Archive for June, 2015

WALMART FOLLOWED THE RULES, BUT…

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

When a despoiler cut down six live oaks (if you’ve never seen a Live Oak, they are perhaps the East-Coast cousins of the West Coast Redwoods) and 44 other trees to make way for a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Savannah, Georgia, the Bentonvile Behemoth crossed all the t’s and dotted all the I’s. The company […]

WALMART’S HOUSE OF CARDS

Monday, June 29th, 2015

I binge watched three seasons of the Netflix series House of Cards over the weekend and a smile came to my face when the below scene came up in season three. I’m sure that Francis Underwood is a strong supporter of the Bentonvile Behemoth. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

WHAT THE WALTONS FEAR THE MOST…

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Why else would the Walton family spend so much money? Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, June 24th, 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.

WALMART SAYS NO TO RACIST BATTLE FLAG…

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

[Update at 2000: Major U.S. flag makers to stop making Confederate flags.] [Update at 1600: Amazon joins retailers banning the sale of items featuring Confederate flag. On Tuesday afternoon, Amazon became the latest in a string of high-profile companies like Walmart, Sears and eBay, to step away from the sales. We have a Welsh cousin […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, June 17th, 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.

WALMART WOULD MAKE JOE STALIN PROUD…

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Under the communist regime of Joseph Stalin, workers were encouraged, seriously encouraged, to work off the clock for the good of the party. This meant working after their shifts, working on weekends; literally donating their labor to the party. This practice was so pervasive that George Orwell had the pigs suggest and implement just such […]

EXCEPT WALMART WOULD NEVER NEGOTIATE…

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, June 10th, 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.

WALMART NEEDS PLUMBING AND A NEW ROOF…?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Back in the middle of April, Walmart gave employees five-hours notice that stores in Pico Rivera, California; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Brandon, Florida; and Midland and Livingston, Texas would close for six months. Walmart said the closings were necessary to deal with plumbing problems. Walmart builds new stores in less than six months. No one bought the […]

WALMART WAGE THEFT ISN’T AN PRIORITY…?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

If Walmart were interested in reducing shrinkage, the retail term for merchandise paid for but not sold, in order to increase wages of workers I might be interested. That is, of course, not the case. Any savings from shrinkage will go directly to improving shareholder value. Wal-Mart Stores has a new priority: reducing theft. Greg […]

WALMART PASSES SCEPTER TO GREG PENNER…

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Traditionally, third generations are where business dynasties fail, unless the family is smart enough to pass control to new blood, an in-law. Walmart’s third Chief Executive Officer is the husband of Carrie E. Walton Penner (daughter of Rob Walton). No one has ever accused the Walton family of stupidity. Wal-Mart is passing the chairmanship of […]

DARTH CEO MCMILLON IS ON THE WRONG SIDE…

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Even a man as apparently savvy as Doug McMillon can reach too far. Assuming the Jedi mantle and encouraging Walmart workers to think of themselves as members of the Rebel Alliance was one such reach. Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon wants his 2.2 million employees to summon their inner Hans Solo, Chewbacca, and Princess Leia to […]

JUSTIN BIEBER IS NOT WALMART’S PROBLEM…

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Yesterday I wrote about Walmart’s intention to raise thermostats (controlled from Bentonville) a single degree to take the chill off workers. The company also magnanimously pronounced that the music of Celine Dion and Justin Bieber were off the play list. Activists say they applaud the company’s efforts to improve working conditions for U.S. employees—policy changes […]

WALMART BOOTS DION AND BIEBER…

Friday, June 5th, 2015

The few times I have shopped at a Walmart—I think the last time may have been in July of 2010—I have never noticed the music playing in the background. This may be a result of learning to tune out hideous store music (particularly during the holidays season) when I worked discount retail in the ’70s. […]