Posts Tagged "walmart"

National Chains Don’t Need Tax Incentives to Come to Town

National Chains Don’t Need Tax Incentives to Come to Town

Charlotte, North Carolina, may have just become a case study for local economies everywhere. Earlier this year, Walmart announced that it had begun hiring associates for a new facility in Charlotte. As it turns out, the retail giant chose Charlotte without receiving any of the taxpayer-funded financial incentives that have become so synonymous with big business. According to The Charlotte Observer, Walmart requested financial support two years ago for a…read more →

AIB Hails New Requirement for Subsidy Transparency

AIB Hails New Requirement for Subsidy Transparency

Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) today hailed a newly issued accounting rule that will require local and state governments to annually disclose the amount of tax breaks they give to corporations…

Are You in the Customer Trap?

Are You in the Customer Trap?

Andrew R. Thomas,’ Ph.D., follow- up book, The Customer Trap, details the long-term consequences of relying solely on these businesses to become profitable. His question to you is…

Five Reasons Not to Shop at Big Box Stores

Five Reasons Not to Shop at Big Box Stores

National chains entice customers with their big names and low prices, but the big box shopping experience comes at a high cost. Before you pay the price, find out what national chains really bring to the community – and what they take away.

Apple Now in Walmart's Distribution Trap

Apple Now in Walmart's Distribution Trap

Over the years, I have written in this space how a Megacustomer (one that equals more than 10% of a firm’s total revenue) will ultimately capture the lion’s share of value from its supplier.

The Cracks at Wal-Mart Get Even Deeper

The Cracks at Wal-Mart Get Even Deeper

Have you been to a Wal-Mart store lately? It is likely disheveled, with empty spaces on the racks and clutter on the floors. Wal-Mart is finding it very hard to hire good people. The word is finally out that the company is a bad place to work as an associate.

WalMart vs. D.C.: The Living Wage Battle

WalMart vs. D.C.: The Living Wage Battle

The Washington, D.C. City Council voted Wednesday to pass the Large Retailer Accountability Act (LRAA), which requires big-box retailers to pay workers an hourly wage of at least $12.50.

New Data Show How Big Chains Free Ride on Taxpayers

New Data Show How Big Chains Free Ride on Taxpayers

It costs the Old Town Bike Shop in Colorado Springs about $24,000 a year to provide health insurance for four employees, according to owner John Crandall. Meanwhile, his largest competitors, Walmart and Target, foist much of their health care costs onto taxpayers, according to new data

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