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Fresh update on "walmart" discussed on Mark Levin
"Either way, it's already started. Now it's full steam ahead. The hill dot com If I may Corona virus concerns emerged around debates. Emerge around debates. Lower the risk of spreading Cove in 19 health experts are advising changes ranging from taking the events exclusively online to mandating that the participants wear masks. At least one candidate is champ chomping at the bit to get to the debate stage setting expected increase in early and melon voting. The Trump campaign have requested moving up the first of the three scheduled debates. About scheduling more of them. But the commission on Presidential Debates rejected the request on Thursday, and I want you to think about some with a commission on presidential debates. That doesn't want to increase the number of debates. It should be called the commission on limiting presidential debates. More people will likely vote by mail in 2020. The debate schedules has been Will be highly publicized and devoted wishes to watch one or more debates before voting will be well aware of that opportunity. No, they won't No, they won't. The debates from today are going to look at a lot different from yesterday, said Merlino. Ah, who along with the commission or presidential Debates, is working with a team of experts in preparation for next month. That this guy course is a is a professor from Univision under name to Case Western University in Cleveland. And you're not going to see that today because we have to take into account precaution so that we can keep people say I am telling you I've always been skeptical of this, and I hope I am wrong. That they're trying to figure out the best way to cover for Biden anywhere from no debates. Or something that is said to be a debate. That isn't a debate or to keep Biden in a bubble so people can hand him notes. Those men need to stand on the stage. They could be 20 feet apart. Nobody's going to catch anything from either of them 20 feet apart. Just pretend they're working a walmart or something. We don't need an audience. You can have a few questioners who are 20 feet back. And so they're social distancing. And in the case of Biden, Trump will be socialist distancing from buying, given his background now. There's no excuse There's no excuse. We better not accept any Excuse. Because they're really trying to cover up. Biden's racism isn't coherence, his incompetence. And I'm not one of those that thinks buying won't be able to finish a sentence or two or three he was able to during the Democratic debates, but I think when he's really going at it with Trump, that's when you'll see. The decline and you'll also see his weakness. Trump has gotten better since 2016. He's gotten better at Ah, debating, he's gotten better at honing in on issues. On bike has gotten worse. And binds, gotten worse, and you can also see how their positioning themselves by saying, We've already greeted these three debates. It's the trump people. Of course, they have to negotiate the specifics and the details of the debate. And apparently, they're having some difficulty doing that We're buying. So that's.
Judge rejects pharmacy chains' bid to toss opioid suits
"Hi Mike Rossi a reporting five pharmacy chains failed to get opioid related lawsuits tossed lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties against pharmacy chain CVS Walgreens rite aid Walmart and giant eagle can continue U. S. district judge Dan Polster rejected a motion from the chains to dismiss the lawsuit ruling in Ohio law allows lake and Trumbull county's two filed nuisance claims the county's content of the opioid dispensing practices of the five chains flooded their communities with nearly one hundred thirty million oxy code own and hydrocodone pills between two thousand and twenty fourteen Polster is overseeing more than two thousand lawsuits filed by local governments tribal authorities and others against companies they blamed for fueling an opioid epidemic hi Mike Rossio
Fresh update on "walmart" discussed on KNX Afternoon News with Mike Simpson and Chris Sedens
"Let's check your money. Here's Joan Doniger. Mike and Chris AMC thinks what you did will set a model for the movie industry. It's deal with universal that gives the studio the option of debut in a movie on streaming services premium ones. 17 days after a theatrical release, the Hollywood reporter says AMC expects a handsome cut of each fiddle. Theater chains have been threatening for years to boycott any studio that didn't run any studio film that doesn't run for about three months in theaters. AMC says it's offering similar deals to other studios. Posko saw 4.5% increase incomparable traffic and sales growth last month. Other retailers did not. Analysts say it's because people with more money and to shop in Moscow, analysts say even Walmart, with its huge grocery business was hurt. On Wall Street. Mixed finished. The Dow rose 47. The NASDAQ fell 97. The SNP gain two We check your money at 20 and 50 After each hour. I'm Bloomberg's Joan Doniger from the H. M S Capital Money Desk. K Index. 10 70 news radio..
Judge rejects pharmacy chains' bid to toss opioid suits
"Hi Mike Rossi a reporting a federal judge allows opioid lawsuits filed against pharmacy chains to continue a federal judge in Ohio has rejected a motion from five pharmacy chains to dismiss opioid related public nuisance lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties U. S. district judge Dan Polster ruled and Ohio law allows lake and troubled counties to sue CVS Walgreens rite aid Walmart and giant eagle the lawsuit alleges the pharmacy chains in the two counties bought a total of nearly one hundred thirty million oxy code own and hydrocodone pills between two thousand and twenty fourteen that would be roughly two hundred sixty six pills for every week county resident and three hundred twenty pills for every trouble county resident during the fifteen year period hi Mike Rossio
Fresh update on "walmart" discussed on Howie Carr
"In Louisiana Baton Room. WalMart is really becoming a hot spot of eye of Ah, violence. You're right. A 30 year old man is facing battery, an obscenity charges. Obscenity. What did I say? You should have seen the potato potato Ah, after he allegedly punched to Wal Mart employees in the video. Police say Kendrick Xenon is seen walking around Wal Mart wearing a full black mask. Boxer shorts and no shirt is the black mask. Now the sign of I'm a I'm a bad dude. I must say I am a man, James. Because this is the 2nd 1 that where the perp was wearing a black mask. I want to say something, Howie After reading a lot of these police blotters, I take umbrage when these stories say, half naked man, and it's someone a man without a shirt on You can only be half naked if it's the bottom Half of the top hat does not count as half Nate know if no shirtless exactly is the word topless, even but half naked if he had if he had a big T shirt on hapless is only for women. He had a big T shirt on and no pants. I would say he's half naked. But if he has no top on, he might as well be on the beach. Anyway. Well, if they're Panelist, you'd have to. You have to use the French term. Sounds cool. Lots may way He becomes combative and strikes the first victim in the face. The victim falls to the ground, but his assistant and brought back to his feet by multiple coworkers and shoppers. Police say Zenon strikes a second victim, a 68 year old man before stripping to his birthday suit. Inflame the store, so he did go. Full naked. Woman. You're not complete. We have.
Walmart to offer free drive-in movies in parking lots at 160 stores
"Walmart? They are now going to be launching this drive in movie theater at one, hundred, sixty stores. They'll you can reserve a parking spot they'll show big movies and that those Walmart parking spots those. Huge micheals there lots are massive usually see some is in all kinds of things just parked there. Now they're gonNA open one hundred and sixty stores across the country, and then they're gonNA show movies. So you can have movie night which I think is actually kind of cool. But T dunis classics.
Fresh update on "walmart" discussed on KCBS Radio Midday News
"Brooks is off. We've got Joan Doniger here, though, to look at how things end of the week on Wall Street job. Well, Dan. The NASDAQ refused to join the party, and it did not stretch its seventh session win streak to eight. But the Dow and S and P did raise to eke out games before the closing bell, now rising 47 the S and P up to the NASDAQ fell almost 1% down 97 points. In part because of President Trump's move to ban US companies doing business with we chat and Tic tac to Absalon by Chinese companies. The administration called significant threats, but Tech analysts say the move can end up hurting US businesses more than the Chinese once. We chat has more than a 1,000,000,000 users. They use it for everything in China. So for Apple, it could mean folks who would not buy iPhones if they can't download. We chat, WalMart scan and go payment services embedded into We chat in China. Analysts say Starbucks, KFC and Amazon would also be impacted. Working from home is taking a toll on our air conditioners, a company that owns 53,000 homes it rents across the U. S says it had to spend more than a $1,000,000 replacing tenants, heating and cooling systems last quarter. Because of abnormally high usage during stay at home orders. Joe Doniger Bloomberg business for KCBS, Let's say You just bought a house. Bad news is.
Sen. Bernie Sanders calls for tax on billionaires' gains during the pandemic
"A major milestone for the Nasdaq on Thursday the index briefly crossed eleven thousand for the first time ever the Nasdaq them closed out the day a hair below that eleven km milestone, a record high that's the indexes six record close in. So. Far, the Nasdaq is clocked a record close thirty one times in twenty twenty. It's remarkable run for the and exit especially considering what a hit like the rest of the stock packet back in. March. Clearly, the Nasdaq is come back with ferocity it's gained about twenty three percents alone the S. and P. Five hundred and the Dow Jones indices have each clocked day winning streak and the S&P is now near percentage points away from his own twenty twenty. Of course, record highs in the marketplace seem at odds with the troubles were seeing a real economy small and medium businesses are shuttered big retailers bankrupt individuals and entrepreneurs are anxiously awaiting more government relief according to some as you'll hear, the disconnect is in part due to the Federal Reserve's unprecedented actions throughout the pandemic. And investor competent that the Fed will continue to support the markets. One former presidential candidate is calling for billionaires to step up to the real economy. Here's duckie quick Senator Bernie Sanders he is now. Calling for a crackdown on billionaires, this is what he tweeted last night. I will be introducing legislation tomorrow meaning today to tax the obscene wealth gains billionaires have made during the public health crisis. The senator tweeted a thread explaining his proposal saying while over thirty million. Americans. Have seen their six hundred dollars a week and unemployment benefits. Expire emergency actions taken by the Federal Reserve to prop up the stock market have meant that four hundred, sixty, seven billionaires saw their wealth go up by over seven hundred and thirty billion dollars since the pandemic began while Amazon is denying paid sick leave hazard pay personal protective equipment to four, hundred, fifty, thousand of its Workers Jeff Bezos has increased his wealth by over seventy billion dollars. Amazon shares are up more than seventy percent year to date. You can see this morning down by about twelve dollars. Senator Sanders also calls out Walmart's Walton family. Tesla's Elon Musk and facebook's mark Zuckerberg for making billions of dollars during the pandemic, and then trying to juxtapose that with what they've done for some of the workers along the way he then said by taxing sixty percent of the wealth gains made by just four, hundred, sixty, seven billionaires. During this pandemic, we could guarantee has a right for an entire year and billionaires would still be able to pocket over three hundred, ten billion dollars gains during the worst downturn since the Great Depression.
Fresh update on "walmart" discussed on ARTICULATE with Steve McJones
"Amount of money though you know what I mean. Once they hit like certain just amounts of millions like I mean, i. You know I feel like there's just you just feel unstoppable at that point, you know what I mean, and that's where the you know the divide kind of kicks in on, and that's what the starts to take home. You know what? That is, what financial security. It's not even a job. Security brings out the worst. Brings out the truth. So yeah, Lick. Rich personalities of astle. There's a lot of people who are able to donate country because side, he held a healthy country, how their society of their you know town whatever like whatever level they can't do that and. You just really mixed breeds. Right. Now, some people might be nice to others just to get a promotion distribution at a move up and their world. Some people are like you know they love leading the love being around people, but they have to work amount of jobs because of their family stuff you know. Basically, money forces your hand to do things in life that nobody would. If you had a choice, right was the financial security. You don't have to do something because of the money fact that man on. Your dog you want. You just got. something. He's yeah. But that's a different is right and then right. Then the people who are born into. Like you know financial Independence, right. The also the. The also have different. taught process of highly life as and it's not necessarily a fault. Fault. This No. Of said, their parents were. Fill the successfully. Basically. That's you shouldn't. Punish being successful. That's what I was GonNa ask, do you think it's beneficial to have that financial security like? Do, you think that would ultimately be a good thing if it really brings out the worst. People's true self that to do bad things. Doesn't. But what I think happened is laying bring the financial. I think you the way. You should be able to see that make sense. Is the stable to bring everybody in the same pool. Yes. Social like. When you start using the word socializing people like bring up all the other words attached. Do a lot of stuff, right? You do look at it differently. You won't be quite socialism because you're not just. Doing stuff but. Think about us. Now, we have progress so much right from liking the. Industrial Age to today's digital age where like we? Every so many years our. Efficiency just kept. Going and going to ten thousand years ago, we were still hunting. Down being gathered. And now it will like use such teams that people back then. Dreamed of duty. If you went back in time, just like not even the law, just like five, hundred, three, hundred, three, hundred years ago. Yeah thirty. Any amount of time tell them all the things that are you able to? Let, you can fly the plane had been the moon. Except they're like. All all the Jamie that has happened. That's for right man. Balancing so fast. So this is all uncharted territory unchartered. So we basically pioneering this whole shit, right? Yeah. But we're not like hot issues. Yeah she job. Listing is the only the politicians. They should a role, shape, the law stuff around or guiding the people, right. But people. Think have infinite possible that you can do anything. Like like if you countries linking the gun laws always come around whatever's there. So if inside grows get grew technology. You're able to not. Only, will they have the right in law by teleporting right before that? White. Right that. Missing, you see. Control of. Different things. That you can did you still do? Yeah. But then there's like obvious you like the lobbyists, the lobby for corporations to politicians to write the laws that way the laws are skewed against. The the if you don't WanNA use like. SOCIALIZERS late, you know so like the. pint-sized. Not, the right one, but I mean this is. A new centers were Dur centers for that thing. The same. But if you think about it was like corporations. Have a bunch of people working for him, and that's how that's how people get wealthy Dale companies that than you know have a bunch of people that are working for them in a pay. Them like up percentage of what they make. You know like not get paid in like. How much companies worth? How much you know? How much profit the company's making? It shouldn't like you know should have to they own the company. But if it's a workers making this up, then like what happens is all the profits of the company are internalized. Right? Like they pay a wage, they wage labored, but they still internalize all the prophets were date. They know how many people they hire based on how much they can spend out, but then like all the costs when the laws are written by the corporations are extra analyzed. So all environmental costs all the costs of. Inner cities like having a lot of corporations in factories in them than not paying workers enough to like actually own A. Walmart Lego almost. Work to the has. Lies on Medicaid. Other. League. No. Yes. And it's like Yeah Walmart has like a foundation to. Charity. But then that means they can write off a bunch of their taxes through the. Take. There's so many company companies that you have to pay taxes like Amazon just doesn't have to pay taxes because they just know out I, think. One of my philosophy life is. You can't have. Pure, black or white you need. Right. Anything. Like the needs to be a balanced again, go completely one way or the other. So I think one of the reason you was is. Like holidays, excuses. Is. because. We had super capitalist right and why? Why is that? Because we were in a cool war with the Soviet Russia for the longest time. For. The war to end it especially if they're. Young. Nation. After. Would we were bored right, but before that period. It was a cold war where Lego both countries were trying to Safai to the other the whole fucking time. Right? The red play. And This thing about them. Yeah, I mean, they also watched. Some people. Watch Japan like just get You know hit by nukes and like that will thing too. That's a whole generation within so. Some people have to live through. Just like serious traumatic events and I mean, and that's us. Now, we're part of that. You read scary. Even started after World War water like before World War One whereas I. Like, the Soviet Union warming. You know after the revolution. I don't know. It's like they need like following that. You know.
Imagine it Forward and Goodr
"To another episode of Zero, to IPO were absolutely thrilled to have to amazing guests on the show today I wanna I introduce Beth comstock who for many years in fact, almost three decades was at GE and served as the vice chairperson. There is on the board of Nike is also the author of this amazing book called imagine it forward, which I am really enjoying and learning a lot from and have a bunch of questions to ask Beth about the. Beth welcome on the show. Thanks Josh. Great to see you great to be here. And our other guests is Jasmine crow who is the CEO and founder of Gooder, which is a company that I am fascinated by I. think it's one of the more insightful companies that I've come across. Recently I also have a lot of questions for you Jasmin about how the idea came to you, but but welcome on the show. Thanks so much gas and happy to be here. Of course, we've got Freddie caressed my co host. Zeroed IPO your morning Josh, how you doing good I bet and Jasmine, nice to see you. Thanks for joining us today I'm super excited about today. Yeah me too good to see you. Well, let's dive right in because we have a lot to talk about Jasmine I wanNA start with you and I want to understand I want our audience to understand where you're coming from. When you started gooder there's some kind of basic facts that I want our audience to understand domestically we are wasting seventy-two billion pounds of food every year while forty two million people are struggling with food insecurity absolutely that's a foundational mess. And it's even worse. Now, I'll of everything that's happening with current virus who are wasting more food and more people are going hungry. So it is a huge issue. Yeah. I mean just to be clear before this even. I read somewhere that we were wasting about a quarter trillion dollars a year on food in the United States if people number eight is that right? Yeah. Right Frederick in. So I guess to put an even more simpler context about two percent of GDP is on wasted food for that's a lot of money spent on food that never gets eaten in this country does Like many people I have some passing familiarity with this I. Read about it I don't even know where to start and it seems like maybe you go out and you you know you try to donate food as best you can and and I think that's maybe where you started. Yeah and it transformed into something quite extraordinary. So yeah if you know Josh I started feeding people that were experiencing hunger and homelessness in two thousand thirteen out of my apartment in Atlanta Georgia So that's where got started I found a parking. Lot I drove past it one day and I just saw hundreds of people that were homeless in in something kind of just pulled on my heartstrings at that moment and I said I wanNA help you know what do I didn't have a ton of money and I knew I could cook and so I just went home I post it on facebook I mean Sunday. I'm going to go downtown and I'm going to feed on the streets. If. You want to join me I had about twenty volunteers I made a spaghetti dinner. And loved it. You know brought out my little beats pill at the time, which wasn't that loud outside. Dating us, you're dating we know exactly when you're store your. Heckling when it happened so I really wasn't that loud music thing. But I have bad and you know the idea was it would be old school kind of Sunday music why Jackson five and Aretha Franklin James Brown like this classic kind of music and a good Sunday dinner, and that's how it all got started in. So of eighty own from one of my pop up restaurants went viral on facebook and people are saying this is so amazing which restaurants donate the food and the reality was nobody I was couponing on price matching I always say, I'm the reason Walmart doesn't price-match anymore I definitely feel like i. gave them a run for him. And then I was cooking thing taking it downtown, serving it coming home cleaning up, and so it would take me like forty hours every week I did this and I started researching food ways and was really like upset like I can't believe this much food goes to waste in here I. Am you know putting together five dollar donations and my own money and trying to make these feeding is happening to feed five hundred people
Salads sold at Walmart, Kroger, H-E-B with recalled onions included in new USDA public health alert
"Bloomberg's Tom Busby joining US live and one of the retailers that are being impacted by the expanded warning from federal health officials, Tom Well, this is scary News, A WalMart Kroger, the nation's biggest grosser KGB. That's a big change in Texas, some others. This is their, including in a new public health alert because they sell ready T chicken salads, breakfast bowls and other prepared meals that includes some California grown onions that have already been recalled due to salmonella contamination. So be careful what you
NFL Sets Opt Out Period. Thought On NBA Bubble. Pac-12 Players Set Demands. - burst 1
"We actually went to Walmart the other day. And we just Austin ran into China, walk without a mess and I'm like, what do you need doing? Just do it just where the? The stop them at the door give him a mass. Just where your mass to. Say. About that process. But my point, I'm trying to say some timeout the NFL. The NFL has pushed the opt out period to Thursday at four PM. Now, it was obvious. It was actually a pushed up to Tuesday or Wednesday. And then according from, Patriots, came out and said. Privilege called the NFL rushing us to do this. This is the thing. The NFL is a business. Okay. The NFL is just trying to figure out who is it? WHO's not? And I'm less and I get when this first came out I'm thinking myself. What the heck is the NFL doing they are making these guys decide. Obviously there's been so many players show fight about deller forty, three, forty, five players have opted out of the season so far eight from the New England patriots. So I, understand what according to saying, why forcing us to do this Today. This is business. A have guidelines in place at the facilities at the buildings that were at the compounds to make sure. To try Insures excuse me. That, we are minimizing positive tests that if everyone does their part. We should not have any more tests. Positive cases but some players still do do or do not feel safe Patrick Mahomes came out and said, he feels a lot better with what the NFL is put in place. Obviously his name, his opinion can carry a lot of weight. For other players. But there are still plays out there saying forget it. I'm not GONNA do it. And now with the deadline? At four PM. Is Actually what I'm very curious about. What. Happens if someone does after the this deadline do they face? Permits. Do they actually just say we're not GONNA pay your one fifty. Is that what happens? As of right now, I'm not seeing anything on there.
Biden commemorates anniversary of El Paso Walmart massacre
"Of the El Paso massacre in the city's Wal Mart, where 23 people died. Another 23 people were injured. Former Vice President Joe Biden is posting a video on his Web site urging Americans to use this day as a herald for changed anniversaries of moment. To resume the purpose we felt a year ago. Tariq commit the battle for the soul of this nation. Battle against forces of white supremacy, which this president has encouraged and emboldened. A battle against the spread of hatred, poisoned ideas. In every form. That attack has been described as the deadliest anti Latino shooting in modern American history. And in
House Antitrust Subcommittee Takes Testimony From Big Tech CEOs
"As low as four dollars. Ninety nine cents a month stay tuned after the show to learn about their special offer just for talking tech listeners. So when you're asked to meet with elected officials via teleconference in Washington. DC along with your key competitors and you don't get too many questions. It's a given that you had a really really good week. And when you followed up the next day with a stunning earnings release that had one analysts say that his jaw dropped when he read the numbers while there's no question that apple CEO Tim, Cook clearly had the best week in Tech. His compatriots among the big tech CEOS like facebook's mark. Zuckerberg Google's Sundar Pichai, and Amazon's Jeff Bezos did not fare as well in DC. Now, in case you missed it. Let's breakdown for you what happened this week and begin by setting the scene facebook Google apple and Amazon CEOS recall to Capitol Hill for the first time in unison to defend themselves. Against antitrust charges and they followed it up the next day with earnings reports all on the same day or a mind boggling two hundred billion dollars combined worth of revenues in just one quarter. That's a little less than half of what America's largest company Walmart brought in for all of two thousand nineteen for the record that was five, hundred, twenty, four, billion. Now during a pandemic, when many people are forced to work or learn from home consumers responded by buying lots of new computers, ipads, and iphones from apple and a whole lot of everything from Amazon at a time when many retail stores were closed in this testimony to Congress bezos described it as like Christmas in March for the company which struggle to keep up with demand meanwhile. Google. Reported a two percent drop in revenues incidents. Advertising business was impacted too fragile economy. While facebook, which is also primarily in advertising business reported higher revenues but. With a lower increase than usual, which brings us back to cook. When you're asked to appear before Congress and defend your company, you're a loser when you walk into that environment says Jean Monster in investor analyst with Luke ventures a good day he adds is escaping from major blows like Tim Cook did cook was asked about how apple treats APP developers in place favorites at its APP store where the company clearly controls what consumers can see with ironclad enforcement. Apple gets to decide who can participate and can band people at will as it did recently with the alternative email service hey, which was initially rejected by apple cooks defense. It's all in keeping up with the quality of the store in that putting APPs in front of iphone users that invade their privacy and the like. But in the realm of antitrust government decreed that apple ditch the APP store, it's a tiny portion of its business worth less than five. And wouldn't impact apple says monster. What could happen to the other companies if they had to divest will you can see facebook ditching instagram and WHATSAPP apple ditching aws, which is its web services it was basically the backbone of many companies. It provides Internet services for many companies like Netflix men for Google maybe say goodbye YouTube. Google calendar. Google maps who knows meanwhile the chairman of the antitrust subcommittee said
Big Tech CEOs Testimony Before Congress
"Today was the day as I record these words the big tech CEO's are still testifying before Congress. So I'm going to have to do a summary of what I've seen just in the first couple of hours or so and leave some of the juicier question and answer back and forth for tomorrow. I up a note on the format that we've been seeing. Yes. All of the CEOS were testifying remotely. They were using Cisco Webex as the video conferencing tool and it seemed to work fairly well at least right until this very moment as I turned off the stream to go into the booth to record this, they took a ten minute recess because apparently one of the witnesses. was having an issue with their stream or feed, and I'm wondering if it might have been Jeff Bezos because at least thus far were almost an hour and a half into the testimony and he hadn't been asked a single question. Anyway back to the whole idea of testifying remotely if I were going to do one of those rate, my video call backgrounds reports. Bezos look like he was in some sort of executive boardroom, lots of tasteful Chomsky's behind him. Look like he was in a conference room at a high end law firm I couldn't tell what Zuckerberg was sitting in front of it looked like closed vertical blinds almost like I don't know some sort of like a bunker like if you're battening down your house for a Hurricane Tim, Cook was in front of some sort of tasteful plant trough though he was clearly working off an ipad pro. Let's start off with what the Fab four had to say in their opening statements. Amazon's Jeff bezos underscored Amazon's job creation, its investments in social causes and its role in supporting small and medium-sized businesses. And made the case that Hey Amazon is just a tiny competitor in a huge global market quote. The global retail market we compete in is strikingly large and extraordinarily competitive Amazon accounts for less than one percent of the thousand five, trillion dollar global retail market and less than four percent of retail in the US unlike industries that are winner take all there's room in retail for many winners for example. More than eighty retailers in the US. Alone earn over one billion dollars in annual revenue like any retailer we know that the success of our store depends entirely on customer satisfaction with their experience in our store every day Amazon competes against large established players like target Costco Kroger and of course, Walmart a company more than twice Amazon size, and while we have always focused on producing a great customer experience. For retail sales done primarily online sales initiated online are now in even larger Growth Area for other stores Walmart's online sales grew seventy four percent in the first quarter and customers are increasingly flocking disservices invented by other stores. Amazon still can't match at the scale of other large companies like curbside pickup and in store returns and quote alphabets. Soon, Darpa, Chai, said that Google also operates in a highly competitive. Market and that it's free products benefit the average American quote. A competitive digital ad marketplace gives publishers, advertisers, and therefore consumers an enormous amount of choice pichai stated, for example, competition and ads from twitter instagram comcast and others has helped lower online advertising costs by forty percent over the last ten years with these savings pass down to consumers through lower prices in areas like travel and real estate Google faces strong. For search queries for many businesses that are experts in those areas. Today's competitive landscape looks nothing like I. Did five years ago let alone twenty one years ago when Google launched its first product Google search people have more ways to search for information than ever before and quote. Tim Cook of Apple said that the APP store has opened the gate wider for software developers. Also, apple doesn't have dominant market share quote as much as we believe, the iphone provides the best user experience. We know it is far from the only choice available to consumers Cook said after beginning with five hundred APPs today the APP store hosts more than one point seven, million, only sixty of which are apple software. Clearly, if apple is a gatekeeper, what we have done is open the gate wider we want to get every APP we can on the store, not keep them off and quote. And facebook's mark. Zuckerberg said well, but he said a thousand times before that facebook knows it has more work to do on things like fighting misinformation and that you know companies aren't bad simply because they're big. And he took pains to point out that facebook is an American success story quote although people around the world use our products. FACEBOOK is a proudly American company. He said, we believe in Values Democracy Competition Inclusion and free expression that the American economy was built on many other tech companies share these values, but there's no guarantee our values will win out for example China. Is Building its own version of the Internet focused on very different ideas and they are exporting their vision to other countries as Congress and other stakeholders. Consider how antitrust laws support competition in the US. I believe it's important to maintain the core values of openness and fairness that have made America's digital economy, a force for empowerment and opportunity here and around the world and quote. In his opening remarks, the chairman of the Committee David. Sy-. Selena Rhode. Island. Laid out three areas of inquiry that the was scheduled to delve into at least in questioning from the Democratic Congress folk more on that in A. Quitting CNBC, each platform allegedly serves as a quote bottleneck for a key channel of distribution and quote the platforms allegedly used their control over digital infrastructure to Sir Vail other companies, their growth business activity, and whether they might pose a competitive threat and use that information to maintain their own power and third the platforms allegedly abused their control over current technologies to extend their power through tactics like self referencing their own products. Quote. Prior to the cove nineteen pandemic, these corporations already stood out as titans in our economy. Silly said in the wake of Covid nineteen however, they are likely to emerge stronger and more powerful than ever before, and he concluded by saying quote, our founders would not bow before a king nor should we bow before the emperor's of the online economy and quote? But as I say, while this was labelled as an anticompetitive antitrust inquiry, it seems like the Republican Congress folk were primarily interested in probing alleged bias against conservative users. In fact, Jim Jordan. One of the ranking Republican representatives spent most of his opening remarks railing against. which if that continues would basically be exactly what all of the CEOS in the talking head boxes would be hoping for right lots of distraction and no real spotlight on them. In fact, a lot of the most heated questions directed at a company that's not even present. We'll see if that continues but I have to say straight off Chairman Sicily and was very specific targeted sharp questions. He kept interrupting folks when they started to stray into doublespeak and the very nature of the questions from him and others at least so far. This wasn't like previous congressional hearings we've covered where the congress folk didn't seem to even understand the businesses they were investigating, and maybe that was because I don't know if you saw the woman sitting very prominently very obviously behind Mr. Cecil lean. Let me let the Washington Post fill you in on who that was quote as a twenty eight year old law student Lena Con penned a twenty four thousand word article for Yale Law Journal titled Amazon's antitrust. Paradox. The article described how US antitrust law isn't equipped to deal with tech giants such as Amazon. Even as the company has made itself as essential to commerce in the twenty first century in the way that railroads and telephone systems had in the previous century con now works as counsel for the antitrust subcommittee she has worked with Sylvain to develop his case against the tech giants including Amazon and quote. As I said, the questioning is continuing as I speak these words in fact I just heard that they came back from their recess. The whole thing did kick off hour late only getting started at one PM, eastern? So I don't think it'll be done before for five PM at least. So again, I'll put together a summary of all of the juicy exchanges happening now for tomorrow.
Amazon & Walmart changing checkout experience
"Amazon. Has Developed a shopping cart. Is Most. People aren't aware Amazon very quietly. Is Opening, Amazon branded supermarkets. And they're doing just a few around the country is they've really failed with whole foods they're trying to come up with an Amazon branded supermarket and the shopping carts. Automatically. Know, what you have in your cart. And when you're done shopping. You just walk right out of the Amazon Grocery. So you don't even stop at a cashier. And the one thing you have to be as you have to be registered with Amazon. With the APP on your phone. And then it knows who you are when you come in knows how you're going to pay. And then the heart I know this is freaky and weird but the cart. Automatically Is. To Register each item. That has gone in there. It's called the the Dash Cart. And when you're done. You're done just go straight to your vehicle. Walmart. Amazon's rival. Is rumored to be coming out with an? Addition, to. Their APP. Where registered shoppers and it's not clear what category that's going to be will be able to. Check out of the store on their own right on their phone. It's not as easy. As what Amazon's offering very similar if you are a Sam's club shopper and have used their self-checkout. On your phone and it's great. Because allows people who know how much money they can spend to not get to the register and say, Oh, I don't have enough money for that. Were you take that off you take that off, take that off you. As you go along, you're able to ring things up. You know what they're going to cost what your total bill is and the rest, and this puts cashier jobs at risk obviously. But, the. Retailer. Is Looking to create a more efficient environment, and then the other aspect that's been rumored is that they're trying to deal with people's fears of human contact right now with corona and that's why. They're going to offer people the ability to ring up their own purchases completely different than self-checkout. This is just reading the Barcodes as you go on your phone with a running total. And then you end up checking yourself out. It creates a bar code that the greeter at the door scans with a little electronic gun. And they're able to verify the. You're a okay and you leave the store not ever having gone to a register line four one.
Fast-Food Chains See Shifts Made During Pandemic Paying Off
"Ozai, and he confirmed that McDonald's Is all in on investing in the the efficiency of drive thru locations, a number of which is a good you know you no indication of post pandemic recovery markets with a higher percentage of drive throughs are showing a quicker recovery. Yeah, it makes sense that restaurants are trying to, you know, cut those losses at food courts and other retail in environments and rely heavily on the foot traffic. Now the story goes on to say the McDonald's restaurant started opening inside the WalMart big box locations back in the early nineties during a period of growth for the fast food industry made a lot of sense. You've got a lot of people walking in and out the door. Yeah, let's share some space. It makes a lot of sense, but there's no drive thru McDonald's window at the Wal Mart, right, so they're getting rid of it. Yeah, that's what's working for people Right now. There's no doubt any drive throughs that you've done Atyour favorite restaurant. You probably noticed that the business the business is brisk. I've done P Terry's a few times to drive through a man. They have got it going on as far as the efficiency of that, speaking
Charlie Kirk: Coronavirus stimulus
"And you have Schumer Pelosi. In Biden one hundred twenty five years, Charlie Kirk of failure, unmitigated failure, swap failure and I. Think of my kids. You met my son. He's twenty one years old. My daughter's eighteen and I would think about your America their America and when I say you know, live free or die, American, the world on the brink I'm not joking. And very specifically will be probably the biggest choice election by far in my lifetime, and maybe since eighteen sixty, and there's a lot at stake We can go through the issues if you want, but it's. It's there's there's not one issue we agree on that. I can think of for the most part yet, and you wrote this, and it just really sent chills down my spine. You wrote this book to sound an alarm as a warning. Warning to my fellow patriots about the left's undying commitment turn America into a land, our parents, founders and framers wouldn't recognize it. It's perfectly put, and that's the direction that they're headed on page twenty seven. You have a great part about how Ben Franklin says we ever republic. If you can keep it, can you talk more about how this truly is? A referendum election in some sense and the left is trying to do to our country. Well the the story about Franklin's interesting, because it's, it's the constitutional convention and somebody says he comes out one days, says, is it a monarchy republic republic? If you can keep it Reagan, I quote him off. When I give speeches, said Freedom Charlie and you know this is but one generation away from extinction. And you know when if you want understand if socialism is adopted if their stated goal is adopted America as we know, it then becomes unrecognizable look, I can understand psychologically. There's a component of maybe people that that have been indoctrinated in schools, and you're great at this because you're going in to hostile environments every day, and you're saying you know what there's another way of thinking here, so maybe the idea that people think Charlie that some things are oh, everything's going to be free and they're gonNA forgive my loans at I'll have a guaranteed government job guaranteed government food. How did obamacare workout now? We're GONNA have Medicare for all or or double down on the stupidity of Obamacare and guaranteed retirement. Guaranteed vacation sounds great. But simple math shows you that you'll never get there. And that's why in the Fourth Chapter of the book did this whole history of socialism which is a history of failure? The point is look at the issues. If if we're talking about law and order. They've cited in Portland in Seattle and new. York and Chicago with the radicals. Joe Biden his yet that I know of said one good thing about the ninety nine percent of cops protect and serve and put their lives on the line for us every day. You're right. Okay, so law and order taxes. He's pledging to raise your taxes through the roof. That will destroy the economy Then they're gonNA just add all the bureaucracy. The Donald Trump spent almost four years. Eliminating that'll be gone. That means nobody's GONNA WANNA DO Business. That's why the Biden Obama economy was so bad. Then you look at where now energy independent for the first time in seventy five years with a number, one producer of energy in the world will lose that for sure We'll shut down coal fracking. Oil Gas exploration production those tens of millions of jobs high paying jobs career jobs for people. Then it's about amnesty. Or the United Sanctuary states of America versus Border Security and law and order of never mind foreign policy. We haven't even touched that part yet, so. There's a lot at stake. If those plans stated plans are implemented. America will go down the past you know. The Trash bin of history as Reagan, said Freedom One generation away from extinction we will. It I shudder to think what will happen the three you and your children by kids, and and maybe one day grandkids. ARE READY FOR THAT And I love the framing, because as the founder said either we're GonNa live free and defendant right now, or we're gonNA. Have a country that you know. We don't WanNa live it, and that's really the framing. That is so important right now, and you talk about and I'm really pleased about this. Shawn because I think we have forgotten about the Russia hoax too quickly in. In the conservative movement, you have been the leader on this every night. You were covering it. You didn't let us forget you help. Muller Accountable, you had investigative journalism and it just seemed that an Oxana names, but other conservatives just kind of drifted away from like Oh. That's what happened happened. You have two chapters on this in the book. Can you talk about that? Yeah I mean I call it Charlie, the the biggest corruption abuse of power scandal in history and the Ukraine was oh. Okay, we failed with Muller after three years. We won't. We won't even bother with a special prosecutor not to I'm going backwards here but to get to Ukraine. You? Know they're talking about quid pro quos, but you have to ignore their presidential candidate on video saying you're not getting a billion US tax payer dollars unless you're fire. That prosecutor is named Shokhin. WHO's investigating my son Hunter who went on a and said? Do you have any experience in oil? No Gas, no energy, nope, any experience in Ukraine. Nope, why are you being paid millions? No, because you dad, so there was a quid pro quo and millions of dollars for the Biden I call crime family. That's exactly right, so. Listen and China's even worse. You get to this whole thing what we now know and I believe what's coming. It's like, and this is where the media's corrupt because. They're just the propaganda wing of all things democratic. Socialist. We now know and have all the evidence that we'd ever need is that they protected their favorite candidate. Hillary Clinton. For things you and I and everybody you know that follows you and you have a massive audience would. Literally never get away with. If you had subpoenaed emails Charlie Kirk and you decided to delete them, and you decided to acid. Wash your hard drive with something. I had never heard about bleeped bleach bit and bust up your devices with hammers. You'd go to jail. If you violated the espionage act, you'd go to jail. They protected her. Then the narrative began we now know began in August. We know crossfire hurricane representatives actually went to brief. President Trump General Flynn. Flynn on national security, but they were there to try and get information on trump and Russia, the most amazing part of this, because the Democrats and the media live for all these years is that they knew and they said and they wrote, and they even testified. There was never any evidence, but there was a dirty Russian dossier. And now we know even the New York Times acknowledged full full of Russian disinformation and that was used. And they were warned not to use it, but high ranking people abusing their power, wanting to take out candidate, trump, transition, team, trump, and then deep into the Presidency Donald Trump. They use the dirty Russian misinformation dossier to ruin Carter pages life and roomed his civil liberties and constitutional rights, but more importantly to spy on candidate trump, and then they had their insurance policy. The fact that the mob in the media ignores it is beyond comprehension. I have so I have two chapters. One is on the Russia hoax, and the other is on this whole impeachment witch hunt. And I want everybody in your audience to understand one thing here if I can get one point across. Yeah, they hate Donald Trump, but they hate us more. They think we are as Peter. Struck, said the smell by the way I probably shop at Walmart say money. Why not you have a woman I love Walmart I love COSCO's. I Love I love it all. And I've shopped there my whole life I mean people always stopped me when I'm in a grocery? So, what are you doing here? Shopping? Wa I like to eat a cracks me up. So but think about that. smelly Walmart Shoppers while irredeemable deplorables, wow! Bitter Americans as Obama said that WANNA cling to their God. I'm guilty their Second Amendment Rights Guilty Bibles and religion I'm guilty of that, too. But. It's contempt for your audience. It's contemporary my audience. It's because they knew better. And they will ling. This was an attempted coup. Now do I think there's going to be arrests and prosecutions I? Do spend much slower than any of us would have liked, but the evidence is overwhelming. It's incontrovertible sad actually that this could happen. That was going to be my follow up. Question Sean because when I travel and we get thousands of e mails a on this topic. When are people going to go to jail? And can you give me insight on this? Can you give us any clues any crumbs that we're starting to see from Durham? It's I call them. It's funny. You say crumbs because call them the the Attorney General Bar breadcrumbs. It's like Hansel and Gretel. Remember. We're we're trying to follow and see the trail exactly yeah. He did say that the president was spied on. It did happen illegally. The. Think about this. If you go before Judge Judy I wouldn't WANNA lot because Judge Judy I. I've met her once she'll eviscerate. You I watched her show. You. Don't go before a court. The information that you have not verified. It actually said at the top of a FISO Warren Charlie. It says verified. Okay. We now know the dossier was unverifiable. The sub source we now know, said this this bar talk. We were making this up. This was never meant for anything and again Hillary paid for it funneled money separate issue. And so, what is going to happen I don't have a crystal ball but I. do know all of the facts that are in the public. Are Enough to indict many of the names that your audience is most familiar with. I would argue. Komi McCabe struck page. I'd like to know a clapper. Brennan's role in all of this ends up being and and others. The more fascinating deep question is. Will they get to that January fifth twenty seventeen meeting inside the Oval Office? This is when member Biden said George Stephanopoulos Oh I. Don't know. Anything about this, you know this whole impeachment Russia thing. He was the one same. Bring up the Logan Act fifteen days later Susan Rice in that meeting did the Cya memo the day that Donald Trump was inaugurated. Obama in that meeting shot Sally Age by saying a He. He knew everything about the Kislyak Michael Flynn call. If we look. To sum it up. I think we're GONNA get there because the evidence. Is that overwhelming? If we don't. I fear for the country? Because of you. GonNa Raid Manafort's home predawn raid and you're going to raid Roger Stone's home. For lying to Congress by the all many of the names I mentioned were referred for the same crime and you're gonNA. Pull it twenty nine guys in tactical gear, frogmen and tip off CNN cameras and. Have a biased jury for person. We won't have equal justice and equal application of our laws, and worse than that Charlie is. We lose our constitution. Yes, all our laws are are predicated on next great document and some `perfect, but it creates the path to perfection at a more perfect union so. Long answers. I'M GONNA talk. Show I love it. No, this is what our audience needs to hear, and and thank you for that and look I I completely agree because if we do not have people and I, say this as carefully as I can in handcuffs for what they did Donald Trump then I I will lose faith in the American justice system I. Don't want that and I don't want revenge I don't retribution I want people to be held accountable and I would want the same if someone did this to Barack Obama because it should never happen to a leader ever. Yes. and. They've gone after every single trump friend confidant, and yet if you oppose Donald Trump you get different treatment, talk a lot about the constitution in your book and the founding of our country, Sean going to be honest, I've been very let down by some of these supreme. Court decisions lately Can you comment on that and the importance to get more people like Kavanagh? Who's actually ruled brilliantly? Unlike John Roberts. I! I'm a little. I don't know what's happening. Roberts I have my theory I guess I have my sources people that. have their own ideas based on some knowledge? For whatever reason and I think this goes back to the obamacare decision. He has allowed. How the court appears to influence his decision making. I also sense with no evidence whatsoever. You're not a big fan of president trump, but that should not come into his thinking. Now. If getting rid of bureaucracy and lowering taxes and energy, independence, and securing our borders, and law and order are all part of this election. Let me tell you another big part of it. And it's you know we're taping this ninety. Whatever days away from the Election Day, I what about and we got asked. What about the Supreme Court? Yes, I go through a whole list I. Forget what paid maybe sixty seven I forget. A. In the book. Of. All the things Democrats would do if they're getting power one, is they? WanNa, stack the courts. Get rid of the Electoral College. And I. What, they're saying they. WanNa do is scary. They used to hide it Charlie. When I every single Liberal Democrat running for office, they would run to the left in the primary. They race back to the center, but you knew they wanted the left. There now openly embracing the most radical elements in the country and you know. Unfortunately we're watching it all. Play out nightly on TV and and that sad what I see happening when I think we have to remind a trump supporters that these are not trump appointed justices, a gorsuch I think ruled incorrectly on one ruling. That's it besides that gorsuch and cavenaugh have been tremendous and terrific verses Roberts. I just think we have to give the audience a sense. Sense of continued conviction that the trump appointed justices will continue to rule correctly and Clarence. Thomas and you know the the Thomas Family. They get no credit at all. I mean what he has done. And can you comment on that? 'cause I, E, you've actually been you open my eyes to that like eight years ago and I never learned about Clarence Thomas as a high schooler until you I mentioned it just as a quick aside on his incredible career. I like to do on TV and antidote on radio, too. Sometimes I call it the Hannity history, lesson 'cause I lived through all of this. I know this is going to see. You're not even thirty three, but my radio journey started in nineteen eighty-seven crazy right. Now on my twenty fifth year of Fox, I didn't think I last two. So I feel very blessed. As a side note if you haven't read my grandfather's son. Which is about Clarence Thomas is life. It's amazing. But. You know it's interesting because him and Scalia. To my opinion, my to most favorite justices in my lifetime. Scalia this incredible wit and genius and understanding and. They got a little acerbic side to when when he was questioning Clarence Thomas always set by quietly. What they called a high tech lynching at the time, the more modern. Let it. You gotTA. Remember Yeah. And you know. It was then Senator Ted Kennedy you know Robert Bork's America the borking of America. That was Clarence Thomas. Now we see it more recently cavenaugh. It exposes. The, who is Joe Biden? Who is his team? Because Clarence Thomas and Justice Scalia or the people we need on that court. We call them constitutionalists or originalists, the original intent, not people that would sight foreign law as liberal justices have done or not people that feel that they can rule by judicial Fiat and dictate or legislate from the bench. Democrats always wanted the court to do that which they could never. Do legislatively or win at the ballot box and that's why they want. We call them. Activists Justices Clarence Thomas. has shown a fidelity to the Constitution at the Antony Scalia. That is beyond enviable And the differences styles always interesting, too because Justice Thomas will always be quiet. That's very few questions. Anthony Scalia was in there in a wrestling with people. I don't know about John Roberts. I can't get into it, but I do believe the next president United States is a very good chance. You have a lot of older justices may want to retire. And I think that the next this election in just three short months. That's on the ballot and that's that's generational now. And Sean I think we have to pressure the Biden campaign to do what trump did and release a list of justices I mean president trump was so transparent and Joe Biden hasn't done it yet. Intentionally, of course, because he'll probably put repeated to lieber something on the United States Supreme Court I mean as horrifying as that might be so in two two quick closing question Sean and thank you for being so generous with your time anchorage, everyone you know. Know go by live, free or die. the first is this. Can you just talk about? We are heading into the election. A lot of trump supporters. They're failed. They're falling victim. They suppression pulse I wish that wasn't the case, but it seems like the memory of two thousand sixteen as faded where people forget. We were down by double digits. Can you just give a little vote of confidence to some of our listeners out there? That think we're just losing. I WANNA. Give the vote of confidence, but I want people to feel this way. I want people to think I'll use a football analogy that our mutual friend Linda that you know. Who's your biggest fan? My radio producer? He's amazing. Amazing, but she doesn't even know how many points you get a touchdown, so I'm giving these football analogies. I, want this election. I want people to feel the way I feel which is. We're on our own twenty. Two minutes to go. We have no time outs We're down by six. We got a cross. The plane marched down the field, cross the plane and hit the extra point to win. So if people feel a sense of genuine urgency and worry and concern, I'm cool with that because fear often as a great motivator, not irrational field fear, but if people do not vote, you will get the government that they're telling you. They're going to give you believe. That that is their agenda. To be a Republican and win. You GotTa always use this analogy got to run the table I gotTA. Get Florida Georgia North Carolina can't win without Ohio. No Republican's ever become president without it right? You got hold Iowa then you got pick off Pennsylvania Wisconsin hopefully Michigan maybe MINNEA- Minnesota will be play. Maybe the city of Arizona will be in play. By Joe Biden reference for those of you. That didn't get. We got a hold Arizona Gopher Nevada New Mexico. New Hampshire and Maine's second congressional district. If every single mom, this is a battle cry. You started out this interview with this. I wrote this book not because I like writing books. My last book I donated every Penny I made to charity I don't care. It's not that. This is a tipping point. Charlie this is I, don't. See if these policies are implemented how America recovers. Irreparable harm the to the rule of law to our courts to our economy, they want to wipe out the lifeblood of of the world's economy. This this promise of socialism and I go into such detail about how it's always failed. Here's a quick socialism of example. Member obamacare. Keep your doctor keep your plan. Save on average twenty five hundred dollars a year per family right? Okay. Millions lost their doctors. Millions lost their plans. We're all paying about two hundred percent more and add to that. Forty percent of Americans almost forty percent have only one obamacare Biden Carriage James Choice now. How did they do with that promise? Medicare is going broke. How did they do it? That promised social security. Charlie hate the break this here. He paying into it. You probably won't get it I. Barely Skate through, and they might give me ten cents until they means tested and then take it back, How does it? How did Liberal government work in New York City with all the anarchy cutting a billion dollars, so please? How's IT WORKING IN CHICAGO? All. These liberal cities have where the violence we've been talking about takes place. They all have one thing in common. They've been run by Liberal Democrats for decades right. Most of these states have been run into the ground by Liberal Democrats for decades. If you WANNA know what America will look like if Biden Bolshevik Bernie. Pelosi Schumer and Bozo. That team gets place look at new. York state and city look at Chicago the City Illinois. The State Look at California. Look at Oregon. Look at Portland, the city. Look at Seattle. Look at the state of Washington. Yes. And I. Love this country too much. You know it's an all hands on deck moment and Every everyone of you've got this connection with younger people in this country. You have this incredible. A credible platform you built, and it's become powerful and meaningful and transformative to the country, and you're going out there, and you're fighting on these college campuses and you. You know it's not easy to be in the middle of a I call it a shift. Show all the time, but let's well put, but you do it. And it's freedom works. Every time you give up freedom for security, you lose your freedom because the security that they're offering. These promises that can never ever be fulfilled. In America. The land. I'll close with this unless you want to go further I can keep going the. Barry Farber who was a mentor of mine. Just recently passed away like ninety ninety one. And he always said there's never been a country in the history of mankind that has accumulated more power and abused at less than the United States well I add. A country in the history of mankind that has accumulated more power abused at less, but used it to advanced human condition. The reason America is great and exceptional. If I can say that today, it's not perfect, but it's great. An exceptional is because of its people, and because of the fundamentals of liberty and freedom. So that? Natural rights versus government or rights, natural rights come from God doubt by our Creator. Life Liberty pursuit of happiness while you can't pursue happiness these days in Chicago New York Moreland Seattle. So there's a lot on the line. I love your audience. I'm so thankful for all you're doing, and you've got a great team that you building review and you're out there fighting the fight and I just urge you guys. Just fight like your country depends on it. Because America's, we know it. It's all hanging in the balance. Yet was Sean. You've been so generous the last quick thing I defend the president all the time personally as a person. Can you comment on that because I've had the opportunity to meet him? not as much as you obviously and get to know him, but a lot of people here misrepresentations in lies about who he is as a human being. Let's close on this note. Can you just mention one or two things that that people can take away from that? You know first of all. It's interesting. Nobody seems to understand Donald trump yet. They don't want to understand. I mean Donald Trump. The Dog Bites the beasts, things you feeling sad or get cancer. You Complain Trump. I mean that's how saying the leftist. But here's a guy that is so unique he this guy is like a soon nami force of energy like I've never met my life. The most distinct and unique quality he's had is as president. You mentioned the Supreme Court. He put those people that he said he put. He cut the bureaucracy as he said he'd caught, and he cut the taxes as he said he'd cut. He did the North Dakota. A keystone pipelines Anwar Likey said he would. He's building the wall or almost four hundred miles. A wall by the by election will be over four hundred miles. He found a way it was. It was an uphill climb He said he wanted to pull us out of foreign conflicts, but not back away from evil defeated. The Caliphate took out. Baghdadi and Associates took out Sola Mani took out the Al. Qaeda leader in Yemen. So? What makes him special and unique in terms of presidency is that he is who you see is who you get. The guy that's fights on twitter is the guy that's fighting for a better trade. Deal the guy that fights. Against Liberal Democrats and the media mob is the same guy is fighting to keep his promises that to me makes him the most unique transformative political figure in our lifetime. And Right now. The. We tip the scales. You have a choice. It's never been a bigger choice. He will keep his promises. Coronas been a little bit of a curve ball to the world, but even that ten days after the first case, the only guy that I know of thought about a travel ban will be donald trump. They were teaching at the time and Joe Binder Biden was call them Sinophobic, so he's a man of his word. He's a man that will fight to his last dying breath for this country and the promises he made, and that makes them in my view very transformative. Men will. The book is live for Your Die God bless you, Sean, thank you for that. You do and we really appreciate. It helps you soon. Thanks bye. What a great conversation that was! Please email me or questions freedom. Charlie Kirk Dot Com freedom at Charlie. KIRK DOT COM please type in trolley. Kirk, show your podcast provider. Hit subscribe, give us a five star reviews screen shot at an email us. If you want to win a signed copy of the Maga- doctrine, please get involved with turning-point USA at Teepee USA dot com that is Teepee USA DOT com. 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Stephanie Fleming on organization, life hacks, and how she built 'The Happy Planner' and 'Me & My Big Ideas'
"Are so excited to. To introduce incredible Stephanie Fleming. She is a creative entrepreneurs speaker of and wellness seeker. Most notably, she is the CO founder of me and my big ideas creator of the happy planner, and what began twenty years ago as a tiny garage business is now an industry leading lifestyle brand and offers a wide variety of products that inspire customers to live creatively and plan a happy life. Please welcome Stephanie to the show. Okay, we'll Stephanie. We are so excited to have you on the here for her podcast. Thank you so much for joining us. And we are so curious about everything that you've created and your and so I think. Our audience is going to be very very interested in the business aspect of. Everything that we're about to talk about some super excited cool. I'm so excited to be talking to you. Guys for those who don't know. Tell us a little bit about your health. I'm Stephanie. Fleming and I'm a creative entrepreneur. I actually call myself like an accidental entrepreneur. I started my business me and my big ideas with my mom twenty actually over twenty years ago started in my garage with an idea of just one idea for making stickers for the scrapbooking industry at that time and. And really just kind of wanted to do it too. I needed a creative outlet. Yes, but I needed to pay the bills like I. was you know a young mom and struggling to make ends meet, and just really wanting to like. Go out there and I would do anything because I you know I wanted a better life for myself, and for my kids and and so I was definitely you're. You're? The definition of a hustler like I was like I have no money, but I will put in the sweat equity so. We been hustling with me and my big ideas for. Over twenty years now, and we've created everything from paper stickers and now planner, so planners is our latest the happy planners, our latest product line and It's just been such a a wonderful thing for us to get into because we get to share a love for creativity for positively, and that's been kind of where I have fallen in the last probably five or six years which. Not only being an entrepreneur in a business person, but also being able to be the spokesperson for our product and our brand, and that's something that I've been totally passionate about. It's amazing. I'm curious. So, what did you do before you started your business? Were you a stay at home? Mom? Did you have have a job, so I was? I was pregnant when I was eighteen. Not Married had had a baby, and when immediately from high school to I need to find some way to take care of my son and I did in home daycare for eight years, and was daycare provider for six kids usually at one time and it was you know it's honest work? It's hard work. It's eleven hour days for you know for eight years and you know all I to do is be a good mom, and and so I didn't have a college education. I grew up in the craft industry though my. My parents had a manufacturing and distributing business so I grew up from picking orders in the warehouse. To you know watching my parents who are entrepreneurs basically navigate the craft industry and come along with them to trade shows and things like that so I always had that creative bug, and and even as an entrepreneur as a kid I was making little catalog, so you can buy these cards here, my designs and so, but then life hits, and then you have to go out, and you know and do the best you can and and so at the time. In one, thousand, nine, hundred eight. My mom and my mom had sold that business, she and my stepdad divorced and they sold their business, and so she was kind of at this place in her life where she was like okay. I'm ready to start over, I need. She was probably my age now, and it was like thinking I need to start over and figure out what life looks like for me. Now and I was saying I just I want to start something something I want to do anything and so my mom had some seed money and. Like I said I would do. You know so. I stayed up all night trying to find just hustling to find hair. Competitors are advertising in this trade magazine. So that's a potential a mailing list for so anything possible. I was willing to do so. Yeah so it was not like I had this pedigree of an MBA, and I'm going. Go start a business, and that's why I say I'm definitely. An accidental entrepreneur, but I've I've loved it. We'll story. It is very very cool. It seems like you had it in your blood like raped in the beginning. Though like it was something that you're meant to do. I, think so. I think without knowing that that's what it was like. I was just cleaning out. One of the things we've done in quarantine is cleaning out our garage and so all my memorabilia. That's where I found my card. Catalogue of here are the things you combine I'm like I always was. Experiencing entrepreneurship right in front of my is growing up but I never really knew it. In fact, my mom was in charge of all of the creative side of the business, and was the one in charge of new products, and out there trying to find out what creative women were doing next, and so when my mom would go on an rnd shopping trip and take all of us with her. We didn't realize what we were doing was watching her shopping trends and seeing what was out in fashion, and how we can bring that into the craft and creative industries, so when it just seemed like something natural, and now I'm trying to identify people go. Where do you find your trend Mic-? Just Watch I. Just look and so yeah. We were Kinda groomed without knowing that that's what was happening. So cool and so. You had your first business you? You began doing that twenty years ago. And then you landed to the happy planner, which has been a huge success and It's a it's a beautiful book. It's something that you want to. Hold in your hand, and just like carry with you all the time. It's so cute and fashionable. Where did that idea come from? And how? How did you of get to that point? Where like I want to be in this market of making planners? Happy like honestly we've had a lot of great products that of sold weller mckellen's pretty cool, but the happy planner is like it's so me. It's totally me so the the way we came up with. It was pretty much the same process that we did it with anything. As we and my sister is heavily involved in product about men in our company as well, but we watch in decide okay. scrapbooking was huge for a while, and so we were able to kind of ride that. That wave and we've kept coming out with products and line extensions and and then you kind of see that it was kind of starting to taper off. It was not as popular and the products weren't as weren't selling and going doing the having the sell through that they did before, so we're like okay. We need to know what creative women are doing next. which is what my mom did, so we would always be looking for what. What what do i WanNa do what is something that's interesting for me. and and then also kind of searching pinterest looking around water, creative women doing so for some reason on pinterest people were taking just regular planners from staples, or whatever and they were putting our scrapbooking products, stickers and things and making them cute but the scrapbooking don't really fit like they don't fit size-wise. They didn't fit if you're you know the stickers we were. Were to commemorate memories and things, and that's not necessarily the things that you need for planning so I kind of just you know, and they were boring to staples like office supply things. They have black brown different color bays. You know really great. You know what I think. Someone would would think the businessmen would like. And then there was like three designs that were like purple. Paisley or some ugly grandma color. You know I'm a woman, I. I don't want that, so we thought definitely we could do better in design. We could get them more affordable. We could create accessories that would go specifically for them, and then you could put in those accessories like things that are positive so that every single day when you're planning when you're having fun putting stickers out ever, there's this creative positive message that makes you happy that keeps you going, and so it was just a kind of another. Offshoot into what we normally do. What are creative women doing? And at this point? It was like people are busy, and they want to be creative, but they need that little bit of licensed to say it's okay when you're planning your schedule. You can kind of put a sticker downer. Says you can do it or just. Those little positive affirmations make a make a big difference. I love that so much were all about positive affirmations and There's something that I still love about having a planner in front of me like an organizational planner. Where where I. Can you know touch the pages and I can mark things off. It's so different than a calendar on Google you know and I've always I've i. still have a planner, so I love that, but I'm curious because you have built such a successful brand and obviously. You've separated yourself in so many ways by having something very unique You offer as something that's very I would say year to the millennial woman. But how how have you separated yourself with your branding? I'm just so curious about like where your sales come from utilizing social media, you have a huge social media following. So, how what kind of what was your? What was the method to your madness at that point when you started thinking ahead? Yeah, so at that point. We had we had a very successful company in the craft industry and up? Until that point, we had what I figured successful products. We didn't really have necessarily like brand. Following social media was just coming up, but you know there was something about the happy, and I think my own personal passion for the product helped in planning it. No Pun intended. because. I feel like we got to this place or like this product line. I just feel like we need to be able to have a brand. There's gotta be a message behind because the message of the product is so powerful and so really. What happened I mean there wasn't? A Master Plan I love this product so much. That I just started talking about it and sharing on social media back in the periscope days. You remember, periscope yeah. Remember. About it and I just said you know what I would anytime we would come up with something, or we had something new exciting happening in office. I'd like I'm just GONNA share. It's just going to be I wanted to our product and the brand to feel like like we were just friends sharing like. If I was you know to call you up and say Oh, my Gosh I'm so excited. We just got this prototype in, and here's what it looks like. Here's how I'm going to use it and every. Every new products came in. We previewed it on periscope did live Q. and A. is, and and that's before people really doing that and we were sharing the process and the product, and sharing my excitement, geeking out over stickers and a paper planner you know, so. It became I thought there was really no plan other than to share authentically, and that was really before, but you know everything authenticity be authentic was just such a overused catchphrase, but that's what it was because I didn't actually want to be the spokesperson. For our company, and because it's such a team effort, and so I'm not. I'm not maybe maybe I wouldn't had the idea for. Let's let's look into to paper planners, but I didn't create designs, and I not the artist, and I'm not the one who source the product and sold it in such a team so but. In order I felt so passionately that. Don't have relationships with companies. They don't have relationships with products, but they have relationships with people and brands, and if I could be that conduit. To Give A. Personality to our land our company then. I'm like all right. I'm willing to do because I was the one before it was like no, I don't really want to know I'm just I'm fine to not do it, but when I was sharing something, I was so passionate about the following just came. We did not say hey. We want to get to I. Think we're over six hundred thousand on instagram. We didn't have a plan for that. I mean eventually to grow. It takes you get to a certain point. It's like okay now. You have to plan, but we grew our numbers very very organically, and by just engaging with them. You know true engagement and it's. It's not even just the number in the plan, but it's like. Are you engaged? Do you care about your followers? Do you care about your customers and deal you know? Are you engaging that way? Are you doing it for the rise near following? Are you doing it for the sale? Are you doing? Are you doing it because this? Just feel so right to you know. Yeah while you're on that topic, too. Because so cool that you grew organically because. I mean it's such an easily marketable product, but also like how how do you stand out amongst your competitors are? There's other planner companies out there. So what's your differentiating factor with your product? So at the beginning? We were the only ones pretty much doing what we did, so we stood out really quick, and it's almost like I. Always say like it was like. Like when I had my first when I said WHO's very well behaved typical. I am such a good mom. And then my daughter came a second, and she is like great, but she's you know totally like wild spirit and I'm like oh my gosh. I need to to work at this little more. So when we did when all of a sudden you're like It's growing and you're thinking. Oh, my gosh is great. People are just listening, and then all of a sudden when you're onto something, people and other brands and other companies go. They're onto something I. Think I'm going to try that, too. And then what you were doing so authentically is being duplicated right so. So what we have always done I think and even back in the scrapbooking and paper. Crafting days was just advice. My mom gave me is just really don't worry too much about what other people are doing. Find out what you uniquely do. What is it that your company or your brand do what do you? How do you stand out and for US There's a lot of people who have high end stationary and people. People that are saying a professional and I want it to look like this or I. Don't like this about your as well. This is who we are. We are colorful and fun and were affordable. We have a disc bound system where you can change things in and out, and those are some things honestly and with the brand that will turn people off when you really claim like who you are. Some people are going to say. Well, I. Don't know but I. don't like that well, but this is who we are when you can really find that those are the things that just kind of narrowed down, and you nail it down so much that these are the things that make us unique, and so for us. We embraced all of that. That is who we are fun and colorful, positive and an interchangeable, and all these things about the product and about our messaging. That's what we focused on, and I think even especially going forward when it becomes harder and you. Maybe at this point, we're going like you see a slowing in not just gaining followers as fast when you get up high. And there's more people in the space so for us it's how can we find? What, we, what is it that we offer? That's unique whether it's the message product. And, you kind of have those pillars of our being authentic. Is it something that's different or are we just white noise in the space? Should we be making a change? We be pivoting. Right now do. Is there something we need to be doing to be more aware of the surroundings of the economy of this of society so You're constantly looking for you have to just be aware. Of who you are where you're going and not being paying too much attention to. The competitors and the people aside. It's really hard though it's hard to do because you find yourself looking. They're doing so good over there. Maybe I should change and go that way so knowing who you are is a huge part of that success for us. And, I love how you really made an emphasis on. Being okay with not being a good fit for everyone, and you know we talk about this even on social media. How you know people always give us questions on. You know my Gosh I I lost if I don't post for three days. I'll lose one hundred followers well if those people want on, follow you because you haven't posted three days. They're not your people. Like they were never people anyway, so I love that you have you have a focus and you understand your branch so well. The you know who you're catering to, and also you mentioned pivoting when you need to because. You know I think that people get so focused on the end goal, and if it's not if it doesn't turn out exactly how they anticipated that it would be, they give up right, so I think that's I. Love that so much and it kind of brings me to my next question on. The hardships entrepreneurship because I think that when people look from the outside, they see this beautiful brand that you've built a successful mom who's who's doing it all, but it takes so much work and behind the scenes that the people don't see. Can you walk us through some of those hardships that you faced in how you've kind of gotten through them? Oh yeah and I think. I'm so glad you brought that up because you especially on social media, people will see their, so they'll say. Where were you because I'm pretty active on my own, and then also I with the happy planner, but it like where were you? We Miss John there. I'm like you guys like if I would have shown. What I was doing for the past seven days, it was get up in the morning. Go to work. Stay there till seven o'clock have like meetings altay come home barely figure how I'm going to get the door dash before I wanna fall asleep, and then you know over it over and over again and I'm like it's not glamorous. It's hard There's a lot that goes into it. You know and you have to love it if you are somebody who has your own business or your own brand? You have to love it because it is not I mean I would say. Ninety, eight percent of it's not glamorous, but it's rewarding. You know it's something that you love, but you're GONNA have failures. You can't be afraid to work hard and fail. Because, you're GONNA. Do both of those all the time? And you know and learning from your from your failures for me. It's like you know we've had products that the ones that you've mentioned like happy planner that quadrupled the size of our business in the matter of two years But in the in between, and we had already had like a pretty successful company, and we were like well, but what you don't see, are all of the things where you come out with the product and you're like that's a dog. You Know Kate next. What do we? Can we learn from that? You know that's what you can't. You can't shy away from it, but nobody wants to see that nobody, but those are the lessons. Are you know what you're seeing? When when you see the happy planner is our success of you know Gosh over twenty we did that. It was fifteen years. I think into the our business before we hit that like Grand Slam, we'd had several. You know that was. This product was a triple. This one was a strikeout. This one was a base hit. And then you know, we never know we not. Even we're not even. Promise that we were going to have that big of a success that we just kept going and every time we did we learned something like Oh we didn't do. The packaging wasn't right or you know. Maybe we rent to too early into that trend, or maybe we didn't research it enough or maybe we learned something every time but I mean we've had. We've had product failures. We've had really difficult times in the economy I've been around here through September eleventh through the two thousand eight crash where the business was doing great, and then all of a sudden we've had were having to like have layoffs and figure out how to make the hard decisions. To keep your business healthy and around and surviving, and that's really hard. I mean that's something that right now we're going through. You know we have. Luckily we've got a great basin. We've had a very successful business, but this is a gut punch, and for a healthy business like ours. This has been really difficult and I can only imagine if you're struggling before this, but you just have to figure out you. It's almost like a business as almost like being a parent. You've got to make those tough decisions. Decisions you know that not everyone's going to understand. That's going to be hard. It's going to keep you up at night. and those those you don't see those on social media. No one's sharing like we had to really hard today and or have been meetings all day, and if they are, they're showing you the picture of themselves looking really cute, and you know here I am with my thing and it's. It's just not always like that victims hardly ever like that, so I think it's sometimes i. I've shared lots more real version especially on my own personal social media on instagram. Especially because I, think we do a disservice to. Everybody but to women's in general specifically where it's like if you're trying to be an inspiration and trying to share with other women, this is what if I can, we can all be here for each other. You, know in business, and this is how we can succeed. We are doing a disservice if we are just showing what our lives really never looked like And how how then do those? How'd you push through? How do you push through at the worst times for people that are listening that are entrepreneurs have launched their business or not seeing success right away. Like what have you learned to cut has kept you going. I think i. mean this sounds like something that my husband would go. No, if you can't measure it, you can't manage it because he's. My husband was our CFO CEO and. But for me, I, it's so much into an instinct. And then pushed through because I believe in my instinct very strongly. There's a thing like I feel like you know for us. We were very fortunate that the business that we started stayed healthy, and was viable forever, however I. Kind of look at our product launches in our product releases and different product types almost like many businesses, because there comes a time when you know this isn't working, you know there comes a time when you're like. We just need to let this keep going. We need to work at market. We need and you just you kind of. If you're really being honest with yourself, you know when it's like am I pushing too hard for something. That's not really making. Any headway or do I just need to keep working harder and I feel like You know if we ask ourselves how we done everything. HAVE WE EXHAUSTED EVERY OPTION? That's what I think. We need to kind of listeners, though because I just feel like if you are sitting here like. With a struggling business, let's say whether it's from the economy or just like I'm just not going anywhere It's hard because some people will say just keep going. Just keep going all the time. I don't think you should do that all the time. Sometimes you want maybe need to move onto. Something different doesn't mean you're not going to be. In business or start your own company, or but maybe this, isn't it? Maybe it is? Maybe you're just sitting there going. You know what this is going to be tough times, but I believe in this business i. know we have and we're going to keep going, so you kind of have to listen to that. You know you're got to say. Where are you? Are you? You know? Do I need to keep pushing through this, or is there something else that I need to be? Doing are exploring. It's such a weird time to because with everything going on I. Mean People are obviously doing less news less really to plan but I think there's still an opportunity and it's great that the product isn't just a manner planning out your daily activities that can also be used for intentional set goal setting in just writing down thoughts that you have journaling so I love that it's it's I town that regard Have you guys thought of ways to during this tough time? Kind of still sell your product in different ways or maybe thinking about different product lunches. Were you know what kind of has been brewing in the last few weeks, so it's like a perfect example of. Of evolving and pivoting right so like. Yes, when you're when we're looking at people that are planning your days just filled. My days were just like I couldn't even have the whole damn thinking. How tiny can I right because there's so much going on, but you know one of the other things we have in our product, minus positively journaling and guided journals, and then when you you know for us, it would be so tone deaf to be talking. Talking about we know you're busy. Let's just talk about busy busy busy schedule Hustle. Let's go because this is not the time for that, so we had to look at. What do we have in? You know in our offering. And what do we have What do we think is important or is there something else we can offer so for us? you know slowing down journaling 'cause for me. It's all about putting the pen to paper. I Love I love my. Technology and I. On my computer as well, but there's something to me about writing stuff down whether it's my schedule and prioritizing key efficient or whether it's like you know just journaling what I'm grateful for writing that down I did a whole like wellness like year in two thousand eighteen, where every single day for the entire year I journal. Like what am I feeling I thought it was going to be like more. Of a fitness thinks I like. My cholesterol is high, and I needed to lose weight, and I was going to do all these things I'm going to travel the stuff and what it became was. Oh my gosh, I'm realizing that I'm tagging my emotions now like when I would write things down the journaling became the biggest part for me is what I was feeling like I was really I felt very marginalized that meeting today, and I came home, and I think like I was going into hibernation. You know and I was angry and I was, but I was identifying my feelings. Why was I instead of just going like writing down my food log? You know it's like it wasn't helpful for me. I. Know How to eat healthy. But to realize that when I feel angry, I don't know what to do with those feelings and to eat them you know, or and I'm like an eye stuff them and I. Try and do anything in Canton. and that was like a realization for me, so we're kind of leaning into that and saying hey, right now when you're stressed or you're afraid or whatever it is that you're going through. What can you lean into? And how can you get in touch with your feelings whether it's do journaling or if you really do maybe you're a mom who is trying to work fulltime at home and also. Also home school your kids to the distance learning the. Maybe you need to be really efficient, so you need to you know. What is it that you need and listening to that? Do you need to be productive? Do you need to be kind of moving a little more inward, and then just writing it down and really getting out of your head and onto paper, so you can help process it. Yeah I need to start journaling. That is something that. I know he's for the whole year. Did you notice that it had a huge impact on? It changed the way I thought it totally and I'm the same way because I'm like I'm so famous for starting a journal. And then it's really good for like a couple weeks, and then it's empty, and I keep it and all these like you know journals that have a little bit done in the beginning, and then like I wish I could combine them all. And are they now? It's like so I just said I have never made like a year long commitment to myself I. Will I mean I will do anything for my kids. My husband, my family, my, you know the team of me me and my big ideas, but for me. It'd be like I'm always the first one to get shoved off the list and so I, said I need I was stressed because just like what you were saying. Our business was. Wildly successful that year, and the year before that but I was so stressed out. Because when you quadruple the size of your company, and you're trying to do the same things that you did before scaling it and learning how to do that so quickly is really stressful for a for a creative person who likes to do things like. As I'm inspired. And so. So dealing with that was huge, so all of these things that I saw which were gaining weight having high cholesterol, not sleeping at night, having hiring Zaidi I was thinking, it was because I'm out of shape or this and I didn't really realize accepted the journaling. which that's not what I started to do. That it was more than just that and so this journaling process just gave me. Such clarity and insight into my own feelings that I had no idea and I don't think if I if I just tried to do that at the very beginning for just a little bit I, don't think I would have. Gotten as deep because like doing it every single year someday the destroy today sucked. He knows the worst day ever and I didn't know how to see it through, but then as I got used to journaling just as an exercise every day. I learned to go. You know to just kind of. I guess like look a little deeper. Really. Shed light on stuff that I had no idea I was looking for. I feel like now. I'M GONNA. Go buy one of your journals because I'm so inspired by that by just what you said and I think that I'm someone that just keeps everything in my head and I talked to myself all day every day just. All the things that have to do all the things that should you know that are behind me? That I should have done yesterday it's that's great. I love that with you. You know you don't realize that when you're not like kind of emptying out. It's like for me I was not able to. I was not able to like think of I was kind of creatively blocked, and then I was like even motion. Lee blocked and they just didn't realize because I'm the same. I am an over thinker. I like I process everything and I just I kinda hold onto it and I get very wrapped up in my own head, and so it was just almost like an emptying of it and helps me sleep. Helped me do all that stuff, so my guys. I think you'll love it. Okay. I'm sold. journaling. Borsch, now let's talk a little bit about living intentionally, which is very much related to what we're talking about now, bite. What does it mean for you to live intentionally? And how can people cultivate a more meaningful life? Because obviously you found your passion, you work really hard at you. Know keeping your mind rate, and it seems like you're a very self, reflective person, but how how have you gotten there? I think. I've always been somebody who really likes. Growing looking inside I ask a Lotta questions of myself and. Other people like I. Try and tell my husband like I'm not really trying to psychoanalyze you. Even I would love to just get into everybody's head, but I think that there's so much we can learn. And one of the things that I have learned just by trying to grow as a person and being teachable. Has Been You. Know there's nobody in the world that is going to take charge of my life, my happiness, the things that I want that me. Matt what happens around me it doesn't you know we can all we can all be complaining about what's happening in the world with your job with your relationship, but when it really comes down to it, you're the one that's responsible for what it is. You want in your life and how happy you are. And so for me, it started with number one. I needed to. Learn how to love myself because I didn't love and accept yourself believe you're worthy of all those things, and then once you believe that those things started kind of coming into my life and a realize it's like you know. That was something that I had to really focus on. I had to work on with myself I am. We're a project, so if you go out there, and you really want a job, or you really want to start a business, or you want a relationship. You have to almost I think. Go for the life that you want with that same passion and I mean for me. It's just been about really starting to identify. What is it that you want? What is it that makes you happy? And how do you need to get that? I think that's why I'm a planner at heart, because living intentionally as really planning, you're trying to like you have to identify something first and then figure out how you're going to get it right, so it's like for me. Identifying. What makes me happy? What the name of our podcast plan? Happy Life at the Tagline for our company. Or for the for the happy planner, because really feel like you know if if for me, I need to identify what it is, that makes me happy right, and so I'm not somebody who is an Adrenalin Junkie I'm not someone who needs a lot of activity in my life, I need I need serenity a need. Calm I need a place to be creative I want to go travel I want to be with my family so when I. Start to really identify Granular Li, like what it is, that makes me happy and what I want I can easily say you know okay well. Then I am intentionally going to make the choices that get me closer to those things that I want and. It's really a responsibility. You know it's really taking responsibility for For the actions that we take and you know and I think it's empowering I actually feel like instead of going like Oh. My Gosh I'm responsible for all of these things in my life and no one's going to do about me that makes me. I think it just gives it gives me the power back to say you know. Stuff can happen all around me. Crap can just be going on like everywhere and internally I can live intentionally with what makes me happy, which what? And I can be. Responsible for especially this stuff that's going on in my head. You know so setting intentions of you know whether it's daily whether it's setting an intention for a year or whenever you're feeling like you need a little more clarity into. What am I working for I think it's a really powerful thing to do and I know sometimes when things get more popularity. They gained that whole like people in Oh. Yeah, okay. Setting intentions are doing all this, and it sounds a little Wu, and all that and I'm like it, but it really really makes a difference in how we live our lives, and the decisions that we make yeah, and it's all it all goes back to taking accountability, right and totally nine I. always talk about this on the podcast where a lot of people struggle with that I. Think they kind of have this. Poor me, mentality or you know I could never accomplish that I'm not ex- enough. I'm not educated. Enough I'm not. You know fast enough smart enough pretty enough whatever it is, and I just do I. Hope that if pe- when people listen to this episode, they really if they take anything from it. I really hope that they listen to what you just said. Because it's so powerful, that's such a like. I can't I've had a lot of things. People will ask me like well. Of course, it's easy for you to be happy because where you are today, you know and I said, but but here's what you don't understand is that? The reason I'm happy is not because I have all the things that I have the reason I have all the things that I have is because a happy positive person who believes that I have. that. What happens in my life is a result of you know of the way that I go about it and what I believe I deserve and how and then I can have those things I'm happy. And I'm positive period. Doesn't necessarily. Happy happy I just mean like I'm going to be content and positive and optimistic in my life. No matter what is going on and I have lived through a lot of things I've had like I said I shared with you. Guys had some traumatic things in my childhood that have happened I was had a child eighteen I had a lot of money issues. I'm growing up. I was in an abusive relationship with physically and mentally, and there's a have been drug abuse them I mean lots of things that I've had to deal with and. I could very easily any of those instances been. Why did this happen to me? I could never start a business because I don't have a college education and they don't have any money, and they don't have this and you know. What will people think of me and you know a? Growing and believing that you can do something, no matter what like having that resilience and having that. Like I'm just going to figure it out like I said I. It pretty much anything now I'm probably going to be more of a of a jack-of-all-trades master of none but that's okay. That's who I am, and that's really has gotten me where I'm at, but yeah. I just I think if anything I totally agree with you. If I share anything, it would be that no matter what your circumstances are in life. I think optimism and. And believing that no matter what happens to you, you will get through this, and you make something of yourself, and you can get the things that you want in life If you know if you're working, you work hard. You have to be willing to work hard. You have to be teachable if to learn to be confident, but all those things are things you can control. And it doesn't really matter what your circumstances are. So that would be something I mean. Yes. I love the product. Yes, I love our brand. Yes, I love all these other things, but that's just something that I think everyone can take with them throughout their lives. Such great life advice, and it's so true I feel like there's been looking back and reflecting on my own experiences to and the hardships that you know everyone has different forms of adversity, but how you respond and react to that is I think all the difference and I think it was a murray furlough that said everything is figure out. That just. When you said that because it's true like if you have that drive and that hustle enough to do what it is that you WanNa, do you can figure that all out and I think Alex also reiterated several times. There's this concept of just start now. Figure everything else out along the way as you go. Otherwise, you're never gonNA start. You're never going to achieve those goals but in terms of goal, setting and just organizational tips. I mean I feel like the ideal buyer of the happy planner is a very organized individual, or maybe they're aspiring to be more organized. So what are some good organizational tips just in general that people can start practicing and then apply to the happy planner. And I am not a naturally organized person. At like what you see back there on this video that we're recording over is not what it normally looks like I'm a creative person so I'm very like. Just kind of scattered and I will follow an idea like if I have an idea, I'm like I'm down that rabbit hole and. There's a chaos and mastic usually follows so being organized and using happy planner and using organizational tools is actually been essential for me to be like a productive society member of society or running a business, so one of my favorite tools and I think we kind of alluded to this a little earlier was getting things out of your head in getting him down I use a master What I call him Master Action Item List, so it doesn't matter if like you are thinking of I've gotTa. GotTa do cupcakes the Kids School I've got empty. The dishwasher I have a huge project that I'm working on. That's do every little thing. Take space up in your head and It doesn't really you know you're not really. They all have the same weight, so you're thinking constantly of the Dishwasher, the cupcakes and all of these things and you don't have the space to really think about Give yourself like. Hey, now. I'm really focusing on the project because there's so much stuff spinning in your head. And, so I think David Allen I think is his name he said you're. You're headed for having ideas, not storing them so like for me. It's like Oh, my gosh, that is so perfect so I take and had this one massive list actually I have to, but it's ones home in one's work, but usually for most people one will do and. If everything that comes out of my head is something that I have to do if it's an action item. I put it on my list and then I work from that list. Would plan my weeks when I plan my days, so I look at Monday and I think okay. I've got five meetings not lot. Stuff's going to be coming off that to do list, but on Tuesday I have one meeting in the morning and I had the whole day that I. have so I'll go off of my master list and then start working from there. I'M NOT GONNA forget my tasks that way. It's not going to be like oh shoot cupcake sting it. You have your your things that have due dates and everything so when I'm working from it I don't have fifteen sticky notes everywhere and a piece of paper that I wrote over there. That I got lost cause. I left it in my car and you're constantly then figuring out. How do I remember where it was that thing so keeping everything kind of in one place has been a big tip for me. the second organizational tip that I use I plan every Sunday I plan my week out every Sunday so or whatever the day before the start of week.' In for me. Mondays the start, so I sit down I. Take a look at what are all of the to the must do's appointments. The the deadlines that have to happen that week and get all those things in there and I. I plan everything out from date night with my husband every week. we're putting that in their first wins the time that I need one of my GonNa. Go exercise. When am I going to those put in appointments, and then I start to fill in again with things from that master to do. If I don't do that, then you know, there's things that come up and they're just time. Thief's and they come in to take in all of a sudden. You look and you've spent. Monday and you're thinking I've done nothing you know. It could be a week and you're going like shoot. There's nothing off my list. conversely you can take a look at that, and if you've been really productive, there've been times. I had no idea I could get that much done. So those are two tips for me to stay on and just to contend me. Being organized means being productive, because if I'm not productive, my stuff's all over the place. I get very easily overwhelmed, and that is not a good place for me to be. I was GONNA ask as well with with your master. Master list you add everything from like emptying the dishwasher doing laundry like every task so usually I have like if those are ongoing I will have just started doing this, which helped a lot, but all I kind of assign like if something that occurs every week for me I have a list. That's basically recurring tasks, so if you're if it's a cleaning thing, it's like an you know you've got changes sheets. You know the bathrooms or whatever I've got empty Roomba. because. Just, all those little things that are like take the trash out. Those are of things that I put off to the side which are more recurring tasks. And then when I sit down. Unday, I think you know empty room by the today's the in the evenings and do my meal planning here and those things happen all the time. The the Master List for me is you know the things that are their projects or their like like for me for my work one. It's like every time like I need to talk to him about this Call up this person and make sure I return this thing and check out on. All of the let's marketing meetings scheduled out. Make sure to reach out and so then I can cross them off. On Cross them off. And then when they're done, they're done, and of course you know once it gets to about halfway marked off at create a new list because it's prettier. And I like doing that, but yeah, the reoccurred things I keep separately. Of It, so we're GONNA. Get this all in. Your home about really what you're saying is it comes down to time management skills right, and yes, you know like you said there are some days ago by and I'm like. How did I just spent two hours scrolling through instagram? Checking emails bearing bearing myself in emails that really don't I don't need to get back to these people right away and you self reflect and go like that I see I'm busy, but to hours of that time was wasted. Time management is huge, and that was another thing that I uncovered in my memorabilia box that said think I was in like fourth grade and the teacher says like Stephanie needs to learn time management. Because it is true, because I do the same thing and I feel like there's so many times when people say I just don't have enough time and I'm thinking i. just spent four hours binge-watching. Whatever I. We. Do have the time and that's okay. If you're going, you know what I'm going to. It's going to be a binge party like I am going to be watching and It's fine but I think we need to be aware like you don't WanNa miss out on the things that you either want to be doing our need to be doing because you're not managing your time well and like I said it's a constant struggle. This is going to be something that I'm GonNa be. Be doing for my whole life. Because you know because I'm just not naturally inclined to be that way even, but it's a habit you know, and it's easier for me now, but managing your time well and scheduling it out is is a habit that we form you know, and it's just like it just becomes easier and then yeah, you find him. There's nothing to me like when I look at a list I'm like. Oh, my gosh look! How productive I was this week! That is such a good feeling when you even when you finish the day, and you're like man I was on point today like I knocked this off the list and I. Did this and you just feel good? There's just this feeling it brings. There's something about they say like an actual like I don't know what gets release, dopamine, or whatever that when you cross things off your list. That, yes, go. It is what? What are some other resources that you? You've enjoyed yourself or that? You would recommend to listeners in terms of time, management or building, good habits, organizational tools and practices. I think that like to meet. Okay decluttering. Making sure that you like you don't have because again. The more clutter at the worst and I know they say you know a messy desk or whatever they say, but the MESSI dozen. Beans or whatever and it is, but it's probably one who's just driving themselves crazy 'cause they can't find anything so developing somewhat of. Of A protocol for how you're GONNA. Plan your weeks and then also. One of the things I don't know if it's not really a resource, but it's something that I learned that. I kind of tend to first thing in the morning. I want to like answer all like you're saying I. Want to answer all my emails, and then of course I go down. Somebody's asking you know unsubscribe to all these things now and then I started subscribing, and then I go down, and so somebody told me to block off your days and at the beginning. Do the most important thing for you that you need to. To get done in the morning or whenever it is that you work I work best in the morning and freshest van, and then about three o'clock, I'm looking for anything else. I'm looking for something to snack on or any distraction and it, but some people are not also if you're like going, this is when I do my best work. Then make sure you can identify those times because you're gonNA. Find that you have. You're going to get more done. You'RE GONNA feel more efficient more. More productive and I think that's going to help I. Definitely, figure think that if you can figure out how technology and productivity work for you. I am kind of a hybrid between outlook and all of the technology that we can't. We have that really does keep us I've got when I have meetings. All my stuff is stored. I, don't WanNa. Right down the zoom. Call Identification Number and the password, and all these things you know, that's all stored in my outlook and I have a really good relationship between paper planning and my tech, you know. And then but I have a process every time I have like a nice system. I think I think that works I've been I've used a lot of productivity tools into honest with you. Nothing's really kept me more productive than just keeping it simple and planning things out and getting stuff done I mean it. It starts off great, but then it's just something else for me to. Keep track of so having something just right in my face whether it's my outlook, calendar or or my paper planner I just like I, said I've tried I've tried them all I've tried. And I know they were really well for some people, but for me it's just all about keeping it really simple and just getting stuff done. Yeah, and you know what I love the realness because we get questions, sometimes of like. How do you have a business and you work fulltime in your mind like? How do you do all the things? And I always kind of self reflect in its and I always think you know. You make time for what's important to you. That's the bottom line. We all have twenty four hours a day. I think that that hustle mentality isn't always helpful and isn't always positive, but at the same time if you have something that you want to accomplish. You just have to do it. You have to figure it out and do it. That's the bottom line. So Yeah? I love what you said on that. You know what I'd like to ask you Stephanie. If there's some sort of book or podcast or resource that you'd recommend for our followers, I don't know if you have any in mind that something that is is really impacted you in some way. Yes, so two different two different things so a book that basically just changed my life completely were was the gifts of imperfection by Bernard Brown. And it was one of those things where I just realized I don't have to be perfect I'm worthy of just the way I am, and that just really kind of just her whole. I love her so much that book. When I started to believe those things about myself, things change. They think changed in my life. They changed in my business That's why I think that no matter what you're looking at doing that. Inner work is I. Don't don't try and like. Get the promotion or getting the relationship, because you think that's GonNa make you more successful or happier, or whatever, because if you're not okay with that first step I it's all going to be empty. You know you're going to get the promotion, but it's not gonNA. Feel as great as you thought it was. Because you're. There's there's that whole in there that you're trying to fill so. That personally was amazing for me and then I love how I built this by Cairo's and. The podcast and for business. That's something that I listened to and I just. If, you're ever wanting to start a business and you think well I don't fit the typical either entrepreneur or business owner, or whatever I don't fit that mold listen to those stories there from every walk of life and every kind of story. It's so empowering to listen to them, but it's also really interesting to see how some of those people dealt with you know the setbacks, and how they how they innovated, and how they funded their businesses, and it's really interesting, and so, and they've covered just about like every aspect of business so I love those, too. Such third-rate episode actually heard how I built. This I've never listened to it, but I've heard it is great good, so that'll be one that'll that'll be added to my podcast list. podcasts our life right now in quarantine. Basically do anything and just have headphones on and listen to podcasts. For sure so good. Well this has been great. We are so happy that we have had the chance to chat with you and an answer all of our questions. Where can people find you on on social media? And where can they purchase happy planner? So they can find a me personally and INSTAGRAM's. Where is my John? That's what I love the most. People over it Instagram, so you can find me at Stephanie Score, Fleming. And then you can find the happy planner, which on Instagram, as the underscore happy, underscore planner or the happy planet Dot Com. I also have a podcast called planet. Happy Life that host with my daughter, sharing tips about how you can choose to be happier and planned to be happier and. And we love that, so that is planned a happy life. You can find that. At Planet Happy Life Dot Com so and then the happy planner you can buy at craft stores all over Michael's Joanne. Hobby Lobby Walmart and that'd be planner DOT COM, so we're all over. Love it. It's awesome. That is so great. We will link everything in the show notes, and it has been such a pleasure Stephanie you offer so much wisdom. As it relates to not only business but life so thank you for sitting down with us today. Thank you appreciate it. It's been fun talking to you.
Walgreens is adding doctors offices across the country
"I'm so glad taken time out of your day to join us here on the Clark Howard Show where our goal is simple. It is to empower you with knowledge, so you can keep more of what you have. Our websites are Clark Dot Com and Clark deals dot com. And we have been through. A real time with medicine lately. cash the people who work. In medicine. Doctors nurses, other medical professionals and personnel who worked in medical facilities have been putting their lives on the line. To save as many lives as they can during corona virus. And one of the things that has been. Clear through the time of the pandemic. Many people in America. Don't have a regular place to go. When they need medical attention. And so a lot of times, those people have sought care. For Corona virus much later than others it many times with terrible terrible results, possibly loss of life as a result of the delay. And so we've got a broken equation. In the United States in spite of the incredible heroic efforts of so many people. In medical. We've got a lot of people who start with the handicap, and that is lack of regular access to medical care, so there's been. A lot of experimentation going on, Walmart has been opening Walmart health centers. And they are going to increase the number of centers they offer, and I've talked about how CBS. Is Opening medical. Facilities as well that are. Retail oriented like the Walmart, when as well and now walgreens. Has announced that they're going to open. Somewhere around seven hundred doctors offices. That will be inside. Walgreens stores or attached to them. and. The design of what Walgreens is doing. Is that the overwhelming? Majority of locations that are going to be open our locations that are. was. It's called on board that there's a lack of primary care doctors. In Zip codes or areas. In urban suburban and rural areas where the doctor's offices are going to open. In the Walgreens, so this is. Part of migration in how medical care! At the primary level. is going to be offered in the United States where. You're going to have more and more. Retailers who are connected directly to medicine like walgreens and CVS, and then those who only indirectly or connected to medicine like Walmart. Getting involved in the delivery of medical care, the one of the six. Factors in each of these. Is What economists call price transparency where you will know. When you walk in the door what it's going to cost? For the care, you're likely to receive and gave an example about where walgreens. Kinda went off the tracks with this. Two years ago where? Walgreens was doing what CVS was doing with. Nursing a box facilities where they had the nurse practitioners. In the offices in the. In the pharmacies and CVS has stayed on that course will walgreens and a lot of places has sold off those facilities to. Dominant hospitals in an area. And the hospitals use it as a feeder tool to get more patient admissions to their hospitals, and as I, did in a story I did for television I looked at the pricing at. The facilities when they switch from being a Walgreens Ryan essentially nursing a box to a feeder for hospitals, and you no longer had the ability to just see a price list. You no longer had pricing anything. That was approachable anymore. Once those spaces flipped and became. With hospitals and so having. The involvement and the design from the ground up. where? Someone can come in, and they know what it's going to cost, and they know that someone's available to see seven days a week and longer than banker's hours. That's where we're headed with primary care, and it's one of the ways we can make a big difference in what health care costs moving forward and the outcomes for people. When they see someone early instead of delayed care at hospital emergency room, which is not where someone should be getting primary care any day of the week.
FDA recalls 75 brands of hand sanitizer
"Warning that the products many you're using to ward off infection, maybe making users sick or even causing death if ingested. CBS NEWS Medical contributor Dr David Vegas When Kobe 19 came along, you know, trusted brands went out the window for products in demand, like can sanitizer. We took what we can get. And what you get is a lot of foreign made hand sanitizers that do not have quality ingredients. While the FDA was unable to tell CBS News how many bottles a bad sanitizer were sold, some were available at major retailers like Costco, WalMart and CVS. A TV reporter has a cancer scare, but she has someone watching her to
Tech Antitrust Hearing: What to Expect From Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Google
"Wednesday is going to be interesting. The HAUSCH Hausch judiciary. Antitrust Committee man. The House judiciary antitrust subcommittee. Will have a hearing. About big tech at which we are going to see some big tech guys the CEO's of Apple. Tim Cook facebook Mark Zuckerberg Amazon's Jeff. bezos and Google Sundar Pichai. That's the big. The only thing not in there in the fangs. Fangs! That's what the stock market calls it facebook. Amazon, Apple. NETFLIX's in Google. So. There's no Netflix there I don't think that we don't always Netflix Netflix. No they're not a monopoly apple. You might not really know because They only do Mac stuff and iphones. They're not even there about half the market of smartphones in the US. That's not monopoly. facebook well. There is no other facebook, but they're not the only social network. Of course they do on instagram and WHATSAPP so that means they pretty much dominate. Three big social media categories messaging photo sharing. And Life Sharing Amazon! Monopoly. No Walmart just started their competitor to Amazon prime. Walmart plus. Hundred Bucks, you get this. You know a year. You get the two day shipping and all that. So I mean Walmart's Ju- Amazon one hundred percent, but you know it's powerful. And then Google, which does. Dominate. I think it's eighty percent of searches. It's not not ninety ninety five. I don't know what the threshold for trust is low. It's higher than eighty percent. So, these guys are not monopolies, even though they're going up in front of the antitrust subcommittee, they're they're really just very powerful tech companies there seems to be some concern. that. These have become too powerful. What do you think, are they? They're they're wealthy. They generate a lot of money, but that's because very successful, right? FACEBOOK controls. Pretty much I think you know at least mind share control social media twitter others. Twitter's out there. Yeah, a facebook cutting controls it. And I think the concern with facebook is they have so much power. What don't they all not apple so much but Amazon. FACEBOOK and Google lots of power. If it's not on the Google search. Does it exist on the Internet yeah not really. Go how you find it. So, that's a lot of power, Amazon. While, they're not the only online commerce by any means. The pretty darned dominant, aren't they? And and their rapidly getting more and more of the market share and more and more of the mind share their big I think big is the only thing you could say about these guys. They're just big apple, big, biggest biggest, most valuable, anyway, corporation history of human endeavor, one and a half trillion dollars. But that's the stock market value and part of that is pumped up. Because apple keeps buying back its own stock, they invest billions and billions in the buying their own stock, which increases their market value, their market capitalisation as the. Jim Cramer would say it. CAP PD? I don't know if the stock market has to do with reality anymore I don't. I don't think I don't think I honestly. Congress has a clue about what to do about this. The Republicans will be asking him about bias anti conservative bias. The Democrats will be asking of about monopoly too big too powerful. To dominant. Both sides are worried about them for different reasons, but it's Kinda the. TAME same reason for different reasons. I wait it'll be fun. It'll be fun. It's always fun to watch. Primarily elderly congressman. Try to understand this stuff. What is, how do I get onto the facebook? Always enjoyable always. Always, laugh.
McDonald's mandates face masks at its 14,000 U.S. restaurants
"Will require customers to wear face covering starting in August and will add protective panels in this restaurants. Fast food chain joins other corporate giants like WalMart, Kroger's and Starbucks, who had previously announced their own mask mandates in their locations.
"walmart" Discussed on Clark Howard Show
"We've noticed such changes in patterns of what people are interested in clicking on at Clark deals and the way people shop has been changing so significantly so much so that an earthquake has just happened in retail. Something that. We talked about actually. On our show. In October of last year, completely disconnected from our corona virus year and it was. Black Friday. which had been like the most significant shopping day of the year that Black Friday had become a state of mind. And not an actual event anymore. And now. Walmart has proven that to be true. Because Walmart is going to be closed on Thanksgiving. This is a stunner. Because starting about a decade ago, Black. Friday really became a Thanksgiving event. As retailers either were. All Day on Thanksgiving or very heavily opened it for six or eight PM. And so all the big box stores sold massive amounts of deals on Thanksgiving Day. Then Friday black Friday became fairly quiet in retail will now. Because the way people shop. For. For. Christmas shopping had changed so much. It was so clear last year that what I called Black Friday month the entire month of Thanksgiving. Retail is now recognizing the reality. So thanksgiving. Let's hope we have football. You have no reason excuse to escape from your family this year. To say Oh, I got to go to the sales. I got to leave the house. Is a lot of people you know. Get a little worn out with that family togetherness by Thanksgiving afternoon, and you've now lost that ability. They had the steal I got him all stacked up. I gotta go. Because is Walmart goes so does the rest of retail is the world's dominant retailer and so? This. Christmas shopping season coming up. Is because of Corona virus already. It was going to be more online. The trend was to significant increase year by year in online shopping, but before corona virus online shopping was still somewhere depending on how you calculated between nine and twelve percent of retail. I don't even know if we have clear numbers yet on the increase in online shopping, but obviously it's been. Very significant and so having the stores open. Crazy hours and all night Thanksgiving night and all that. That is a look into the past, not what our future is and so your ability to get deals. is going to be more spread out. The difficulty of Getting through checkout lines, and all that that's so over. And so this is. In my mind. A real improvement in how Christmas shopping is going to be this Christmas season and quietly the announcements will come from other retailers probably in the early fall it how much they will have modified how they handle the Christmas shopping season and what I. Now call Black Friday month November
"walmart" Discussed on MarketFoolery
"I'm Chris Sale with me today. Our Man in Rhode Island it's Brian for Brian good to see you. Chris How's it going? It's going pretty well. We've got some restaurant news. We've got some energy news. We're going to start though with retail because Walmart, which last time I checked was already doing pretty well with the ECOMMERCE Walmart is partnering up with Shop. Affi- to expand its third party marketplace site. And you were talking earlier today. This seems like a good move for both it's the proverbial win win, but in terms of stock prices. It's moving shop up about five percent today. Yeah these are two companies that are just having stellar years when you see yet another announcement like this, come out of a shop, fi easy to understand why so Walmart is essentially opening up its Walmart Dot com platform, which is you highlighted is just seeing explosive growth last quarter, seventy four percent sales growth over the prior year, so they're really having a big success, but they're going to allow shop. Users and there's more than a million of them right now to essentially seamlessly offer their products and sell them directly on Walmart. Dot Com. So I think this is a big win for both companies. It certainly broadens Walmart's product. Offering also gives him a nice pr win for supporting small and medium-sized businesses, obviously a big win for shop, Affi- further solidifying them as the Goto place, if you are a small or medium-sized business and want to. Beef up your e commerce capabilities and Walmart did say initially limiting this. Their plan is to have twelve hundred businesses started up by the end of the year, but could easily see this being expanded down the road. Yeah, and it's you know I was thinking about this earlier, because every once in a while, we'll get you know e mail from listeners or or comments in the fool, live chat that kind of thing, and and every once in a while you get something along the lines of what are you guys like shop if I so much? and. It's. It's deals like this like. It's just they're. They're focused their ability to continue to execute. And this is. This is a massive partnership. In the wake of The recent partnership they did with facebook as well and it's. Sherifi is sort of establishing itself as you indicated as sort of like this, this Goto Platform. To me the thing that put Chiappa fi on my radar was when several years ago Amazon essentially said we give up. We can't compete against shop FI- If you're on our platform, we suggest you transitioned over to shop a FI. There's no bigger boost in the arm or vote for another platform than Amazon, throwing in the towel against you in the e commerce world and to your point, we've also now seen facebook announcing a big partnership with them. Also has a deals with them and now and now Walmart, so shop. A fight is clearly the top dog, and that's why we like it Chris. Doug Macmillan the CEO at Walmart it's. It's pretty remarkable A. Methodical investments he and his team have made in ECOMMERCE. You know five six years after. A really good stretch of time when you indicate that they really should have been doing this a lot sooner, but. I'm impressed by how they have made up for lost time. Yeah the same I agree with you there. They should have made those investments fifteen years prior. But. Hey, they did recognize..
"walmart" Discussed on The Topical
"A major gun control update this week. Walmart has started restricting firearms purchases to customers who promised to use them at a different retailer and later. That's the sound of California's newly modified bug Zappers will a larger new models. Be Able to take care. Sure of the state's coyote population for good from the onion and onion public radio. This is the topical. I'm Leslie Price and I'm going to speak very slowly so you don't get too confused about today's news. Stay with the topic is presented by cash APP. The number one finance finance APP in the APP store. It's the simplest way to send and receive money and the easiest way to bribe. NFL referees into not calling obvious. Pass interference in the two thousand nineteen NFC championship unshipped game allowing the Los Angeles Rams to advance to the Super Bowl. Oh man that was rich. Download cache APP today and get ten dollars when you sign up using Promo Code topical under increasing and pressure from Anti Gun activists stop selling firearms. Walmart is finally taking action. The corporation announced that all locations will now restrict gun purchases only to customers immerse who promised to use them at one of Walmart's competitors. OPR reporter Remmy Bergelin has been following the story and joins me now Leslie so tell us what prompted this decision by Walmart Art. Well there's been public pressure on retailers for a while now to stop selling guns or at least to make it harder to get one but this is the biggest step forward Walmer has taken yet a spokesperson for the company. Doug Marshall said yesterday that the increase in mass shootings has the retail giant concerned. That another massacre could happen at any one of their four thousand stores across the country. Their hope hope is that this new policy will offer Walmart Shoppers Protection by diverting a potential gunman toward any number of other department store and sporting goods chains. Here's what Marshall had to say. After speaking you can with our customers and consulting our own consciences Walmart has decided that we can no longer stand by as the gun. Violence in this country spreads across our stores so starting today we will no longer be selling any firearms at any Walmart locations unless the buyer assures us and is able to convincingly prove that they'll use it somewhere else like a home mm depot or a Kohl's just not Sam's Club because that's actually part of us to interesting. What's the reaction been from gun control activists? Well it's a mix. Walmart is being applauded for taking a step but some say they aren't going far enough for example how to some improve. They're going to use a gun. Somewhere else will walmart start asking customers to see. A manifesto lasted about one of their rivals or a specific list of targets before they purchase a gun. It remains to be seen. Well that makes sense but at its core the seems like a pretty ambitious and bold action on Walmart's Walmart part it does. It's easy to imagine how this can save lives. Someone comes in wanting to buy a gun walmart. Says you can only use the somewhere else and they say oh no I want into us here at this Wal Mart and they walk away empty handed. That's a good thing. And how likely is it that this plan actually protects people from mass shootings. Well there hasn't been a ton of research go off of but some experts say that casualties of mass shootings could potentially decrease gunman chooses say at K.. Mart or sears. Those retailers have very few customers so it doesn't seem likely that will follow their lead and taking action. Yes in fact Bass. Pro Shops has already announced that they will go one step further and making sure their customers are safe. They're offering anyone who purchases a semiautomatic rifle at one of their stores of Free Twenty Five Dollars Walmart Gift Card to steer them away from bass pro stores purchased was sounds like consumers will really want to keep their eyes peeled field for the store. That's offering the best deal if they don't WanNa die. Thank you thank you. The American lagers Augurs Council held a lengthy press conference today to make an announcement they felt had been long overdue bill right. CEO of rights logging and Tree Services spoke this morning to notify the public public that he and his fellow members of the logging industry. Just can't fucking get enough of logs. We are totally locked. We love snacking shopping. gawk hearing cooney rushing walks logs in the back of a trailer riding logs to a lumber yard turning logs into planks building joining us now is Rebecca Neal who was at the press conference this morning. Hello Rebecca Hi Leslie. So what sparked this announcement from the logging Industry Wino- well right and other members of the American Loggers Council felt it was time to set the record straight and let everyone know that when it comes to logs they fucking love the things so much so that they've all devoted their entire professional lives to them make no mistake. We love the rough bark. You love their fiber is great. We love scouting locks walks. We Love Split Lock. Never our ally time and bill right who we just heard from again wasn't alone in this. He was joined by about a dozen or so other leaders of the logging industry who also wanted to make their feelings clear and dispel any rumors that their love of logs might be limited. The only big ones made of pine or Oak Rebecca. What is it about logs that these grown men and women just can't get enough of well as you heard from Mr moment ago? There's no one thing but rather the fact. There are so many things to love about logs how they feel how they smell their shape. That's what's so appealing but if there was one main takeaway from today's press conference it was that if these motherfuckers Z.. One of those big cranes moving a log around in the sky they will one hundred percent lose their shit and win a big log files and get the word timber who uncared much better than that. I swear if a whole load logs ruled out the back log trucking crush meet a gift that God as my witness I would die a happy. The man well. I suppose there's worse ways to go. Thank you Rebecca. Thank you five. News events have happened Sunday. And I've already told you about two. Can you guess how many more we have to tell you about. That's right. Three here are three more news stories. You need to know presidential candidate who judge trapped himself inside a freezer earlier today after searching a local Iowa diner for a back room with high rolling donors. It's unclear as of now with mayor. Pete is expected to survive the weekend. A new report found that eating Kiwis once a day doesn't do too much for your health. But they're fun to eat. So why. Not and ultra a new ECO conscious. Fashion Brand launched today. The company plans to stay environmentally friendly by not manufacturing or selling any close at all. And that's the topic for today. I'm Leslie Price. We know the news doesn't stop when this podcast does so be sure to go to the onion dot com for all the day's top stories. We'll see next uh..
"walmart" Discussed on Pro Rata
"We're joined now by Bloomberg Business Reporter. Sarah Halzack do you sense that. Yesterday's decision was mostly prompted by outside pressures or by internal employee pressures after the multiple shootings combination. The combination of the two for this particular spasm of violence really landed right at Walmart doorstep right. The shooting took place within one of its stores. And it's important to remember that only a few days earlier Walmart had suffered another shooting at one of its Mississippi stores where one employee shot and killed two other employees. So Oh i think this is feeling particularly close to home and of course outside momentum on this issue does appear to be changing Walmart the largest single retailer of ammunition in the country by market share. But from your perspective are firearm sales. Kind of broadly including AMMO. Is it a major part of Walmart's business or is it a pretty small one. That dropping doesn't really impact the bottom on much. Yeah it's a pretty small part of their overall sales and bottom line so in that sense. This is not a terribly difficult decision right. I think where it gets difficult. Is that add. Walmart's heritage is so much in rural America. It's founder Sam. Walton was avid hunter. In fact like part of the Walmart lower is that he chose North West Arkansas in part because it had access to four different hunting seasons right. It was near the state lines of Arkansas Missouri Oklahoma. Kansas he could hunt everywhere he wanted. So this this is really something that's in the DNA of Walmart and has been for some time and so I think doing anything that might alienate a rural shopper. Or positive is moving away from that. Ethos is the difficult decision for Walmart not to be too cynical here but one of the arguments kind of I don't know if he wants a arguments for Walmart but certainly one of the characteristics of Walmart is that in a lot of those rural communities it it is the only retailer so it's not that you've got ten different places. You could buy a hunting rifle from Walmart. That's still applies right and a lot of cases. I think that's absolutely right and I think that's what we see over and over again with these sort of collisions of politics in retail is the at the end of the day. Shoppers end up choosing the most convenient option. This the thing that is you know has the best price or is the easiest store for them to get to. And I think these conflagrations end up sort of shaping their purchasing decisions for only a very short period of time and particularly with Walmart. where it is you know such a destination for all kinds of purchases as a big box store and as you said is often the anchor of rural community retail? I don't anticipate this having a big impact on their sales. Can you help me square one thing here. So walmarts. Basically saying on certain items that it's decided to stop selling that's really public policy policy issues. The reason for example when it talks about some of the munition it says yes this can be used for hunting rifles but in theory not even in theory and reality it also could be used in these ar fifteen eighteen clips. You know the these larger clip. So that's why we're not selling them anymore but at the same time they're gonNA sell through their existing inventory if Walmart thinks this stuff shouldn't be sold why is continuing to sell it. It's a good question and one that I'm I'm not sure that I can answer. I think that it's probably just trying to do the prudent thing for its shareholders and kind of moved oof through that inventory and hope that the broader gesture of saying. Hey this is the direction we're going. We'll be satisfying enough for consumers who are looking king for it to take action on this issue. Were you surprised. At least I was surprised. Let me put it that way. And then I will ask if you were in the letter that Doug Macmillan put out yesterday after laying out all the steps that Walmart was plan to take he also made some public policy prescriptions and basically said hey congress we would like you to close on gun show loopholes for example in terms of private sales and some other things. Were you surprised that he took a step beyond just what Walmart can do with Walmart. I was surprised by that. In fact that was the most surprising thing to me the announcement because the specific steps it took are pretty consistent consistent with the kinds of gradual incremental things. We've seen Walmart do on this issue in the past so you know in two thousand fifteen stop selling assault rifles and twenty eighteen raise as the minimum age to buy firearms. He's kind of gradual things right. But the policy prescriptions. Were interesting and this is the place where I have the most questions. What I really wonder is is this the last time I am? We're GONNA hear anything forceful from Walmart on this issue or is it really going to start talking about this issue more even when it feeds from the headlines and if so that could be really powerful. It's the fortune one company right. And having that voice in the mix might provide a new and important source of pressure for lawmakers on this topic will lawmakers and other companies right because Of New York Times Andrew. Ross sorkin argument on this with Walmart has always been yes. It could stop selling certain sorts of ammunition and firearms which it's now doing but it also is a huge partner to other accompanies on say the Fortune Twenty lists big financial companies credit card companies etc.. If Walmart really really wanted to put its thumb on the scale here it could pressure its partners to stop doing business with other gun retailers and manufacturers sure it could absolutely do that but you know enough could happen just by the sheer sample of what it's doing because it scale is so massive have you know I think back to Several years ago when the economy was heating up and Walmart raised. Its minimum wage right. It moved in that direction and said Hey. The labor market's tight. This is something we've you've got to do to recruit the best talent and we're now at a point where some of my colleagues reported back in August retail wages are at fifteen year high and Walmart is part of the reason in for that. Is that everybody else by the sheer example of Walmart and the competition of Walmart felt pressure to step up their game on wages including target and others and so surely by Walmart taking this action. Yes it could put direct pressure on partners to join it in this effort. But it's your example. Could do plenty to sort sort of change where corporate America's going on this issue for decision by Walmart from a competitive standpoint. Obviously good for the local. You know small mom pop gun dealer. Who who you know in the same block or the same neighborhood is a walmart broader though when it comes to whether it'd be big box retailers or other national or regional retailers? Does this create a bigger opportunity for someone in other words if someone if not completely step into Walmart shoes at least take a big piece of that business. Walmart's giving away no. I don't think so. I don't think there's any one company that will be a particular beneficiary of this. The firearms market is really fragmented. So much there halzack Bloomberg retail reporter. Thanks for joining us.
"walmart" Discussed on Capitalisn't
"On the last episode we explore the contentious debate over whether corporations should focus primarily on stakeholders or shoulders old in the last few weeks. We've seen two examples of what it can look like when companies at least claim to follow through on the demands of stakeholders one involving Walmart America's largest retailer is taking matter into their own hands in the wake of another mass shooting Walmart announcing yesterday that it will discontinue sales of handgun ammunition edition and ammunition that can be used with military style rifles it will also stop all handgun sales in the state of Alaska the last state the mega the store still sold them. You know good for Walmart for for doing this. I'm easier weapons of war. Maybe what's actually happening. Here's Walmart is listening to its own customers and listening to the American people who want changes not only in the stores but in society and the editor involves the four largest automakers who went around the trump administration's ministrations new less into fuel emission standards to cut the private deal with California that is closer to the Obama era emiss- astonishes astonishes the DOJ has been investigation looking at Ford Honda BMW Volkswagen for automakers who have reached an agreement they did it within the last last couple of weeks with the state of California regarding vehicle emissions the reason that the DOJ as large this investigation is to looking into why they reached this agreement with with California. Did they violate any antitrust laws in reaching that agreement probably comes down to virtue signaling as well. You know these companies wanting learning to take public credit for green posturing but there's an important overarching question to all of this should companies really be taking it upon themselves to address issues when the government doesn't do a good job policing should these businesses be punished or praised from the University of Chicago this Louison Gallus and from Georgetown University. This is Kate Kate Waldoch. You're listening to capitalism a podcast about what's working in capitalism today and most reportedly what isn't episodes we specialize on what is not working in capitalism and out to fix it but actually this episode food is about government failures and what doesn't walking government an out the market is trying to fix it. The inability to reach any political consensus on some form of background checks can be considered one of the largest government failure in America today statistics that just was released by Ataman firm which is the largest. Pr Firm in America they ran this is savvy and they find that eighty six percent of Americans and the Claire themselves in favor of requiring Beckham checks for gun purchases at gun shows or other private sales so is not only is Lee majorities eighty eighty percent of Americans in favor of that still we don't have any law the same savvy by Edmund suggests that not only Americans are in mm fever of background checks but also look favorably to seals that support openly gay safety laws seventy two percent of automatic weapons are in favor the majority of American people want some tuition guns and the government's able to provide it yeah two weeks ago and we were talking about the Business Roundtable decision to consider stakeholders values and their interests when making businesses sessions we took a pretty skeptical review of all this Lujan. I both agreed that the government should be the one ultimately being the regulator raining in corporate wrongdoing but this time corporations are actually regulating themselves in the gun control debate in the environmental debate companies are making decisions that restrict themselves in furtherance of what they think people want at some level this call productivity is so intense that is actually getting pushed back it from the government so just recently the Department of Justice decided to open antitrust investigation against the fall automakers. Oh makers that agree to most strict emission standards with the government or California so here we have the federal government trying to force some corporations to have lower standards visibility environment than they choose sweat and last year when Citigroup was very actively involved in trying to reduce the amount of finance it was going to the gun industry there was an AH. SEC Commissioner that according to a Bloomberg report sat in a meeting to Citigroup. If You keep going this direction you're GONNA have trouble with us kind of threatening that C would take action on other grounds because of course couldn't take action on this ground other grounds to punish companies. This seems to ooh display a preference or social issues and in addition to the investigation into those four automakers. The trump administration Asian is also considering a plan to try and revoke California's authority to enforce strict emissions within its borders saying that all right so you're allowed allowed to enforce some sort of standards within California but this packed with these for automakers those will affect cars entire country and California itself doesn't have have the authority to do that so this is something that hasn't happened yet but it's an action at the trump administration is considering so kate. Why do you think besides sort so the the specific of the shooting at Walmart? Why do you think that is so much interest by corporations to take these actions that in the past they they will avoid from taking these famous statement by advance your of Disney it was saying Mickey Mouse's neither can no Democrats must be independent must be loved by everybody so why corporations are abandoning this neutrality to take positions nations that while not clearly identify as Democrat but they are clearly on the left leaning side of the political spectrum and will eliminate the innate a lot of customers? It's hard to make a blanket statement about all corporations but for some corporations when it comes to meeting compliance regulatory compliance it takes a long time. It's difficult you might have to create new types of plants. You might have to retrofit certain machines might have to make different types of cars and so when you have a lot of regulatory uncertainty that from one administration is becoming really tough to the next ed ministration is becoming lenient and then back to being tough again it makes it hard for companies to figure out what set of regulations are supposed to comply with and so at the end of the day it might just be easier for them to comply with the stricter ones because it means it's easier for them to go to stick with a stricter set then to go back to a loser set and then have to Redo all of that like infrastructure they have now. I guess a a different point of view is that they're responding to the interests of their workforce right. People who work at Walmart might be concerned about their personal safety people who you work at those four automakers might be personally interested making sure that the the cars that they produce have better gas mileage and so I think that that's another reason that has been shown in the literature as well to be associated with that our firm performance and better Labor Labor Productivity Saly. What you're saying is some truth I think that the uncertainty and the continues changes in regulation ave disrupted for business and so they want some stability but I think there is more than that I think that on a one and there is long-term thinking is ironic because in the finance literature we think about the firms being tool driven by short-term objectives? I'm sorry to say the government is probably even shorter objectives than firms and so if I I am a car maker today I am worried about the backlash against caused that might be coming in the future that might be. I'm afraid that if we don't have better standards maybe at some point gasoline Qasr will be banned together. We you don't know how the taste will evolve and I wanNA be a little bit proactive because I don't WanNa be the only one cutting down on my my standards because then it will be completely non competitive everybody else but I what I'm afraid is that Tesla will take the water order. Somebody like Tesla would take over the world and the better way to protect myself is to try to move to a better image image of cars in America and this is a step in the right direction so that's not too different than your take on the roundtable decision then that in some sense it was just marketing harkening tactic to stave off potential regulation or potential changes in the industry. I think that this is a little bit more optimistic that there is he's some long term view of what my take place in society and they playing the game ahead of that but if if these are good things and I agree with you there are good elements of these decisions. Why is the government getting so angry? What's the potential downside to the having corporations voluntarily choose not to sell certain products or voluntarily adhere to stronger emission standards necessary? I mean why is trump lodging these justice investigations into them for being better environmental compilers. It's just because.
"walmart" Discussed on Hungry Girl: Chew The Right Thing!
"You spoiled me for ordinary mustard. Ordinary mustard is going to be such a disappointment now. I may agree green. Sam's club walmart the only place that sells mustard like this like. I've only i've ever seen like dill mustard or cuban musters. A lot of people make like beaver lever make still mustard cuban familiar with well. I do think it's important to note that the dill mustard has fifteen calories. One gram of fat and the cuban is zero and that's because look the dill. It's very creamy looking. What are you holding up your plate for you. Eat your entire slice of turkey okay. You've got cuban cuba. I'm not really a huge fan of the cuban but that could just be me being sensitive to the <hes> the spices. It's kind of a tough deal to follow. I like it but you deal better. I think i don't think turkey was the proper vehicle for are the cuban. Maybe i think that's more maybe like begun a burger or something. What is a cuban sandwich. Isn't that come so i dunno cuban sandwich lake nick pork. Oh maybe pork really showing how little i know about everything today like what's in this. What's in that sandwiches or super-popular in miami. It's ham and cheese originated from the cuban workers in the cigar factories and key west. I love key west. Okay next ext up. We have scar peta cherry tomato pasta sauce. Okay they were going through the aisles and erin was like. I have to find this pasta sauce. It's the greatest as thing ever. We get this all the time. Lisa's gonna love it so there's a lot of pressure on this and <hes> do we wounds really ah we're running low on some. I'm tasting it right out of the bowl. Please describe this container the container all right it's red and white and it looks like i don't know it looks like a race car. It looks like a pint of ice cream carton or the round lid. It's look to your right. It's only fifty calories fifty calories for half cup which is good. It tastes very fresh. It tastes like cherry tomatoes feeling term. You know that's good. I love it like it a lot. I wonder how l. soup the meatballs with that. Give me one of those meatballs. Bring over a terrible meatball. Let's fix it with great sauce scoppetta sauce. We like at one point and five grams of fat. They also sell this on amazon. <hes> so that's good at first i thought it was really expensive and then i realized you get four of them for like twenty five bucks i bet you could freeze them and and there and you guys they're huge like they're really large yeah. How many servings the meatball was good was better than servings but he's still tastes that taste that you're talking about the kind of dryness about oughta who like the cafeteria taste okay good. We like that saw sweet. I need a pallet cleanser. Can i have a cucumber yes to cucumbers you do because the next next thing we have is <hes>. It's the last thing it's not only the next thing it's the last thing are you ready. You cute. Oh yes for two dollars and forty three.
"walmart" Discussed on The Ben Shapiro Show
"For the kind of products that you decide to buy instead many on the left would like to do is lobby the heads of these corporations to set policy for you and they want to do so not at the behest of the consumer because there was vast consumer outcry against walmart stock was not dropping instead what they would like to do is create manufactured media controversy and then suggests that the c._e._o.'s should step in where the political bosses have failed to act so these are the new pressure tactics the basically use a form of corporate blackmail to go after corporate figures and then use them to culturally crammed what you could not achieve politically as i say all all that is perfectly. Legal is a good for the country. No it's not good for the country why well imagine a world in which visa sets policy for exactly who they will do business with imagine a world in which visa says we are just not going to process your transactions. All the credit card companies left gets what it wants. All the credit card companies say we are not going to process your transactions if they're not transactions with which we agree. That's going to get into some really dicey territory incredibly quickly because let's say for example that you want to give charity to your synagogue synagogue or your church. Your synagogue or your church does not perform same sex marriages for example and visa says okay. We are not going to allow you to give charity using using our credit card because we disagree with your churches policies k. Is that a good thing or bad thing. You have to separate what oh you will end up with is separate chains of commerce politically speaking the biggest problem in the country right. Now everyone talks about it is political polarization but the left solution for political polarization is to not let you engage in any business in any commerce unless you agree with them they would ah. Let's not pretend that they just want walmart to stop selling ammo. What they want is for everyone to stop selling the ammo and everyone's who stop selling guns was going to happen. Instead what you're going to have happen is people who set up entire chains of commerce that are based outside of the common system. We currently hold. I'll tell you what will happen. People like me will set up a conservative credit card that is designed and oriented so the conservatives can pa patronize conservative businesses and get points back to conservative causes and we'll do this not because we want but out of necessity but you will end up with is not people failing to buy guns. You'll have people buying guns in cash which actually makes it a lot harder for people to track the transactions so there on the left and you like gun control that ain't smart where you're going to end up with is a world in which we have entirely separate spheres of life life based on your political orientation because we force corporations into taking sides that is where we're going and that is the future that a lot on the left want or they. They're very excited that corporate ceos are now getting involved in these fights now in the long term. What's gonna end up happening is that these corporations are going to cut themselves off from half the american public because there will be a reaction and the reaction will be. I'm not going to shop there anymore by half so in the in the moment they're figuring that conservatives will be saying when about all of this and they'll just continue to shop at walmart and that's probably true but here's here's the reality if they had not stopped telling m._o. Left is would have continued shopping at walmart is they like to bitch and moan about walmart but then they go and shop there every day but the corporations injecting themselves into into these sorts of scenarios are going to create an alternative line of commerce and that's not maybe fine on a free market level again free markets work but it ain't going to be great on on on a cultural level for people to shop separately to go to different stores..
"walmart" Discussed on Pro Rata
"Of course outside outside momentum on this issue does appear to be changing walmart was kind of the largest single retailer of ammunition in the country by market share but from your perspective are firearm sales is kind of broadly including ammo. Is it a major part of walmart's business or is it a pretty small one. That dropping doesn't really impact the bottom line much yeah. It's a pretty small part of their overall sales sales and bottom line so in that sense. This is not a terribly difficult decision right. I think where it gets difficult is that walmart heritage is so much in rural america. It's it's founder. Sam walton was an avid hunter in fact like part of the walmart lower is that he chose north west arkansas in part because it had access to four different hunting wanting seasons right near the state lines of arkansas missouri oklahoma kansas. He could hon everywhere he wanted so this is really something that's in the d._n._a. Of walmart and has been for some time time and so. I think doing anything that might alienate a rural shopper or posited is moving away from that ethos is a difficult decision for walmart not to be too cynical here but one of the arguments arguments are arguments for walmart but certainly one of the characteristics of walmart. Is that in a lot of those rural communities. It is the only retailer so it's not that you've got ten different places you could buy a hunting rifle from is walmart. That's still applies right and a lot of cases. I think that's absolutely right and i think that's what we see over and over again with these sorts of collisions lesions of politics in retail as at the end of the day shoppers end up choosing the most convenient option that thing that is has the best price or is the easiest store door for them to get to and i think these conflagrations end up sort of shaping their purchasing decisions for only a very short period of time and particularly with walmart where where it is such a destination for all kinds of purchases as a big box store and as you said is often the anchor of rural community retail. I just don't anticipate this having a big big impact on their sale. Can you help me square one thing here so walmarts basically saying on certain items that it's decide to stop selling. That's really a public policy issues the reason for example when it talks about some of the munition it says yes this can be used for hunting rifles but in theory not even in theory and reality it also could be used kind of in these fifteen clips. You know the these larger clips so that's why we're not selling them anymore but at the same time they're going to sell through their existing inventory. If walmart thinks this stuff shouldn't be sold why continuing to sell it. It's a good question and one that i'm. I'm not sure that i can answer. I think that it's probably just trying to do the prudent thing for its shareholders and kind of move through that inventory and hope that the broader gesture sure of saying hey <hes> this is the direction we're going. We'll be satisfying enough for consumers who are looking for it to take action on this issue. Were you surprised at least i was what surprised let me put it that way and then i will ask if you were in the letter that doug macmillan the c._e._o. Put out yesterday. After laying out all the steps that walmart was playing to take he also made some public policy prescriptions and basically said hey congress we would like you to close gun show loopholes for example in terms of private sales and some other things. Were you surprised that he took a step beyond. Just what walmart can do with walmart. I was surprised by that. In fact that was the most surprising thing to me and the announcement because specific steps it took are pretty consistent with the kinds of gradual incremental things we've eighteen walmart do on this issue in the past so you know in two thousand fifteen stop selling assault rifles in two thousand eighteen. It raised the minimum age to buy firearms. He's kind of gradual things right but the policy prescriptions were interesting and this is the place where i have the most questions what i really wonder is. Is this the last time we're gonna hear anything forceful from walmart on this issue or or is it really going to start talking about this issue more even when it feeds from the headlines and if so that could be really powerful it's the fortune one company right and having that voice in the mix might provide an important source of pressure for lawmakers on this topic lawmakers and other companies right because in the new york times enter absorbs argument on this with walmart has always been and yes it could stop selling certain sorts of ammunition and firearms which it's now doing but it also is a huge partner to companies say the fortune twenty list big financial companies credit card companies etc. If walmart really really wanted to put its thumb on the scale here it could pressure its partners to stop doing business with other retailers and manufacturers share. It could absolutely do for that but you know enough could happen just by the sheer example of what it's doing because it scale is so massive you know i think back to <hes> several years ago when the economy aww heating up and walmart raised its minimum wage right. It moved in that direction and said hey the labor market's tight. This is something we've got to do to recruit the best talent and we're now at a point wait where some of my colleagues reported back in august retail wages are at a fifteen year high and walmart is part of the reason for that is that everybody else <hes> by the sheer example walmart and the competition of walmart felt pressure to step up their game on wages including target and and others and so surely by walmart taking this action. Yes it could put direct pressure partners to join in this effort but it's your example could do plenty to sort of change where corporate america's going unofficial final question does this decision by walmart from a competitive standpoint obviously good for the local you know small mom pop gun dealer who who's the same block or the same neighborhood as a walmart walmart broader though when it comes to whether it'd be big box retailers or other national regional retailers does this create a bigger opportunity for someone another someone if not completely step into walmart shoes at least take a big piece of that business walmart's giving away. No i don't think so. I don't think there's any one company that will be a particular beneficiary of this. The firearms market okay is really fragmented so much their house at bloomberg retail reporter. Thanks for joining us. My final two right after this the equity fund resource group at.
"walmart" Discussed on The Information's 411
"Number eight has a couple of different projects under it. They acquired a yogurt, frozen yogurt, machine company that was pretty young. Hold whim. Basically you put in like a packet of stuff and milk, and then it would make for as an yogurt. They acquired that company and Bart Stein who was when before is now running a hardware effort under store. Number eight, it's called project Franklin. They've got a project coupler, which is their Amazon go competitor. You've got Katie Finnegan who was close with Mark Laurie and helped on a lot of the work with the acquisition shoes at jet because Mark acquired a company that she had called huckster and she's now working on VR for WalMart and these little initiatives, they sort of treat them as like their own little portfolio companies within store eight, which is within broader WalMart store itself has like twenty something around twenty. Something associates who work in research in different areas to try to see what WalMart should you may be temped to do next and where there are other areas where they can launch a little experiments. He's little. Experiments are run as their own nimble in, I guess, just to wrap up what let's give me give us also kind of a scope of the challenges that this side of WalMart faces, you know, like what's the baggage that they are that this part of the business dealing with as a, you know, sort of this company tries to make a big transition. I was surprised to learn that. So since Mark Laurie came on board, there's there's one thing he's been pushing for and it hasn't happened yet. So WalMart has been pushing online grocery, right? Especially given Amazon's pushing online grocery. We've seen both companies make competing announcements about launching new markets in different partnerships that they've got for WalMart as whole foods, rolls out delivery in different cities across the country. So WalMart has a separate site for online grocery orders. It's not through WalMart dot com. It's grocery out WalMart dot com. They're two separate sites. Mark Laurie showed up and he was like, why. Why? Why do we have to separate sites for this? That doesn't make sense. I actually only discovered this because after WalMart started really promoting or online grocery stuff, I did a search for banana on WalMart dot com. And the first multiple dozen reports, two dozen results on there were things that weren't actually the fruit banana. It was like a toothbrushes shape like banana for kids and then like banana V8. and stuff shall we v eight. Of course. I don't understand why this is happening, and then I came to realize others separate grocery site, right? So lorries been pushing for a while. People from jet have been pushing for a while to integrate those shoe. And you know, two years later, we're still here where two separate sites. So it's a big challenge when you're working in a giant corporation. And that's why those small experiments are important to them. So they try to move fast and see what is going to work. I feel more informed without all mart. Thank you Corey for being here and good luck, Tom..
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"Any yeah we we've seen a lot of this this walmart pr they won an award one you i can't remember the name of the organisation for the worst corporate green washer in other words selling products for example um that touted their sustainability and environmental benefits but it was marketing it was they were brought up before the ftc ferid from making some false claims on that um and at the same time walmart also is putting millions of dollars into groups that are denying climate change fighting against environmental regulation fighting against clean air regulation and at the same time walmart is is selling cheapen disposable products that are designed to break down after a year after a few months so you go out in throw him in the land fell in by another one a marks coming from europe and so high monday mosquito held another question for of a loved the story about the the poor village with a thirty three percent unemployment and walmart coming in and kind of a renaissance but could one make the case that ten years earlier unemployment was half of that in its now thirty three percent because all jobs the shop no got shifted to china because they move to supply chain so it seems to me that burning down the village and then they come around and say oh my god you know you guys on the help you well first of all employment is a three precise talk about poverty rates.
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"What is the size of the american labor force how many people are working in america honored in fifty million roughly walmart is at best one percent of the labor force walmart is an important company in america but that doesn't mean that they are anipa or that they control everything i just think we got everything way out of proportion here any trump well it's interesting how i were hearing how small walmart is in the us economy and not doing anything to wages here and then we just learned that it has abolished poverty around the whole rest of the world so i don't know isn't a big company or not don't you knew georgia's were the main reason that the life expectancy who's grown up around the world that people's lives with guns so much better mean union leaders like to take credit for laws were passed but the basically thing is if people here rich we had the industrial revolution in its capitalism that has done it an amy when you talked about the i'm giving walmart too much credit for poverty in the third world what isn't just one more but it's capitalism the did and we're talking about walmart and two ways you were talking about it as a company within you also kind of wave your hands and say well we can just change walmart and that'll change the rest of the whole system and i'm saying that it is the system it's a capitalist system it's a market walmart can't singlehandedly chains system but it is that system that that that makes people richer immediate it laws help it rich countries can afford to have great labor laws you have to get rich i could audience questions then.
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"The cost of childcare is just out of control camp by that at walmart health care of trying to send a kid college these are things you can't buy a walmart and i would argue that those stagnant wages and those other costs out there that cost of housing is well that makes a bigger difference for working families in this country and walmart is pushing people into poverty jauntily response you're right that other coun we've got more expensive and the problem is we don't have people assume warm do minolta's argue before for instance that that the major personnel or house gene and education in the palm is that those are the most heavily regulated in unionized purses the economy there hasn't been efficiency they're they're just kept going up in up in the thank god the walmart has actually been pushing its prices down so people can afford these other things that the idea that we need more regulation more unionization walmart so it gets his expensive his colleges do and a as expensive as is of our public education costs method walmart has been saving people against those problems yeltsin who responded actually in fact of course walmart has benefited enormously from various kinds of governmental services for example interstate highway system that argument you're making that do we should warmer ties everything it's kind of both utopian even from your point of view and it doesn't reflect the next the wrong customers pay for those highways with taxes i mean it's not as if it's a gift from on their cuzner when they are they didn't warmer didn't exist in their built would you like decision of the entire economy.
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"And i think he didn't because it did not want to take responsibility for what it was doing in east asia thanking us and the concern thank you for your time is up and i conclude round ron of intelligence where us debate where our motion is long live walmart now we move onto round to end in round two the debaters address one another directly as they take questions from me and from you are live audience here in new york city the motion is long live walmart we have heard john tierney and richard vetter argue that walmart actually represents a series of economic and social goods that are it functions effectively as a major antipoverty programme primarily by driving down prices for ordinary people they talked about the animosity towards walmart coming basically from snobbery combined with special interests such as union groups the team arguing against the motion amy trial the end nelson liechtenstein they take the point that walmart is a maybe a star retailer but it's sort of the death star that it's a company that is paying poverty wages manipulates hours walmart they say could pay better and as evidence they say that other retailers do and they also talked about other issues like abusive conditions for workers in foreign factories supplying walmart so we are just curious have you shopped at walmart in the past year yes fans clad john my underwear is from walmart our let's move onto some questions from me now to the panel is i want to put to the team arguing against the motion your opponents making the argument very very bold statement that walmart actually is running an antipoverty programme what's your response to that list could start with you amy yeah look working people today in america are under pressure on cheese sides on the one side we have stagnant wages and what really has a lot to do with fat with tremendous influence throughout the service sector in pushing wages down on the other hand we have as nelson mentioned skyrocketing costs for things you can't buy a walmart.
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"Well as amy said the property we have to be against the proposition which says long live walmart in its current state certainly be aren't asking the physical destruction of a company but we wanted to change its business model change the way it does business because walmart today offload so many social costs costs that should be part of the the company itself onto its workers its suppliers and us tax payers walmart is not unique forty years ago it was a revolutionary force in retail but today it's a mature company gets knocked it's growing but not to be fast but it actually is setting the standards for the rest for all of retail there are more retail workers in the united states today the nor factory workers in west virginia there are more walmart workers than there are coal miners so this is a very important question not just for walmart for the rest of the rest of the country and walmart admits that walmart says that in a in a advertisement of just a little while ago says walmart saves the average family about three thousand one hundred dollars a year no no matter where they shop what they were saying there is that all of our innovations in logistics in suppliers in the air wage structure works such as it is have been adopted by our competitors i want to just two points here when is this the social costs these social costs fall upon people.
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"Murderer virtual yard we are halfway through the opening round of this intelligent squared us debate on your host john donne burn we have four debaters two teams of two fighting it out over this motion long live walmart you have heard the first two opening statements in now onto the third here to debate for the motion richard vetter he has distinguished professor of economics emeritus at ohio university and author of the walmart revolution ladies and gentleman richard vetter there are made and a half workers at walmart there are more than one hundred million people who buy the products at walmart within the united states much less those in the rest of the world much less the ones that are producing goods for walmart overseas what can we say about down well let's take jason furhman he's share it was chair the council of economic advisers under president obama and i quote a range of studies has found that walmart prices walmart prices are eight to thirty nine percent below the prices of its competitors and then he went on and i quote again the collateral damages from efforts to get walmart to raise wages and benefits is way too enormous and damage to working people and the economy for me to sit by itally and seeing koumba ya in the interest of progressive harmony now not only has wall mark lifted of many americans out of poverty by providing goods at lower prices it has done so by pain billions of dollars at least six billion dollars every year in federal income taxes and more billions in salesman property taxes off contraire to amy i would say walmart is runs a private antipoverty programme that actually benefits tax payer.
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"Walmart is the chief pipeline for redistributing wealth from rich countries to poor countries if you're a subsistence farmer living out a dollar a day in africa or asia or latin america the surest way out of poverty is take a job in factory selling products to western customers you can multiply quickly your income by four five six times for the first time in your life you can afford electricity and running water now since nineteen ninety when walmart became the largest retailer in america the global rate of poverty has been cut by twothirds that's one of the greatest miracles in human history and walmart played a leading role in so the obvious question is why is in a more popular in a why do you hear so many terrible things about walmart one reason is is snobbery a lotta people find walmart tacky but the main reason is the walmart his challenge some very vocal special interest newspapers don't like walmart because it spends very little money in newspaper advertising local merchants don't like it because they don't want to match its prices and most important walmart workers don't give part of their paychecks to a union union leaders want to keep those jews coming and so does the politicians who get a share of those dues in the form of campaign contributions from unions some critics complain the walmart cells too many foreign products as we saw during the presidential campaign it's really easy to work up popular anger against foreign workers but from a moral standpoint if you're concerned about global income inequality he shouldn't feel guilty shopping a walmart there's nothing wrong with sending your money to those workers.