Walmart Really Does Have Happy Employees

Walmart really does have happy employees—at least one.

I was in a North Carolina Walmart store this afternoon and had the pleasure of speaking with a man that clearly was a happy employee of Walmart. Not only was he happy, he actually sounded like he was grateful for the job.

This man told me that he had been with Walmart for 13 years. He praised their insurance plan and benefits, and said as long as you behave yourself, you’re ok.

I don’t know what the deal was with this man. I’m used to the kind of Walmart employee that’s bitter about something, unhappy, and couldn’t care less if you shopped there. This guy was different and I don’t believe he’s a plant either. This guy is for real.

I have to admit, it was a refreshing experience. Walmart needs to give this gent a job doing something more than what he’s doing. Bentonville needs to come down here and find out what’s going on with this guy and get it implanted in the other employees. This guy was happy; I mean H A P P Y and thankful to be working at Walmart. It was unreal. But like I said, refreshing.

Well, God bless him. Have a good day everyone.

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Hurricane Katrina: Wal-Mart’s Finest Hour?

Was Walmart’s response in the face of looming disaster from Hurricane Katrina its finest hour? I believe so.

The National Post quotes Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott as Hurricane Katrina howled death and destruction in the Gulf:

“A lot of you are going to have to make decisions above your level,” was Scott’s message to his people. “Make the best decision that you can with the information that’s available to you at the time, and above all, do the right thing.”

“Do the right thing.” Awesome; wonderful; heartening. If only America’s leaders would do the same for their people.

Read The Full Story At The National Post.

More at MSN Money Central.

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New Wal-Mart Ad Has Consumers Seeing Red

Wal-Mart’s new print ad saying that it “Saves the average family $2500 per year” has consumers seeing red because they don’t buy it.

Advertising Age said today that “Consumers aren’t buying Wal-Mart’s new ‘Save Money. Live Better’ ad campaign, according to a survey to be released today by Wal-Mart Watch, which found that only 4% of people believe that Wal-Mart saves the average family $2,500 annually.”

Read The Full Story At Advertising Age.

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Americans Want To Know Where Their Food Comes From: Consumer Reports

I was watching a CNN report this afternoon about the poor quality of foods coming out of China. CNN said that according to Consumer Reports, 92% of Americans want to know where their food is coming from.

I’m one of the 92%. But I doubt that knowing where our food comes from will be comforting. And I doubt many 100% Made in America foods will be discovered. Most food labels will probably end up with a message like this:

“Made in the U.S.A. of Domestic and Imported Ingredients: U.S.A. n%; China n%; other n%.”

To be fair to China, we should consider the fact that consumer demand for low prices may have forced companies like Walmart to push China’s development too far and too fast, much beyond what the country was ready for.

Globalization is a wonderful thing.

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Fluoroquinolones Discovered In Catfish From China

Man, this story completely passed under my radar. Alabama has banned catfish from China after discovering they contain a powerful class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones.

Wal-Mart for its part has withdrawn catfish from its stores nationwide. Good move.

I’ve also read that Melamine was commonly added to fish feed in China so don’t be surprised if that isn’t there as well.

Source: Columbus Dispatch

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Wii Craziness

I dropped by Walmart last night to pick up a few things and noticed a bunch of kids camped out in the garden area. I asked the Walmart clerk what that was all about; he said it was, “Nintendo.”

Wow, camping out for a Nintendo Wii? Is it really worth the effort guys? The commercials do make it look awfully cool, but camping out for it? I don’t know about that.

On a separate note, I read that Sony is $300 in the red on each PS3.

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Wal-Mart Accelerates $4 Generic Prescription Program

Good news for consumers this morning; Wal-Mart announced an acceleration of its $4 generic prescription program. The program will now be available in an additional 1,264 stores in 14 states:

Wal-Mart—Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) announced that starting today it is rolling out its $4 generic prescription program in 14 additional states. With the announcement, the $4 generic prescription program will be now be available in an additional 1,264 stores throughout Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Vermont. The program was launched in 235 Florida pharmacies on October 6, 2006. Wal-Mart originally planned to introduce the program in as many states as possible beginning in 2007, but customer demand led the company to accelerate the launch. …

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Wal-Mart Hated For Right-Wing Ideology?

Is Wal-Mart ‘hate’ more about its fortune supporting right-wing causes than it is the people it allegedly abuses?

The Nation—Helen Walton, now 85 and in poor health, is expected to donate almost all of her personal fortune–worth $18 billion–to the WFF upon her death, which, as the NCRP points out, will make that entity the richest foundation in the world. This should disturb progressives, since so much Walton money goes to support conservative causes. Yet although the current direction and political leanings of Walton “philanthropy” are clear, the future is a mystery. As Krehely observes, nothing is known about the politics or interests of Sam Walton’s grandchildren. This matters in a family foundation; this fall the Olin Foundation closed its doors, having spent down its endowment because the older generation did not trust the younger Olins to carry on the family’s right-wing traditions. Since the Waltons don’t say much about their future plans, or about their internal family politics, it’s unclear what lies in store for this–currently–right-wing fortune. . . .

All along I’ve thought that Wal-Mart ‘hate’ was about saving America, saving small towns, and helping the poor souls the company allegedly abuses. (chuckle) It was really about their money supporting right-wing causes? Excuse me, I’ll be back in a minute; I have to run over to Super Wal-Mart…

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A Movie About Walmart

I’ll be watching a newly released movie tonight about Wal-Mart; it’s titled “WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE.”

The movie is produced by Robert Greenwald and is supposed to uncover Wal-Mart’s “assault on families and American values.” I’ll let you know how it goes.

You can visit the movie site here » WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE.  Check out one of the free screenings if you can.

By the way, I do shop at Wal-Mart . . .

Update (11/17/2005 11:05pm):

Just got back from the screening; very negative film.

The film spends some time highlighting a small town business called H&H Hardware. It’s sad to see how the small town store has gone the way of the dinosaur. I mean that in a small town business, people know your name, your family, there’s a strong bond between the business and yourself. I go to Wal-Mart and no one knows my name and could probably care less. But that’s big business.

The film spent some time on employees being forced to work overtime “off the clock,” racial intimidation on the job, employees living on welfare, environmental problems related to Wal-Mart, and crime in Wal-Mart parking lots; lots of nasty allegations that can probably never be proven. Chinese and South Asia sweatshops were discussed briefly. The working conditions in Third World factories are deplorable and it depresses me to know that people live like that 24/7. But what was shown is typical of a majority of factories in the Third World, no shock for me there. I think the point is that an American business should try to raise the standard of living if only ever so small.

I was quite surprised to learn that the Walton family has its own private bunker just in case something apocalyptic happens; pretty funny. The world might go up in smoke but the Walton’s will be safe; just a humorous interlude between depressing stories.

My sense of fairness is protesting Wal-Mart’s singular demonization right now; many other businesses could be damned and perhaps even more so than Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart, you might say, finds itself between the proverbial “rock and a hard place”; American consumers want the lowest possible prices so what is it to do? Low prices don’t simply fall off trees. Will I shop at Wal-Mart tomorrow? Yeah, but I would like to see some changes though.

All in all, the film is worth seeing so check it out.

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Walmart Boycott Ends As Company Revises Website

The Catholic League announced today that the planned boycott of Walmart is over. Walmart announced last night that it had revised its website so that a customer is no longer taken to a ‘Holiday’ page but one called ‘Christmas’:

Catholic League—“Yesterday, I said the Catholic League’s boycott of Wal-Mart would proceed until the company a) rendered an apology b) withdrew its insane statement regarding the origins of Christmas and c) revised its website. When I left the office last evening, none of the three demands were met. When I checked news reports this morning, and Wal-Mart’s website, all three were met. . . .

Thank you Walmart and a special thank you to the Catholic League.

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