November 4, 2005

WM on its own Conference

Here's where Wal-Mart is putting up its PR, links, and even some data... It's hastily thrown up for a corporate site, and includes several typographical errors, but I prefer rapid response to perfection.

Here's Global Insight's page on the conference, and here is their study. (Here's my list of the rest of the studies).

Posted by Kevin at 9:54 PM

February 12, 2005

17-0 Against a Union for WM, New Castle Tire & Lube

Except in the German and French press, I hadn't seen news stories about the strong union rejection noted by WM in this press release:

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Feb. 11, 2004, -- Wal-Mart associates have once again voted against union representation in a democratic election that took place today in New Castle, Penn. Seventeen associates who work in the Tire and Lube Express department cast their votes in a secret-ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.

Today's results came more than four years after the UFCW first began its attempts to organize the Tire and Lube associates in the New Castle store. The final vote was 17-0 in favor of Wal-Mart.

"We are please that our associates finally had a chance to vote and send a strong message to the union," said Terry Srsen, vice president of labor relations for Wal-Mart. "In past elections, the UFCW has been rejected over and over by our associates because they do not feel that a third party would add anything to Wal-Mart's culture or environment."

Well, that's really overdoing it. I don't think WM should pretend to know what is going on inside it's employees' heads. However, via Q and O, we find the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noting the union doing the same exact thing:
The UFCW, however, blamed the outcome on Wal-Mart's decision two days earlier to close a newly unionized Canadian store after failing to reach a contract and on turnover at the New Castle outlet. The planned shutdown of the store in Jonquiere, Quebec -- the first unionized Wal-Mart in North America -- is expected to mean the loss of 190 jobs, according to Bloomberg News.
You know, somebody ought to take the 17 voters to lunch and ask them if they were even at Wal-Mart in 2000, when all this started. The UFCW is rather disingenuous in blaming WM solely for the delay.
Wal-Mart forced workers to wait four and a half years for an election in their Tire & Lube Express Department of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart�s high turnover rate pushed out the union supporters who began organizing with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 880 in June, 2000, because they felt Wal-Mart ignored their complaints about safety hazards.
Btw, the UFCW needs somebody to write better press releases. Plainly, they currently suck, because no media organization will reprint their caustic sentences.

Posted by Kevin at 2:43 PM

November 19, 2004

12 Toys of Christmas

WM releases its recommendations for the top 12 Christmas toys:


* Cabbage Patch Kids(R) Dolls;
* Barbie(R) as the Princess and the Pauper Doll Assortment;
* Marvel(TM) Spider-Man 2(TM) Triple Action Web Blaster;
* Leapfrog(R) Leapster(TM) Multimedia Learning System;
* ESPN Game Station(TM);
* Little Tikes(R) Hummer(R) H2 Ride-On;
* Color Video Now(TM) Personal Video Player;
* Bratz(R) Funk Out Doll Assortment;
* 1/6 Scale Radio-Controlled Cadillac(R) Escalade and
Hummer(R) H2 or SUT;
* Plug-it-in and Play TV Games(TM);
* Schwinn(R) 20-inch Sting-Ray Bike; and
* Sesame Street(R) E-L-M-O(TM).
How much do you want to bet that at least 10 of these 12 will be top sellers? Is this a recommendation list, a forecast, or a self-fulfilling prophesy?

Posted by Kevin at 2:19 PM

November 15, 2004

Wal-Mart Touts its Various Efforts on Behalf of U.S. Service Men and Women Serving Overseas

*Updated*
(see below @ *Update*)


Just came across a recent Wal-Mart press release (dated Tuesday November 9, 2004) concerning how their 'M.A.C.K. Packs' Connect 900,000 Service Men and Women to Loved Ones Back Home:

Phone Cards, E-mails and Message Books Link Family and Friends


BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nothing compares to a word from home -- or a chance to send word home to loved ones. For more than 900,000 active duty service members, communicating with family and friends this holiday season just became a lot easier.

A gift from the Wal-Mart & SAM'S CLUB Foundation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation will provide M.A.C.K Packs to every member of the armed services deployed overseas. M.A.C.K. stands for Military Assistance Communications Kit. Each kit includes a phone card, writing paper, note cards, envelopes, a folder with a 2005 calendar and a letter of support. The kits will be Fed Ex'ed to the troops overseas beginning on Veteran's Day, allowing some 900,000 members of the military to call and write loved ones from virtually anywhere in the world this holiday season.

"Our troops love nothing more than to know that they are remembered and appreciated," said VFW Adjutant General John J. Senk, Jr. "Out of all the hardships our military endure, the hardest thing is being away from family and friends. The M.A.C.K. Pack kits will bring a little bit of home to them and help them connect with their loved ones -- it's a gift of communication. Wal- Mart's tremendous support for our troops and veterans now and through the years has been remarkable."

[...]


Read the press release in full, here.


*Update*

In addition to the above mentioned press release however, WM also has several informative pages (ten at this point in time) -- including some archived news articles -- documenting their various efforts and programs for Supporting Our Troops and their families (left-hand menu under the main heading of Supporting Our Troops, which is highlighted in red).

Posted by Morgan at 1:08 AM