31 Mar 2011
If War*Mart is anything to go by, I can see Tesco and Sainsbury's marketing strategies doing the same to the local solar energy economy as they've done to local shops and stores because their ruthless, exploit everyone around them, tactics have been taken up by most worldwide chain and supermarket stores: Buying land and setting it aside. 'Welfare to Work' subsidies. Few, if any, staff on the floor for customers. Minimum wage and part time employees to drive down costs. Staff spending a lot of their salary in store, as a captive market. Forcing suppliers to give discounts on demand, then passing those competition-destroying 'loss leaders' onto the public, who don't see the unethical background process. Or don't care, as long as they get a 'bargain'.
We might not be quite as bad in this country as War*Mart but not that far behind, and only as far as the government resists having its arm twisted by these scaled-up 21st century imperial juggernauts of the shopping world.
In Germany and Canada War*Mart aggressively closed stores, due to the workers forming unions in-store to fight blatant exploitation. 40% of its workforce have been on US healthcare subsidies as a deliberate company policy, where Uncle Sam has been bailing them to a tune of $100 million per annum. In 2010 War*Mart made £15 billion profit on $170 billion assets, even with closing 10 Sam's Club stores and 23 stores in Japan. 'Slight inconveniences' like the recent earthquake and tsunami are quickly shrugged off when you have a backbone of 8,300 stores in 15 countries.
10% of America's balance of payments deficit to China is owed by, guess who..? War*Mart, silly.
The West hoisted by our own petard, as China builds its economic bulwarks with our money.
Q: What's the difference between War*Mart and Chinese sweat shops paying 15 cents an hour?
A: 6135 miles.
Cue, James Brown, 'Living in America' :
"Tesco, eat your heart out. I feel good"!
31 Mar 2011
Typo: $15 billion profit.
03 Apr 2011
hi, we install solar PV as one of many products and i think that 10,000 for the 2.1 is expensive but you are right the large companies with take all the large contracts, firstname.lastname@example.org
04 Apr 2011
A poll by YouGen revealed that the Government is on the wrong track with 84% of people trusting locally-based, specialist suppliers more than national retailers The reputation of smaller, local companies depends on word of them delivering good service, and word soon gets out if they don’t. The nationals are much more likely to sub-contract the work losing the level of accountability for customers.