Friday, June 18, 2010

rivals use govt to attack WalMart

An interesting example of a familiar theme-- from Ann Zimmerman in the WSJ...

Robert Brownson long believed that his proposed development here, with its 200,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter, was being held hostage by nearby homeowners.

He had seen them protesting at city hall, and they had filed a lawsuit to stop the project.

What he didn't know was that the locals were getting a lot of help. A grocery chain with nine stores in the area had hired Saint Consulting Group to secretly run the antidevelopment campaign....

As Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has grown into the largest grocery seller in the U.S., similar battles have played out in hundreds of towns like Mundelein. Local activists and union groups have been the public face of much of the resistance. But in scores of cases, large supermarket chains including Supervalu Inc., Safeway Inc. and Ahold NV have retained Saint Consulting to block Wal-Mart, according to hundreds of pages of Saint documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and interviews with former employees...

3 Comments:

At June 19, 2010 at 5:52 AM , Blogger 明文吳 said...

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At June 19, 2010 at 6:10 AM , Blogger William Lang said...

Of course, WalMart does the same sort of thing. When the last domestic manufacturer of televisions was seeking protection against predatory Chinese manufacturers, WalMart lobbied on behalf of the foreign corporations against the domestic manufacturer. (The domestic manufacturer won its protection case.)
Tom Hopson interview on Frontline, June 3, 2004.

 
At June 19, 2010 at 1:14 PM , Blogger Eric Schansberg said...

True enough; the desire to use the power of govt to enrich oneself is quite tempting!

 

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