This is called “defeating the purpose of an audit”

Following several reports last spring on the inconsistent and sometimes poor condition of the produce on store shelves, Walmart announced plans last June to improve the quality of the fruits and vegetables it sells. (Problems in produce, of course, exemplify the negative effects that Walmart’s persistent understaffing has on store operations.)

Writer chronicles Walmart’s store-level problems

Over at The Splendid Table they’ve posted an eye-opening excerpt from this interview with Stephanie McMillan, whose new book, The American Way of Eating, chronicles her experiences working undercover in farm fields and a Walmart store outside of Detroit.

Lead director Jim Cash fails to notice broken Walmart business model

New Walmart lead director Jim Cash has an article out about how to “exploit IT for competitive advantage” in business, in which he rhapsodizes about IT’s role in promoting the “virtuous cycle of revenue growth and operational-efficiency improvements.”

Survey says: Walmart’s falling behind on grocery

Market Force Information’s new grocery retailer study contains no good news for Walmart: It shows the company lagging far behind grocery-selling peers on a “Delight Index” that combines customer satisfaction with likelihood to recommend a store to friends and family:

“Total Disarray”

Three months ago, outlets like Bloomberg and The New York Times identified systematic store understaffing as a fundamental reason for Walmart’s struggles to keep shelves stocked and weak financial results. If a piece in Forbes this morning is any indication, it doesn’t look like much has changed.