WAL*MART has left the building


… or country! Celerbrate, rejoice, happyness! I know this is not late-breaking news (as usual), but I still found it worth a small post since this is almost a primer world-wide, Walmart retreating!

Walmart’s assets in Germany were taken over bei REAL. And it looks like REAL used this opporunity to get rid off most of the people who worked at the stores. At least most of the Turkish people seem to be gone and were replaced by regular (har har) Germans. One of them said, that little people stayed, most are indeed new on the job.

So I went to Walmart REAL last weekend, not remembering the change at all and I was surprised with lots of (really stupid) tombolas and lotteries inside the store, swamped employees and of course the places where things used to be were switched (!!!).

Last but not least, what was kind of surprising: Walmat used to enforce their goods on you – if you can say that. In general, Walmart left little room to navigate through the store and cluttered your way with (OH MY GOD) deals everywhere. REAL has the store more open, sometimes wide and often looking like something is missing. Which is pretty strange.

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4 Comments so far

  1. mikey (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 11:53 pm

    … and REAL is better, somehow, than Wal Mart? Minimal difference, I expect.

  2. till (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 12:05 am

    Probably not better, but maybe not as bad? I have no idea. They are a chain like many, but probably not as organized and optimized as Wal-Mart.

  3. William Thirteen (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 10:24 am

    it would be interesting to know the labor policies of REAL. I suspect they might be somewhat better than those of WalMart though it is always a race to bottom with the large retailers.

  4. till (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

    From what I know is that even Wal-Mart’s labor policies were much better in Germany, then for example in the U.S..

    There are a bunch of documentaries where they confront employees of Wal-Mart Germany with the conditions their U.S. colleagues are facing and a lot said that they wouldn’t work for Wal-Mart given those circumstances.

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