Archive for March, 2015

CARE FOR THE WORKERS WITHIN YOUR GATES…

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

There is a dictum in Jewish culture, based upon the repetition of permutations of the phrase widows, orphans and the strangers within your gates found in the Torah, that you take care of those closest to you so that they might not be a burden to others. Walmart needs to learn that concept and stop […]

WHAT WOULD SAM WALTON SAY…?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The Motely Fool asks the question: Would Sam Walton endorse Walmart’s recent bumps in workers’ wages? The answer is a qualified, that depends. Walton himself wrote in his 1992 autobiography, Sam Walton, Made in America, “See, no matter how you slice it in the retail business, payroll is one of the most crucial things you […]

WHAT’S IN WALMART CHILDREN’S BACKPACKS…?

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation is doing good work—we have a similar program at one of my schools—and the money donated to the foundation by Walmart will enable further good work. I don’t give Walmart a pass on this tax-deductible contribution intended to create good public relations and warm fuzzy feelings (else why promote […]

LOVING WALMART IS ALL ABOUT FREEDOM…?

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Freedom to choose is only a freedom if you have the access and wherewithal to choose. This is the unpleasant reality that those with the ability to make a choice choose to conveniently ignore. Arguments like these are only a small step away from those who suggest that women in abusive relationships or even those […]

LOYALTY, YES; BUT LOYALTY TO WHAT…?

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

A number of articles have appeared on Internet news websites over the past year, predicting an eerie future retail landscape where shoppers are lured into brick-and-mortar stores—not by display windows, but by smart phone apps that kick in when the potential customer gets within a certain distance of the store in question. And once inside […]

ACTUAL WALMART JOB APPLICATION (NOT!)…

Friday, March 27th, 2015

What follows below is the Walmart version of an internet meme started by comedian Greg Bulmash who first posted his take on what a smart ass teenager might put on a McDonald’s job application back in 1997. NAME: Kenneth Way (Grumpy Old Fart) SEX: Not lately, but I am looking for the right woman (or […]

COMPETE ON SERVICE, NOT ON PRICE

Friday, March 27th, 2015

As we listened to the four business owners who’d driven to Pagosa Springs to share their experiences facing the arrival of Big Box Retail—Walmart, to be exact—in their communities, we heard two basic approaches to surviving, and perhaps thriving, in a Big Box environment. Customer service. Community allegiance. Yesterday in Part One, we listened to […]

NOISY, UGLY AND UNSAFE

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Imagine for a moment that you live on Andrews Road in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and your backyard faces a the large green meadow that is the nine-hole, private Oakwood golf course. Summers are pleasant and, with the possible exception of the occasional sliced ball, peaceful. Your house is located in a neighborhood where property values […]

THRIVING IN A BIG BOX ENVIRONMENT

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

This is disaster preparedness on the level of the Zombie Apocalypse for small-business owners. Last week, the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce—themselves a survivor of sorts, as a result of last year’s controversial Visitor Center take-over by the Town Tourism Committee — sponsored a special business-friendly event aimed at retailers hoping to survive the […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

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.

DO WALMART CHILDREN MISS BREAKFAST…?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

I have taught in an inner-ring suburb school where the students seldom get a snow day, even when most other schools are closed, because the breakfast and lunch they get at school may be the only food they eat that day. Kids can’t learn when their stomachs are empty and their brains can’t draw on […]

WALMART V. TRINITY IS NOT ABOUT GUNS;
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IS THE ISSUE…

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The reasoning runs something like this: Walmart, as the largest retailer in America, and the largest private-sector employer in much of the country, affects and influences the lives of millions of Americans daily. Change the way Walmart does business and you fundamentally affect the country as a whole. Numerous shareholders over the years have attempted […]

WALMART AS A FORCE FOR GOODINESS…?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

I don’t have the figure at hands, but I can imagine that over the past two or three decades, Walmart has imported tens? hundreds? of billions of dollars worth of cheap plastic crap from China at the expense of Sam Walton’s good-intentioned but failed campaign to champion the Made in America label. Can the company […]

WALMART V. DUKES STILL HAUNTS…

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

In the world of law, precedent is everything and no case has been more important to Walmart than the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011 in the matter of Walmart v. Dukes. That case haunts that of Michelle Braun and nearly 200,000 present and former employees of Walmart. Wal-Mart has asked the U.S. […]

HOW DO WE FIX CAPITALISM…?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Every Wednesday I cross post what I’ve written here to my other blog, Have Coffee Will Write, but I can’t recall the last time, if ever, that I brought something from there to here. I thought while writing this plug for Terry Jones’ documentary Boom Bust Boom, that the topic was equally appropriate for my […]