Archive for April, 2009

Is that a threat?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

From Bloomberg: “We continue to hear great things from our 1.4 million associates, and the large majority tells us they enjoy their job,” Daphne Moore, a company spokeswoman, said in a phone interview today. “Looking at all we offer, many of our associates just don’t seem to feel that union membership would be a better […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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.

MERCED COUNTY UNDERSTANDS THE RISKS…

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Even if proponents of a Walmart distribution center in Merced County, California can’t see any downsides to the project, the opponents can. A distribution center is a retail bridgehead for a full-scale invasion. The people are fighting on the beach. Scott Jason writes: [San Francisco State University economics professor Philip] King, who’s studied urban decay, […]

AH, THOSE $4 PRESCRIPTIONS… [UPDATE 1]

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

All too often I slack in my duties to tell, as Paul Harvey put it, the rest of the story. There’s so much to talk about when it comes to Walmart, I find it difficult to stay on top of developing stories. But then there are stories just so feckin’ weird, you can’t turn away. […]

Union on verge of organizing Miami-area Walmart.

Monday, April 27th, 2009

I have papers to grade, but getting this story out is too important for me to shirk on my self-appointed duty as a Walmart watcher. From the Miami Herald: Workers at a North Miami Beach Wal-Mart Supercenter are hoping to make their store one of the first Wal-Marts in the United States to unionize. So […]

AH, THOSE $4 PRESCRIPTIONS…

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

I’ve been holding off for a couple of days on the bizarre story of drugs found at a traffic stop in Cedar City, Utah, hoping that something about the tale would make sense or those involved would be revealed to be common thugs lying through their teeth. Neither, so far, has happened. Al Norman writes: […]

And the Winner is Walmart – Not!

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

I looked at a copy of Consumer’s Reports yesterday. They did surveys of both big box stores and supermarkets. The methodology is a bit flawed in that the survey was taken only of subscribers, but we can assume that this is representative of savvy (or wannabe savvy) shoppers, at least. In the big box category […]

GENDER IDENTITY IS BACK…

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

The societal gestalt regarding homosexuals is shifting in the wake of the religious wrongs thrashing in the last national election. California’s Proposition 8, not with standing, states are shaking off the chains of ignorance and superstition. Will this be the year that Walmart does what is right? From the Scarlet & Black: In early June, […]

THAT’S NO, AS IN NONE, NADA, BUBKES…

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

I like Chicago, a lot. I spent a very happy year there back in the mid-’70s. Chicago is a scrappy city, and that’s one reason why the lone Walmart in the city is a bit like one of those British military outposts miles from nowhere under the hot Indian sun. And Mayor Richard Daley says […]

KILLING THE PLANET, ONE SALE AT A TIME…

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Do you remember the Bissel Little Green multipurpose deep cleaner in this ad I posted earlier this week? Well, others agree that buying more cheap plastic crap from China to replace the cheap plastic crap from China you already own is no way to save the planet. Amanda Thompson writes: The woman said “if every […]

WAS IT A DARE OR DID HE LOSE A BET…?

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Portland, Oregon, has perhaps the best local legislation and community policies in place to fight sprawl. That it has one Walmart surprises me, but the when the mayor agrees to be a Walmart greeter on a dare, you have to wonder what the feck went down. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Amazon Earnings

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I’ve been claiming for awhile that the Walmart model is past its pull date. It involves too many workers per unit of profit, it depends upon big box stores which require lots of land and increasingly run into siting issues and it has too much overhead as a consequence. As another nail in the coffin, […]

Change.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Luckily for me, it’s really easy to post a movie. Via Wal-Mart Watch:

“Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?”

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Although I haven’t got the time to do this justice and Robert has done a fantastic job writing on this subject already, I can’t resist offering up a little history lesson before I disappear from this blog for a while. In 1170, King Henry II of England was involved in a legal struggle with Thomas […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

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.