that its name is commercial poison.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

From Wal-Mart Watch, discussing a Financial Times article about Walmart’s new Marketside stores: Marketside’s small format isn’t the only thing that distinguishes the pilot program from other Wal-Mart stores. Marketsides have completely independent design elements and don’t mention the word “Wal-Mart.” [Emphasis added.] Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Walmart spending millions of dollars […]

Local food at Walmart misses the whole point of the local food movement.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

NPR has a piece up about Walmart and local food which makes an excellent point: [T]he retailer’s definition of what constitutes locally grown doesn’t match the one promoted by many in the so-called local food movement. Does it matter that Walmart isn’t catering to a bunch of foodies? Yes, if you care about what you […]


Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

There is a cynical point of view in the business world that the way you get rich is by spending, and risking, other people’s money. That’s a scheme that Walmart has long adhered to and the money it likes to spend most is our tax dollars. Some call this corporate welfare; others call it socialized […]


Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Monday is Labor Day, a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Yeah. Right. Labor Day is one more Monday holiday where public employees, bankers and very few others get […]

Quote of the Day (Labor history edition).

Monday, August 25th, 2008

There are two classes in society, one incessantly striving to obtain the labor of the other class for as little as possible, and to obtain the largest amount or number of hours; and the members of the other class being, as individuals utterly helpless in a contest with their employers, naturally resort to combinations to […]