Archive for October, 2008

AT THE WALLY PLEX…

Friday, October 31st, 2008

There are sound stages on Hollywood’s back lots smaller than Bentonvile’s behemoths, so it’s no surprise that budding video talent has been sneaking cameras in at odd hours. And now for the midnight show at the Wally Plex featuring slizil. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

WALMART BARGAINING FOR DRUGS…

Friday, October 31st, 2008

The last time Congress dealt with prices for prescription drugs it infamously prohibited the Federal government from bargaining for a best-price, tying both arms and leg behind Medicaid and Medicare when dealing with drug companies. Walmart has no such handicaps. From the Northwest Arkansas Morning News: Pharmacy benefit managers could soon find themselves contending with […]

CAN I GET LOTS OF MONEY FOR THIS…?

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Uncle Bob and I have an on-going discussion regarding our legal system, tort reform and frivolous lawsuits. In the past I have flagged cases against Walmart that I’ve thought of as pure bullshit. This morning I found an example of one in the making. From LawInfo: Last night I walked into a Wal-Mart with my […]

COULD THIS MEAN A WALMART BOYCOTT…?

Friday, October 31st, 2008

The first rule of retailing is to know your customers. You don’t sell canned hams in Bersheba and you don’t market full-length fur coats in Bora Bora. But it looks like Joe Tapper, Walmart’s vice president for store presentation didn’t get the memo. In speaking about Walmart’s redesign of the interiors of its stores, Tapper […]

THE GO, NO GO RV- ATLAS FOR WALMARTS…

Friday, October 31st, 2008

As I watched this video this morning I wondered first, how many people a year actually do stop in Walmart parking lot for the night, and second, is the whole recreational vehicle culture about to disappear? Do you know anyone with an RV who camps at Walmarts? Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

WHILE YOU’RE WAITING IN THAT LINE…

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I prefer to not write about Walmart customers because people who have to shop at a Walmart have to shop at a Walmart (just don’t buy your toothpaste there). But Walmart Bingo made me smile this morning. We need more smiles. My favorite is the teardrop tattoo. Is nothing sacred? Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will […]

Walmart’s captive workforce.

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Perhaps telling its managers to vote Repulican is actually a recruitment strategy.

A READER’S REQUEST…

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

I’ve struck out in my search on the intertubes for the author of this particular Wal-Mart parody. My best suggestion is that JoAnn get in touch with the Raging Grannies. Anyone out there have a clue to how else JoAnn might find her source? Hello, I’m a member of the Seattle Labor Chorus, and have […]

[Sound of JR’s hand crashing into his forehead.]

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

From Business Week: Wal-Mart studied how its customers shop, and [Joe] Tapper and Jay Mitchael — Wal-Mart’s vice president for merchandise and modular planning — found that customers weren’t spending their time efficiently. But the changes aren’t designed to rush the customer out of the store. “The idea is to make the experience seem faster,” […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, October 29th, 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.

People ringing doorbells is not a threat to democracy.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

You’ve heard this story before in this space: Earlier this year, a story in the Wall Street Journal said Wal-Mart executives told employees that unionization could force the retailer to cut jobs as labor costs rise, and that employees would have to pay hefty union dues and get nothing in return. While Wal-Mart said it […]

Bargain in Aisle 3

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Wal-Mart to sell G1 for $30 less than T-Mobile USA Wal-Mart Stores Inc plans to sell the G1 cell phone for about $30 less than T-Mobile USA, the exclusive U.S. carrier for the device. Wal-Mart said it would start selling the touch-screen phone for $148.88 on Wednesday October 29 in about 550 stores for consumers […]

POR FAVOR… NO MAS…!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

We’ve written before about Walmart micro-targeting niche populations like the Middle Eastern community around Detroit. Now it wants to march its Hispanic marketing lessons from Mexico into Texas with a wholesale club targeting a Latino base. From Reuters: Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s Sam’s Club division is opening a new type of warehouse club aimed at attracting […]

WALMART HAS TOO MUCH SPACE…

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Walmart made its stores too big, too big to heat, too big to light, too big to stock. And what do you do when you have only have a bit of food and really big plates? You artfully arrange the food to make the plate look full. From the Associated Press: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is […]

Business Roundup

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Wal-Mart prepared to gain share despite downturn “In a time of great economic uncertainty, this company is well positioned to succeed in the future and in the short term,” said Chief Executive Officer Lee Scott … … Wal-Mart Chief Financial Officer Tom Schoewe said Tuesday the retailer’s total capital spending for the current fiscal year […]