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May 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it would install solar-power systems to provide some of its electricity at 22 locations in Hawaii and California. The systems, built by SunPower Corp., BP and SunEdison, will provide as much as 30% of the power used at 21 stores and a distribution center, Wal-Mart said. The purchase price wasn't disclosed.
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November 29, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy, Andrea Chang and Tiffany Hsu
The chants began around 11:30 a.m. “Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart, you can't hide, we can see your ugly side!" "Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart, you're no good, treat your workers like you should. " "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!" About 200 people braved the rainy Southern California weather on Black Friday to protest what they called unfair Wal-Mart wages outside the chain's store in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles. A few hours earlier, a separate protest had taken place outside Wal-Mart's Ontario store.
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BUSINESS
December 10, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Workers at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. location in Canada will be represented by a union after more than four years of legal challenges by the retailer, the United Food and Commercial Workers said. The Saskatchewan Labor Relations Board granted union status to workers at a store in Weyburn, the group said. The application was submitted in April 2004. Employees at three of the retailer's locations in Quebec are already represented by the union. Applications for unionization of two other stores in Saskatchewan are before the labor board.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Thirty workers didn't report for their jobs Wednesday at a warehouse supplying Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers, protesting alleged retaliation from managers after employees complained about poor working conditions, organizers said. The action in Mira Loma is the latest in a string of protests against warehouses and logistics companies in the Inland Empire by Warehouse Workers United, a union-backed advocacy group pushing for better working conditions. The workers, who aren't represented by a union, staged a rally at a warehouse operated by Olivet International Inc., which sells apparel and luggage to various retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A citizens group has filed lawsuits against the city of Bakersfield, alleging city officials didn't adequately consider noise, traffic, safety and other environmental factors when it approved two Wal-Mart superstores. Bakersfield Citizens for Local Control alleges the city violated the California Environmental Quality Act because officials didn't study how too many "big-box" discount retail and grocery stores in an area can cause urban decay. Bakersfield City Atty.
NEWS
April 18, 1993
The Duarte City Council last week approved a development agreement with the Arkansas-based retail giant, striking a deal for land at the intersection of Mountain Avenue and the Foothill Freeway. The 127,000-square-foot store would provide more than $400,000 a year in sales tax revenue to the city, said Mike Yelton, assistant city manager. "It should be open within a year," he said. To attract the store, the city agreed to cut the price of the land by $1.8 million, city officials say.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2006 | From Reuters
Norway said its more than $240-billion global pension fund would no longer invest in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. because of what the country called "serious and systematic" abuses of human and labor rights. A Wal-Mart spokeswoman declined to comment.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it was scaling back the growth of its namesake discount stores in the U.S. while focusing on remodeling existing locations as the world's largest retailer navigates through a tough consumer spending climate. Eduardo Castro-Wright, president and chief executive of Wal-Mart's U.S. division, told analysts gathered on the first day of the two-day annual investors' meeting at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., that the company planned to open 191 stores in fiscal 2009 and 142 to 157 stores in fiscal 2010.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2002 | Nancy Cleeland and Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writers
Organized labor launched an offensive Thursday against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. -- the nation's largest retailer and an emphatically nonunion employer -- by staging protests outside 400 stores across the country. The protests, which drew support from feminists, students and religious leaders, were an attempt by labor to stir debate about the giant discounter and to build allies in its long-running campaign to organize Wal-Mart employees.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has decided to stop selling guns in about a third of its U.S. stores in what it calls a marketing decision based on lack of demand in some places, a company spokeswoman said Friday. The world's largest retailer decided last month to remove firearms from about 1,000 stores in favor of stocking other sporting goods, in line with a "Store of the Community" strategy for boosting sales by paying closer attention to local differences in demand.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2013 | By Maria Halkias
The first civilian to run the military's $10-billion-a-year retail business is working to bring the enterprise into the modern age. The CEO of the Dallas-based Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Tom Shull, is the first retailer to hold the post. It had been held by military officers on a two-year basis for 117 years. Shull, 61, was named to the position last year and his tenure doesn't have a time limit. There had been many complaints about the service in the comments section of Military Times.
OPINION
March 10, 2013
Re "Health sign-up plan is assailed," Business, March 7 Goal: to reach the most people possible, where they are and are more likely to accept needed services. In this case, the effort is to enroll people in President Obama's healthcare expansion. Vehicle: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, which specializes in selling low-priced goods. Genius. To the unions in California objecting to this on the grounds that Wal-Mart provides inadequate benefits: Really? In this day and age of accepting the differences of others, the unions refuse to do so, even at the cost of the public's well-being.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. beat expectations for its most recent fiscal quarter, but the world's largest retailer is now warning that higher payroll taxes, income tax refund delays and lofty gas prices will cause stagnant sales during the current quarter. For the mega-chain's fourth quarter, which ended Jan. 31, profit boomed 10.6% to $1.67 per share from $1.51 per share during the same quarter a year earlier. The gauge outperformed Wal-Mart's forecast of up to $1.58 per share. Executives attributed the surge to a lower-than-expected effective tax rate of 27.7%.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- State labor regulators have ordered a Chino warehouse operator to pay more than $1 million in overtime plus $200,000 in penalties for hundreds of state labor law violations. State Labor Commissioner Julie Su issued citations Monday to Quetico, a warehouse and distribution company that handles shoes, apparel and electronic goods for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other big-box retailers. The commissioner's investigation of two Quetico facilities, totaling a half-million square feet, found that the company created restrictive procedures which shorted 865 workers of their wages.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Ralph's owner Kroger Co. and Sara Lee parent Grupo Bimbo are all said to be in the running to buy up assets from liquidating Twinkies maker Hostess, according to a report this week. The companies, along with Midwest baked products distributor Alpha Baking Co., are bidding to pick up all or parts of Hostess, according to Bloomberg News . The report cites an anonymous source familiar with negotiations. “There are rumors about Wal-Mart all the time and we just don't comment on them,” said Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove in an email.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2012 | By Shan Li
After the Bangladesh factory fire that killed more than 100 workers in November, retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fired a supplier making clothes at the facility. Now that supplier has come forward to say it wasn't aware its clothes were stitched there, reports say. Success Apparel said in a statement to Bloomberg that it placed an order with Simco, a Wal-Mart-approved supplier, to fulfill orders. Simco then doled out about 7% of the order to Tuba Group, owner of the now infamous Tazreen Design factory in Bangladesh, according to Success.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2004 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Two Los Angeles City Council committees Wednesday unanimously approved a proposal to make it harder for Wal-Mart to open mammoth superstores in the city. If the full City Council approves the ordinance next week, Wal-Mart and other large retailers will have to pay for an economic analysis to show if a proposed store will eliminate jobs, depress wages or harm businesses in nearby neighborhoods.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is kicking off its Black Friday deals earlier than ever, as more stores open their doors for holiday deals even before shoppers have polished off turkey dinners. Hoping to curb shopper frustration that has marred some past Black Friday shopping, the world's biggest retailer is also guaranteeing that shoppers in line at a certain time on Thanksgiving will get their hands on three hot deals for the holidays. Although many Wal-Mart stores are open all day on Thanksgiving, special holiday promotions will begin at 8 p.m., two hours earlier than last year.
BUSINESS
November 30, 2012 | By Shan Li
A Bangladesh garment factory fire that killed 112 people has pushed Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to call for an investigation into the tragic incident. The fire, which started late Saturday night, swept through a facility outside the city of Dhaka that apparently churned out clothes for many major retailers in the United States, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Sears, the Associated Press reported. In a statement issued Thursday, Solis compared the fire, the worst industrial blaze in Bangladesh history, to the fire in 1911 at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York that killed nearly 150 workers.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Authorities arrested nine protesters, including a man wearing a priest's collar, outside a Wal-Mart in Paramount, Calif., for sitting down in the middle of a street and refusing to budge. Around noon Friday, Los Angeles sheriff's deputies peacefully handcuffed the four women and five men, arresting them on suspicion of illegally assembling. The nine were participating in a rally that drew about 400 Wal-Mart employees, union members and others agitating for better working conditions at the world's largest retailer.
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