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Wal-Mart apologizes for retail ad that included racial slur (LOL….)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/18/wal-mart-apologizes-retail-ad-included-racial-slur/486460001/

 

Mega-retailer Wal-Mart is drawing fire for publishing an ad on its website Monday that included a racial slur.

The retailer based in Bentonville, Ark., featured an ad on its website early Monday offering a wig cap for sale in which the color was described as n—r brown. The ad has since been removed and Wal-Mart told the Huffington Post that it has determined that the product was sold by a third-party seller posing as a company out of the United Kingdom.

Wal-Mart said Monday night it was working on suspending the account of the third-party seller.

Wal-Mart apologized for the ad in a statement via social media.

“We are very sorry and appalled that this third party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace,” Wal-Mart said via Twitter. “It is a clear violation of our policy and has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened.”

The retailer tweeted the response to various members of the public who asked Wal-Mart what it was doing.

The ad featured a wig cap by a company called Jagazi Natural in size medium and included the color description with the slur. The product was offered for $7.28.

Wal-Mart removed the racial epithet from the headline but customers pointed out via social media that the word remained in the ad’s description beneath, the Huffington Post reported. A search for the ad Monday evening showed that it had been removed.

Jagazi Naturals, based in the United Kingdom, published a statement on its website that indicated the wig cap was not a product sold by its company.

“We woke up this morning to the news that someone has used our name Jagazi to list an item,” the statement read. “Please beware that we are reporting this to as many people as we can and trying to get all the listings pulled down. The real Jagazi is a 100% black company for black people. People have often used our brand name to try and sell their fake products. Please be aware. Very sorry for all the distress this has caused. We are feeling the pain here as well. Most shocking!”

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Walmart is asking employees to deliver packages on their way home from work

BENTONVILLE, ARK. — Walmart’s newest tactic in its fight against online giant Amazon: enlisting its employees to deliver online orders on their way home from work.

The idea, Walmart executives said Thursday, is to cut costs on the so-called last-mile of deliveries, when packages are driven to customers’ homes, often the most expensive part of the fulfillment process.

“It just makes sense: We already have trucks moving orders from fulfillment centers to stores for pickup,” Marc Lore, chief executive of Walmart’s e-commerce business and the founder of Jet.com, said in a blog post Thursday afternoon. “Those same trucks could be used to bring ship-to-home orders to a store close to their final destination, where a participating associate can sign up to deliver them to the customer’s house.”

The company began testing the package-delivery program a month ago in three stores — two in New Jersey, one in northwest Arkansas — but did not offer details on when, or where, it would expand across the United States.

Employees will be paid extra for the voluntary program, and offered overtime pay as necessary to make the deliveries, Walmart spokesman Ravi Jariwala said Thursday.

“Walmart is uniquely qualified, uniquely positioned, to be able to offer this,” he said, adding that 90 percent of Americans live within 10 miles of a Walmart store. “There is really strong overlap between where our associates are already heading after work and where those packages need to go.”

The company is billing the program as a way for employees to earn extra money, although there were few details on how they would be paid. Jariwala declined to clarify whether employees would be paid based on distance, time, number of deliveries or a combination of those things.

Labor experts say the arrangement, a mash-up of sorts between an Uber-style gig economy and traditional employment arrangements, raises a number of questions related to employees having to shoulder much of the risk, cost and liability associated with deliveries.

“The practice seems ripe for abuse if the company does not compensate workers for the full cost of their journey, the expenses related to gas, car depreciation, and potential problems like accidents, tickets or parking expenses,” said Stephanie Luce, a labor professor at the City University of New York. “Like other ‘gig economy’ type jobs, there is a potential to benefit workers — but in reality, most of the benefits accrue to the employer, not the employee.”

Earlier this year, Walmart — which last year reported $485.9 billion in revenue — said it would raise its hourly minimum wage to $10 for most workers, but activist groups say many employees are still struggling to make ends meet.

“Instead of Walmart paying its workers what they deserve for their work, Walmart is merely offering to pay more — for more work,” said Randy Parraz, director of Making Change at Walmart, a campaign run by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

“To say this is a voluntary program is like throwing a life preserver to someone drowning in a lake,” he added. “When so many workers are paid so little that they need government assistance to make ends meet, it becomes a necessity, not a choice, to do what they can to earn more.”

Some Walmart employees were also skeptical of the arrangement, particularly given the lack of specifics.

“Without understanding if associates are going to be compensated for gas, additional insurance costs, wear and tear on our cars and the potential risks of delivering packages, this program could be creating problems for associates,” said Cynthia Murray, a Walmart employee in Laurel, Md., who leads the Organization United for Respect Walmart, a workers’ activist group. “While Walmart continues to point to its 1.5 million associates as its advantage over companies like Amazon, we also know that they are not doing enough to support us and our families.”

This isn’t the first time Walmart has enlisted others to deliver its goods. Four years ago, executives told Reuters they were toying with the idea of having customers deliver packages to online shoppers in exchange for a discount. The company also partners with ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft and Deliv to deliver groceries in Phoenix, Denver and Miami.

“We think crowdsourcing is a mechanism of the future, and frankly, as you think about the move to driverless [vehicles], that could also make the cost of delivery lower,” Scott Price, chief administrative officer of Walmart International, said Thursday. “The inefficiency of delivery can destroy profitability.”

Thursday’s announcement comes as Walmart doubles down on its online business, where sales grew 63 percent in the first quarter of this year. The company — long the country’s largest retailer — has taken aggressive steps in the past year, beginning with its $3.3 billion purchase of Jet.com to compete with Amazon.com, which accounts for about 33 percent of the country’s online sales. (Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, owns The Washington Post.)

Walmart has also been rapidly expanding its grocery pickup program, in which shoppers retrieve online orders in the parking lots of a nearby store. More recently, the company has begun offering discounts on certain digital purchases if customers opt to pick them up in-store. In that model, Walmart uses its own trucking fleet to deliver packages to stores, tapping into an existing transportation network.

Amazon.com is also making similar efforts to speed up delivery. The Seattle-based company in recent months has leased a fleet of 40 cargo jets, and has developed an Amazon-branded trucking fleet. It also created Amazon Flex, an on-demand network of drivers, similar to Uber or Lyft.

Walmart employees, Jariwala said, have delivered hundreds of packages during the past month, fulfilling orders placed on Jet.com, which Walmart acquired last year, as well as Walmart’s own website.

Walmart employees can sign up for up to 10 deliveries per day using a company app, Jariwala said. They can also set size and weight limits on packages. If there are not enough employees to deliver packages, carriers like UPS and FedEx would fill in.

“This is completely an opt-in program,” he said. “This is not something associates are required to do. They are, first and foremost, always going to finish their shift.”

Sarah Halzack contributed to this report.

Cramer: How Wal-Mart is giving Amazon a run for its money

Wal-Mart gives Amazon a run for its money

Wal-Mart gives Amazon a run for its money  8 Hours Ago | 03:17

For so long, it seemed like no company could rival e-commerce colossus Amazon, but Jim Cramer thinks one up-and-coming online competitor could give it a run for its money: Wal-Mart.

“You might think this comparison sounds crazy, even after the excellent quarter Wal-Mart just reported [on Thursday], but when you take a step back, it’s pretty clear that these two companies have a lot more in common than you might expect,” the “Mad Money” host said.

Before the rise of Amazon, Wal-Mart’s scale and massive array of merchandise shuttered countless smaller stores because they could not compete.

“Wal-Mart was the great destroyer of retail, the great disruptor, laying waste to mom and pop stores all over the country by offering more products and undercutting them on price,” Cramer explained.

Watch the full segment here:

Cramer: How Wal-Mart is giving Amazon a run for its money

Cramer: How Wal-Mart is giving Amazon a run for its money  8 Hours Ago | 08:57

Amazon employs a similar strategy, using its scale to sell items online at their lowest available prices. Most retailers cannot compete, but Wal-Mart’s breadth and ability to negotiate with its suppliers enable it to keep pace with Amazon’s prices.

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon also set a goal for the company to become a major player in online retail, gaining approval from the Walton family, which owns just over half of the business.

With a good balance sheet, the company can afford to spend the money to challenge Amazon, but Cramer said the family’s approval was key for moving the process forward.

“As long as he’s got the backing of the family, he can afford to take some short-term hits in order to grow the company’s e-commerce presence. That’s a real rarity in this game,” Cramer said. “At most publicly traded companies, the shareholders tend to rebel when management starts promising near-term pain. And you better believe that declaring war on Amazon is painful.”

While Wal-Mart may not unseat Amazon as the top dog in e-commerce, the “Mad Money” host does believe it could become a serious competitor, with its online sales business up 63 percent in the latest quarter.

On Wal-Mart’s earnings conference call, the company touted its offering of 50 million products, up from 35 million last quarter and 10 million just one year ago.

Wal-Mart’s come-up in the online space started when the retailer announced plans to restructure in early 2015. The first step was closing 269 underperforming stores. Then, later in the year, McMillon announced a big boost in e-commerce spending — $900 milion in 2015 and $1.1 billion for the following year.

In response, the stock got pummeled, dropping from the mid-$80s to the mid-$50s, but with the backing of the Walton family, McMillon had permission to continue his agenda.

In the summer of 2016, Wal-Mart acquired one of the world’s fastest growing online retailers, Jet.com, for $3.3 billion.

“The idea behind Jet is that they can offer customers tremendous bargains by giving you extra discounts if you order merchandise from the same distribution centers. Plus, the deal gave Wal-Mart access to a new cohort of wealthy, young, urban shoppers who might not otherwise be Wal-Mart shoppers,” Cramer said.

After a number of smaller acquisitions that expanded Wal-Mart’s online offerings, the company announced in March 2017 it would start its own incubator to invest in ideas and technologies that would change the future of retail, a new venture for the once-traditional company.

Finally, there’s one area where Wal-Mart does have a leg up over Amazon: fresh food. Ordering most things online is easy, but delivering perishables is more complicated.

“Wal-Mart’s grocery business is going strong, and once they get you in the door to buy that food, you might make impulse purchases — or if you know you’re going there, you can order stuff online, then pick it up in the store [to] save on shipping,” Cramer said. “Fresh food is Amazon’s Achilles heel, people.”

At the end of the day, Amazon is still the reigning king of e-commerce, but with 69 percent growth in online gross merchandise volume, Wal-Mart is easily second-best.

“Can Wal-Mart beat Amazon? Doubtful. But who says they need to? They just need to go toe-to-toe with Amazon and make money doing it, wipe out everybody else in bricks-and-mortar, and that’s entirely likely from what I’ve seen from this amazing quarter,” the “Mad Money” host said.

The stocks are completely different animals, however. Amazon’s powerful technology and web services arm puts its stock, which trades at 85 times next year’s earnings estimates, in a class above the rest.

Wal-Mart’s stock, a more old-school brick-and-mortar name, sells at only 17 times next year’s earnings.

“Here’s the bottom line: if you like owning high-flying fast growing tech stocks, Amazon’s great. OK? It’s for you. However, if you want more of a value play, I think Wal-Mart has done an incredible job of expanding online. They’re not going to take the lead in e-commerce anytime soon, but for the first time in ages, this business is actually a two-horse race,” Cramer said.

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Company recalls 21,000 pounds of frozen pizza sold at Walmart over potential listeria

A California-based company is recalling more than 21,200 pounds of frozen pizza sold at Walmart retail stores in 11 states due to potential listeria contamination. RBR Meat Company Inc. issued the recall for its Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza after possible listeria was discovered during routine sampling.

The product was available for purchase in Walmart store locations across California, Colorado, Nevada, Washington state, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii. According to a news release on the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) the products were produced on Feb. 23 and are packaged in a 50.6-ounce corrugated box containing one shrink-wrapped 16-inch pizza with lot code 20547.

According to FSIS, no illnesses tied to the recall had been reported as of March 15. However, consumers who have the product in their freezer or who have purchased it are urged to discard of it or return it for a refund.

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The recall comes amid a deadly listeria outbreak linked to a New York-based creamery that has resulted in at least six illnesses and two fatalities. Consuming foods contaminated with listeria could cause fever, muscle aches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, diarrhea or other stomach issues. Pregnant women who are exposed to listeria may suffer miscarriage, stillbirths or premature delivery. Those with compromised immune systems are also considered at an increased risk of health complications after exposure.

Consumers with additional questions may contact FSIS at AskKaren.gov or 1-888-674-6854.

Rapper Who Threatened to Assassinate Trump had his Album Pulled From Walmart

Out of shape, ignorant “rapper” Rick Ross found himself in hot water after he wrote a song about assassinating President-elect Donald Trump.

#DERP.

Thanks to Mark Dice, who called up the megastore to advise them of Rick Ross and his threats, Walmart reportedly gave the order to remove the album from it’s stores according Billboard.com.

From Billboard:

Walmart has allegedly stopped selling Rick Ross’ latest album, Black Market, due to a lyric about assassinating Donald Trump, according to reports on several websites, including XXL and AllHipHop.

Rick Ross Breaks Down ‘Black Market’ Track-By-Track

In the lyric, from the song “Free Enterprise,” he raps, “Assassinate Trump like I’m Zimmerman / Now accept these words as they came from Eminem.”

Black Market is currently not available on Walmart’s website. Neither Walmart nor representatives for Ross have responded to Billboard’s request for comment.

A writer named Mark Dice claims that Walmart removed the album from its inventory after he contacted the company about the lyric. He says that his complaint was also sent to other major retailers, including Amazon, Target and iTunes. At the time of publication, the album is still available on all three outlets’ websites.

“Walmart has apparently pulled Rick Ross’s new album Black Market after media analyst Mark Dice called them to bring to their awareness that the first track on the album “Free Enterprise” calls for the assassination of Donald Trump,” reads a caption to a recent video on Dice’s YouTube channel.

These idiots are going to learn the hard way that they can’t get away with this bullying, violent BS anymore.

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Walmart Black Friday ad features $199 Apple iPad mini 2, $119 Chromebook deals

http://www.zdnet.com/article/walmart-black-friday-ad-features-199-apple-ipad-mini-2-119-chromebook-deals/

 

The Black Friday ad wars are finally starting to heat up, with Walmart’s ad surfacing shortly after Target’s. Like its rival, it has more tablet deals than ads leaked earlier in the cycle — including Apple’s iPad — along with specials on several low-cost laptops.

While Target has three different iPad models on sale, Walmart just has one — not surprisingly, the Apple’s cheapest model. The iPad mini 2 is discounted to $199, 79 cents less than what Target is going to be offering it for. Walmart makes up for it with a number of Android tablet specials, including a 7-inch RCA for just $28. It also has the Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7-inch slate for $69 (99 cents lower than at Staples, with a $10 Google Play thrown in) and the Lenovo Tab 10 model for $99 ($50 off the regular price).

Also listed are a trio of tablets with bundled wireless keyboards, including a RCA Cambio 10.1-inch device that runs Windows 10 for $99, though that’s only about $10 less than the current price on the Walmart website. There are a pair of Android 2-in-1 deals in the form of a 10.1-inch SmarTab with Intel Atom processor for $72, and a 11.5-inch RCA Galileo Pro for $98.

Given their surging popularity, Chromebooks have been largely unseen in Black Friday ads thus far. Walmart has one, however, at a low price of $119. For that price ($60 less than Samsung is currently selling it for online), the Samsung Chromebook 3 gives you an Intel Celeron N3050 processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, and a 11.6-inch display. If you want a cheap Windows 10 laptop instead, you’ll have to pay a bit more ($199) for the HP 15-ba018wm with AMD E2-7110 processor, 4 gigs of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and 15.6-inch display.

Walmart has three additional budget notebook listed in Black Friday ad, each with a 15.6-inch displays. These include the HP 15-f222wm with an Intel Pentium N3540 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and touchscreen for $249, and an Acer laptop with Intel Core i5 chip, 6GB of memory, and 1TB hard drive for $299. Finally, for a little more ($349), there’s the HP 15-ba051wm with AMD A10-9600P processor, 8GB of RAM, terabyte hard drive, and choice of chassis color, along with a wireless mouse, 16GB flash drive, and a sleeve included in the price.

Tell Walmart to give a disabled 21-year employee his job back

Danny Ockenhouse has been a door greeter at Walmart for 21 years. Although Danny is bound to a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy, he amazes everyone he meets by his passion, commitment and love for his job. Those who know him or have worked with him say he takes great pride in his ability to go to work everyday.

After 2 decades of service, Walmart is taking that all away from Danny.

Walmart is changing the greeter position through a program called “More at the Door.” Now, greeters will be required to be able to lift at least 50 lbs, something Danny can’t do. Danny was informed he would no longer have a job at Walmart. He is devastated, and so are many in the community.

Upon hearing the news, many in the community protested outside the Walmart where Danny works. Danny told reporters, “I poured my heart and soul into this company.” Still, Walmart refuses to find Danny a job.

Danny’s firing represents a betrayal of big companies to their most loyal employees — it shows how disposable we can be no matter how long we serve. It’s wrong and Walmart needs to find a place for Danny in their company. Tell Walmart to give Danny Ockenhouse his job back.

Walmart and Martial Law

http://www.renegadetribune.com/walmart-martial-law/

 

Has Walmart been part of a conspiracy against the American people since its inception and are plans now in place to use their super-centers for mass detention? These videos provide some frightening evidence that points to the affirmative.

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Walmart partners with Uber, Lyft to offer same-day grocery deliveries

Walmart is expanding its grocery business, and going after Amazon in the process.

Ahead of its annual shareholders meeting Friday,   the retail giant announced that it would be partnering with Uber, Lyft and Deliv to test same-day grocery deliveries. Walmart has been expanding its online grocery business in recent years, letting customers order online and then simply pick their orders up at a nearby store. Under this pilot program Walmart will be expanding into what’s known as “the last mile,” or delivery from the store to a customer’s home.

Walmart has been delivering to San Jose and Denver for the past few years, offering same-day delivery through a Walmart grocery truck. The company began  testing grocery deliveries to business customers in Miami earlier this year through a partnership between its Sam’s Club brand and delivery start-up Deliv.  The Uber and Lyft deliveries will be coming to Denver and Phoenix in the next two weeks, offering direct delivery from stores to customers. Uber will be handling deliveries in Phoenix, while Lyft will be covering Denver.

In addition to opening up new cities for deliveries, Walmart will also be expanding its grocery pickup service to 14 new markets this month. By the end of July the service will be in over 60 markets, more than triple the 20 markets the company started with in April.
Similar to Amazon’s Prime Now, a customer simply orders items  online and chooses a two-hour delivery window. Walmart employees then gather the items on the list and request a driver from one of the services to come and pick them up. Current items offered range from fresh produce and meat to bakery items, baby food, cosmetics, batteries, diapers or pet food. The company says 40,000 items are available, 30,000 of them food-related and 10,000 more general merchandise items.

To take advantage of Walmart’s online grocery service you need to have an order of at least $30, with delivery costing $7 to $10 more. As Walmart is handling the delivery arrangement, customers do not need to pay the Uber or Lyft driver separately.

Amazon, by comparison, requires a $15 minimum order and includes free delivery, though you also need to be a member of the company’s $99 annual Prime service to access Prime Now.

“We’re thrilled about the possibility of delivering new, convenient options to our customers, and about working with some transformative companies in this test,” said Michael Bender, the COO of Walmart’s Global eCommerce division in a blog post announcing the program. “We’ll start small and let our customers guide us.”

Walmart hid $76bn of assets in foreign tax havens, new study claims

Walmart hid $76bn of assets in tax havens across the world, including $64.2bn managed by 22 different subsidiaries in Luxembourg, where Walmart has no stores, according to a study published on Wednesday.

The study, published by campaign group Americans for Tax Fairness and funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, alleged that Walmart has “kept its tax haven subsidiaries secretive by burying mention of their existence”. Walmart denied the claims.

The authors claimed Walmart’s global empire keeps billions of dollars of assets away from the prying eyes of the taxman via a network of shell companies in Luxembourg, the Netherlands and a host of Caribbean countries known for their low taxes.

According to the report, since 2011 Walmart has transferred ownership of its stores in Brazil, Japan, Puerto Rico and South Africa to Luxembourg. It claims that Walmart’s Luxembourg operations paid less than 1% in tax on profits of more than $1.3bn between 2010 and 2013.

A spokesman for Walmart, denied that the company passed its overseas profits through Luxembourg in order to avoid tax. The spokesman, Randy Hargrove, told the Guardian that Walmart used its Luxembourg office to manage its affairs because “many banks are headquartered there, and the people are well educated”. He also said Luxembourg had a favourable time zone for managing its international affairs. There is a seven-hour time difference between Luxembourg and Tokyo.

Hargrove dismissed the overall report as “incomplete, erroneous information designed to mislead readers”. He said the report’s finding that Walmart placed $64.2bn assets under control of Luxembourg-registered companies was “wrong” but was unable to provide a correct figure.

In a statement he said: “This is the same union-supported group that regularly issues similar, flawed reports on Walmart to promote their agenda rather than the facts. This latest report includes incomplete, erroneous information designed to mislead readers.

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“Walmart paid $6.2 billion in US federal corporate income tax last year, nearly 2% of all corporate income tax collected by the US treasury. Walmart also pays over $10bn in payroll taxes for its 1.3m US associates. In addition, Walmart paid $3.3bn in property tax, state income tax, franchise tax and other state taxes.”

He said Walmart has “processes in place to comply with applicable SEC and IRS rules, as well as the tax laws of each country where we operate.”

The report said that Walmart’s 592 British stores are owned via Broadstreet European Holdings Co-operative in the Netherlands and Azure Holdings Sarl in Luxembourg.

It makes Walmart the latest in a string of multinational companies, including Pepsi and Ikea, to be exposed for exploiting international tax loopholes via Luxembourg.

Walmart, which is majority-owned by the Walton Family (who are said to be worth a combined $175bn), made $27.4bn profit before tax last year.

Nancy Reynolds, a cashier at a Walmart store in Merritt Island, Florida, said: “Walmart’s tax havens are making one of the richest families in the world even richer while Walmart workers continue to struggle to get by on poverty-level wages. It’s time for Walmart and the billionaire Waltons to pay their fair share – both by implementing a $15/hour minimum wage in the US, and committing to pay their fair share of taxes all around the world.”

Alke Boessiger of global union UNI said: “We have known for a long time that Walmart’s low-road business model keeps many of its own workers in poverty and encourages abuses throughout the company’s global supply chain. Now we know that Walmart’s low-road business model includes the extensive use of tax havens to avoid paying its fair share of taxes all over the world.”