kottke.org posts about Wal-Mart

Fashion wasteJan 07 2010

It is winter. A third of the city is poor. And unworn clothing is being destroyed nightly.

That's the NY Times writing about H&M and Wal-Mart cutting up and then dumping unwanted inventory on the streets of Manhattan.

Illegal toilet seatsSep 29 2008

As a companion to an offline article about illegal logging, the New Yorker has a video that traces illegally cut wood in Russia to distribution and manufacturing centers in China and eventually a finished toilet seat is shipped to Wal-Mart in the US.

Wal-Mart growth mapJul 10 2008

Watch the growth of Wal-Mart across the country as time passes. It's like a viral infection...you know, in a good way! (via migurski)

Forget the Red State / Blue State labels;Mar 06 2008

Forget the Red State / Blue State labels; the real question is Wal-Mart State or Starbucks State.

starbuckswalmartpercapita.png

(thx, jason)

The total area taken up by allOct 10 2007

The total area taken up by all the Wal-Marts in the world is bigger than Manhattan.

A small grocery store in Emo, OntarioMay 04 2007

A small grocery store in Emo, Ontario is competing with a nearby Wal-Mart by purchasing goods from Sam's Club and reselling them at lower prices than the Wal-Mart offers. (via girlhacker)

Big Box Watch is a map thatApr 20 2007

Big Box Watch is a map that displays future big box store openings in the US. The site currently tracks Best Buy, Home Depot, Ikea, JCPenney, Kohl's, Lowe's, Target, and Wal-Mart.

World map of where Wal-Mart gets itsApr 18 2007

World map of where Wal-Mart gets its products. China dominates, Russia and most of Africa doesn't exist, and Europe is tiny. (via fakeisthenewreal)

Wal-Mart wants to sell 100 million CFLs (compactSep 11 2006

Wal-Mart wants to sell 100 million CFLs (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) in the next 12 months. "Compact fluorescents emit the same light as classic incandescents but use 75% or 80% less electricity." Between this and the organic food, Wal-Mart is agressively pursuing green initiatives. (thx, brock)

Wal-Mart employs 1.8 million people worldwide? Wow.Aug 17 2006

Wal-Mart employs 1.8 million people worldwide? Wow.

With Wal-Mart selling more organic and WholeMay 15 2006

With Wal-Mart selling more organic and Whole Foods expanding like crazy, organic foods are moving from the counterculture to "bean-counter culture".

Economist Thomas J. Holmes studies the diffusionMay 08 2006

Economist Thomas J. Holmes studies the diffusion of Wal-Mart across the US (here's a video showing the retailer's spread). Here's Holmes discussing how density considerations affect where Wal-Mart places their stores.

The Man Who Said No to Wal-Mart. "Jan 20 2006

The Man Who Said No to Wal-Mart. "He looked into a future of supplying lawn mowers and snow blowers to Wal-Mart and saw a whirlpool of lower prices, collapsing profitability, offshore manufacturing, and the gradual but irresistible corrosion of the very qualities for which Snapper was known. Jim Wier looked into the future and saw a death spiral."

Comparison of Costco's labor practices with those of Wal-MartJul 12 2005

Comparison of Costco's labor practices with those of Wal-Mart. "While Wal-Mart pays an average of $9.68 an hour, the average hourly wage of employees of [Costco] is $16."

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