May 9, 2012 |
Weeks after news about Wal Mart Stores Inc.'s alleged bribery and coverup in Mexico surfaced, rank-and-file workers at the world's largest retailer have taken their calls for change to the Internet. Venanzi Luna, a department manager at a Wal-Mart store in Pico Rivera, has created an online petition for fellow employees and customers at Change.org, a website that seeks to promote social change. The petition urges Wal-Mart to undertake "a thorough and independent investigation" into allegations of widespread bribery by company officials to gain approval for new stores in Mexico.
December 22, 2011 |
In cultural commentary about the American economy, one company at a time always seems to be the goat. Everything it does is interpreted as evil. In the 1950s it was General Motors. GM's CEO, Charles "Engine Charlie" Wilson, became a national figure of ridicule for telling a congressional committee, "What's good for General Motors is good for America. " Except that he actually said, "For years I thought that what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa" — which is quite a different proposition.
February 23, 2010 |
Clay Blackburn, the hero of Owen Hill's elegant and understated novel "The Incredible Double," is not your typical detective. For one thing, he's a book scout: a guy who haunts used bookstores and estate sales, looking for the one or two items of real value. For another, he's a poet, with a couple of chapbooks to his name. Most tellingly, he's the kind of enlightened anarchist who could only come from Berkeley, where he lives not far from the "world famous open-air asylum" that is Telegraph Avenue.
August 16, 2009 |
The Retail Revolution How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business Nelson Lichtenstein Metropolitan Books: 312 pp., $25 Bentonville, Ark., may be unknown to most Americans, but it is the center of the world for some 750 corporations that manufacture consumer goods -- because Bentonville is the legendary home office of Wal-Mart, and those corporations want to sell their products to the world's largest retailer. It's also the largest private employer in the nation, operator of 4,200 stores.
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April 21, 2007 |
Helen Robson Walton, the widow of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton who was known for her philanthropic efforts, died Thursday evening at her home in Bentonville, Ark., of what the company said was natural causes. She was 87 and had been in poor health since a 1999 car accident. "We are so proud of our mother and the life she led," said Rob Walton, the couple's eldest son and chairman of Wal-Mart Stores. "She devoted much of her life to helping others." Walton was born Dec.
April 8, 2006
YOUR FAMILY RUNS A 50-year-old dress shop in a blighted urban neighborhood. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, announces that it plans to open a 145,000-square-foot megastore a couple blocks away. Closing your shop is not an option, and you don't want to move. Do you: A: Get mad and fight? B: Apply for a part-time job as a greeter? C: Buy yourself a pair of $18.94 linen pants and turn to your new neighbor for advice? The answer is C. Or, at least, so says the Wal-Mart brass.