Revealing Corporate Largesse

Revealing Corporate Largesse

Some people have a recurring nightmare of rising to give a speech, but realizing they know nothing about the topic — and then discovering they’re naked. It turns out that corporations also have such nightmares. OK, corporations aren’t people, no matter...
Is Wal-Mart Treating Workers Like Pop-Tarts?

Is Wal-Mart Treating Workers Like Pop-Tarts?

Wal-Mart loves keeping track of data. For instance, the retail giant’s researchers know that before and after major storms, customers buy strawberry Pop-Tarts at a rate that’s seven times faster than normal. How does Wal-Mart use this data? To stock its...
Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies

Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies

Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit. The cutbacks ate into the discount giant’s sales because so many of its low-income customers rely on this public assistance program to...
Tiny Tim Time at Walmart

Tiny Tim Time at Walmart

Who says Walmart isn’t big-hearted? Just look at the chain’s outlet in Canton, Ohio, where management set up bins for food donations, asking people to give generously to the poor who otherwise would not have a Thanksgiving dinner. But the bins...
Our Bullish Sock Market

Our Bullish Sock Market

America’s economic recovery can be measured not only in the performance of stocks — but also of socks. Most economists, pundits, and politicos see this year’s boom in the stock market and say: “See, the recovery is going splendidly!” What if...