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April 26, 2011 | By Rick Radin, Contra Costa Times
PITTSBURG, Calif. - Betty Dukes was back greeting customers last week at the Wal-Mart here, a long way in distance and circumstance from the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard her gender-discrimination case against the retail giant last month. The high court is considering whether to allow Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. , the largest sex-discrimination suit in U.S. history, to go forward as a class action covering as many as 1.6 million current and former Wal-Mart workers. A class-action suit could result in billions of dollars in restitution for institutional bias in hiring and promotion if Dukes and her fellow plaintiffs win the case.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2011 | By Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Facing a decline in a key sales measure and by intensifying competition, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Monday began an ad campaign aimed a winning back customers who no longer trust it to save them money. The campaign promises "Low Prices. Every Day. On Everything" and features five 30-second commercials that range from an Easter egg hunt to a customer asking for a price match. "We have lost our customer confidence . . . in having the lowest price," said Duncan MacNaughton, chief merchandising officer at Wal-Mart.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2011 | By Mark Sherman, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Christine Kwapnoski hasn't done too badly in nearly 25 years as a Wal-Mart employee, making more than $60,000 a year in a job she enjoys most days. Still, Kwapnoski says she has faced obstacles at Wal-Mart-owned Sam's Club stores in Missouri and California: Men making more than women and getting promoted faster. She never heard a supervisor tell a man, as she says one told her, to "doll up" or "blow the cobwebs off" her make-up. Once she got over the fear that she might be fired, she joined what has turned into the largest job-discrimination lawsuit ever.
NEWS
February 16, 2011
The Civil War Trust and National Parks Conservation Association needs a lesson on the facts ("For Pa. casino, a civics lesson from Wal-Mart," Friday). It compares the attempt to locate a Wal-Mart on a Southern Civil War battlefield with our proposal to place a resort casino outside of Gettysburg, two miles from the Maryland border. Fact: Unlike the Wal-Mart in Virginia, our proposed Mason-Dixon Resort wouldn't be located on an inch of the mammoth 6,000-acre battlefield. It wouldn't even be in Gettysburg.
NEWS
January 25, 2011
As Wal-Mart goes, so go many of the nation's retailing trends. That's why it's a big deal that the giant discount chain is launching plans to order up healthier ingredients in thousands of packaged foods on the shelves in its grocery aisles. The public-health impact could be substantial, since Wal-Mart is the nation's largest grocer. Americans' diets are high in salt, sugar, and fats - factors that contribute to obesity and various chronic health conditions. Obesity rates have been on a dangerous rise, especially among children.
NEWS
October 12, 2010 | By mid-November the iPad will be available in more than 2,300 of its roughly 3,600 stores in the U.S., Wal-Mart said., ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will start selling Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer in some stores by Friday and in a majority of locations by the height of the holiday shopping season. The world's largest retailer will sell the iPad at Apple's suggested retail prices, which range from $499 to $829 depending on the model. It will be available online but must be picked up at stores. Target Corp. began selling the iPad earlier this month. Best Buy Co. has carried the device since it came out in April.
NEWS
September 8, 2010
YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School will receive $64,860 from a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation that will be used to expand a program that helps students become certified nurse's aides. YouthBuild in North Philadelphia enrolls people ages 16 to 24 who have left school. The charter provides classes so participants can earn high school diplomas while obtaining on-the-job training and performing community service. The Philadelphia charter is one of 35 YouthBuild programs nationwide receiving funding from a $2.6 million Wal-Mart Foundation grant.
NEWS
August 5, 2010 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com856-779-3231
When the devil told Jeanne Jones to rob a Burlington County Wal-Mart Monday night, she should have questioned his motives or at least asked for bail money if she got caught. Jones, 22, of Palmyra told police the "devil got into her" when she fled a Cinnaminson Wal-Mart Monday after walking out with $266.19 worth of shoplifted goods and a gift card for exchanged items she had never paid for. The devil really got into Jones when she assaulted a female loss prevention officer who witnessed the incident on the store's security cameras and tried to stop her as she left, police said.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2010 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the Philadelphia market already brimming with grocery stores and still adjusting to the recent addition of meat, vegetable, and dairy aisles to Target and Wal-Mart outlets, now another competitor wants your shopping allegiance. Bottom Dollar Food, a discount grocer based in Salisbury, N.C., announced plans Wednesday to open at least 17 stores in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey suburbs, starting this fall. An additional four are planned in Allentown and Reading.
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