Archive for October, 2009

Walmart is “shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

Friday, October 30th, 2009

There’s part of me that reads this and just yawns: Walmart has severed ties with one of the country’s major blueberry growers after an ABC News investigation found children, including one as young as five-years-old, working in its fields. The children were discovered at the Adkin Blue Ribbon Packing Company, in South Haven, Michigan, this […]

Do you really want to save money?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Try cremation instead. It’s also the greener way to go, but apparently Walmart only cares about the environment selectively.

PROOF POSITIVE THAT GREENWASHING WORKS…

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

If you tell a lie loud enough and long enough, that portion of President Abraham Lincoln’s foolable people will believe that black is white, up is down, war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength and on and on and on. And when the Ministry of Truth Greener World Media, Earthsense and Survey Sampling […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, October 28th, 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.

Hypocrisy thy name is Walmart.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

From Law.com: Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to add evaluation of a law firm’s flextime policies to its list of criteria for evaluating outside firms, according to a panelist at the Association of Corporate Counsel’s annual meeting in Boston. Joseph West, associate general counsel at Wal-Mart, said the company plans to add flextime policies […]

HOW TO DESTROY THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY…

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Has Walmart, along with Target and Amazon (and now Sears), crossed a line in their rush to steal business from each other, are they about to kill a little goose that still produces a few golden eggs? The American Booksellers Association thinks so. I wrote earlier about the price war between Walmart and Amazon (and […]

Walmart and the end of the free market crusade.

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Any historian working as close to the present as Bethany Moreton is has to make some nod to the contemporary political scene, and she does on the last page of To Serve God and Wal-Mart: “For future generations, New Orleans’ trial by flood in 2005 may stand with the fundamentalist violence of 2001 and the […]

A HAPPY, BLOGGING WALMART SHOPPER…

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

I asked readers to send me links to blogs that featured posts from happy Walmart shoppers. So far no one has raised their hand, but in the interest of fairness, I did find a happy Walmart blogger in Amman, Jordan. Well, she’s at least writing from Amman. From A Tale Of Three Beans: Recently a […]

SUNDAY MORNING WITH ROBERT FEINMAN…

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Must Corporations Maximize Profit? There is much discussion going on these days over the idea that corporations must maximize profit in order to satisfy their stockholders. Many take the position that this isn’t even a choice, but that firms are required to do so by the terms of their incorporation. To do less would be to fail to properly represent the interests of the investors.

Walmart is the new Circuit City.

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

This news looks promising until you read the fine print: Retail chain Walmart on Thursday said it’s now offering technical support staff at its locations. The staff will come from NEW Customer Service Companies, and will be available in all US Walmart stores, launching in October and in time for the holiday shopping season. With […]

“I can’t eat, I can’t pay my bills, I can’t do the things I want to do.”

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

This effort is definitely worth your time.

The part of Bethany’s book that Robert really would have liked.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

As I wrote in my Wal-Mart Watch review of To Serve God and Wal-Mart, the book goes way beyond Wal-Mart in its pages, using Walmart as a kind of proxy for deeper political and cultural changes that have occurred since the company’s founding. Robert always liked to use Walmart as a stepping stone to other […]

Gender discrimination and materialism are in Walmart’s DNA.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

This may be the heart of Bethany’s book (pp. 122-23, again endnotes omitted): “The evolving Christian culture of Wal-Mart’s host communities was clearly visible within its stores and regional churches after 1973. What the company provided was a quasi-public space in which mass consumption and waged service work could be represented as “family values,” not […]

WALMART: THE SITCOM…?

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

At the level of George M. Cohen — I don’t care what you say about me, as long as you spell my name right — a weekly 30-minutes comedy about a Walmart Faux Big Box associate drone could be good for Walmart the Faux Big Box Retailer. But will Walmart buy commercial time on the […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, October 21st, 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.