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12:03 AM on 05/03/2013
A little too late don't you think? Saying "you are open for improvement" in these tragic moments actually sounds more devilish than saying nothing at all because now you are using the tragedy as a cheap advertising podium. You are a shame to capitalism.
Redhand126
Progress is Progressive
09:11 AM on 05/03/2013
And your point?
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malefidus1
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11:53 PM on 05/02/2013
People bash wal-mart and then go and buy their products, I'm indifferent towards Wal-Mart, but I don't like hypocrites
Redhand126
Progress is Progressive
11:45 PM on 05/02/2013
Walmart. Always ahead of the curve..only took over 400 dead..but hey, they were in Bangladesh.
11:43 PM on 05/02/2013
Typical Redneck Comment. Money has them brainwashed!!!
11:34 PM on 05/02/2013
with the Bangladeshi government, with industry groups and with suppliers," -they lobby there as well - that sounds more than just a business operating- what other countries like walmart lobby in and thats a retailer what other businesses have clout like that because that means they have enough power to sway the government in the situation
"no authorized production"- what there might be unauthorized - production-i would look at the tags there putting in those clothes
The company also met with about 30 other retailers, including Gap and H&M, in Germany earlier this week- didn't even have the meeting in the country -these retailers must employ a lot of people in the area -i wonder how much they pay the staff because imagine what a mark up because don't forget the exchange rate
so all these companies engage in slave labor pretty much i mean just because it's in another country and we don't see it everyday doesn't mean it doesn't exist
now imagine how many people they could employ in the us oh yeah they don't make as much money but they are more than willing to have Americans buy there products
even the pope told them god wouldn't like it- why aren't the Catholics avoiding buying there goods- now imagine how much pull the banks and large companies have
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demsd
97% of Republicans LOVE Social Programs
11:30 PM on 05/02/2013
Seems Walmart does not authorize production of products anywhere... but I'd bet they buy unauthorized products from those unauthorized warehouses.
11:29 PM on 05/02/2013
It takes something like this for walmart to look at safey measures ???? Typical; repuckian run business.
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Alwayspissedoffatsomeone
Liberalism = Stultification of the Brain
11:23 PM on 05/02/2013
No matter how hard the looney left wishes that big bad WalMart is behind this horrific tragedy in Bangladesh, it just wont work. McDonalds isn't guilty either, folks.
11:56 PM on 05/02/2013
Yeah, we get you... "it's just animals burning in a fire.."
When you start letting companies "outsource" without any control of safety, or publicity, you let the "food chain" go to the most vicious killer... it always works that way. Always has, always will...
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Alwayspissedoffatsomeone
Liberalism = Stultification of the Brain
01:00 AM on 05/03/2013
Like I said... You can wish it but it ain't there, Bob.
11:19 PM on 05/02/2013
Wal-Mart's "Dead Peasant" Insurance Policies

Posted on October 23, 2009 by Jeffrey V. Mehalic
Wal-Mart's "Dead Peasant" Insurance Policies Are Focus of Proposed Class Action
Last month I wrote about litigation initiated by Wal-Mart against several insurance companies regarding “dead peasant,” or corporate-owned, life insurance policies purchased by Wal-Mart on 350,000 of its employees.

http://www.wvbusinesslitigationblog.com/2009/10/articles/corporations/walmarts-dead-peasant-insurance-policies-are-focus-of-proposed-class-action/
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11:19 PM on 05/02/2013
I consider myself a fairly diehard capitalist but man, Walmart can really make me shake my head. Apple isn't to far behind.
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fitley
I pity the same ones as Laurence Tureaud
11:10 PM on 05/02/2013
Walmart's product are caca.
11:59 PM on 05/02/2013
They're the same "caca" you buy at your local merchants, for more money. That's the problem, not WalMart. There are no "safer" choices, just lower and lower prices....
Ain't "Globalization" grand?
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fitley
I pity the same ones as Laurence Tureaud
12:25 AM on 05/03/2013
Other stores aren't entirely stocked with garbage  knock-offs from China, hillbilly
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PositiveEnergy
When nothing goes right, Go left.
12:44 AM on 05/03/2013
Walmarts pricing aren't that great anymore. Pick where you shop to decide where you want your money to ultimately go. I never shop at a Walmart.
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Mohammad Asghar
11:00 PM on 05/02/2013
"Walmart's sourcing practices came under heavy scrutiny after a report in The New York Times last December revealed that at a 2011 meeting in Bangladesh, the company played the "lead role" in blocking a push for increased electrical and fire safety."

Walmart and other retailers buy garment from Bangladesh because it is cheap. On average, a garment worker gets about $64.00 for a month's hard work. If Walmart had supported the "increased electrical and safety measures," factory owners would have demanded a higher price for their product, which this giant retailer could not "afford"! True in many cases, human lives are cheaper than what we wear!!
12:03 AM on 05/03/2013
Keep in mind that WalMart forced most of their suppliers to "offshore" their production by demanding lower and lower pricing. Then, they "helped" their American suppliers become "global" corporations by connecting them with "offshore" suppliers. The present "race-to-the-bottom" was not inevitable, it was a "business decision", made with greed in mind...
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Mohammad Asghar
12:19 AM on 05/03/2013
We should not forget that we Americans want "quality" products, but do not want to pay right price for them. The word "Free" is the most popular word in the "richest" nation of the world!
03:10 AM on 05/03/2013
I was listening to Anderson Cooper tonight and one of his panelists, I believe it was Christiane Amanapour said they were making only $37/mo. Living in the US, with the economy crisis as it is and people not being able to get work (I have friends who need work so bad and don't care what they do, but won't get hired because they are "over-qualified".) The fact that they WANT to work should be the main requirement there. And also the issue of immigration issue (I live in FL and I see those workers out there in strawberry season and whatever other crops running with full crates and on there knees, while there are people on the side of the road begging for food when they really don't want to work (I've had friends who have offered food to these people and they threw it on the ground). These immigrants are doing a job for hardly any pay that ino one else would do. So, big business outsource outside the US and pay nothing to workers in "sweat shops" and tragedies like this happen. Human lives are cheaper to "Big Business" until something like this happens. Unfortunately this time, they really don't seem to care as much as the public does. I rarely shop at Wal-Mart, but I'd rather spend the extra $2 at another store that I know cares about their workers.....
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Mohammad Asghar
11:44 AM on 05/03/2013
I am from Bangladesh and I once owned a garment factory! In America, you have experts on puppy's poop to the workings of God in heaven!
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SunShineMorn
small minds are worthy of little notice
10:55 PM on 05/02/2013
"We're open to improving working conditions"

What does that mean....brighter lightbulbs over the workstations?
09:16 AM on 05/03/2013
"And last month, Walmart announced a $1.6 million donation to establish the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Academy in Bangladesh, which intends to provide apparel manufacturers access to "comprehensive training" on workplace safety, according to the company."

I think this is what they meant...
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SunShineMorn
small minds are worthy of little notice
02:22 PM on 05/04/2013
Well, that's good if it actually happens....
 
Somehow, though, I think that most, if not all, of that money will find its way into someone's pocket..
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awed1
10:52 PM on 05/02/2013
that is so big of them, how about if they pay their american workers a living wage and provide health care for all their employees?
12:06 AM on 05/03/2013
Why should they? Most large corporations are supporting their RepubliTeaPot politicians and avoiding costs by "part-timing" everyone they hire..
When a company doesn't think it will last more than a year, and must make maximum profits week-by-week, there is no reason to keep good help or pay them more than the lowest possible wages.. that describes most consumer businesses in America today. The executives screw up and get "golden parachutes", the workers get sick and dead..
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awed1
02:56 AM on 05/03/2013
why should they? because its the right thing to do. we are talking about walmart right? one of the most profitable companies ever.

if you are talking other businesses it is still the right thing to do.
09:18 AM on 05/03/2013
Or you could go start your own company and become WM biggest competitor and then pay your workers whatever you want. Until then, WM gets to do what it wants...