Archive for January, 2010

KISSING THIS FROG CAN KILL YOU…

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

The latest Walt Disney animated feature is The Princess And The Frog, the first such feature for Disney starring African Americans. Producig films and charging admission to theaters is only a part of how entertainment corporations collect money. Tie-in marketing produces profits long after The End hits the screen. Once again, Walmart and its minions […]

SUNDAY MORNING WITH ROBERT FEINMAN…

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Our co-blogger Robert Feinman passed in July. Jonathan has already posted a best of series taken from Robert’s more than 600 posts to The Writing On The Wal. But Robert wrote elsewhere as well and, for some time, I’ve enjoyed a Sunday morning tradition of reading the essays he posted to his personal blog. Beginning […]

5,000.

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

5,000 is a lot of posts for a blog, but we’ve made it! And no, I’m not talking about this pathetic post of mine, but Smiley reading the Great Dictator right below it. This one is 5,001.

FEELING THE PAIN OF WORKING AT WALMART…

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

I worked discount retail through high school and college and I moved a lot of heavy materials, most often lots of 32-pound cases of paint, on a regular basis. I managed to stay healthy and uninjured. The Las Vegas Badger isn’t quite so fortunate. Today, I had to downstack over 9,000 pounds of groceries so […]

AT THE WALLY PLEX…

Friday, January 29th, 2010

There are sound stages on Hollywood’s back lots smaller than Bentonvile’s behemoths, so it’s no surprise that budding video talent has been sneaking cameras in at odd hours. And now for the midnight show at the Wally Plex featuring makemagazine. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

“Living at Walmart.”

Friday, January 29th, 2010

ARE YOU A TRADE-DOWN WALMART CUSTOMER…?

Friday, January 29th, 2010

There is a management shake-up at Walmart with the creation of three regional fiefdoms in the United States, each with its own president and management structure. The presidents are: Raul Vazquez, West Rosalind Brewer, South; and Hank Mullany, North. From Reuters: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is consolidating some U.S. operations and dividing the country into three […]

LI AND FUNG ARE WHO EXACTLY…?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

I’ve noticed in recent weeks a trend of very short, very esoteric financial news items appearing concerning Walmart’s business outside of the United States. To someone with an MBA or other business/economic degree these pieces probably make perfect sense. I, however, am scratching my head. From MarketWatch: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT 53.40, -0.21, -0.39%) said […]

RED LINING REDBOX…

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Back in December I wrote about the possibility that DVD Kiosk operator Redbox was sourcing new DVD releases through Walmart to do an end-run around distributor restrictions. Frankly, I didn’t take the threat seriously, but it looks like Walmart (and Target) has. From Home Media Magazine: Wal-Mart Stores and Target Corp. have apparently begun limiting […]

“Most of these people are elderly and/or disabled.”

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

A tipster to Consumerist describes the Sam’s Club layoffs: [T]hese people were given practically no notice that they were losing their jobs. All associates were threatened with a reprimand if they “gossiped” about it before it was made official. Most of these people are elderly and/or disabled, and the chances of them being hired somewhere […]

The Scary Truth About Your Clothes.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Via the Huffington Post:

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

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.

Who remembers Wal-Marting Across America?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

I’m shocked, shocked to find out that Walmart is using a fake front group run by a PR firm to drum up support for building more stores in Chicago.

Whatever happened to the Personal Sustainability Project?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

In case you’ve forgotten what I’m talking about, I’m talking about this (as summarized by Fast Company in 2007): Since Werbach started testing his ideas last summer, he and Act Now’s 12 field trainers have conducted 150 PSP sessions across the country, covering 4,000 U.S. stores. Each store in a given region sends two volunteers […]

DO WE GET THE RETAILER WE DESERVE…?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

There is a legitimate argument in politics that we get the government we deserve; that if we don’t take an active role in the political decisions of our government, then we have no one to blame but ourselves when politicians go bad (see Democrats in Congress). Free market economics works the same way. We get […]