|Wal-Mart to be More Like Target|
by Emily Kaiser, Reuters
June 23rd, 2004
Wal-Mart, the No. 1 retailer, is widening its array of stylish-but-cheap goods in hopes of winning over middle-income customers, putting it head-to-head with a rival that has proved it can compete and thrive against a company six times its size.
|US: Remaking America in Wal-Mart's Image|
The Black Commentator
February 19th, 2004
The only competition that exists among the corporate players at the commanding heights of the American economy is the race to determine who can squeeze the workers first and hardest. The Safeway, Kroger and Albertsons chains and their subsidiaries claim underdog status, as they grind $10 an hour workers into the dirt. The real problem the traditional grocery chains face is weak demand and an inability to raise prices in a deflationary environment not Wal-Mart pricing pressure. They eagerly follow Wal-Mart's model that there is no limit to how far they are willing to reduce labor costs. If there is a bottom, Wal-Mart will find it first, and the pack will eagerly follow.
|CHINA: Wal-Mart Turns Blind Eye To Factory Conditions|
by Grant McCool, Reuters
February 9th, 2004
Labor rights groups on Monday accused the world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of turning a blind eye to abusive conditions at a factory in China that makes plastic toys for the company.
|US: In-House Audit Says Wal-Mart Violated Labor Laws|
by Steven Greenhouse, New York Times
January 13th, 2004
An internal audit now under court seal warned top executives at Wal-Mart Stores three years ago that employee records at 128 stores pointed to extensive violations of child-labor laws and state regulations requiring time for breaks and meals.
|MEXICO: Wal-Mart Invades|
by Tim Weiner, New York Times
December 6th, 2003
The company that ate America is now swallowing Mexico. Wal-Mart, the biggest corporation in the United States, is already the biggest private employer in Mexico, with 100,164 workers on its payroll here as of last week. Last year, when it gained its No. 1 status in employment, it created about 8,000 new positions -- nearly half the permanent new jobs in this struggling country.
|US: The Great Wal-Mart Wars|
by Ruth Rosen, San Francisco Chronicle
June 30th, 2003
Wal-Mart has announced its intention to open 40 new supercenter stores each the size of four football fields in such fast-growing California suburban areas as Contra Costa County.
|US: Up Against Wal-Mart|
by Karen Olsson, Mother Jones Magazine
April 28th, 2003
At the world's largest and most profitable retailer, low wages, unpaid overtime, and union busting are a way of life. Now Wal-Mart workers are fighting back.
|EU: Boycott of American Goods Over Iraq War Gains Momentum|
by Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters
March 25th, 2003
BERLIN - No more Coca-Cola or Budweiser, no Marlboro, no American whiskey or even American Express cards -- a growing number of restaurants in Germany are taking everything American off their menus to protest the war in Iraq.
|USA: Group Blasts Dental Academy's Deal with Coca-Cola|
by Amy Norton, Reuters
March 4th, 2003
A US interest group on Tuesday sharply criticized the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's new partnership with soft-drink giant Coca-Cola, saying the deal will make the dental group a "captive" of Coke.
|US: Sweatshop Case Settles for $20M|
by Alexei Oreskovic, The Recorder
September 27th, 2002
Three overseas sweatshop lawsuits involving dozens of the United States' largest retailers and a 30,000-member class of garment workers have settled for $20 million.
|US: Store Customer Cards a Source for FBI?|
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, FoxNews.com
August 1st, 2002
WASHINGTON -- So you have a secret craving for Little Debbie peanut butter bars and a penchant for Kendall-Jackson merlot? While that customer loyalty card at the supermarket might perceivably save you a few pennies at the checkout counter, your buying habits could end up in the hands of government agents.
|EGYPT: Protest Groups Boycott U.S. Products|
by Khaled Hanafi, Islam Online
July 22nd, 2002
Environment and anti-globalization organizations worldwide called on all citizens suffering from 'U.S. injustice' to give up drinking American soft drinks, especially Coca-Cola, for the day of Monday, July 22, 2002.
|US: Gap Admits Strategic Errors After $34m Loss|
by Mariko Sanchanta and Lina Saigol, Financial Times
February 27th, 2002
Millard ''Mickey'' Drexler, Gap's chief executive, on Tuesday admitted that the company had ''misread fashion tea leaves'' and violated its own principle of ''keeping things simple'' in making a series of fashion mistakes that led to its reporting a $34m loss.
|USA: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town|
by Tamara Straus, AlterNet
May 24th, 2001
The largest retailer in the world has 3,000 stores in the U.S. as well as chains in Britain, Germany, China, Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. It opens a megastore every two days. It is the U.S.'s largest private employer, with 925,000 people on the payroll, and the second largest employer in general after the Federal government. The company also boasts the largest computer, surpassing the Pentagon's, and the world's largest fleet of trucks. Wal-Mart might as well appear in the dictionary under the word huge. I know the above statistics because I just watched ''Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town,'' a documentary film by Micha Peled that will air on PBS in early June. ''Store Wars'' is not exactly a critique of Wal-Mart's business practices, but it is hard to come away with a favorable view of the company.
|US: It's Not Easy Being Green|
by Katharine Mieszkowski, Salon.com
December 7th, 2000
The truth is, even policymakers, social scientists, environmentalists and engineers don't really know for sure. Researchers are only now beginning to study what e-commerce means for the Earth.
|FRANCE: Yahoo! Ordered To Block Users|
by Pierre-Antoine Souchard, Associated Press
November 20th, 2000
In a landmark ruling, a French court on Monday ordered Yahoo! to block French Web users from its auction sites selling Nazi memorabilia.
|NICARAGUA: US Retailers Contract with Sweatshops|
by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press
August 22nd, 2000
Gonzalez was one of two workers invited Monday to recount conditions at two Nicaraguan factories that human rights, religious and labor groups claim supply Kohl's Department Stores with cheap garments.
by Michael Barbaro, The New
Wal-Mart Stores, facing a raft of state legislation that would require it to increase spending on employee health insurance, will lift several of its long-standing — and most-criticized — restrictions on eligibility over the next year, the giant retailer said this morning.