China Strategies: Walmart and Starbucks

After building an empire on cheap imports from China, Walmart is trying to attract the country’s new rich with low prices online, as economic slowdown dampens conspicuous consumption. From Marcus Wohlsen at Wired: Walmart faces...

China Approves Wal-Mart E-Commerce Deal

Despite Wal-Mart’s turbulent run in China, the Arkansas based company has now received approval for its previous bid to raise its stake in an online supermarket. From Reuters: Wal-Mart had said in February it would raise its...

Are Walmart’s Factories as Bad as Apple’s?

Mother Jones has published a lengthy investigative report on Wal-Mart’s controversial and ambitious policies promoting sustainability, which finds that the auditing process in the corporation’s Chinese factories is...

Orville Schell: How Walmart Is Changing China

Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society, visited Wal-Marts across China and has written a lengthy piece for The Atlantic looking at the “interactive”...

Wal-Mart's China Chief Resigns

A pork scandal forced Wal-mart to shutter more than a dozen Chongqing locations last week, and now its top China executive has stepped down. From Xinhua News: Ed Chan, who served as president and CEO of Wal-Mart’s Chinese...

Disney, Walmart Toy Supplier Faces Sweatshop Accusations

Corporate responsibility organisation Sacom has accused a Shenzhen toy factory, whose customers include Disney, Mattel and Walmart, of labour abuses such as forced, excessive overtime and employment of underage workers. It also...

Wal-Mart Workers Beat Customer To Death

ESWN translates an Apple Daily report about a customer beaten to death by employees of Wal-Mart in Jingdezhen: At around 7pm on August 30, 37-year-old Yu Xiaochun went to make purchases at the Wal-Mart supermarket in Jingdezhen...

Wal-Mart Enters China’s Convenience Store Market

From Reuters: Wal-Mart, the world’s top retailer, said on Wednesday it has launched a pilot programme to open convenience stores in China, seeking to boost its presence in one of the world’s fastest growing retail...

Wal-Mart and Ernst & Young Cut China Staff

Foreign firms in China are responding to the economic crisis by reducing staff or cutting down their hours and pay. Wal-Mart is cuttng out one layer of management in an effort to reduce costs. From Reuters: Wal-Mart Stores...

Wal-Mart Sets New Rules for Suppliers, Starting in China

In response to recent food safety concerns, Wal-Mart is rewriting environmental and safety guidelines for suppliers. From MarketWatch: In a new agreement with its suppliers, the world’s largest retailer will require...

Wal-Mart Seeks Growth in Small Town China

AP reports that Wal-Mart and other foreign retailers are hoping to profit from rising incomes in China’s second- and third-tier cities: China’s economic growth is rapidly spreading out from the main cities like...

Small Steps Toward Trade Unionization in China’s Wal-Marts

China Labor News Translations released this report: The trade unions in Chinese Wal-Mart stores are often dismissed as hollow shells set up by the All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) without workers’ involvement. But...

Wal-Mart’s Green Push in China

From the Financial Times: Wal-Mart , the world’s largest retailer, is to convene a meeting of hundreds of its Chinese suppliers to set out goals for significant reductions in the environmental impact of its vast supply chain....

Wal-Mart’s Chinese Purchases Hold at $9 billion

Though the cost of Chinese goods have increased as a result of the yuan’s rise against the U.S. dollar, U.S. mega-retailer Wal-Mart said its purchases of Chinese-made shoes, toys, and other goods would hold steady this...

Report Cites Labor Infractions by Wal-Mart Supplier in China – Jennifer 8. Lee

The National Labor Committee has released a report which says that at a factory which produces Christmas tree ornaments for Wal-Mart, “every single labor law in China, along with internationally recognized worker rights standards, are being systematically violated on a daily basis.” From the New York Times: Wal-Mart Stores said today that it would begin […]



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