Archive for October, 2015

REPLACING THE DRONES WITH, UM DRONES…?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

As if working for Walmart didn’t suck hard enough, the company is looking to replace human drones with actual robotic drones. Writing in Walmart applies to test drones for home delivery for The Guardian, Reuters reports: Walmart Stores Inc applied Monday to US regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickup and […]

ANOTHER SOURCE OF STRESS FOR WORKERS…

Monday, October 26th, 2015

More than eight years ago we wrote about the evils of Wal-Mart’s on-call scheduling system for workers. The system may have changed—I certainly hope so—but one of my favorite writers on all-topics-productive, Oliver Burkeman, wrote this week about two studies demonstrating the high levels of unhealthy stressed induced by uncertainty in work demands. Writing in […]

HOW TO SELL TO A MIDDLE CLASS IT DESTROYED…

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

I don’t always appreciate Bill Maher’s humor, but he hits enough home runs to make me ignore the foul tips and infield pop-ups. Especially when he points out how clueless businesses can be when they listen to their own flackery. (Note: I mentioned the Gun Oil story back on 23 September.) In my ongoing quest […]

THE YEAR’S WORST-PERFORMING BILLIONAIRES…

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Oh those poor, poor Waltons. Writing in In biggest ever drop, Walmart loses over $20 bn for Dispatch Times, Newsmedia laments: [Walmart] slid further on Thursday. €82 is the highest target while €57 is the lowest. The blue-chip heavyweight closed with a 10.0 percent loss. South Korea’s Kospi index of shares rose by the most […]