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Spanish: "Walmart vs. Amazon: Which one has the best prices on products for your home?"
An opinion piece in Spanish source from New York El Diario says:
To be honest, we always face the dilemma of where to buy our home appliances and look at the same product in different places to find the cheapest price for what we need. The article lists ten common items for the home found at Walmart and on Amazon. Most products have similar price levels at both places, but where there is a difference, Walmart is usually cheaper. At Amazon, customers can get free shipping within two days by becoming Amazon Prime members, while Walmart has free two-day shipping on purchases over $35. At Walmart, customers can also shop online and pick the product up at the store the same day. A high-definition TV screen was significantly cheaper at Walmart. A deep fryer, Rubbermaid containers and a Roomba robot vaccum had the same prices. A sofa bed was slightly cheaper at Walmart. (16/08/2018)
Russian: "Tariff war with China: how does it threaten the average consumer? Walmart on the battlefield"
Russian source from New York, V Novom Svete reports:
On Monday, September 24, the next round of sanctions against China entered into force. It introduced additional tariffs on Chinese exports worth $200 billion. Walmart, America’s largest retailer, openly addressed President Donald Trump’s administration, expressing concern about the consequences of the so-called “tariff war” with China. The company said that the new duties will affect the prices for goods, taxes and, ultimately, the overall development of the trading network. Walmart's “tariff list” was based on the original list of the Office of the US Trade Representative, published in July of this year. It listed over 6,000 items of Chinese-made goods for which tariffs are supposed to be raised. On June 15, Donald Trump announced the introduction of 25 percent trade duties on Chinese goods. According to the president, this measure was taken “in the light of China’s theft of intellectual property and technology, as well as other unfair trade practices.” A letter from the Walmart corporation did not achieve its goals - on the contrary, the list of goods for which they raised tariffs only increased from $50 to $200 billion. However, for the first time, such a large trading company came out openly against raising tariffs. “As the largest retailer in the United States and a major buyer of US-manufactured goods, we are very concerned about the implications of these tariffs for our business, our customers, our suppliers, and the US economy as a whole. This round of sanctions could affect a significant amount of general consumer goods that are not easy to replace,” stated Walmart. Walmart has published a list of products for which higher duties have been announced and for which, accordingly, prices will rise. (28/09/2018)
African American: "Home Depot volunteers renovate home for local veteran"
Orlando, Florida's African American source the Orlando Advocate reports:
On Saturday, Oct. 20, The Home Depot Foundation partnered with Code H.O.R.S.E. to transform the home of Russell Wilfong, a three-year U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam. Wilfong is recovering from a recent surgery, and is in need of assistance with various repairs to improve his home’s accessibility. Volunteers replaced floors, repainted rooms and updated the bathroom vanity to ensure Wilfong’s home is safe and accessible for the veteran and his daughter, who lives with him. More than 10 members of Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, completed the work on their day off. This project in Yalaha, Fla. was part of The Home Depot’s eighth annual Celebration of Service campaign to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families. Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has transformed more than 40,000 homes and facilities for veterans across the country. Giving back to veterans is personal to The Home Depot, as more than 35,000 of the company’s associates have served in the military. (23/10/2018)
Russian: "Socially oriented businesses"
New York's Russian V Novom Svete reports:
Dozens of leading US companies intend to make it easier for their employees to participate in the upcoming November 6 elections. Many companies have cooperated to open a website called “Time to Vote”. No production meetings have been scheduled for this Tuesday, workers will be paid for the time they need to go to the polls, and those wishing to vote on absentee ballots will receive instructions on how to do this. Among the 140 companies participating in the initiative are Walmart, Levi Strauss, Dick's Sporting Goods, Lyft and PayPal. A total of 44% of US companies will give employees time to get their civic right. “The Americans fought and died for the right to vote, so how can we, business leaders, not help to make this right come true?” wrote Chip Berg, President and General Manager of Levi Strauss. (25/10/2018)
Italian: "American prison strike did not lead to tangible improvements"
Italian source La Voce di New York reports:
Working in prison is considered a privilege for inmates, as it gives them the possibility to learn a trade they may be able to use when they get out, but the very low pay is an issue that reminds us of the historical exploitation that benefitted the status quo. As part of the strike, a social media campaign was organized, as well as a promotional video, rallies, phone calls to prisons and detention centers, as well as protest letters to companies that notoriously benefit from low paid prison labor to sell their products, such as Walmart, Starbucks, Victoria Secret, AT&T and others. (20/10/2018)
South Asian: "Walmart trims profit forecast as it touts investment push"
South Asian source in Los Angeles Siliconeer reports:
Walmart trimmed its full-year earnings forecast on Tuesday following the major acquisition of India’s online retailer Flipkart and vowed to plow ahead with more investment in the battle for retail market share with Amazon. Walmart, which completed its $16 billion acquisition of a 77 percent stake in Flipkart in August, projected that comparable sales growth at US stores next year — fiscal 2020 — would be 2.5 percent to 3.0 percent. Walmart, which also signaled that sales growth at US stores could slow modestly next year, said heavy investment was needed to meet customer expectations in a fast-changing retail environment. Investors appeared to buy that view, bidding shares higher after early weakness. “A business that won’t invest won’t last,” Walmart Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs said during a presentation for investors and analysts. “The payoff from past investments is paying for new investments.” Chief Executive Doug McMillon said the company hoped to return to the robust profit margins of the past but added that investment was needed to position Walmart for the longer term. He said opportunities could come up unexpectedly and that he was open to more deals. “If something came up in China, even with what’s going on politically, we would consider it,” he said, alluding to the US-China trade conflict that has led to tariffs. (16/10/2018)
African American: "Black-owned bottled water brand makes history as the first to be sold at Walmart"
Dallas' African American Dallas Weekly reports:
For the first time in history, Walmart is selling a Black-owned bottled water brand on its shelves. It's called Live Alkaline Water, and it is 100% natural alkaline water that is bottled at the source from a natural underground spring, an aquifer, and a mineral rock bed that lies 800 feet below the ground. The company is based in Jacksonville, Florida, but the water comes from a family-owned spring in North Carolina that has been passed down for generations. The quality and high PH balance of the water has been tested and certified by the state of North Carolina, as well as the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Dr. Creer told First Coast News, "I called... many Walmarts, and finally we got a hold of one who allowed us to do a presentation." Soon after, they presented their business plan to a local Walmart... and to their surprise, the regional manager was there and decided to give them a chance. And they had every right to be excited because not only did they become the first Black-owned bottled water brand to be sold by Walmart, but their product sold out within just one month! Walmart has since reordered, and plans to continue selling their water and possibly adding the product to more stores across the country. (09/07/2018)
Chinese: "Walmart cuts 2019 earnings outlook"
New York's Chinese source World Journal reports:
Walmart cut its 2019 earnings outlook, citing the Flipkart acquisition. Walmart cut its earnings outlook on Tuesday, as it had previously warned it would do, citing the impact of its acquisition of Indian e-commerce company Flipkart. The company also said e-commerce growth will be less robust next fiscal year, as it's still fighting to win more shoppers online. (17/10/2018)