Walmart hogwash

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

In the Dec. 20 article "Big Stores Don't Ease Tax for Coupon Use," about some retail chains failing to give a tax break to Pennsylvanians who use coupons in their stores, a Walmart source was quoted as saying that Walmart was "reluctant to invest in a major computer upgrade necessary to make the switch since it would only be used in its stores in Pennsylvania."

As someone who has spent more than 35 years in a career designing and coding billing and accounting software for businesses as diverse as durable medical equipment sellers, home health agencies, infusion therapy companies, lumber yards, local governments, banks, credit unions and a variety of businesses associated with the steel industry, many of whom have used the software in operations nationwide, I think I know a thing or two about what constitutes "major computer upgrades."

To have a slightly different tax calculation based on whether or not a coupon was applied in a particular state is hardly rocket science, and for Walmart to imply otherwise is nothing short of Arkansas hogwash. If Walmart's software is so poorly written that such a thing is actually true, then maybe it really does need a major upgrade, not only of its software, but of the designers and engineers who produce it.

Swisshelm Park


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