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An abandoned Walmart in Brownsville, Texas will soon be home to 100’s of illegal immigrant “minors”, many of them late in their teen years, thanks to your federal tax dollars. According to a report from a local ABC affiliate in Brownsville, the facility is currently being converted into a shelter by a nonprofit organization called Southwest Key, which receives the majority of its funding from federal tax dollars via the Office of Refugees Resettlement.
A Southwest Key spokeswoman confirmed the facility is set to open on March. They said it’ll be to welcome unaccompanied minors who crossed into the U.S. illegally.
It will be the 4th facility in Brownsville to shelter children, under the age of 17, who have crossed into the U.S. without an adult.
Setting the mood ahead of tomorrow’s “critical” for the Fed’s September rate hike decision payrolls report, moments ago, WSJ reported that Wal-Mart Stores plans to cut 7,000 back office positions around the country, a restructuring move that in addition to seeking to improve its efficiency, will drastically alter the layout of its workforce, which as recently as a year ago was delighted by WMT’s minimum wage price hikes.
WSJ reports that the country’s largest private employer is eliminating about 7,000 U.S. store accounting and invoicing positions over the next several months, jobs mostly held by long-term employees, often some of the highest paid hourly workers in stores. The retailer wants those employees working with shoppers, not in backrooms, say company executives. Centralizing or automating much of those tasks is more efficient, they say.
Walmart reported relatively decent Q1 results, however one item that was apparent is that costs are still a factor in the business, as operating income was lower y/y even on increased revenues.
We’ve discussed many times the fact that Walmart has been overly eager to boost everyone’s wage in order to appease the living wage crowd, and as a result the company has had to move forward with massive layoffs and store closings to try and mitigate the impact on profits. Earlier this month we also noted that Walmart is testing out drones that when operational, will be able to carry out what once were human tasks in its large distribution centers. This effort will further position the company to be able to shed more labor and benefit expense in the future. That said, Walmart isn’t waiting for the drone initiative to come online.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is working with a robotics company to develop a shopping cart that helps customers find items on their lists and saves them from pushing a heavy cart through a sprawling store and parking lot, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Such carts are an emerging opportunity for robotics companies as brick-and-mortar stores look for innovative ways to match the convenience of Amazon.com Inc. and other online retailers, said Wendy Roberts, founder and chief executive officer of Five Elements Robotics.
We may not have the exact numbers yet, but in a filing with the SEC on Tuesday, China’s online retail behemoth Alibaba Group announced that it had “become the largest retail economy in the world” at the end of its fiscal year on March 31, “as measured by gross merchandise volume (GMV) on its China retail marketplaces.” As IBT notes, the company has yet to declare its financial results for its last quarter and the complete fiscal year, but the announcement makes it clear that BABA surpassed the $482.1 billion in 2015 revenues reported by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for its fiscal year ended Jan. 31. To wit:
Last week, WalMart doubled down on the wage hike debacle when the world’s largest retailer decided to give everyone a raise in February.
The all-in cost will be around $2.7 billion. While some were surprised at the move, it was easy to see coming. Indeed, we’ve long said that the company’s decision to hike wages for its lowest-paid employees would eventually necessitate similar raises for workers higher up the corporate ladder.
The last 12 months have not been kind to WalMart.
When the world’s largest retailer bowed to pressure to raise wages for its lowest-paid employees, the living wage crowd cheered. In short order, it became apparent that the reverberations from the $1.5 billion endeavor would spell trouble for the company.
Peak globalization?Burmese men, women and children are being sold to factories in Thailand – “no names are used, just numbers” – and forced to peel shrimp that ends up in global supply chains.As a recent AP investigation uncovered, U.S. customs records show the shrimp made its way into the supply chains of major U.S. food stores and retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger, Whole Foods, Dollar General and Petco, along with restaurants such as Red Lobster and Olive Garden.
Shrimp is the most-loved seafood in the U.S., with Americans downing 1.3 billion pounds every year, or about 4 pounds per person. Once a luxury reserved for special occasions, it became cheap enough for stir-fries and scampis when Asian farmers started growing it in ponds three decades ago. Thailand quickly dominated the market and now sends nearly half of its supply to the U.S.
And the way to keep those prices low enough for a stagnant-wage-earning America… “slavery”
Do you see what happens Larry when Wal-mart succumbs to “progressive” pressure and hikes minimum wage? This: WMT CFO: 2017 RISE IN WAGES TO COST $1.5B; WMT PLANS REDUCTION IN CAPITAL EXPENDITURES THROUGH FY19; WAL-MART SEES FY2017 EPS DECREASING 6-12% VS FY2016. In other words, the company just slashed its 2017 earnings forecast by up to a whopping 12%: the reason – the recent increase in wages. So did the American worker win for once? Alas, no...
– Economics 101: Wal-Mart Hikes Minimum Wages, Prepares To Fire 1000 (ZeroHedge, July 31, 2015):
“Please remember, these people are our neighbors and friends. You have a skill that will be very much in need when this goes down. You are experts in the job market and you know what it takes to get hired. This is a time for us to step up and do what we can to help.”
The quote above is from an internal memo sent to employees of Northwest Arkansas recruiting firm Cameron Smith & Associates and references an expected wave of layoffs at WalMart’s home office in Bentonville.
The memo was obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, who spoke with Cameron Smith himself via e-mail.
Maybe this picture located near baggage claim at Denver International Airport will make a little more sense after reading this article. Please note the soldier leading people through a tunnel. A tunnel presumably to Walmart? And of course, who could miss the dead child?
– Closed Walmarts Are Micro-chipping and Slave Labor Processing Centers (The Common Sense Show, June 23, 2015):
I think a lot of us in the Independent Media have come to realize is that the key to understanding the depth and breadth of Jade Helm is connected to the goings on at the various closed Walmart stores.
A very clear picture is beginning to emerge as to the end game for closed Walmarts. Walk through this journey of revelation where many of these questions related to the strange happenings at various Walmarts will be answered.
From La Junta, Colorado
I was sent the following email and subsequent videos by Christina Sarro of La Junta, CO. These videos are very telling and provide very strong clues as to the end game of Jade Helm if one knows what they are looking for. Please be patient in these videos. They are raw, on the street reporting and you will have to sift through some irrelevance in order to get to the meet of the matter. These videos are so stunning, that it is very easy to miss just how important these videos are.
– Why Won’t America Fight Back? NWO Brainwashing Techniques Designed to Promote Acceptance of the Coming Genocide (The Common Sense Show, June 22, 2015)
Full article here:
– World War III, Walmart, FEMA Camps, Jade Helm: A Clergy Response Team Insider Reveals What Lies Aheed (The Common Sense Show, June 23, 2015):
Pastor Mansfield’s “Insider” Revelations
Pastor Mansfield was recruited to become a member of the Clergy Response Team which would operate under the control of NOVAD and DHS. Mansfield’s revelations about his experiences are stunning and concerning at the same time.
Pastor Mansfield attended several briefings and he could barely believe his ears. He learned of the government’s plan to enact martial law as well as to implement forced population relocations. Mansfield emphasized that when martial law is enacted, the enforcement would be immediate. In other words, family members will be separated from each other and part of the training that the clergy received was how to comfort separated family members.
– Wal-Mart Exposed Bottling Water from Sacramento Municipal Supply in the Middle of a Drought (Liberty Blitzkrieg, May 11, 2015):
Wal-Mart is facing questions tonight after CBS13 learns the company draws its bottled water from a Sacramento water district during California’s drought.
According to its own labeling, the water in the gallon jugs appears to come from Sacramento’s water supply.
Sacramento sells water to a bottler, DS Services of America, at 99 cents for every 748 gallons—the same rate as other commercial and residential customers. That water is then bottled and sold at Walmart for 88 cents per gallon, meaning that $1 of water from Sacramento turns into $658.24 for Walmart and DS Services.
– From the CBS News in Sacramento article: Wal-Mart Bottled Water Comes From Sacramento Municipal Supply
We all know there’s a severe drought plaguing much of California. I haven’t focused on this topic much, but I did publish a very powerful post on it last fall titled: Video of the Day – Stunning Scenes from California’s Central Valley Drought. I suggest checking it out if you missed it the first time.