Archive for July, 2009

It was inefficient from the beginning.

Friday, July 31st, 2009

I actually knew this was coming: Two union-backed groups that have spent years criticizing Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s wages and benefits say they’re going to merge. Wal-Mart Watch, backed by the Service Employees International Union, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union’s WakeUpWalmart.com announced Friday they’ll combine efforts to pressure the world’s largest retailer. The new […]

The best of Robert Feinman, Part IV.

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

In which Robert explained his philosophy way back in 2006: I have two basic themes (my opponents consider them prejudices). First, that as long as we are going to use a capitalist system it needs to controlled so that other sectors in society besides the investor class get to influence the choices society makes. This […]

“[A]n amazing act of chutzpah.”

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

I’m going to interrupt this week’s memorial for some of our regular programming. CorpWatch has done something I have wanted to do for weeks, and looked closely at Walmart’s Sustainability Index. Let’s just say they are less than impressed: On close examination, Wal-Mart’s latest plan is, like many of its previous social responsibility initiatives, rather […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, July 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.

The best of Robert Feinman, Part III.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

This one is for Bob: I’ve said before that philanthropy is anti-democratic since the super wealthy get to set social agendas without any input from the people (or those they are presumably trying to help). Personal charity is one thing, but spending wealth gained by dubious business practices to improve one’s public image or assuage […]

The best of Robert Feinman, Part II.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

One of the many things I loved about Robert was that he absolutely hated Libertarians. I think he hated them even more than I do (and that’s saying something). Yet despite the fact that he found their philosophy morally repugnant, he would still get down in the trenches and explain to them exactly why they’re […]

The best of Robert Feinman, Part I.

Monday, July 27th, 2009

No matter whether you agreed with Robert or not, nobody could possibly disagree with the fact that the guy was consistent. He had worked hard at developing his worldview, written it up in great detail on his own website and it came out quite frequently here at the Writing on the Wal. Robert was always […]

Robert Feinman has died.

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

I just came home from a trip to find this in my mailbox from Robert Feinman’s son, Alex: I’m writing because I know that my dad, Robert, was a contributor to thewritingonthewal.net. He often pointed me at his postings there and the ensuing conversation with some pride. He died earlier this month, and I wanted […]

Walmart has found new ways to make its workers miserable.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

I keep meaning to begin what will inevitably be a multi-part series on sustainability, but can’t find the time (and probably won’t for a while). In the meantime, however, I can cover some new news: Wal-Mart (WMT: 49.12, 0.36, 0.74%) agreed to settle a 2001 lawsuit on Wednesday contending that the retail giant worked employees […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, July 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.

As if employee morale at Walmart wasn’t bad enough already.

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Socialized medicine better come really soon or a lot of Walmart workers are going to have shorter lives. From BNet Pharma: Walmart today axed half the branded drugs it covers in an employee health benefit plan, according to a letter leaked to BNET. Previously, Walmart’s health benefits covered about 260 brand name drugs — from […]

It bears repeating: Walmart’s prices aren’t that low.

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

I wrote about this subject a long, long time ago. Nevertheless, I rarely see this little-recognized truth put so plainly as I did in today’s NYT review of Ellen Ruppel Shell’s Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture: “Wal-Mart actually has higher than average prices on about one-third of the stock it carries,” Ruppel Shell […]

Paging Rand Waddoups! Paging Rand Waddoups!

Friday, July 17th, 2009

If Walmart’s new sustainability index is so great, you’d think someone might bother to blog about it over at Check Out, wouldn’t you?

“He started foaming at the mouth and his body turned beet red.”

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Snakebites at Walmart aren’t funny. And by the way, what exactly did that snake eat under that shelving?

Obligatory sustainability post for the day.

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

You already know [Heck, we linked to it here] that Walmart is coming out with its new sustainability index today. This deserves a lot more attention from me after its announced so that I can look at the details. Hopefully, I’ll get to that next week. For now, however, I want to quote the NYT […]