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Walmart's truck of the future
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— By Tyler Falk on March 7, 2014, 10:07 AM PST
Better if they would pay their workers a living wage. I for one will never set foot in a Wal-Mart. Any company that would sue a worker disabled in an accident to recoup insurance costs from damages awarded her from the party who caused the accident is unworthy of your business.
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Who gives a damn how "Green" their fleet is when they are pillaging the planet for resources and flooding the market with cheap disposable crap, all the whilst paying their workers poverty wages. Capitalism can never be sustainable.
looks like Colani design... copied badly by an apprentice. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kRz0wb__yVg/UAMsgx-9V3I/AAAAAAAABzw/PimA4L95_ys/s1600/1978_Colani_Truck_2001_03.jpg
Don't you hate it when those massively huge companies spend their money on R&D projects that will likely never see the light of day?
Irresponsible. They should just give employees raises. Everyone knows R&D has no real rate of return.
They are about 7 years behind the times on this sort of thing, not 'ahead of the curve', with Mark's and Spencer in the UK leading the pack with their Corporate wide Plan A strategy to save energy.
Indeed Walmart's UK subsidiary ASDA, have been following suit, with their deep relationship with Scania and their newer Evolution fleet.
As ever, where's the context, as opposed to churned press release, and 'though provoking analysis'. Don't forget, you'll also get just as much efficiency through great drivers, driver education and good driving practice, as opposed to funky Year 1 Design Projects. Driver behavior is not even mentioned, though with the right GPS/Engine Management System/Telemetry, you should be able to identify drivers with lead feet or just fundamental bad road behavior.
Sadly most of the push against trucks like this comes from the drivers themselves. I saw an interview a few years ago and a group of drivers all said they would not drive something that looked goofy.
Eric McCann, since when was retail a job that was for "first timers" (other than "summer" or Christmas help)? McDonalds, yes. Fast food, yes. Retail? No! These jobs consistently paid on the lower end of the living wage scale. Walmart just figured out how to maximize profits on the backs of their workers. There is no reason to not pay a living wage other than pure unadulterated greed. Walmart is making ungodly profits, plus, like so many others, they have figured out that they can use the government welfare system to make up their compensation shortfalls. I also love how you think there are just all of these jobs out there - educate yourself and you are guaranteed success. Wrong! Welcome to the US where you should have a calendar marking when your company will offshore your job. There are a lot of highly educated intelligent people looking for work because there are not the openings here.
How about Wal-Mart employees educate themselves, and work somewhere that pays better. Instead of trying to support a family on a job intended for people trying to gain first time work experience. Look, if you make mistakes in life, how is it the fault of Wal-Mart? Should they be paying for your stupid mistakes?
That's not true, research is what advanced us from steam locomotives burning coal. R&D is almost never a bad idea, and the benefits reach across the spectrum from manufacturer to end-user.
Not that I'm against a livable wage, it's just that Wal MArt is not going to be the pioneer in that particular area.