Archive for September, 2015

HILARIOUS EPIC FAIL ON WALMART GUN OIL…

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

This has to be one of the most hilarious product-placement mistakes of all time. Writing in Man Uncovers ‘Epic, Hysterical Fail on Walmart’s Part’ After Checking Out ‘Gun Oil’ Product at the Gun Counter Dave Urbanski sets coffee to spewing from noses. Jamie Lee Bracey said he was in a Walmart in Florence, Alabama, last […]

WALMART SUPPLIERS ROAR NO MAS…!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Walmart has squeezed and squeezed and squeezed. Literally strangling American companies until they withered away or fled the country making every effort to please the Beast of Bentonvile. The retail world no longer revolves around Bentonville, Arkansas, however, and vendor no longer roll over and bare their throats line defeated curs. Shannon Pettypiece and Matthew […]

WALMART VS. THE HORSEMEAT STORE…?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

We’ve written endlessly here about Walmart’s meat department, but the news this morning that Walmart is facing a crisis from the German food chain Aldi, infamous for packaging horsemeat as beef, is ironic. Hayley Peterson, reporting for Business Insider in ‘The worst storm in retail history’ is heading straight for Walmart… writes: Two highly competitive […]

ALICE DOESN’T LIVE THERE ANYMORE…

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

What can you get for $19,750,000 these days? Well, Alice Walton’s 1,435 acre ranch in Texas would be one suggestion. Carol Christian, writing in Alice Walton of famed Walmart family selling $19.75 million Texas horse ranch for The Houston Chronicle reports: The 1,435-acre property is among the largest cutting-horse ranches in Texas and includes a […]

BATTLE OVER CLOSED STORES GOES ON…

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

The stores are reopening, but the labor battle over Walmart’s union-busting ruse is far from over. Reuter’s reports in Unions file new Wal-Mart labor complaint related to store closure that: Unions filed a second labor board complaint against Wal-Mart Stores Inc related to its temporary closure of a California store, claiming the retailer discriminated against […]

WHAT NOT TO BUY AT WALMART…

Friday, September 11th, 2015

If you must shop at Walmart, and there are a lot of people who have little or no choice in the matter, Daniel B. Kline recommends a short list of items that you are better off buying elsewhere. Wal-Mart has a well-deserved reputation for offering low prices. The company pushes value as its calling card, […]

WAIT, WALMART HIRED RANDOMLY…?

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

I love the lede on this piece from down under. Kalyan Kumar, writing for International Business Times in Walmart changes labour model: shifts focus to retaining highly productive employees with more investment tells readers: American retail giant Walmart is changing its labour model by ditching its tested model of hiring randomly. It is now trying […]

CAN WALMART BRING TONKA BACK TO THE U.S….?

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

My brothers and I had more than a few Tonka trucks when I we were still in single-digit. Their sturdy metal construction stood up to serious earth moving in our back yard and many of the vehicles got passed down over the years and are still in good, if battered, shape. Like most toys today, […]

WILL WALL STREET STAY WALMART’S COURSE…?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

I think Doug McMillon made a right decision when he redirected Walmart to increase worker pay, but I may be an minority of one and certainly no one on Wall Street agrees. Writing in Wal-Mart Shares Are Plummeting—3 Reasons They Could Fall Even Further Brian Souzi hyperventilates: Since the Feb. 19 announcement by Wal-Mart CEO […]

CAN WALMART TRAIN-DOWN STAFF LEVELS…?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Tim Worstall is becoming one of my favorite writers on Walmart. We are polar opposites on the level of the 60 Minutes Point/Counterpoint duo of James J. Kilpatrick and Nicholas von Hoffman, but Worstall does get a conversation going. Like this one headlined: Walmart Is Changing Its Labor Model: How Many Workers Will Lose Their […]

HOW MANY RECIPIENTS ARE WALMART KIDS…?

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

There are hungry children living in Indiana. That is a shameful fact for the wealthiest nation in the history of the Earth where the minimum wage does not provide enough money for a couple to feed themselves and their two children. Walmart leveled up in corporate infamy when the above photo went public two years […]

CAN WALMART UPSKILLING CREATE LIFERS…?

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

When I worked discount retail in high school and college I never had any illusion that I would make a career out of my job. I paid attention, did my best, took care of my departments—hardware, automotive and small appliances—and enjoyed helping customers because that was the work ethic I was raised with, not because […]

READING 5,400 PAGES IN 45 DAYS…

Friday, September 4th, 2015

I once read all of Moby Dick in one week, all 638 pages, 135 chapters, for a college class. I hadn’t procrastinated, the professor simply gave us that much time. That was only 91 pages, or so, a day. That load pales before what Walmart is asking of the citizens of Lake Elsinore, California. The […]

UNION BUSTED, STORES REOPEN FOR XMAS…

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

No one ever believed the story about the plumbing, although plenty in the tin-hat brigade went for the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy. No, the only trope that made any sense was that the five Walmarts suddenly closed back in April was payback for union organizing. So, the stores are now getting ready to open in […]

TIM WORSTALL DOESN’T UNDERSTAND WALMART…

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Tim Worstall thinks we should all be thankful for our cheap plastic crap from China and be good little consumers so that the economy will continue to chuck along producing profits and bonuses and dividends for those with enough disposable income to invest in gamble on the stock market. Writing in Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Understand […]