Big Box Juggernauts
are taking control of the landscape across North America. How does it impact how we live, and where we live? [Flash]
posted by benjh
on Feb 21, 2004 -
"Wal-Mart controls a large and rapidly increasing share of the business done by most every major U.S. consumer-products company: 28% of Dial total sales, 24% of Del Monte Foods, 23% of Clorox, 23% of Revlon... Wal-Mart plans to open 1,000 more supercenters in the U.S. alone over the next five years.. giving it control over 35% of U.S. food sales and 25% of drugstore sales...The $12 billion worth of Chinese goods Wal-Mart bought in 2002 represented 10% of all U.S. imports from China." Setting aside questions of monopoly, isn't this a potentially dangerous monoculture
posted by alms
on Oct 15, 2003 -
Learn How to Make Change.
Having never had to work retail and wanting to learn bartending, I found the FunBrain Change Maker to be a useful game where the player calculates the change given for a money purchase.
posted by johnnydark
on Sep 18, 2003 -
The future of music retail...
will be nothing like this. Echo Networks, a Los Angeles based "digital venture", in partnership with Best Buy, Tower, Wherehouse, Virgin & FYE, has launched an instore downloadable purchase initiative whose chances of failure are only exceeded by the extreme vagueness surrounding the announcement.
For more, read the news article at CNET
posted by jonson
on Jan 27, 2003 -
Happy Thanksgiving or Is It?
, Franklin Delano Roosevelt responed to pressure from the National Retail Dry Goods Association to move the official date of Thanksgiving back one week to the next-to-last Thursday of the month. FDR hoped that this would enliven the economy by adding one week to the Christmas shopping season, but he received considerable political flak
for tampering with what many viewed as a sacred religious holiday. (Thanksgiving is considered sacred even though it only became a national holiday due to lobbying by the editor of a 19th century woman's magazine
.) New Deal-era Republicans were especially bothered by the calendar change and one essayist at the American Enterprise Institute
still seems to carry a grudge. Congress later resolved the issue by passing a resolution in 1941
that designated Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday of November.
posted by jonp72
on Nov 26, 2002 -
A New Milestone for Video Games?
"Three of the nation's top retailers, including Wal Mart, on Monday said they had refused to carry a new video game billed as the first major release to feature full-action nudity and with prostitutes and pimps as major characters." I enjoyed their "banned ads"
posted by owillis
on Oct 14, 2002 -
The Nametag Nation gets a voice online. Retail Workers
along with our brethren in food service
are the bulk of the nations clock-punchers now, and we've got a lot on our minds. Some sites, like the above linked, offer info on serious concerns. Other sites
just let us vent. You may not agree with what we think, but we deserve to be heard from.
posted by jonmc
on Jul 16, 2002 -
urban coffee opportunities
according to this map, there are 38 starbucks within my area code alone. and right down the block, there are 2 out of 4 storefronts, of which this map only notes one: meaning there are more coffee opportunities available.
is the full link, since i think the first one got cut off.
idea from adbusters, but i did the work myself!
posted by whoshotwho
on Nov 16, 2001 -
Nordstrom, J.C. Penney, and FTD
take some advice from Yahoo's porn advocates and drop Christian on-line store because of its connections to the American Family Association. Just Surreal. Or The Power of Porn?
posted by skallas
on Jun 3, 2001 -
Apple Goes Retail: Good Idea?
As this NYTimes Article describes, Apple is planning to open about a dozen stores nationwide. Because Apple specializes in aesthetically pleasing hardware, I actually think this is a good idea for them.
posted by ParisParamus
on May 8, 2001 -