Archive for the 'Retail' Category

Trademarks in a Global Village

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Multinational companies fight hard to protect their trademarks. If your name is McDonald and you think you have every right to open up a restaurant with your name on it, think again.

But the big boys choose their battles. I have lived in a few very small overseas markets in recent years and I have observed many cases of flagrant appropriation of trademarked images and names. I considered devoting a whole blog to the subject, but I stopped myself after worrying about the possibility that these mom and pop places were being left alone as an oversight rather than a conscious decision.

I have decided to use this photograph for this post because it is from a country that I may never visit…


The Opposite of Walmart

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

If Walmart has a diametric opposite, it might just be No Sweat Apparel. They sell mostly organic union made clothing. They currently are promoting an initiative related to a Palestinian garment manufacturer and an Arab/Israeli Peace Organization comprised of former combatants from both sides. In addition to all the ethicalness, the Organic Bethlehem Initiative Tee actually looks pretty cool.

Walmart Shoppers Kill Jdimytai Damour

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Jdimytai Damour was hired as a temporary worker by Walmart for the busy Christmas season. He was apparently a pretty nice guy. The shoppers that trampled him are assholes, but they will probably escape any adequate retribution because of the nature of mob actions.

The people who run Walmart created the situation and they have a huge corporation to hide behind. Hopefully Damour’s family can get a large settlement from Walmart.