Glocalism and the Walmart Effect

  1. .@Urbanverse I actually really respect Wal-mart. They’re not stupid – social service through extreme affordability made them a Government.
  2. .@bellacaledonia @christt Wal-mart is only fucking the people at one end of the supply chain. The *buyers* are treated very, very well.
  3. There are of course exceptions. Walmart has of course driven out competition, managed to negotiate very preferential arrangements with local governments, and stood by while many other crimes have been committed on their property:
  4. @leashless except if they get beaten, robbed or raped in the car park, or have any kind of problem on-site.
  5. Beyond examples of  anti-competitive behavior that borders on cronyism and criminal negligence, there’s the “Walmart factor” in product quality:
  6. The punch line of this Grist story:
  7. @leashless @bellacaledonia @christt People spend MORE on clothes from Walmart. Not less. Sure it costs 30% less but lasts 50% as long.
  8. Bella Caldedonia and I went on to suggest deeper analysis is important with Walmart as in any study of a system:
  9. @leashless @eric_bowen @christt But isn’t having analysis beyond lowest common denominator meant to be Stock in Trade of DM folk?
  10. @leashless @bellacaledonia @christt It’s all perception. It is cheaper up front but has backloaded costs. W/ Walmart food, it’s healthcare.
  11. @leashless @bellacaledonia @christt I understand there are things to be learned from Wal-mart, but I see you refuting our points.
  12. (*don’t* was missing from this tweet)
  13. @eric_bowen @bellacaledonia @christt I mean, Wal-mart *works* – there’s nothing on earth that gets cheaper food into American bellies.
  14. .@bellacaledonia @eric_bowen @christt It’s dead, technology killed it, and we need to humanize what comes next, not pretend the past lives.
  15. @eric_bowen @leashless @christt Brilliant yes. Localism isn’t about nostalgia at all. It’s about viability.
  16. @eric_bowen @bellacaledonia @christt @DrmLocallyGrown There are real problems with (re)localization that long distance trade fixed.
  17. @bellacaledonia @leashless Here’s an easy improvement: building local food hubs and then connecting them with UPS/Groupon-for-food
  18. .@bellacaledonia @eric_bowen @christt Correctly managing abundance, the unpredictability of agriculture is one of humanity’s oldest battles
  19. @leashless @bellacaledonia That’s why I love this on-demand web-facilitated model we’re using for @DrmLocallyGrown. Pick only what’s ordered
  20. I see peer-to-peer/online farmers’ markets as a simple, but powerful tool to help local food systems grow much faster. Traditional farmers markets often are only allowed to grow at the speed of concrete. I’m excited about the alternative we can build with @goMarketNC (formerly @drmLocallyGrown). I think a lot more people should think about ways to bring #p2p and #sharingeconomy ideas to their local food system. Starting with isn’t a terrible way to go, though I do sometimes wish for an open source alternative.

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