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What Happened When Walmart Raised Wages

Retailer bets big on the concept of 'efficiency wages'

(Newser) - The New York Times has a deep dive on how Walmart bet big on its business by investing in its employees. In 2015 the retailer quietly implemented a new focus on employee welfare, increasing pay across the board and developing programs to make the management track more accessible to employees.... More »

Woman Who Gave Birth in Walmart Insisted on Paying First

Then she had the baby—right at Register 11

(Newser) - Paper, plastic, or diaper bag? A woman shopping Sunday morning at a Walmart in Payson, Utah, surprised workers and customers when she approached Register 11, dropped to her knees, clutched her stomach, and … pulled out her wallet. She was in labor, ABC News reports, but she insisted on paying... More »

2.8M Bottles of Craft Paint Recalled for Possible Bacteria

Sargent Art warns people with weak immune systems could be at risk

(Newser) - No injuries or illnesses have yet been reported, but Sargent Art isn't taking any chances after finding that 13 different types of its craft paint may be contaminated with a harmful bacteria, Consumerist reports. Per a notice on the art supplier's site and one from the Consumer Product... More »

Walmart: Sorry We Refused to Make Police Officer's Cake

Cop's daughter says bakery employee called design racist

(Newser) - Walmart has apologized after employees at a Georgia store refused to make a retirement cake for a police officer. The officer's daughter told radio host Todd Starnes that she wanted the cake to feature a black and white American flag with a blue stripe added in to symbolize the... More »

Mom, Daughter Buy Tampons and 'Smash the Patriarchy'

Text conversation during Walmart shopping trip goes viral

(Newser) - People are singing the praises of an Arkansas mother and daughter who turned a trip to Walmart to buy tampons into an opportunity to "destroy menstruation stigma"—as per Teen Vogue —and—as Mashable puts it—"rip into the patriarchy." Us Weekly reports Belinda Hankins... More »

Study: Walmart Runs Better Stores in White Areas

Chain understaffs those in minority neighborhoods, say researchers

(Newser) - Ouch. A study out of Columbia University suggests that Walmart deliberately runs much better stores in white neighborhoods than in minority neighborhoods. The study found that stores in lower-income neighborhoods have considerably lower customer service ratings than those in wealthier ones. More specifically, the higher the percentage of black or... More »

Crime-Riddled Walmart Is Draining Police Departments

'It's ridiculous ... I may have half my squad there for hours'

(Newser) - If it seems like Walmart shows up a lot in police blotters and crime stories, there's good reason for that: As a story at Bloomberg explains, police departments across the nation are struggling to cope with the many, many crimes at local stores. And it's not just shoplifting:... More »

Eating Deep-Fried Twinkies Just Got Dangerously Easy

Available in the Walmart freezer section

(Newser) - Americans will no longer have to track down their nearest state fair or risk third-degree oil burns to get their deep-fried Twinkie fix. The AP reports Hostess, in collaboration with Walmart, is launching its own frozen line of Deep Fried Twinkies. The treats come in vanilla and chocolate and need... More »

Meth Lab Found Beneath Walmart Parking Lot

Cops believe it was an active operation

(Newser) - Police officers stumbled upon a meth lab in an unlikely spot Monday: a sewer beneath a Walmart parking lot in a Buffalo suburb. Authorities say officers discovered the lab, which is believed to have still been active, on a routine patrol in Amherst, per the Buffalo News . Officials in hazmat... More »'s Sale to Walmart Makes Random Guy a Millionaire

Eric Martin's $18K investment to pay off big-time

(Newser) - Sum up this story with whichever word you like: Luck. Foresight. Jealousy. In early 2015, Eric Martin spent $18,000 in a bid to win a contest being offered by the new startup Sign up the highest number of people for a preview version of the site, get... More »

Walmart Drops $3.3B on an Amazon Killer

Acquisition of announced Monday

(Newser) - It's a year-old startup that wasn't yet profitable. Now enters the books as the largest-ever e-commerce startup acquisition. Walmart announced Monday that it would purchase the site for $3.3 billion, with all but $300 million of that in cash; the rest takes the form of... More »

Here's Why You Don't Leave Dogs in a Running Car

One somehow crashed their owner's car into a W. Va Walmart

(Newser) - One drove the getaway car and one operated the vehicle's windows in a West Virginia Walmart's parking lot on Friday. But the car didn't get far (it actually crashed into the store), and cops didn't even have to collar the perps, because they were already collared.... More »

Man's Flag Burning Fires Up Internet, Gets Him Arrested

But it wasn't Bryton Mellott's free-speech exercise alone that brought the heat

(Newser) - In almost 30 years, the Urbana Police Department hasn't had to enforce a flag desecration statute on the books, but that changed Monday with the arrest of a 22-year-old Illinois man, Forbes reports. Bryton Mellott posted pictures on Facebook Sunday showing him burning the American flag (only one image... More »

Gunman Shot, Killed by SWAT at Texas Walmart

People who were held hostage are safe, Amarillo PD tweets

(Newser) - A hostage situation at a Texas Walmart is apparently over, with the Amarillo Police Department reporting that the suspect has been shot by SWAT officers and is apparently dead . Police surrounded the Amarillo store this morning after reports of a shooting, the AP reports, and a statement released just after... More »

5 Astounding Facts About Walmart's Dominance

Only the DOD and China's military employ more people

(Newser) - Walmart "isn't a unicorn, and it's no longer sexy," Quartz asserts. But there's no denying that the No. 1 company on the Fortune 500 list is a retail powerhouse that seems nearly impossible to overtake. Some astonishing details about how it continues to dominate:
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An Uber Driver Could Soon Bring You Milk From Walmart

Store is testing grocery delivery with Uber, Lyft

(Newser) - Walmart says it will be testing its grocery delivery service with ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft in the next two weeks in Denver and Phoenix, the AP reports. That's in addition to a quiet pilot program that started in March with Deliv for its Sam's Club customers that... More »

Dad Attacked for Bringing Daughter Into Walmart Men's Room

He says another customer thought it was 'inappropriate'

(Newser) - More drama in America's public bathrooms: The New York Daily News reports a Utah father was attacked in a Walmart men's restroom after he brought his 5-year-old daughter in with him. Christopher Adams was shopping for storage bins and window blinds when his daughter and 7-year-old son decided... More »

In Just One Year, 53 Walmarts Called Police 16,800 Times

Fla. stores average 2 calls an hour instead of hiring guards

(Newser) - Walmart is letting taxpayers pick up the tab for securing its stores by relying on police instead of hiring its own guards, according to a Tampa Bay Times analysis. In the four counties surrounding the bay, there were 16,800 calls to police from Walmart stores in 2014 alone. That... More »

Walmart's Firing of Hug-Happy Cashier Causes a Stir

Supporters are planning a protest

(Newser) - Just a few weeks before he marked his 20th anniversary working for Walmart, Frank Swanson was fired Saturday—partly for hugging his customers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The 52-year-old West Plains, Mo., cashier was canned after his supervisors told him his hugging was inappropriate, as well as for selling... More »

Walmart Is No Longer World's Largest Retailer

The new king: Alibaba

(Newser) - Walmart is no longer king of the retail castle. Alibaba says it surpassed Walmart's $482.1 billion in annual gross merchandise volume during its last fiscal year. Alibaba has yet to reveal its figures but says it reached about $476 billion 10 days before its fiscal year ended on... More »

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