Archive for August, 2009

Henry Ford is rolling over in his grave.

Monday, August 31st, 2009

In the past, both Robert and I have made the rather obvious contrast between Walmart and the Ford Motor Company c. 1914.* When you do this, Walmart doesn’t come out looking very good. The reason was Henry Ford’s decision to essentially triple the average worker’s wages at that time by paying a $5 day. It […]

HOW MANY YEARS DID THIS TAKE…?

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The wires are flooded that Walmart is emulating to emulate on-line powerhouse Amazon by offering products from other vendors. It’s a smart move since it costs essentially nothing and harvests free money just lying around on the Internet. From the San Francisco Chronicle: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has launched an addition to its online business that […]

FINALLY, DEVELOPMENTS ON DIEGO JIMENEZ…

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Remember the tale of Diego Jimenez, the drug courier delivering your $4 medications to Walmart? Even though I’ve been taking some personal time, my computer has been tracking stories of interest, including the events in Cedar City, Utah. From The Salt Lake Tribune: In April 2008, Diego Jimenez pleaded guilty to selling marijuana. One year […]

I’M BACK…

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Good morning everyone. I’ve been taking some personal time, but as of this morning I’m climbing back into the saddle. I’ll post more later today, but for now, here’s a piece I wrote while at the Wildacres Writer’s Retreat in late June. How would you fix Walmart? That is the question posed to my co-blogger […]

People of Walmart.

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

What exactly should we make of this? Personally, I’d start here. Follow the links if you like wanton cruelty.

Business does what’s best for its business.

Friday, August 28th, 2009

As a Whole Foods shopper, I’ve been paying an awful lot of attention to this Whole Foods boycott that’s come up since their CEO John Mackey came out against health care reform. That doesn’t mean I’m joining it, I just think it’s interesting. Why am I not joining it? Well, for one thing, I agree […]

Does Walmart offer protection from the FDIC?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Why can’t financially “underserved Americans” just go get a checking account?

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, August 26th, 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.

More Bethany Moreton.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Via the American Historical Association Blog (it seems strange to write that here), I see you can read Bethany Moreton’s Prologue and Chapter One for free too: TO SERVE GOD AND WAL-MART: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise Now there’s no excuse not to at least be partially prepared for the next book club.

Since reading is fundamental.

Monday, August 24th, 2009

I’m going to do a second installment of JR’s Book Club some time in October. Our guest will be Bethany Moreton of the University of Georgia discussing her book, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise. Not only are you now on notice so that you can all get the book […]

Not living that much better.

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Let’s end JR’s Book Club this week with a paragraph near the end of Nelson Lichtenstein’s Retail Revolution (pp. 247-48): So prices might well rise in the future. Fortunately, the stuff that can be bought at the nearest Wal-Mart actually constitutes an ever-shrinking share of family expenditures in the United States. People can buy their […]

29 vs. 34.

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

This explains why I could never get this straight. From Lichtenstein (pp. 217-18): “In 2002 Wal-Mart raised its definition of “full-time” work from twenty-nine to thirty-four hours, thereby increasing the number of part-time workers to nearly four hundred thousand, or about a third of its total workforce.” Reminder: Never trust wage figures from Walmart. Always […]

Walmart’s Buy America program was a scam.

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Sure you already knew that, but isn’t it nice to have Nelson Lichtenstein confirm it for you? (p. 155): “Even today, long after its formal abandonment, Wal-Mart is thought of as a more “American” firm than some of its competitors that actually import fewer goods. It is possible that the Buy American program did briefly […]

I’m not condoning this behavior…

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

…but can you imagine what must have happened between these two people for something like this to happen?

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, August 19th, 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.