Arkansas Week Tonight: McDaniel, Shoffner, #ARLEG, Medicaid & Wal-Mart

A packed, fast-paced show tonight on AETN’s “Arkansas Week.” I join host Steve Barnes and Michael Hibblen, news director of KUAR-FM, 89.1, in Little Rock and Dr. Price Dooley of the political science department of the University of Central Arkansas. On the agenda, Dustin McDaniel’s “meet-the-press” moment, more woes for Martha Shoffner, the coming legislative […]

Video: Wal-Mart’s Social Media Push

I stopped by Today’s THV last night to talk about Mark Friedman’s story on Wal-Mart’s social media plans, available in this week’s edition of Arkansas Business.Friedman surveys Wal-Mart’s recent social media and e-commerce acquisitions — Kosmix, Yihaodian, Newput — and Facebook strategy and reports that this could be the beginning to a big push by […]

UPDATE: Wal-Mart Says It’s Health Care Plans Were ‘Overwritten,’ ‘Incorrect’

UPDATE: Oops! Wal-Mart now says, in a statement here, that: The RFI statement of intent is overwritten and incorrect. We are not building a national, integrated, low-cost primary care health care platform. So never mind then! Original post: Wal-Mart is already exerting more and more influence in banking, mainly because real banks have treated some […]

Wal-Mart Ending 24-hour Operations at Some Stores

From the Citizen-Times in Asheville, N.C.: At select locations in some markets, the nation’s largest retailer has ditched its round-the-clock, 24-hour schedule, closing some stores from midnight to 6 a.m. Cities like Montgomery, Ala., Fayetteville, N.C., and Baltimore have watched Walmart end its 24-hour service at some stores within the past year. Still, Walmart says […]

A Look Inside Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville

Wal-Mart heiress and bad driver Alice Walton gave the press a sneak peek insider her Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, just a couple of weeks before its Nov. 11 grand opening. Photographer Mike Pirnique and Arkansas Business Managing Editor Jan Cottingham brought back these stunning images, including the one above. That got […]

Wal-Mart Gets Back to Basics

Less than three years after taking on the Big Apple, Wal-Mart is moving is apparel headquarters back to Bentonville: “Our focus is on jeans, T-shirts, socks and underwear,” [Wal-Mart spokesman David] Tovar said. “We believe that the strategy is working. We didn’t need to have an office in Manhattan.” The fashion office was opened in […]

Wal-Mart Bounces Back on Bedrock Philosophy

Wal-Mart, whose U.S. stores have been dogged by lagging same-store sales for the past couple of years, tells analysts at a meeting in a Rogers today that those sales have now risen for three straight months: The weak U.S. job market and other economic woes have hurt Wal-Mart’s business, straining its core low-income shoppers. But […]

Arkansas: Doing It Right

In a week’s time, two Arkansas-based private firms snapped up by national (and international) publicly traded giants: WPP Digital Buys Rockfish Interactive of Rogers “Rockfish is a fantastic addition to the WPP Digital family,” Mark Read, CEO of WPP Digital said in a news release. “Kenny Tomlin [CEO, Rockfish] and his team have built a […]