Tag: WalMart

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Molly Kinder, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss her research into how big corporations such as Amazon and Walmart used their skyrocketing profits in the midst of the pandemic and whether their workers benefitted from the financial growth.

 

Wall Street Is ‘Essential.’ Main Street? Not So Much.

 

My wife was in Walmart today. The woman in front of her was buying wind chimes made out of fake shells. New Jersey is still under a lot of restrictions from the governor’s COVID-19 lockdown. Walmart, and its plastic wind chimes, have been deemed essential.

When governors decided to shut down their states for the sake of people’s physical health, they also made decisions about people’s economic health. By calling certain businesses “essential” or “non-essential” they gave themselves the right to pick winners and losers. More often than not, the small guys were the losers.

Since Walmart sells food, it is considered essential. The Walmart in my town is not a “Super” Walmart so they don’t sell produce, meat, or fresh baked goods, but they do sell lots of other food. While I accept that food is essential, why is it that you can buy clothes at Walmart but a small clothing store must remain closed because it is non-essential? Is it safer to walk through Walmart with hundreds of others than to go into a small boutique with one or two other shoppers? Probably not? Could a clothing shop put a few bags of chips on their shelf and magically become essential? I don’t think the governor would go along with that. But why not let the big and small businesses both safely compete?

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So, Who Am I Boycotting This Week?

 

In the spirit of lively debate, and because what started out as a comment that went on way too long, this is a rebuttal to @cliffordbrown ‘s post, in which he calls for a boycott of Walmart over their announced policy of discontinuing sales of pistol ammunition. I personally require no convincing to not shop at Wally World. I dislike the stores for a wide variety of reasons too long to enumerate here, and I’m not about to start shopping there except in case of immediate need.

So far so good, but let’s be honest, Wally World ain’t losing any money on my account so far because they ain’t getting it in the first place. And I imagine I’m hardly alone in my lack of effect on Sam Walton’s legacy — unless you live in one of the more rural towns where Walmart is the only general-goods game around, you’re not going to be shopping there unless you either need to, unless you like Walmart. But here is where I significantly part ways with Clifford: In his words:

The Absurdity of Being Out-Gunned by Criminals

 

When I retired from the military, my primary goal in life was to ride off into the sunset in an 18-wheeler and, as the saying goes, “study war no more.” It was a sentiment perhaps best encapsulated in a painting by the brilliant artist, Patrick Reynolds, wherein an angelic figure is seen with his sword on the ground as he kneels to tenderly embrace a small lamb.

Alas, the last few years in Memphis have illustrated, as surely as any deployment to some carnage-infested corner of the Middle East, that life does not always imitate art. Indeed, the value of human life here is on par with that of any number of miserable hellholes where people yell that God is great just before blowing themselves and others to pieces.

Consider that Memphis has seen more than 30 highway shootings in 2019 alone, as hot-headed jackasses shoot at motorists who have the misfortune of sharing a stretch of interstate with these raging imbeciles who scream down the highway at well over 100 mph while swerving through traffic, endangering themselves and everyone else. Add to that the daily shootings and killings that bestrew the Memphis landscape, crossing all socio-economic lines and districts, claiming the lives of the affluent and the downtrodden, public officials and innocent children alike, and you have third world anarchy, mayhem, and death.

Walmart’s Virtue Signal Is Shining Loud and Clear

 

This week, in response to a mass shooting within one of their stores, Walmart decided to stop selling handgun ammunition and restrict open carry on the premises of their buildings.

I agree with what my friend Paul Carlson wrote: The message that Walmart is sending out is loud and clear, Walmart is not happy that their customers own guns.

This action by Walmart is very troubling from a cultural standpoint, as Walmart is the last general retail chain to even acknowledge the existence of guns in American culture. Sears was once a major retailer of guns, and even had their own brand of firearms, as did Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penney.

Moments of Generosity and Kindness

 

She quickly made her way to our table at Denny’s, pencil and pad in hand, a wide smile and a chipper energy. Can I get you some coffee? And then after getting the hot coffee, are you ready to order? When we weren’t, she said, take your time. And she really meant it. Breakfast was delicious. The waitress’ smile and sweetness throughout our breakfast, and her attentiveness, were the icing on the cake—or on the pancakes.

Then at Walmart, I was stuck in one of those endless lines. Fortunately I didn’t have many items. The man in front of me kept glancing back at me, his cart fairly full. Suddenly he turned around and said, you should go ahead, you don’t have that many items. I said, but I do, they’re just piled in this little section here, pointing to the place where children often sit. No, no you go ahead. It’s okay. So I did. As I was leaving, I looked back to thank him, and realized he’d let another women ahead of him.

Walmart Extorts Shoplifters?

 

The high point of the Christmas season is over; for those people who don’t shop online and still frequent malls, today there will be a rush for people to rid themselves of the ugliest, most distasteful, and strangest gifts they’ve received. But for some folks, the thrill and satisfaction of shoplifting will have colored this season, and many retailers will have paid the price.

Until recently, Walmart Stores offered a choice to shoplifters: they could pay for and complete an education program as a result of their crimes, or face possible prosecution. Unfortunately, Walmart canceled the programs when local governments questioned whether Walmart was acting legally:

California Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn said in an August ruling that the program ‘will always be extortion per California law’ as long as it involves payment to Correction Education or retailers. Only a diversion program ‘under the aegis of prosecutorial authorities’ can request money under California law, the judge wrote.

Break Up Big Tech? It Wasn’t Long Ago That It Was “Break Up Walmart”

 

Before “Break up Big Tech,” there was “Break up the Big Banks.” And before that, “Break up Walmart.” Oh yeah, lots of interest among a certain group of activists in breaking up the giant retailer. In 2006, for instance, Washington wonk Barry Lynn wrote in Harper’s about “The Case for Breaking Up Wal-Mart” and then again “The Case for Breaking Up Walmart” in 2013 for Foreign Policy.

More recently, Lynn has been a leading proponent of cracking down on the megaplatforms such as Google and Facebook, though perhaps not necessarily breaking them up into smaller companies. But let’s not forget about Walmart, a company Lynn once described as having such vast power that it actually “subverts the functioning of the free market.”

But how is Walmart doing these days? Does it face any competitive pressures? Well, yeah it does. It doesn’t take much searching to find stories about how Walmart is “under siege” from Amazon, and how with every passing year, it becomes “harder and harder for Walmart to compete with Amazon.”

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I have a personal hope to see African Americans embrace conservative ideas on a large scale in my lifetime.  As long as i’ve been alive, people have said that African Americans vote Democrat and there’s no changing it.  I’m not so sure.  I’m from Maryland and I grew up in Prince George’s County.  To anyone not […]

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Police Kill Suspect in Apparent Hostage Situation at Amarillo, TX Walmart

 

1465925518769A SWAT team shot and killed a man who allegedly took hostages at a Walmart in Amarillo, TX Tuesday. According to the Amarillo Police Department, the suspect is a Somali man identified as Mohammed Moghaddam and they found an empty holster and notes with Arabic writing in his vehicle. No one else in the store was reported to have been harmed.

Police said there appears to be no link to Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando and that at this time there is no reason to believe that this was any act of terrorism or in any way linked to a political ideology. Police said they are classifying the incident as an instance of workplace violence.

Nothing to see here, folks.

Walmart, Whole Foods, Sam’s Club, and Costco

 

From Priceonomicsshutterstock_383776771, a survey on where people spend their grocery money and how much cash they drop doing it:

Our curiosity about grocery shopping bills inspired us to analyze data on the the typical amount spent at the most popular stores in the United States. For this analysis, we used data from Perfect Price, a company that maintains a database of billions of credit card transactions. This data allowed us to understand exactly how much people spend when they go to different stores.

What they discovered is that people spend the most at Costco, followed closely by Sam’s Club. This makes sense, I guess: when you go to those places you’re there to shop. Everything is giant-sized and stacked on pallets. People spend, on average, $136 per Costco visit and $81 at Sam’s Club.

No, Government Isn’t Subsidizing Walmart

 

Democratsshutterstock_158807126-e1428424073184, unions, and left-wing activists frequently argue that government (actually taxpayers) subsidizes Wal-Mart and other companies that employ low-wage workers because many of those workers receive government welfare benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid. And the mainstream media pretty much accept this reasoning. Here is CBS News: “Walmart’s highly publicized pay hike is a victory of sorts for its 1.3 million employees, but American taxpayers will foot the bill for the large subsidies that will still be needed to compensate for the discount retailer’s low wages.”

So, goes the theory, if Wal-Mart would pay its workers a “decent wage” — like a minimum of $10 an hour or $15 an hour (or more) — the retailer could get off the dole! The Netflix series House of Cards recently had a fictional presidential candidate bash Wal-Mart with this reasoning: “The starting salary for an employee at Walmart is below the poverty line. Now, the American government subsidizes Walmart to the tune of $7.8 billion a year by issuing food stamps to over one in ten of its workers.”

Well, that’s one way to look at it. Here is AEI’s Michael Strain, a fan of the Earned Income Tax Credit,  yesterday at the Peterson Institute for International Economics addressing the “government subsidizes Wal-Mart” issue after it was raised by an audience member:

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Some less-than-honest individuals have been bragging on Twitter about how they managed to exploit Walmart’s new price-matching policy (where they’ll now match prices from Amazon.com), defrauding the retailer of hundreds of dollars a piece. They accomplished this by creating fake and ultra-cheap listings for PlayStation 4’s on Amazon, and printing off the screenshots before they […]

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The Bank of Walmart

 

13987324872_94e9ab1578_zI’ve argued before that there’s something lopsided about our current political landscape. Whatever it is that the Tea Party represents — and it’s represented a lot of different things to a lot of different people — its consistent thrust has been this: that the country is increasingly run by an oligarchical elite from both parties, that the financial system is rigged against Main Street by sharpies on Wall Street, and that the lack of social and economic mobility in America is a worrying development.

So, ask yourself this: which brands do you trust? Which brands, as an American, do you think most Americans trust? Now ask yourself this: why not the Bank of Walmart? From the The NYTimes:

After years of thwarted efforts to break into banking, Walmart is making its biggest foray yet into everyday financial services.

There’s a Great Future in Plastics

 

It’s college admissions season, and across the land, there are tears of joy and pain. But mostly pain. This was among the most brutal years ever for acceptances.

The news articles focus on the Ivies, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Acceptance rates are down pretty much across the board. Private college counselors, who take in upwards of $10,000 to assist with the application process, are now trying to explain to their clients why they (or rather, their children) weren’t accepted anywhere they applied, even their safeties.