Thursday, October 12, 2006

More on Ron Galloway's Resignation From WFFW

A statement by Chris Kofinis of is reproduced below.

"As reported today in the Los Angeles Times, Ron Galloway, one of Wal-Mart's chief spokespeople, has resigned over concerns about Wal-Mart’s first-ever salary cap which has caused a tremendous amount of pain and suffering for all of Wal-Mart’s 1.39 million hard-working employees.

The fact that Wal-Mart ignored Mr. Galloway’s concerns, despite his high-profile role in defending the company, speaks volumes as to how disingenuous Wal-Mart’s entire public relations operation has become. As Mr. Galloway learned, Wal-Mart is not interested in improving its business practices, instead, Wal-Mart wants to try and fool the American people with a Karl Rove-style public relations campaign riddled with misleading statements and corporate double speak.

We hope other Wal-Mart defenders will begin to understand the negative impact Wal-Mart's business practices can have on their own credibility and reputation and will stop allowing Wal-Mart to use themselves in defense of a company that mistreats its employees, fails to provide company health care to over half of its employees, ships American jobs overseas and negatively impacts our communities.

Once again, we renew our call for Wal-Mart to stop playing games with the American people, save the millions of dollars it spends on overpaid right-wing, Edelman PR hacks, and embrace the fact that real substantive change is the best way for Wal-Mart to address its collapsing public image.”

My emphasis added.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Diffusion of Wal-Mart and Economies of Density

Kinda scary isn't it?

Pro-Wal-Mart Film

I got this from my friend Jonathan at The Writing on the Wal:

Why Wal-Mart Works and Why That Drives Some People C-R-A-Z-Y is an independent film by Ron Galloway. Because Galloway loves Wal-Mart so much he was put on the Board of "Working Families for Wal-Mart".

Mr. Galloway resigned from that Board last week.
"I understand Wal-Mart has to find a way to grow earnings and increase shareholder value, but I don't believe they should do it on the backs of their long-term employees."
Read more about this and many other Wal-Mart related subjects at "The Writing on the Wal".

Wednesday TOTT Comments

No, not the divisive comment by our friendly member of CARD but the comment concerning closed Wal-Mart stores. The caller advised people to do some internet research before making anti-Wal-Mart statements - statements such as "Wal-Mart has many closed stores."

Unfortunately the caller did not take his own advice. Of course Wal-Mart has many closed stores - about 350 of them at any given time. They have their own damn realty website for heavens sake. How hard is it to find that on the internet?

There are also newspaper articles such as this one, or this one or this one. The last article is really important. Wal-Mart closed a store in Jonquière, Quebec because:
The store "has struggled from the beginning..."
Jonquière, QU has a population 10 times that of Saranac Lake.

The problem here is that Wal-Mart supporters have only a few websites that can provide them with favorable "facts" about Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, those sites are all owned by Wal-Mart or by Edelman PR.