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(The New York Times)   In the wake of a tragic fire Walmart is doing everything it can to promote worker safety in its factories, except for those measures which cost money   (nytimes.com ) divider line
    More: Stupid, worker safety, Wal-Mart, fire alarms, internal communications, Bangladeshi, trade policies  
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2012-12-29 09:25:27 PM  
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FTFA: "We will not buy from an unsafe factory," Mr. Duke told the audience. "If a factory is not going to operate with high standards, then we would not purchase from that factory."

This is absolute horsesh*t. The savings that Walmart passes on to its consumers comes specifically from selling products that are made in countries which have lower standards of living and much less restrictive safety and environmental regulations. This is how they can keep the prices so low. If the safety regulations were the same in those other countries, the products would be more expensive and would be less attractive to Walmart's corporate buyers. The phrase Duke uses, "high standards," is a throwaway. It doesn't have any real meaning, especially in this context.

I still find it ironic that the title of the book about Sam Walton's empire is called Sam Walton: Made in America. Sam may have been made in America, but the only thing American about Walmart is the company's corporate home office in Bentonville, AR, and even a good number of the jobs that used to be located there are now overseas.
2012-12-29 05:09:05 PM  
2 votes:
MaoMart has stockholders to feed. Fark the employees. you're living in Freedomville now.
2012-12-29 03:33:02 PM  
2 votes:
"We will not buy from an unsafe factory," Mr. Duke told the audience. "If a factory is not going to operate with high standards, then we would not purchase from that factory."

Yeah, I'm gonna go ahead and call BS on this.
2012-12-30 03:33:12 AM  
1 vote:

Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: "We will not buy from an unsafe factory," Mr. Duke told the audience. "If a factory is not going to operate with high standards, then we would not purchase from that factory."

This is absolute horsesh*t. The savings that Walmart passes on to its consumers comes specifically from selling products that are made in countries which have lower standards of living and much less restrictive safety and environmental regulations. This is how they can keep the prices so low. If the safety regulations were the same in those other countries, the products would be more expensive and would be less attractive to Walmart's corporate buyers. The phrase Duke uses, "high standards," is a throwaway. It doesn't have any real meaning, especially in this context.

I still find it ironic that the title of the book about Sam Walton's empire is called Sam Walton: Made in America. Sam may have been made in America, but the only thing American about Walmart is the company's corporate home office in Bentonville, AR, and even a good number of the jobs that used to be located there are now overseas.


Speaking of Walmart's HQ my company is installing some high end switches into their IT environment up there so they can have high speed data links between sites and the stories I hear from the actual Walmart IT people about how bad it is working there make me glad I have the job I do. No one has a clue what is going on, no one has the authority to make a decision or will pull the trigger and everyone is scared because if they do make the call then they can get axed in a heart beat.

Their IT also makes people who work in the same area everyday fill out a form requesting permission to that area or they won't let them in for work. So these poor saps have to turn in this form every single day. Now I understand you want logs of people in critical areas and I know the government works this way for some security clearances but give me a break this is Walmart you can not make it so hard for you people to do their job. I also had a friend for a few years work in their accounting division, he said it was about just as bad and that everyone gets the same crappy insurance that you would get in the store. Overall that is one place I am glad I never had the pleasure of working for.
2012-12-30 01:34:57 AM  
1 vote:

Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: "We will not buy from an unsafe factory," Mr. Duke told the audience. "If a factory is not going to operate with high standards, then we would not purchase from that factory."

This is absolute horsesh*t. The savings that Walmart passes on to its consumers comes specifically from selling products that are made in countries which have lower standards of living and much less restrictive safety and environmental regulations. This is how they can keep the prices so low. If the safety regulations were the same in those other countries, the products would be more expensive and would be less attractive to Walmart's corporate buyers. The phrase Duke uses, "high standards," is a throwaway. It doesn't have any real meaning, especially in this context.

I still find it ironic that the title of the book about Sam Walton's empire is called Sam Walton: Made in America. Sam may have been made in America, but the only thing American about Walmart is the company's corporate home office in Bentonville, AR, and even a good number of the jobs that used to be located there are now overseas.


Wait, I'll do it: Duke sucks.
2012-12-29 11:07:28 PM  
1 vote:
They just fire and blacklist anyone that has an accident. Problem solved.
2012-12-29 05:05:27 PM  
1 vote:
Rather hard to maintain that policy when you hand off actually sourcing stuff to a local agent who then finds someone to make it and there's little in the way to stop whoever they contract from subcontracting the work, which happens quite regularly in Bangladesh.
2012-12-29 04:34:19 PM  
1 vote:
So Walmart is the Ebenezer Scrooge of retail. Got it.
2012-12-29 03:50:54 PM  
1 vote:
"In the event of fire the employee should continue to work until the fire reaches the employee's work station. At that point the company policy for bathroom breaks will be suspended to allow the employee to urinate in the direction of the fire.
If urine stream is ineffective and the work station is at risk the employee should immediately clock out and then move toward whichever exit isn't just a door painted on the wall."
2012-12-29 03:46:19 PM  
1 vote:
Low cost buildings. Low cost inventory. Low cost employees.

All easily replaceable. At low cost.
2012-12-29 02:55:27 PM  
1 vote:
I stopped reading here (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/29/world/asia/) and I think I got the gist of the article.
2012-12-29 01:59:29 PM  
1 vote:

penis

 
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