Friday headline roundup

Must-read Walmart clips of the week:


Fired Walmart Workers Arrested at Rally Announcing Labor Day Deadline (The Nation, 8/22/2013)

“The planned act of civil disobedience concluded a noon rally at which workers announced a Labor Day deadline for Walmart to raise wages and reinstate workers they allege were fired for their activism.”


For retailers, low wages aren’t working out (Washington Post, 8/20/2013)

“This is not the first time U.S. mass retailers have faced the problem of under-consumption. In the 1920s, as U.S. cities swelled, the low incomes of the new urban consumers posed a constant challenge to merchants. In contrast to today’s Walton family heirs, however, some of those merchants realized that the solution was to raise workers’ incomes.”


One reporter’s lesson from working at Walmart: Love your produce manager (Splendid Table)

“The most interesting thing I cottoned onto in my work at Walmart was just that there’s this very strong narrative we hear about corporate efficiencies and how everything works like this clean, well-oiled machine. At least in the Walmart I was at, that completely broke down when it came to produce.”


Target Will Beat Wal-Mart; J.C. Penney May File for Bankruptcy (The Daily Ticker, 8/21/2013)

“[Retail analyst Burt Flickinger is] also pessimistic about Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer. ‘Same store sales are down three of the last five years [and] leadership is cutting costs rather than driving demand,’ says Flickinger. In addition, he says, the company has made poor acquisitions in Africa and the U.K. and has simply become ‘too big to manage.’ So who will take its place as the retail leader? Target, according to Flickinger.”

What do you think?