March 19, 2003

WalMart

Ted Barlow points to a very nice and interesting article on Fortune.com by Jerry Useem. It's about the Mighty WalMart...

Posted by DeLong at March 19, 2003 09:34 PM | TrackBack

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Yes, yes. I Shop at WalMart and Sam's Club all the time, but am I ever glad I do not have to work at either. The way workers are treated seem awful, no matter the happy face greetings.

Try to say "union" inside a WalMart and see how long you last. Still, I shop there. Oh well.

Posted by: dahl on March 20, 2003 11:10 AM

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According to a table I saw in the Economist, five out of the world's 12 wealthiest people have the last name 'Walton'. Hmmm.

Posted by: Matt on March 20, 2003 11:50 AM

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I willingly pay an extra whatever few cents NOT to have to shop at Wallmart. Why do I want to buy the exactly same crap in exactly the same store as 50 million other fools.

Posted by: cw on March 20, 2003 09:39 PM

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"Which brings us to a final issue: is someone going to decide that Wal-Mart has too much power? Doesn't the government break up companies that get this big? The short answer in this case is "not likely." Antitrust law is aimed at protecting consumers, not competitors. (In the U.S. anyway: A German judge last year ordered Wal-Mart to raise its prices.)"

Were we not recently discussing Germany's economic crisis? And some people were wondering why the Germans are in such trouble. Also, Walmart chased the French out of Houston, Texas! Auchans, a French owned company, finally had to close its last two stores in the United States due to the competition it received from Walmart.

Posted by: David Thomson on March 22, 2003 04:49 AM

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DT, how is K-mart?

Is there competition when there are no competitors?

DSW

Posted by: Antoni Jaume on March 22, 2003 06:51 AM

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"DT, how is K-mart?

Is there competition when there are no competitors?

DSW"

the Liberal politically correct K-Mart has also exited out of Houston. Still, we have Target and other discounters to keep Walmart on its toes. Don't worry about us. We are doing fine. Instead, worry about France and Germany. They are going to hell in a hand basket.

Posted by: David Thomson on March 22, 2003 12:26 PM

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Before anyone else gets on their soapbox about free trade in America, I'd like to tell everyone of my experience. I work in the Aerospace industry and have just endured 6 months of working with inferior technology, because the American Government give tax breaks to Lockhead Martin to buy from small American tech companys. Thanks a lot.
I could also mention the Steel Tariffs, Farming Subsidies, flooding 3rd world countries with surplus food.....

Posted by: Johnny English on June 8, 2003 01:14 PM

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Before anyone else gets on their soapbox about free trade in America, I'd like to tell everyone of my experience. I work in the Aerospace industry and have just endured 6 months of working with inferior technology, because the American Government give tax breaks to Lockhead Martin to buy from small American tech companys. Thanks a lot.
I could also mention the Steel Tariffs, Farming Subsidies, flooding 3rd world countries with surplus food.....

Posted by: Johnny English on June 8, 2003 01:15 PM

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wal-mart is a monopoly that has destroyed family
tradition owned businesses,which have lasted cenuries,by opening stores in rural parts of the country.after these businesse close up due to unfair under-pricung by walmart and if walmart finds the market unprofitable,wal-mart cares less about the people and thier needs,they just close shop and vacate to a more profitable area.leaving rural america without places to shop which devalues thier property and creates an inconvenience by making them have to drive hundreds of miles to shop. but all that matters is that wal-mart is making money,and contribute to washington politicians so that the wal-mart pracice of screwing americans for profit remains un-interupted.

Posted by: imran hazin on October 18, 2003 08:43 AM

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>>wal-mart is a monopoly that has destroyed family tradition owned businesses,which have lasted cenuries,by opening stores in rural parts of the country.

I used to live in one of these rural parts of the country where it was the family tradition of the local business owners to gig the holy hell out of their fellow locals because they knew that your only options were take it or drive hundreds of miles to shop.

>>>after these businesse close up due to unfair under-pricung by walmart

Funny, how unfair pricing never upset them until THEY paid for the effects of it, don't cha think? I do!

>>>and if walmart finds the market unprofitable,wal-mart cares less about the people and thier needs,they just close shop and vacate to a more profitable area.

You mean like the phone companies, the hospitals, and anyone else in business to make a profit has historically done? Geeeze, who'd a thunk it.

>>>leaving rural america without places to shop which devalues thier property and creates an inconvenience by making them have to drive hundreds of miles to shop.

Flash >> We already were (see P1)

>>>but all that matters is that wal-mart is making money,and contribute to washington politicians so that the wal-mart pracice of screwing americans for profit remains un-interupted.

Somebody has to be the largest concern in any catagory ie;Microsoft and success is always going to attract this sort of reaction.
I make more money, get better treatment, and have better benefits working for Wal*Mart than I ever had from any tight fisted little money grubbing small town independant. The people I work with say they can't find a job making what they're making now anywhere. Get the real deal before you start shooting your mouth off.

Posted by: Debra on October 20, 2003 08:55 PM

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>>wal-mart is a monopoly that has destroyed family tradition owned businesses,which have lasted cenuries,by opening stores in rural parts of the country.

I used to live in one of these rural parts of the country where it was the family tradition of the local business owners to gig the holy hell out of their fellow locals because they knew that your only options were take it or drive hundreds of miles to shop.

>>>after these businesse close up due to unfair under-pricung by walmart

Funny, how unfair pricing never upset them until THEY paid for the effects of it, don't cha think? I do!

>>>and if walmart finds the market unprofitable,wal-mart cares less about the people and thier needs,they just close shop and vacate to a more profitable area.

You mean like the phone companies, the hospitals, and anyone else in business to make a profit has historically done? Geeeze, who'd a thunk it.

>>>leaving rural america without places to shop which devalues thier property and creates an inconvenience by making them have to drive hundreds of miles to shop.

Flash >> We already were (see P1)

>>>but all that matters is that wal-mart is making money,and contribute to washington politicians so that the wal-mart pracice of screwing americans for profit remains un-interupted.

Somebody has to be the largest concern in any catagory ie;Microsoft and success is always going to attract this sort of reaction.
I make more money, get better treatment, and have better benefits working for Wal*Mart than I ever had from any tight fisted little money grubbing small town independant. The people I work with say they can't find a job making what they're making now anywhere. Get the real deal before you start shooting your mouth off.

Posted by: Debra on October 20, 2003 08:58 PM

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>>wal-mart is a monopoly that has destroyed family tradition owned businesses,which have lasted cenuries,by opening stores in rural parts of the country.

I used to live in one of these rural parts of the country where it was the family tradition of the local business owners to gig the holy hell out of their fellow locals because they knew that your only options were take it or drive hundreds of miles to shop.

>>>after these businesse close up due to unfair under-pricung by walmart

Funny, how unfair pricing never upset them until THEY paid for the effects of it, don't cha think? I do!

>>>and if walmart finds the market unprofitable,wal-mart cares less about the people and thier needs,they just close shop and vacate to a more profitable area.

You mean like the phone companies, the hospitals, and anyone else in business to make a profit has historically done? Geeeze, who'd a thunk it.

>>>leaving rural america without places to shop which devalues thier property and creates an inconvenience by making them have to drive hundreds of miles to shop.

Flash >> We already were (see P1)

>>>but all that matters is that wal-mart is making money,and contribute to washington politicians so that the wal-mart pracice of screwing americans for profit remains un-interupted.

Somebody has to be the largest concern in any catagory ie;Microsoft and success is always going to attract this sort of reaction.
I make more money, get better treatment, and have better benefits working for Wal*Mart than I ever had from any tight fisted little money grubbing small town independant. The people I work with say they can't find a job making what they're making now anywhere. Get the real deal before you start shooting your mouth off.

Posted by: Debra on October 20, 2003 08:59 PM

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>>wal-mart is a monopoly that has destroyed family tradition owned businesses,which have lasted cenuries,by opening stores in rural parts of the country.

I used to live in one of these rural parts of the country where it was the family tradition of the local business owners to gig the holy hell out of their fellow locals because they knew that your only options were take it or drive hundreds of miles to shop.

>>>after these businesse close up due to unfair under-pricung by walmart

Funny, how unfair pricing never upset them until THEY paid for the effects of it, don't cha think? I do!

>>>and if walmart finds the market unprofitable,wal-mart cares less about the people and thier needs,they just close shop and vacate to a more profitable area.

You mean like the phone companies, the hospitals, and anyone else in business to make a profit has historically done? Geeeze, who'd a thunk it.

>>>leaving rural america without places to shop which devalues thier property and creates an inconvenience by making them have to drive hundreds of miles to shop.

Flash >> We already were (see P1)

>>>but all that matters is that wal-mart is making money,and contribute to washington politicians so that the wal-mart pracice of screwing americans for profit remains un-interupted.

Somebody has to be the largest concern in any catagory ie;Microsoft and success is always going to attract this sort of reaction.
I make more money, get better treatment, and have better benefits working for Wal*Mart than I ever had from any tight fisted little money grubbing small town independant. The people I work with say they can't find a job making what they're making now anywhere. Get the real deal before you start shooting your mouth off.

Posted by: D M on October 20, 2003 09:02 PM

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Yet ANOTHER bad thing about Walmart: Truckers consistently rate Walmart Distribution Centers as one of the worst places to deliver. Their D.C.s are frequently nowhere near truck stops or other places to park. But you'd better not arrive more than 30 min. prior to your appointment. When they finally let you in the gate, you can spend hours and hours while they s-l-o-w-l-y unload you. (And usually without any compensation...I once sat there for 11 hours!!!) After they unload you, they kick you off their property pronto, even if you are tired. (They have ample room for you to park out of their way) In all fairness, many of the loads my company now delivers are "drop & hook"; deliver loaded trailer, immediately take out an empty they've previously unloaded. But I feel sorry for the drivers and carriers that can't do that...

Posted by: C.D. Wahlitt on October 24, 2003 11:37 AM

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Yet ANOTHER bad thing about Walmart: Truckers consistently rate Walmart Distribution Centers as one of the worst places to deliver. Their D.C.s are frequently nowhere near truck stops or other places to park. But you'd better not arrive more than 30 min. prior to your appointment. When they finally let you in the gate, you can spend hours and hours while they s-l-o-w-l-y unload you. (And usually without any compensation...I once sat there for 11 hours!!!) After they unload you, they kick you off their property pronto, even if you are tired. (They have ample room for you to park out of their way) In all fairness, many of the loads my company now delivers are "drop & hook"; deliver loaded trailer, immediately take out an empty they've previously unloaded. But I feel sorry for the drivers and carriers that can't do that...

Posted by: C.D. Wahlitt on October 24, 2003 11:37 AM

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Yet ANOTHER bad thing about Walmart: Truckers consistently rate Walmart Distribution Centers as one of the worst places to deliver. Their D.C.s are frequently nowhere near truck stops or other places to park. But you'd better not arrive more than 30 min. prior to your appointment. When they finally let you in the gate, you can spend hours and hours while they s-l-o-w-l-y unload you. (And usually without any compensation...I once sat there for 11 hours!!!) After they unload you, they kick you off their property pronto, even if you are tired. (They have ample room for you to park out of their way) In all fairness, many of the loads my company now delivers are "drop & hook"; deliver loaded trailer, immediately take out an empty they've previously unloaded. But I feel sorry for the drivers and carriers that can't do that...

Posted by: C.D. Wahlitt on October 24, 2003 11:38 AM

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Yet ANOTHER bad thing about Walmart: Truckers consistently rate Walmart Distribution Centers as one of the worst places to deliver. Their D.C.s are frequently nowhere near truck stops or other places to park. But you'd better not arrive more than 30 min. prior to your appointment. When they finally let you in the gate, you can spend hours and hours while they s-l-o-w-l-y unload you. (And usually without any compensation...I once sat there for 11 hours!!!) After they unload you, they kick you off their property pronto, even if you are tired. (They have ample room for you to park out of their way) In all fairness, many of the loads my company now delivers are "drop & hook"; deliver loaded trailer, immediately take out an empty they've previously unloaded. But I feel sorry for the drivers and carriers that can't do that...

Posted by: C.D. Wahlitt on October 24, 2003 11:38 AM

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Sorry I went berzerk with the mouse, y'all.

Posted by: C.D. Wahlitt on October 24, 2003 11:42 AM

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Wal-Mart is a joke! I can't wait for the company to fall on it's face! What's that old saying? "All good things will come to an end". Have you seen the commercials where it talks about "we are one happy family, we take care of our own?" Bull! Customers don't know what REALLY GOES ON BEHIND THOSE CLOSED "SWINGING" DOORS!!!!!

Posted by: Woann on October 24, 2003 06:44 PM

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Wal-Mart is a joke! I can't wait for the company to fall on it's face! What's that old saying? "All good things will come to an end". Have you seen the commercials where it talks about "we are one happy family, we take care of our own?" Bull! Customers don't know what REALLY GOES ON BEHIND THOSE CLOSED "SWINGING" DOORS!!!!!

Posted by: Woann on October 24, 2003 06:45 PM

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Wal-Mart is a joke! I can't wait for the company to fall on it's face! What's that old saying? "All good things will come to an end". Have you seen the commercials where it talks about "we are one happy family, we take care of our own?" Bull! Customers don't know what REALLY GOES ON BEHIND THOSE CLOSED "SWINGING" DOORS!!!!!

Posted by: Woann on October 24, 2003 06:45 PM

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Our County council is looking at allowing Wal-Mart to build in our small town of 15,000 people. We already have a Zellers store. We have a small downtown core that I fear will lose more business when this big store comes to town. On the other hand, shoppers tend to leave our community to go where the Wal-Mart is. Comments please.

Posted by: Laurie on October 28, 2003 06:23 AM

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Our County council is looking at allowing Wal-Mart to build in our small town of 15,000 people. We already have a Zellers store. We have a small downtown core that I fear will lose more business when this big store comes to town. On the other hand, shoppers tend to leave our community to go where the Wal-Mart is. Comments please.

Posted by: Laurie on October 28, 2003 06:24 AM

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WalMart is the largest company in the world, yet they continue to pay the least wage possible to their best, most loyal workers. It is as if slavery still exists. WalMart does not care about their workers, or the American family. All they care about is the money, money, money.To hell with the individuals who are trying to raise a family and just get by.

Posted by: David on October 30, 2003 09:53 AM

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WalMart is the largest company in the world, yet they continue to pay the least wage possible to their best, most loyal workers. It is as if slavery still exists. WalMart does not care about their workers, or the American family. All they care about is the money, money, money.To hell with the individuals who are trying to raise a family and just get by.

Posted by: David on October 30, 2003 09:53 AM

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My best friend and roomate has been working at Walmart over 15 years. She makes very good money for someone who never went to college and her benefits are pretty good. She has had her ups and downs over the years there, but don't we all? Sorry folks, but unless you are in completely rural America, "Mom & Pop" businesses are as rare as the family farm. (Oh, I grew up on one of those) Many consumers don't have the choice to find unique, pricey goods at finer department stores and malls. A large discount store such as Walmart nearby would seem beneficial to them. As long as people are they way they are, and the bottom line is the dollar to so many, "That's the way it is"....(Walter Cronkite)

Posted by: Lauren on November 26, 2003 12:31 AM

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BAN WAL-MART!

Posted by: Candice on November 30, 2003 07:47 AM

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Wal-Mart is also one of the only places to find stuff cheap. And as most of Americans live Paycheck-to-Paycheck, and on limited income, where else can they go to get the things they need at the lowest price? Not everyone likes shoping at a 99 cent store. Now if We can just go to Wal-mart for Q-tips without spending $100 on a bunch of stuff we don't need then we'd all Be allright.......and wal-mart wouldn't be so powerful.

Posted by: Larry on November 30, 2003 05:05 PM

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Wal-Mart is also one of the only places to find stuff cheap. And as most of Americans live Paycheck-to-Paycheck, and on limited income, where else can they go to get the things they need at the lowest price? Not everyone likes shopping at a 99 cent store. Now if We can just go to Wal-mart for Q-tips without spending $100 on a bunch of stuff we don't need then we'd all Be allright.......and wal-mart wouldn't be so powerful.

Posted by: Larry on November 30, 2003 05:06 PM

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thank you walmart for selling Carbsense for us who can not eat high carb food due to diebeties
and thankyou for keeping your prices where most Sr can affort it annie abbott

Posted by: annie on December 1, 2003 09:56 AM

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