Archive for April, 2010

Deep denial or deception? Take your pick.

Friday, April 30th, 2010

My source for internal Walmart memos just dropped the internal Walmart response to its recent Dukes case setback on me. Its author is Susan Chambers [Yes, that Susan Chambers so you know she has the associates’ best interests at heart (cough).] Here’s my favorite part: We believe the claims alleged by the six individuals who […]

“What it’s like to work at Walmart”

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Speaking of Walmart jobs, I love stories like this because they really show the high points and pitfalls of employment in general. Take this quote, for example, and tell me if this doesn’t apply to your job wherever you work: I (soon) realized there is a class system within Walmart. You have managers and associates, […]

ABOUT THOSE GOOD JOBS AT WALMART…

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Earlier today I wrote a longish reply to Tom Mannis’ questions on the net improvement of Walmart hiring people in a community. In part, my reply concerned the quality of the jobs at a Walmart. Progress Illinois helps me to make the point this morning. In a new round of TV advertising currently airing in […]

WHAT ISN’T BEING SAID…?

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Do Costco, Dominick’s, Ikea, Jewel and Target know something about Chicago that Walmart doesn’t? No. Does Walmart know something about Chicago that it isn’t talking about? I think so. Jump ahead five years after all the ribbons are cut. Here’s what I think Walmart knows: it will be the only business left standing and have […]

Liza Featherstone weighs in on the recent Dukes decision.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Liza Featherstone, who literally wrote the book on the Dukes v. Walmart case, profiles one of the defendants in the Daily Beast. However, for those of you who haven’t been reading this blog forever, this reminder of the case as a whole is more useful: While stories like Dee Gunter’s are outrageous, the data on […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, April 28th, 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.

WHEN POLITICIANS DISAGREE…

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Last night I wrote about Walmart window shopping in New York City for a retail beachhead where it could successfully erect a Walmart Supercenter and establish itself as king of all things retail in the retail capital of the world. Mayor Michael Bloomberg likes the idea. Others? Not so much. From the New York Daily […]

IF YOU CAN SUCCEED IN NEW YORK CITY…

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

While Walmart continues to push for a second store in Chicago, crown jewel in its vaporous urban strategy is New York City with its more than eight million residents. If Walmart can build there, it can build anywhere. And opponents know that. From the Wall Street Journal: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it is just window […]

ANOTHER CHICAGON BUYS THE SHELL GAME…

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Whenever I read that someone claims that information they disagree with because it puts their world view into question flies in the face of reality, I have to ask: and just what is your reality? That’s what I thought after I read a post on the Chicago News Bench. Anti-Wal-Mart spinning by its opponents in […]

This could be the end of Walmart.

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Seriously. From the NYT: In a closely watched case, a sharply divided federal appeals court on Monday ruled 6-5 that a sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart could proceed as a class action for more than a million women. The suit is the biggest employment discrimination case in the nation’s history. After a decade of pretrial […]

Just imagine the hardhats are replaced by aprons.

Monday, April 26th, 2010

You don’t even have to change that guy’s accent for this video to be appropriate. Via Kos:

TO BEAT THE MACHINE, HIRE THE MACHINE…

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Walmart may actually need to open a second and third store in Chicago more than it actually wants to. That’s how I’m beginning to read the corporation’s actions as it hires two more locals to make its case before Chicago’s politicians. Rural America is shrinking and Walmart must invade urban markets to survive. From the […]

HEY PETE… WHERE DO YOU LIVE…?

Monday, April 26th, 2010

In the ongoing battle over opening a second and third Walmart in Chicago I give credence to those, on both sides of the debate, who actually live where they would shop at the proposed stores. I’ve posted about Peter Bella before. This morning I left a comment on his post asking if he does live […]

OTHER IS NOW AMAZON’S BUSINESS…

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Back in September of last year, just after American’s awakened to the Great Recession, the New York Times asked the question: Can Amazon Be the Wal-Mart of the Web? This week the paper answers its own question with an unqualified Yes! Amazon has become Walmart in a plain brown wrapper. In [Amazon’s] first quarter earnings […]

SUNDAY MORNING WITH ROBERT FEINMAN…

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Our co-blogger Robert Feinman passed in July 2009. 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. […]