Blog: Wal-Mart whines as Tesco moves ahead

Catherine Sleep | 30 August 2005

This one leaves me pretty well speechless. I've been trying to think of something smart to say about it for the last couple of hours and failed. Wal-Mart, apparently, can dish it out, but it can't take it.

Did Lee Scott think conquering the cut-throat UK supermarket sector was going to be easy? Did he think Tesco was an easy target? Did he think that the managers of Asda, Sainsbury and the rest hadn't been trying until Wal-Mart came along?

When Wal-Mart took over Asda the British establishment appeared convinced that within weeks it would be the biggest retailer in Britain, if not the only retailer in Britain. To be British is to be ruled by people who are firmly convinced that you are a useless, idle good-for-nothing who probably drinks too much, or would if you were given the chance. The idea that any British company would be able to compete with the mighty Wal-Mart didn't appear to occur to them.

Unfortunately that might even mean that the British government can be sold the idea that Tesco's market leadership means there's something wrong with the market, rather than something right about Tesco.

Chris Lyddon

News Editor, just-food.com

UK/USA: Wal-Mart wants UK government to probe Tesco


BLOG

Amazon causing more waves in FMCG - without an announcement

The online retail behemoth is again causing chatter throughout the sector, this time amid speculation it is set to launch more private-label products. ...

BLOG

China's new e-commerce laws - confusion reigns

Talking with our readers, a common problem among them is their battle to keep tabs on the changes to regulations in China. And the recent moves Beijing has made to revamp its rules around e-commerce h...

BLOG

Is Chinese meat company WH Group eyeing US M&A?

Rumours Chinese pork giant WH Group is eyeing acquisitions, particularly in the US, have surfaced....

just-food homepage



Forgot your password?