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August 2005

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Laura

Thanks for your comments. Sorry I did not have time to address all of the comments about LogoWorks. I had some personal and family obligations the past week and have been unable to totally focus on this blog. But with all the negativity surrounding the comments I thought people would cheer that I took my post off.

In reading your comments the simple answer going forward is just to turn off comments and move on. I hope you will keep reading otherwise thanks for the time you have spent here.

Shawn Porter

Interesting article. However, when I hear the name 'Walmart' I instantly think of a company that cares only for the bottom dollar with little regard to ethics (or branding for that matter). Adding alcohal to their product line is a smart financial choice on their part when you think that their stores typically reside in low-income areas. Not to sound stereotypical, but it has been remarkably proven that alcohal sales in those kinds of areas is much higher. So, it's a financial decision that will prove profitable I'm sure. The ethics of it, however, are another story completely.

As for the mysterious, disappearing post... I did miss it, but have to agree that it seems a bit shady to have disappeared in such a manner as to not regard the comments (or opinions) within it.

If you're looking for another marketing blog, please feel free to see my new blog about Marketing and Advertising for Small Business. I just started it, but feel free to stop by and offer your opinions (that won't be deleted) and suggestions for topics.

http://www.regalstudio.com/blog

Laura

I have talked with LogoWorks and do support the company. I deleted the entry because too many people were posting my link and coming to my site to just to bash the company and write ugly, nasty things about me. I made a comment and fully disclosed my information and used major publications like the Wall Street Journal as reference. This is a blog to post my short articles and thoughts like many authors have. I started it after talking with Seth Godin, who really enjoyed writing his. I guess, if you don't like it or me please don't visit just to write mean things. Debate is fine, but if you hate me already I don't think you read what I say objectively anyway. Thank you.

Dan

Wal-Mart currently makes around $1 billion from alcohol. Their goal is to increase sales to around $5 billion a year from alcohol. This does indeed go against Wal-Mart values and could be a PR mess. I would not be surprised if W-M eventually abandons at least part of its current plans with partners like Diageo.

Laura

I certainly know about all the wonderful things that Wal-Mart is doing with RFID tags. All I'm trying to say is that they don't need to get involved with alcohol. Especailly since the corporation is so internally against it. Not many companies that I have heard of ban alcohol at all events, meetings and dinners. My husband works for a big company and there is always wine and beer flowing at all events. It is very inconsistent with the brand, will complicate distribution, and raise PR problems.

And by the way when did blogging become so ugly, nasty, mean and personal. It is fine to have differences of opinion and debate. I certainly don't expect everyone to love and agree with my thoughts and ideas. But I feel sad and attacked by the comments after my last post in particular. I am waiting to hear more information from LogoWorks before making any additional comments on that post. For the moment, I stand by my original post. But for the time being I am removing it. Because for some reason, everyone has decided to attack me. I had a good expericence and have read many good things. This is only a blog, my comments are personal. If you really want to complain contact the Wall Street Journal to retract their story or some of the other publications that have also written favorable comments about them. Thank you.

Eric Rdz

Hi Laura:

I liked your post as always !
Just one question:

What is the positioning of HEB ?
Is it possible for him to compete successfully against Wal Mart to challenge its domination in the Grocery Business ?

At least, in Monterrey, Mexico, HEB is beating Wal Mart.

Best

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