Archive for May, 2010

WALMART: HELP, MR. OBAMA…!

Monday, May 31st, 2010

There’s nothing illegal or even mildly offensive about Walmart spending $11 million of its stockholders’ money in a coordinated attack on the sovereignty of India in order to crack open the 1.2 billion shopper market for cheap plastic crap. Begging, borrowing (no stealing yet) government help kind of runs counter to the whole small government […]

WHEN DOES BOLD BECOME PANICKED…?

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

One of the basic rules of ecology is that everything is connected to everything. You can’t nudge one factor without creating ripples that will always, in ways great and small, alter every other factor in the system. And when you’re the brontosaurus in the swamp… Thrashing your tail about wrecks havoc. From the Associated Press: […]

Price discrimination.

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Before proceeding here, just remember than when someone else pays less, that means that you pay more than they do. From the Times: The big retail chains have been slower to adapt, in part because of the sheer volume of customers they serve and products they sell. But now, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart’s warehouse chain, is […]

SUNDAY MORNING WITH ROBERT FEINMAN…

Sunday, May 30th, 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. […]

WE STILL HAVE JOBS… WE STILL HAVE…!

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Bob kindly offered either Jonathan or I his guest ticket to the annual Walmart meeting in Bentonville next week. I’m in finals and couldn’t accept the offer. But thousands of workers will make the trip and chanting will be part of the festivities at some point. Just exactly what they chant I don’t know, but […]

AN IPHONE FOR $97…? MAYBE NOT…

Friday, May 28th, 2010

The evidence here is purely anecdotal. On the Internet it’s way too easy to fake this kind of story (read the comments), specially when you read it and say to yourself, this makes so much good sense. How many 16 GB Apple iPhone 3GS phones are out there? Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

SHORE-TO-SHORE WALMARTS…?

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Initially the comparison of the square footage of all the Walmarts in the United States to the island of Manhattan seems a bit silly, but doctoral student Jesse LeCavalier goes on assemble one of the best overviews and primers on Walmart that I’ve yet read. I particularly like this bit. From The Design Observer Group: […]

NO SODA/POP/COKE FOR YOU THIS WEEKEND…

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Ah, the rule of unintended consequences (although in this case I doubt that Walmart gives a feck). Walmart is deeply discounting carbonated sugar water in advance of the Memorial Day kick off of summer and hoarders are going nuts. From Reuters: Price rollbacks on soft drinks at U.S. Wal-Mart Stores in time for the Memorial […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, May 26th, 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.

THE APPLE 3GS IPHONE IS TOAST…

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

How do I know that? Because the news webs are swamped with people screaming that you can buy one at Walmart for $97, marked down from $197. People who buy iPhones want the newest, the latest, the geekiest, and they’re willing to pay a premium. They’re not going to buy last year’s model, regardless of […]

Rules are made to be broken.

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Jeff probably skipped the main story here deliberately because I know we’ve heard this before. Still, I think it’s instructive: [Heather] Ravenstein says the man kept walking and set off an alarm. She went after him. “Let me see your receipt, and then I’ll take this off for you,” she told the man, referring to […]

IT’S REALLY NOT YOUR JOB…

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

I started working discount retail in high school and continued through college. Then, it was the standard rule that you did not approach or attempt to apprehend shoplifters. It wasn’t your job and the store had professionals they paid to do the dirty work. None of that has changed, yet zealous workers still try to […]

FLASH MOBS ARE SO LAST CENTURY…

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

I don’t know that anyone has identified Flash Mob Zero and there have been plenty since, but this is the first one that I’m aware of called in support of workers’ rights. That it happened in San Francisco is no surprise. Could it work in a Walmart, hourly, across the U.S.? Only if there are […]

10 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF WHAT…?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Walmart Asia CEO Scott Price said at a summit in Beijing that Wal-Mart plans to add 10 million square feet of retailing space in China this year. OK, but 10 million square feet of what? Supercenters, Sam’s Clubs? Neighborhood Markets? Smart Choices? Price apparently didn’t offer those detail,s but 10 million square feet sure sounds […]

DON’T PUT YOUR CHILD ON A WALMART BIKE…

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

I do my bike shopping and maintenance at Cain Park Cycle — just a two minute walk from door — and just this week I had a discussion with owner Gary Schumacher about bicycles bought at Walmart. I think that Gary and Andrew would be in agreement here. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.