Archive for September, 2010

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, September 29th, 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.

“We are committed to the principles of freedom of association for our employees and regard union membership as an important indicator of this commitment.”

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

So says the South African company that Walmart wants to buy.

Still thinking about going to Walmart’s online university?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Don’t. A professor explains it nicely for you in Forbes (of all places): As a college professor, I’ve been following the growth of these companies, and here’s this professor’s blunt conclusion: they offer low-quality, almost worthless degrees. They have virtually no academic standards. They will accept anyone who can pay, and they seem to care […]

A BEACHHEAD FOR TWO CONTINENTS…?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

As Jonathan notes below, Walmart is in discussions to purchase Massmart, the third largest retailer (by value) in South Africa. If completed, the deal would be Walmart’s largest purchase since in bought British supermarket chain ASDA more than 10 years ago. From Reuters: Wal-Mart has made a non-binding proposal of 148 rand per Massmart share, […]

Logical when you think about it.

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Huffington Post: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering to buy South African retailer Massmart Holdings Ltd. for about $4.25 billion in a bid to jump-start growth beyond its sluggish U.S. business. Not only is there a gigantic rich/poor gap in South Africa, I bet this will be the start of sourcing more food from that continent […]

SUNDAY MORNING WITH ROBERT FEINMAN…

Sunday, September 26th, 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. […]

Homeless, works at Walmart.

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Bob Herbert’s column this morning: Marcus Vogt is 20 years old and homeless. Or, as he puts it, “I’m going through a couch-surfing phase.” Mr. Vogt is a Wal-Mart employee but he was injured in a car accident and was unable to work for a couple of months. With no income and no health insurance, […]

ONE REASON UNIONS ARE FLOUNDERING…

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

I would love to have the opportunity to sit down with a union leader who would be willing to talk about what happened to the spirit of Joe Hill and Mother Jones. When did solidarity go down the tubes? I don’t know, but until it returns the union movement is screwed. The Daily Show With […]

WALMART FLUBS CALIFORNIA ELECTION LAWS…?

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Politically, California defies stereotypes and rules. The state’s citizens are perhaps the most activist in the nation and regularly make end runs around the legislature with ballot initiatives. There are still rules however and Walmart may have run afoul of one. From News Blaze: Tuolumne County residents have filed a formal complaint with the California […]

IS THE BETTER ENOUGH RULE IN PLAY…?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Change always involves investment of personal resources — both time and wealth — and a common metric for judging the worth of a change is whether or not the return on the investment justifies the up-front cost; that includes politics. Reading Ruth Marcus’ piece made me wonder if Walmart Moms are there yet. From The […]

RING GROUND ZERO WITH WALMARTS…

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The buzz today emanates from people talking about Walmart U.S. President Bill Simon’s comments about going small touted in a Salon article yesterday. Al Norman knows, like regular readers of The Writing On The Wal, that small mart is nothing new. The company has been playing with the idea for a while now. Norman writes: […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, September 22nd, 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.

WALMART SHOPPERS NOT PAID BI-WEEKLY…

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Goldman-Sachs talk with Walmart’s Bill Simon is a gift that just keeps giving. Wall Street Strategies analyst Brian Sozzi wasn’t paying as close attention as he should have when it comes to Walmart’s customers. In a note to investors Monday, Sozzi said: Wal-Mart needs to have a store concept that brings in customers more […]

WALMART LOVES GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE…

Monday, September 20th, 2010

I briefly noted Bill Simon’s underwear-for-Christmas remark earlier, but Al Lewis takes the story up a notch with increased detail but I swear I spewed coffee all over my laptop when I read this statement from Simon. Misery is money to Walmart. Unemployment, we all know, remains mid-9s and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere […]

YOU KNOW WHAT? I REALLY DON’T CARE…

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Vincent Ferrari says it all. Walmart, indeed all corporations, depend upon the selfishness of individuals. Regardless of the philanthropic claims of their public relations flacks, all corporations know that altruism is anathema to their shareholder value. Fortunately, there continue to be those of us who do care. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.