Over the years, Walmart has become heavily associated with terrible working conditions. It's consistently been a hot topic in the news, with no shortage of strikes, complaints from workers, and just in general a strange place to shop. The closest store to my house is a Walmart, and there's always an internal battle when considering going.
Walk a few hundred feet and spend the next hour helplessly confused and looking for toilet paper, or drive a few minutes farther and have a normal and convenient shopping experience. That is the Walmart way, and it seems their soundtrack has gone from being terrible to actually becoming a major concern within the company. They recently hosted a shareholders meeting, and this was a burning topic.
From The Washington Post: "The one that seemed to draw the most whoops from the crowd was a pledge to ditch a CD that has apparently been on loop in the stores for months and begun to drive employees crazy. The CD was a punch line multiple times in executives’ presentation to workers, including when a puppet character named Willie joked that being a Wal-Mart store worker was getting dangerous.
When Mike Moore, executive vice president of supercenters, asked why, Willie replied, “One of my fellow associates recently developed a serious eye-tic from hearing Celine Dion’s greatest hits on loop in our stores.” Justin Bieber was also name-checked as one of the singers featured on the notorious CD."
For anyone under 16. These are CDs.
The solution? Wal-Mart Radio, where a DJ will be spinning tunes delivered throughout the store. This magical moment of change is truly a breakthrough moment for convenient stores and chains across the country. Trust me. I worked at Big 5 for years. Hearing the same song 30 times a week can make you lost your mind. "Africa" by Toto is dope, but they ruined it.
Hopefully DJ Walmart can please everyone. We don't want this to be a Burning Man Diplo and Skrillex 'Turn Down For What" moment where the DJ drops a track and everyone revolts. Our biggest question though, is will they drop the track "Wally World?" It would only seem fitting.
Article Source: Washington Post