Archive for June, 2009

Does this mean Walmart is sorry about those secret anti-Obama meetings?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

This is extraordinary enough that I didn’t believe it the first time I read it: Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer, on Tuesday endorsed the idea of requiring large companies to offer health insurance to their workers. The proposal is central to Obama’s hopes of covering the nation’s nearly 50 million uninsured and is disliked […]


Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

There is a culture in any large corporation. Some are positive, some negative and others simply benign. I don’t know that any of us have ever written directly about Walmart’s culture, but I found this passage in an article reflecting on Julie Roehm: The social behavior of the town, the local woman [a Roehm neighbor] […]

In which I answer my own question.

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Q. Can lower level Walmart workers ever expect to retire? A. New York Times, 2/17/06: In his response to the store manager who asked about retiree health benefits, Mr. Scott wrote: “Quite honestly, this environment isn’t for everyone. There are people who would say, ‘I’m sorry, but you should take the risk and take billions […]

“Do you have cameras in the parking lot?”

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Generally I don’t do crime stories, but this one is just amazing: The Wal-Mart store on North Tryon Street hasn’t been open two weeks, and already there’s been 10 crimes reported there. The most serious crime happened Sunday afternoon when two men car-jacked a shopper at gunpoint in the parking lot. They got away with […]

JR’s Book Club!!!

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Anyone who knows me knows that apart from my family, the three things I love most in the world are Monty Python, the Philadelphia Phillies and reading (not necessarily in that order). Therefore, I’ve decided to take a page from Oprah and use this blog to promote literacy and history at the same time! Nelson […]

Walmart is the biggest supermarket chain in America.

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

A question for the weekend.

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Assuming you work at a Walmart store, how many hours a week are you getting?

Walmart is a civil conspiracy to violate labor law.

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Walmart is at it again. From the Minnesota Independent: Wal-Mart is threatening to fire pro-union workers at its store in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul, according to a complaint filed today with the National Labor Relations Board. The charges, filed by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789, allege that starting on June 11 […]

Pssst…Walmart’s commitment to the environment is a marketing ploy. Pass it on.

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

As Marc Gunther explains at ClimateBiz (via Walmart Watch), the Environmental Defense Fund has stopped sucking up to Walmart and started doing its job again: As Gwen Ruta of the Environmental Defense Fund, a Wal-Mart partner, writes in her frank assessment of the company’s 2009 sustainability report, the problem is that all the good things […]


Thursday, June 25th, 2009

A fact is true. That is what makes it a fact. But any fact, in of and by itself is insufficient to make an informed decision. So when Mark Perry gives his readers, just the regurgitated-by-wal-flacks facts on Walmart job growht, the readers call bull shit. Good for them. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.


Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Back on 14 September 2007 I called bull shit on Walmart and Global Insights for their ridiculous suggestion that shopping at Walmart would save customers $2,500 a year. Walmart has since dialed back the number to $700. But the Better Business Bureau has still called on Walmart to stop advertising even that lower number. The […]

Another Sign of the Times

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Discounts Have Restaurants Eating Own Lunch The informal, sit-down restaurant chains that blanket the nation are fighting their most intense price war in years. Applebee’s is offering dinner for two for $20. Ruby Tuesday is handing out coupons for two entrees for the price of one. Chili’s, not to be outdone, is promoting some entrees […]


Wednesday, June 24th, 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.

Correlation ad absurdum.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

This is a typical AP puff piece about Walmart remodeling its stores. I’ve read it a million times before. This part, however, was new to me: The Angus ribeye steak being sold at Sam’s Club at 25 percent below competitors’ prices is paid for in part by a switch to shorter straws at its cafe, […]


Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Steven Burd’s piece in the Wall Street Journal seems ever so sensible, even reasonable, but falls flat because Burd, the CEO of Safeway, pretends that the millions his company spends every year on marketing are wasted. Stock holders would not be pleased to hear that. Burd wants to blame unhealthy Americans. Effective health-care reform must […]