Wal-Mart

When Wal-Mart Enters the Funeral Industry, the Business Is About to Change. Will Amazon.com Follow? What's the Latest Innovation in the Funeral Busines?

Some survey stated that the average person's greatest fear is having to give a speech in public. That’s not for me but I am sure for many. I remember one guy told he when he was put on stage in front of 800 people, the dead silence was like death. Giving a speech in public ranked even higher than death which was third on the list. So, you're telling me that at a funeral, most people would rather be the guy in the coffin than have to stand up and give a eulogy.

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Customers Are Talking: Why Do Companies Continue to Do Such Dumb Stuff?

Two blog posts struck a chord with me this week. First, Bob Sutton posted on Wal-Mart’s decision to stock Girl-Scout-cookie knockoffs (the delightfully-named “Thin Mint-y Gate“). Then David Pogue provided an update on “Take Back the Beep,” his campaign to get wireless companies to stop playing lengthy introductory messages to callers trying to leave voice mail.

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Walmart's Sustainability Index: The Hype and the Reality

by: Joel Makower

Walmart has just unveiled its new Sustainability Index, a project that's been in the works for more than a year, but which is — finally, after much anticipation and more than a little handwringing by industry, activists, and others — part of the public discourse.

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Examples of Online Communities in the Retail Industry

by: Matt Rhodes

For the second in our series of Online Community Examples, we move on to look at online communities in the retail industry.

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Case Study Wal-Mart

by: Mark Rogers

An article in the New York Times (requires free registration or use Bugmenot for a one-time password) profiles how Wal-Mart have taken on their detractors with a pro-active PR campaign, run by a number of ex political campaigners.

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Walmart's Latest Innovation - It's Free Classified

by: Idris Mootee

Two interesting businesses launched this week and both worth special mention. First one is Wal-Mart has decided to compete with Craiglist and Kijiji (an eBay company); they quietly launched a free online classified service, and sell practically anything to anyone. It is still at pilot stage and currently carries 30 mil items. I searched for Tiffany and I got this Tiffany bracelet for $135. There's no fees involved for buyer and seller. I don't think eBay likes this idea.

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Eco-labels Impact Consumer Behavior

by: David Wigder

Eco-labels influence consumer behavior in two ways. First, they introduce green as a considered attribute at the point of sale. Second, they enable consumers to comparison shop based on green. Over the past few years, there have been many new eco-labels launched by governments, manufacturers and retailers. Many of these labels are listed on Consumer Reports’ Greener Choices site.

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Top Green Business Stories of 2006

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Clorox Aims to Show that 'Green Works'

by: Joel Makower

Can a major consumer packaged goods company with a name indelibly associated with household bleach become a leading light in the green marketplace?

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Blog Action Day: Wal-Mart's Sustainability Summit

by: Joel Makower

Last week's Live Better Sustainability Summit, held just outside of Bentonville, Arkansas, was yet another in what seems to be an accelerating series of "whoda thunk" moments. Bentonville, of course, is  hometown to Wal-Mart, which sponsored the event, a daylong conclave that brought together more than a thousand people to a nearby convention center

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