Archive for May, 2016

WHO YOU GONNA CALL…?

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

This is exactly why I leave very little money on any card that has electronic access to my reserves, and that’s on my bank card. I can’t imagine being at the mercy of cards controlled by retailers not under the jurisdiction of the FDIC and bank regulators (yeah I know, don’t laugh to hard, but […]

WILL THEY GO OR WILL THEY STAY…?

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Two weeks ago I mentioned that Walmart is making changes to the front-end of the store, but this morning I read a post from The Answer Man at the Rochester, Minn., Post-Bulletin that seems to tell a different story. Dear All Knowing and Extremely Wise Answer Man, I have it on very good authority that […]

IS FLORIDA BECOMING THE CENTER OF HELL…?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Earlier this week I speculated that Walmart’s decision to build eight new distribution centers directly purposed for the expansion of the Bentonvile Behemoths online competition with Amazon was like adding eight rings to Dante’s Inferno. This morning I read the news from Brevard County, Florida, that the county commissioners there voted a $3.74 million tax […]

CAN YOU HEAR CUSTOMERS NOW WALMART…?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

The fight for basic human rights expanded in Connecticut when a woman, with short hair, glasses and wearing a baseball cap, was asked to leave a Walmart bathroom. The bathrooms, particularly women’s bathrooms (so I’m told) all have stalls. Nobody sees nobody’s genitals. The ignorant bigots need to get a grip. For those of you […]

BAD GOVERNMENT, BUT GOOD BUSINESS…?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Way back in 2006 Walmart fired a serious shot across the bows of the Bentonvile Behemoths pharmacy competitors by announcing $4/month prices on a wide range of generic pharmaceuticals. Of course there were twists and turns, but the company pushed ahead. Now Walmart seems intent on taking a further step in the price war for […]

MORE REPORTING ON WALMART’S TAX-THEFT…

Monday, May 16th, 2016

In the world of journalism, a television station repeating a story from the local newspaper is rare. The opposite is far more likely to happen. Occasionally, however, a team of reporters go deep—a rare occurrence in broadcast media—and uncover a story that resonates across a region, indeed stories that can have repercussions across the nation. […]

SO, WHAT INTERESTS MY READERS…

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Occasionally I like to look back and see what readers of The Writing On The Wal find most interesting. The list below shows the top of the list for the past five years. I always get a chuckle at No. 1. Does Walmart do such a horrible job of letting employees know about company policies […]

WALMART BUILDING EIGHT RINGS OF HELL…?

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Over the last few days the news feed has been filled with stories regarding Walmart’s decision to offer a two-day shipping subscription service in the Bentonvile Behemoth’s quest to take down Amazon. This morning, reading Here’s How Walmart Plans To Take On Amazon Prime I came up short at the first sentence of the second […]

TIME TO STRIKE THE BANNERS AT WALMART…?

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

The business world is all abuzz over Walmart’s announcement of a two-day shipping subscription service targeted directly at Amazon’s Prime service. I don’t like buying from Amazon anymore than I do from Walmart for a variety of reasons, but the main reason focuses on the company’s use of ginormous warehouses in obscure communities where workers […]

WALMART INSUFFICIENTLY GUILTY FOR JUDGE…

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Walmart is guilty, just not guilty enough, according to Chancellor Andre Bouchard of the Court of Chancery in Wilmington, Delaware. Bouchard. Bouchard dismissed a lawsuit by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. shareholders who accused the board of the world’s largest retailer of trying to cover up bribes paid by company executives in Mexico, according to Tom Hals […]

YET MORE OF WALMART’S CORPORATE WELFARE…

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

[Update at 0800 on 15 May: If Walmart security had had the presence of mind (or the equipment and training to photograph this woman, the end of the story might be better for Walmart.] We’ve written much here at The Writing On The Wal about how the Bentonvile Behemoth sucks at the public tit, draining […]

IF ONLY WALMART CONTROLLED THE MESSAGE…

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

The wet dream of any individual in the public arena, or any corporation desirous of only good press, is to own a media outlet that people trust: think NBC and General Electric or Rupert Murdoch and Fox News. Over the years Walmart has attempted to broadcast a friend vibe, but that hasn’t always worked as […]

WALMART OUT SHINES THE HEAVENS…

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

I attended Colorado State University back in 1975 and I have fond memories of the brilliant night skies once you got away from the light pollution of Fort Collins. Seeing those stars gets more difficult with each coming year and, some residents of Pagosa Springs believes, each coming Walmart. A Walmart parking lot is a […]

WALMART HAS ANOTHER ASK FOR VENDORS…

Monday, May 9th, 2016

When Walmart needs to slash costs the Bentonvile Behemoth turns first to the serfs who till the fields vendors that supply product for the company’s shelves. Why divert any of the stockholders’ profits when others can be made to pay? Why indeed. In the ongoing struggle with Amazon for online parity, if not dominance, Walmart […]

VOLUNTARILY EAT FOOD FROM WALMART…?

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

I’ll say up front that Tim Worstall has found a better way to make a living with his journalistic skills than I have. He managed to turn his blogging skills into a regular gig for Forbes while there are moths circling my mailbox for all the offers I’ve had. Having said that, I’ll take my […]