10 Ways Walmart Changed the World

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DereckBowen
DereckBowen

10 Ways Walmart Changed the World


1. Showed that taking jobs out of america is ok

.2. Lowest paid employees 3. If people need a job to survive you can treat them like dogs4. It is ok to take out life insurance policies on your terminally ill employees and collect milliions.5.  Did i mention extremely underpaid employees?6.  It is ok to destroy the environment as long as you do community out reach.7. Any company can wash away any wrong doings by donating to the community.8. Mismanagement is ok.9. it is ok to put small businesses out of business and the charge double what they were charging cause there is no other choice.10. it is ok for executives to be so over paid that i could write and article on it.

francescaroca
francescaroca

I'm a Spaniard, and, frankly speaking, I don't think Walmart has changed my world!

Firozali A.Mulla
Firozali A.Mulla

Tell me a thing. What if there is huge hole in this. And it is Politicians have been virtually "useless" so far at getting to the truth behind the banking scandal, one of the MPs responsible for investigating the affair has admitted.Andrea Leadsom, whose forensic questioning of the former chief executive of Barclays, Bob Diamond, led to his only uncomfortable moments during last week's cross-examination by the Commons Treasury Select Committee, said: "I don't think we felt we did a fantastic job. It's a fair criticism to say, 'You guys were useless'."We had great weaknesses in that we didn't have email trails. We didn't have recordings of the morning meetings where you could point to what had been said. All we really had were the regulators' reports, what we'd seen in the media."Her frank remarks, in an interview with The Independent, will raise doubts about whether the larger parliamentary inquiry being set up to investigate the banking scandal will be able to uncover the whole truth. David Cameron has rejected Labour's calls for a judge-led inquiry, arguing that it would take too long. Several of the MPs who questioned Mr Diamond last week are now considering calling him back for a second bout because they are dissatisfied with his answers.Paul Tucker, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, will be questioned by the same committee today about the now-infamous telephone call he had with Mr Diamond at the height of the banking crisis in 2008. Any clash between his evidence and Mr Diamond's will add to the pressure for the former Barclays head to be recalled.One of the committee members, Pat McFadden, who was a business minister under Labour, said: "I can see that happening [Mr Diamond being recalled] after we have talked to other witnesses. There were some inconsistencies in what he told us. We'll ask Tucker if his version of the phone call tallies with Bob Diamond's." been virtually "useless"(USELESS) so far at getting to the truth behind the banking scandal, one of the MPs responsible for investigating the affair has admitted.Andrea Leadsom, whose forensic questioning of the former chief executive of Barclays, Bob Diamond, led to his only uncomfortable moments during last week's cross-examination by the Commons Treasury Select Committee, said: "I don't think we felt we did a fantastic job. It's a fair criticism to say, 'You guys were useless'.

"We had great weaknesses in that we didn't have email trails. We didn't have recordings of the morning meetings where you could point to what had been said. All we really had were the regulators' reports, what we'd seen in the media."Her frank remarks, in an interview with The Independent, will raise doubts about whether the larger parliamentary inquiry being set up to investigate the banking scandal will be able to uncover the whole truth. David Cameron has rejected Labour's calls for a judge-led inquiry, arguing that it would take too long. Several of the MPs who questioned Mr Diamond last week are now considering calling him back for a second bout because they are dissatisfied with his answers.Paul Tucker, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, will be questioned by the same committee today about the now-infamous telephone call he had with Mr Diamond at the height of the banking crisis in 2008. Any clash between his evidence and Mr Diamond's will add to the pressure for the former Barclays head to be recalled.One of the committee members, Pat McFadden, who was a business minister under Labour, said: "I can see that happening [Mr Diamond being recalled] after we have talked to other witnesses. There were some inconsistencies in what he told us. We'll ask Tucker if his version of the phone call tallies with Bob Diamond's." Now you be the judge the jury and the bandidos, Come tell me how do we move? I thank you Firozali A.Mulla You see mud clinging is the game when the climbing becomes stiff and we want to live like primitive society not move-in an inch to prove Darwin may have been right after all.There you have it, the subject phrase stops me here, as I was in the audit firm and I despised this one agree with the ratios but how does that help us in creating employment the one huge problem we have . Without employments what is the point in having oil . May be even the coal could help but we need machinery for that and that too I have said are obsolete. We have one chance to keep oil at the level it is and the employment as is. Let the bank look at the cash flows again and then tell us the truth where they have the cash. We are then able to think, I said able to there is no guarantee than bank have done the good home work as I see the Barclays having the header never seen before. Is that really the bank we have, surprises all. . To be very honest the HUGE 5 we had (I include the auditors as well as they are the ones who use the green, blue, blue, red, black tick to say, "We have obtained all the necessary information that was availed to us and we are satisfied subject to.. More promises, more promise.( But then I do not blame the leaders) No I am not saying no one is doing something but there is nothing visible would be the right phrase. European leaders had hailed a June 28-29 EU summit as a breakthrough, promising fresh capital for Spain's struggling banks, a European bank union to keep the lenders in line and making it easier for the bloc's new bailout fund to help states in trouble. Investor sentiment in Asia and Europe was also dented by Friday's weak US jobs data that raised fresh concerns about the world's biggest economy. LONDON: European shares sank on Monday; Spanish bond yields spiked to danger levels above 7.0 per cent and the euro languished at a two-year low point in volatile deals before a key Eurozone finance meeting. Madrid's benchmark IBEX 35 index of leading shares tumbled 1.71 per cent to 6,623.90 points and Rome's FTSE Mib shed 0.82 per cent to 13,622.29, as investors fretted over fresh turmoil for Italian and Spanish bonds. London's FTSE 100 index meanwhile slid 0.38 per cent to 5,641.10 points in morning trade, Frankfurt's DAX 30 shed 0.21 per cent to 6,396.76 points and in Paris the CAC 40 lost 0.57 per cent to 3,150.84. Later on Monday, at 1600 GMT, Eurozone finance ministers meet under pressure to push ahead quickly with measures agreed last month to tackle the region's sovereign debt crisis, as market sentiment turns increasingly negative. Investors remain highly anxious that the Eurozone debt crisis, which has already sunk Ireland, Greece and Portugal, could spread to Spain and Italy. In a gloomy omen, the price Spain must pay to borrow for 10 years rose sharply to 7.026 per cent on Monday, from 6.912 per cent late on Friday. And the European single currency dived to $1.2251 in earlier Asian trade, hitting the lowest point since July 1, 2010. It stood at $1.2281. "Eurozone finance ministers meet in Brussels, ostensibly to build on the decisions announced at the summit two weeks ago," said IG Index analyst Chris Beauchamp. "As if to underline the urgency of their discussions, yields for Spanish and Italian bonds are on the march again, although this latest meeting is likely to end with a statement of intent but little else." But after an initially euphoric response, investors have switched tack, pushing Spanish long-term borrowing costs back up to the kind of sky-high rate which forced Greece, Ireland and Portugal into massive EU-IMF bailout deals. "Ministers will meet today in Brussels and high on the agenda will be clarifying in some degree the details of what was agreed at the EU leaders' summit at the end of June," said economist Derek Halpenny at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in London. With outlook who would want to save? I have no idea what exactly has transpired in the meetings but the leaders seem to agree on one thing, ?We must get out of the rut or we will have bigger problem later. Surprisingly Obama had mentioned ?We have to have better ties when German leader went to America but he too is very quite. ... Crude oil?s rally Monday recovered quite a bit of the reaction down from last week?s highs. Almost any higher Tuesday would trap a lot of shorts, suggesting a big rally. The rally probably can?t extend without more news like that from Iran, which triggered Monday?s pop. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

Firozali A.Mulla
Firozali A.Mulla

Tell me a thing. What if there is huge hole in this. And it is Politicians have been virtually "useless" so far at getting to the truth behind the banking scandal, one of the MPs responsible for investigating the affair has admitted.Andrea Leadsom, whose forensic questioning of the former chief executive of Barclays, Bob Diamond, led to his only uncomfortable moments during last week's cross-examination by the Commons Treasury Select Committee, said: "I don't think we felt we did a fantastic job. It's a fair criticism to say, 'You guys were useless'."We had great weaknesses in that we didn't have email trails. We didn't have recordings of the morning meetings where you could point to what had been said. All we really had were the regulators' reports, what we'd seen in the media."Her frank remarks, in an interview with The Independent, will raise doubts about whether the larger parliamentary inquiry being set up to investigate the banking scandal will be able to uncover the whole truth. David Cameron has rejected Labour's calls for a judge-led inquiry, arguing that it would take too long. Several of the MPs who questioned Mr Diamond last week are now considering calling him back for a second bout because they are dissatisfied with his answers.Paul Tucker, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, will be questioned by the same committee today about the now-infamous telephone call he had with Mr Diamond at the height of the banking crisis in 2008. Any clash between his evidence and Mr Diamond's will add to the pressure for the former Barclays head to be recalled.One of the committee members, Pat McFadden, who was a business minister under Labour, said: "I can see that happening [Mr Diamond being recalled] after we have talked to other witnesses. There were some inconsistencies in what he told us. We'll ask Tucker if his version of the phone call tallies with Bob Diamond's." been virtually "useless"(USELESS) so far at getting to the truth behind the banking scandal, one of the MPs responsible for investigating the affair has admitted.Andrea Leadsom, whose forensic questioning of the former chief executive of Barclays, Bob Diamond, led to his only uncomfortable moments during last week's cross-examination by the Commons Treasury Select Committee, said: "I don't think we felt we did a fantastic job. It's a fair criticism to say, 'You guys were useless'.

"We had great weaknesses in that we didn't have email trails. We didn't have recordings of the morning meetings where you could point to what had been said. All we really had were the regulators' reports, what we'd seen in the media."Her frank remarks, in an interview with The Independent, will raise doubts about whether the larger parliamentary inquiry being set up to investigate the banking scandal will be able to uncover the whole truth. David Cameron has rejected Labour's calls for a judge-led inquiry, arguing that it would take too long. Several of the MPs who questioned Mr Diamond last week are now considering calling him back for a second bout because they are dissatisfied with his answers.Paul Tucker, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, will be questioned by the same committee today about the now-infamous telephone call he had with Mr Diamond at the height of the banking crisis in 2008. Any clash between his evidence and Mr Diamond's will add to the pressure for the former Barclays head to be recalled.One of the committee members, Pat McFadden, who was a business minister under Labour, said: "I can see that happening [Mr Diamond being recalled] after we have talked to other witnesses. There were some inconsistencies in what he told us. We'll ask Tucker if his version of the phone call tallies with Bob Diamond's." Now you be the judge the jury and the bandidos, Come tell me how do we move? I thank you Firozali A.Mulla You see mud clinging is the game when the climbing becomes stiff and we want to live like primitive society not move-in an inch to prove Darwin may have been right after all.There you have it, the subject phrase stops me here, as I was in the audit firm and I despised this one agree with the ratios but how does that help us in creating employment the one huge problem we have . Without employments what is the point in having oil . May be even the coal could help but we need machinery for that and that too I have said are obsolete. We have one chance to keep oil at the level it is and the employment as is. Let the bank look at the cash flows again and then tell us the truth where they have the cash. We are then able to think, I said able to there is no guarantee than bank have done the good home work as I see the Barclays having the header never seen before. Is that really the bank we have, surprises all. . To be very honest the HUGE 5 we had (I include the auditors as well as they are the ones who use the green, blue, blue, red, black tick to say, "We have obtained all the necessary information that was availed to us and we are satisfied subject to.. More promises, more promise.( But then I do not blame the leaders) No I am not saying no one is doing something but there is nothing visible would be the right phrase. European leaders had hailed a June 28-29 EU summit as a breakthrough, promising fresh capital for Spain's struggling banks, a European bank union to keep the lenders in line and making it easier for the bloc's new bailout fund to help states in trouble. Investor sentiment in Asia and Europe was also dented by Friday's weak US jobs data that raised fresh concerns about the world's biggest economy. LONDON: European shares sank on Monday; Spanish bond yields spiked to danger levels above 7.0 per cent and the euro languished at a two-year low point in volatile deals before a key Eurozone finance meeting. Madrid's benchmark IBEX 35 index of leading shares tumbled 1.71 per cent to 6,623.90 points and Rome's FTSE Mib shed 0.82 per cent to 13,622.29, as investors fretted over fresh turmoil for Italian and Spanish bonds. London's FTSE 100 index meanwhile slid 0.38 per cent to 5,641.10 points in morning trade, Frankfurt's DAX 30 shed 0.21 per cent to 6,396.76 points and in Paris the CAC 40 lost 0.57 per cent to 3,150.84. Later on Monday, at 1600 GMT, Eurozone finance ministers meet under pressure to push ahead quickly with measures agreed last month to tackle the region's sovereign debt crisis, as market sentiment turns increasingly negative. Investors remain highly anxious that the Eurozone debt crisis, which has already sunk Ireland, Greece and Portugal, could spread to Spain and Italy. In a gloomy omen, the price Spain must pay to borrow for 10 years rose sharply to 7.026 per cent on Monday, from 6.912 per cent late on Friday. And the European single currency dived to $1.2251 in earlier Asian trade, hitting the lowest point since July 1, 2010. It stood at $1.2281. "Eurozone finance ministers meet in Brussels, ostensibly to build on the decisions announced at the summit two weeks ago," said IG Index analyst Chris Beauchamp. "As if to underline the urgency of their discussions, yields for Spanish and Italian bonds are on the march again, although this latest meeting is likely to end with a statement of intent but little else." But after an initially euphoric response, investors have switched tack, pushing Spanish long-term borrowing costs back up to the kind of sky-high rate which forced Greece, Ireland and Portugal into massive EU-IMF bailout deals. "Ministers will meet today in Brussels and high on the agenda will be clarifying in some degree the details of what was agreed at the EU leaders' summit at the end of June," said economist Derek Halpenny at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in London. With outlook who would want to save? I have no idea what exactly has transpired in the meetings but the leaders seem to agree on one thing, ?We must get out of the rut or we will have bigger problem later. Surprisingly Obama had mentioned ?We have to have better ties when German leader went to America but he too is very quite. ... Crude oil?s rally Monday recovered quite a bit of the reaction down from last week?s highs. Almost any higher Tuesday would trap a lot of shorts, suggesting a big rally. The rally probably can?t extend without more news like that from Iran, which triggered Monday?s pop. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

vstillwell
vstillwell

The Waltons sure have done a lot--for China. Thanks!

suhail tufail
suhail tufail

It is a great news for retailer market that a leading retailer overcome 50 years with success. But have a question that what is the affect of Walmart on people life. It;s true that they make easy way for marketing. But it make us so much expansible with there greedy offer.

retnug
retnug

It' a shame this article didn't mention the man negative practices and changes Walmart brought to our lives.Walmart conducts itself in a ruthless manner using volume and esoteric details like shelf placement and promotional opportunities to bully it's suppliers.It has forced many manufactures to cheapen their product to meet Walmart price points.It has been at the forefront of flooding the country with cheap imported goods often pushing out domestics."Everyday low prices" has  much larger cost,just sk the workers who get paid less,less benefits and are treated like they are in a cult.

atinkersdamn
atinkersdamn

WalMart has destroyed small business and fair play of free enterprise throughout the world. Nothing to be proud of . . .  Hopefully Sam is turning in his grave to see how his simplistic dream has been warped by the greed and  dishonesty of these times.

Greg Royse
Greg Royse

I had a conversation with one of my employees last week (over a few beers). She was obviously anti-WalMart, anti-outsourcing, etc. It is sad to me that most of her concerns were due to misinformation and lack of education. Nonaffiliated seems to be the only person with any significant education and a real understanding of what competition, capitalism, the concept of wealth, and a global economy really means. For thousands of years nations protected themselves with tarrifs and taxes, not allowing outside goods to enter their borders believing they were protecting their own economy and businesses. History has proven this false. When nations trade with each other, BOTH nations become more wealthy. Yet so many in the US have such a limited understanding of economics that statements like many below are actually accepted and believed, despite the fact they have no real basis in reality. Let's see if people can comprehend this - US goods are in high demand by the people of many nations in the world. These goods (iPhones to Corvettes to Big Macs) are too expensive for much of the world to afford. We trade with nations like China, we get more goods for less money (increasing our wealth), their nation prospers, and now they can afford to buy iPhones, Corvettes, and Big Macs. We can buy more cloth from Taiwan for less money (increasing our wealth), the people of Taiwan have more money, and they buy back their cloth as designer clothing. We buy computer chips from Korea, increase Korea's wealth, and they buy them back as iPods. FREE TRADE is a PROVEN concept, not some pie-in-the sky theory. It is basic economics. Now - this is not where I will address the idea of FAIR trade (which not all of our trading partners practice) - another subject we must DEFINITELY understand and enforce... but I hope you get the idea. So, does WalMart create some negative consequences? Absolutely - I won't argue that - but the economic foundation of the  WalMarts of the USA (including WalMart) end up with far more positives than negatives... for our economy... for our nation... for individuals. Now - post your argument... I can't wait to read it.

Wrenn Simms
Wrenn Simms

"its average hourly employee, working 40 hours a week, makes about $24,440 a year....the fact that the average full-time worker at the U.S.’s largest employer can’t support a family is illustrative of the tough times ahead for laborers."

Leave Walmart out of it.  24,400 a year for a 40 hour workweek is $11.75 an hour, $4 above minimum wage. 

What REALLY is illustrative of the though times ahead for laborers is that someone making minimum wage, working full time, cannot support themselves in this country.  

Minimum wage in NY state is $7.75 an hour.  40 hour work week X 50 weeks a year is $15,500.  The poverty line for a 2 person family is $15,130. 

Then also consider,  tangentally to this (and still dealing with NY state, and NY city) the average price on the open market for health insurance coverage for a 2 person family,  comparable to what employers give as a benefit... cost a bare minimum of 1,000 a month. 

The answer is, of course, that both have to work.  And likely work full time.  If they don't have medical benefits from one of their jobs, and they both are lower income employees?  The total income one makes will go to health insurance.  And we haven't yet considered the cost of child care.

Income is severely depressed in this country, especially for the lower paying jobs.  They do not pay a living wage.

nmchris
nmchris

Yes, Mal-Wart has changed American, and not for the good.  Cheap, shoddy merchandise, lousy customer service, way too many things that we want, not need, Walmartians, the forcing out of business small retail stores.  Don't even get me started on their meat.  Produce that is not fresh.  The stores are huge and noisy.  Unfortunately, my closest decent shopping is two hours away, so I am pretty much forced to shop at WM.  We do have a good, national grocery store here with better selection, and they get most of my food business.

nmchris
nmchris

Yes, Mal-Wart has changed American, and in no good ways.  Cheap, shoddy products, produce that is never fresh, Walmartians, the ruining of long time small businesses.  Don't even get me started on their meat.

masonjar90
masonjar90

Wal-Mart is responsible for 10% of all Chinese imports into the United States...How many good lost jobs is that? Wal-Mart has done much to desroy the soul and morale of America.

Jakerman
Jakerman

The way to defeat China is close the wal-marts

Jakerman
Jakerman

If you like clothes with little thread count and things that fall  apart go to wal-mart.  trailer parks and wal-mart go hand in hand

mia2821
mia2821

Wal-mart is the scourage of America these days.  They went from being a good company.  To a really bad company.  Cheap products. Yep!  Are they durable and last a long time.  Nope!  So our landfills are filling up lots of broken worthless crap.  I'm really not proud of Wal-mart at all honestly.  They've changed.  Remember their old slogan to get us all hooked?  "Made in the USA." was their theme.  Now it's low low prices. and most of the crap comes from China.  If we want our economy to recover... we MUST by American.  Found a shovel the other day at Menards.  Sure it was $10 more than the one made in China.  BUT!! And this is HUGE!  The American made shovel was clearly much more durable and we decided that it would last us a few years as opposed to the shovel made in China that felt like it would fall apart in my hands.  We need to be better consumers and think long term.  Quick fixes got us in to this mess.  Sure products might be cheaper at Wal-mart but there is a give and take.  Get lower prices...but the quality and durability of the product is much lower as well.

Charlotte Rowe
Charlotte Rowe

The only good thing about WalMart is the environmental initiatives. And one can impact even less by simply not buying.  I do everything I can to avoid going into a WalMart and have not purchased anything from them for over ten years. I will pay 50% more to get something from a small, local mom and pop outfit. WalMart sucks.

Lisa Henson Thomas
Lisa Henson Thomas

I remember the days before Walmart as a child. Everything was so expensive. You had to go to little Mom amp; Pop stores, owned by individuals, to buy anything. I always thought, as a child, you had to be rich to buy aything in thise stores or anything that was a not a necessity. I recall looking in the windows of these stores dreaming of having their trinkets. Walmart made it possible for those of us that are not wealthy to have the trinkets we dreamed of as children.  

Jürgen Hubert
Jürgen Hubert

What should also be mentioned with these articles is that Wal-Mart attempted to enter the German market, but found out that they just couldn't compete on price with the local competition.

In the meantime, Aldi is spreading like wildfire across the USA.

mrshark
mrshark

This company squeezed us and started the outsourcing of American jobs.  Good people have become homeless because of their greed.  They bullied Mom and Pop stores right out of business.    They forced the cheap labor standard.  work you to death and pay you little.    They are the example of when capitalism goes too far.      I also  noticed they are turning into just another five and dime store.  They are always dirty, stuff all over the place. Never have enough registers opened.  I always had to stand in line for over 20 minutes.  Can never find anyone to help you.  Can never find the stuff I need.  The stuff they sell is so cheap that it doesnt last.  I quit shopping at there a long time ago because of this.    I will never shop  there again.

Revrant
Revrant

I almost never shop there, they're the only place that sells Buttermilk here(ACTUAL, buttermilk, not "lowfat"), but boy, some of these "changes" suck. We have Meijer here, which I believe is in the top 20 or so in the US, and I've been a devout Meijer shopper for all my life, they treat you well, they generally have a good union(varies store to store, admittedly), they put the right people in the right positions, young guys handling carts and heavy stuff, older people greeting, doing check out, handling produce, youth in electronics.

I see spirited, young faces everywhere at Meijer, man, it's a nice thing to be around that positive energy, they treat their workers right, their customers right, pay well for retail, have great prices, a dedication to a fantastic weekly ad, sampling events, all of it, and their name brand is always great.

I can get Faygo from Meijer under their brand for cheaper, their ground meat is of great quality, they even have Meijer brand Kalamata olives at less than half the price of the brand, and all at high quality.

I went to Walmart just the other day to get parchment paper since I called and found out it was on sale, which I have to because Walmart wants me to waste gas money and time rolling around their aisles and REFUSES to put out an ad. The workers all seem down and dismissive, no one acts like anything is their problem, I had to go through five people to find out they had no chives in stock. The employees are often surly, the quality of their brand is abysmal, their self checkout lanes are even awful and fussy compared to other retailers/markets here.

The quality of person walking around is always very low, we have a bunch of trailer parks around here and I think they ALL go to Walmart.

For the life of me I can't see why anyone shops there, the small price savings are diminished in value by the quality of product, unpleasant shopping experience, refusal to engage in traditional or even online advertising(Meijer whips them there, by the way), there's nothing positive about the place from my perspective.

The rise of Walmart to me is the common man's acceptance of low quality as the norm and price as king over all other factors.

Joe
Joe

They forgot Number 11- Hillarity.  It has singularly brought upon it's own panacea of ridicule and scorn and derision by the people who choose to shop in it and their ill-fitting gear (or lack thereof) than can be viewed by the populace at peopleofwalmart.com  And to that, Wal-Mart, we tip our made-in-China hats to you.

Guest
Guest

Thanks for writing this article.   I am raising four children and never go in the place if I can help it.  I cannot stand walking through a football field-sized store and dealing with the derelicts who shop there and the uninterested and unhelpful employees.  I can get all my food cheaper at Trader's or through my food co-op and I'd rather pay more for everything else at Target.  The couple times a year I do go in there, I'm always amazed that the ugliest, fattest people in the world shop there.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Wally World is like a freak show.  

sameeker
sameeker

@Ramble - You need to relax and go home and take a rinse. Of course, since someone finally responded to you, I would imagine that you are now touching yourself.

plainsimpletruth
plainsimpletruth

. . . and how many of the 2.1+ million WalMart workers also receive welfare and other forms of state/fed assistance?

thesparky1
thesparky1

40 years ago our big city had no Walmarts but did have Gibson's.  It was much the same. So I left home and wound up in a mid sized city and it had a Sam Walton's store.  It was very homey and much like the old 5 and dime.  But I had an affection for Gibson along with Ben Franklin stores.  Then as Sam opened up more stores his profit margins got better.  The store in my town went from being a Sam Walton's to a full blow Walmart.  But it was still small and they had not yet located in bigger towns.  Then the word came that Walmart was going to bring in a HyperMart to our small city. They bought out the fairgrounds and the city moved it to the other side of town.  So instead of a HyperMart our sleepy town got a real bonafide Walmart Super Center.  It has a 50-acre parking lot and when it opened, it was the biggest in the world.  It was the first to feature a bank, beauty parlor, McDonalds, video rental, coin operated game center, vision care, hearing aid, and appliance store.  It started serving 12 counties in my state.  It was a day trip for thousands of residents.  It was a Jeff Foxworthy bit in the making.  You wondered how some of those people even reproduced.  In its first year, it averaged more than $1M per day in sales.  They hired 1200 local residents to run it.  Sadly though, Gibson's and Ben Franklin closed up shop. But on the positive side Tractor Supply opened up in one of those spots.

Janice
Janice

Many full time workers in a variety of jobs in both Canada and USA cannot support a family on their earnings. It is the reason many people work more than one job.

Brian Ritchey
Brian Ritchey

 " I believe it was the US automakers who once predicted that people

wouldn't buy those compact Japanese imports but would insist on American

made automobiles. "......

Michigan is now the leading citrus state because of all the lemons produced there. 

Talendria
Talendria

I hate Wal-Mart.  The stores are so large that I can never find anything without asking someone, and then I can never find anyone to ask, so I just wander around cussing under my breath.  The merchandise is low-quality, sometimes toxic, and usually made in China.  Despite having a broad selection of everything a human might want, they don't have a good selection of any particular thing (e.g., party supplies or books).  Plus, I don't want to buy my groceries in the same store where I buy lawn and garden supplies, paint, or car batteries, and I damn sure don't want the residue of that stuff in the shopping cart where I put my food.  I was hoping the government would run them out of business for exploiting illegals.

Kimberly
Kimberly

like Glenn responded I am stunned that any body can profit $7047 in a few weeks on the computer. have you read this web site MakeCásh14.Çom

TrueVeteran
TrueVeteran

WALMART:  The shopping center for RedNecks and Counry Hicks.  Seeing the people that shop there is a good example of why we need mandatory birth control for certain individuals.  What a crying shame what this country is turning into.

TrueVeteran
TrueVeteran

WALMART the shopping center for the rednecks and country hicks that think they are supporting America when they are actually supporting other counties and the Walmart family.  To me it's a true realization of why we need mandatory birth control for certain individuals.

Mary Miller
Mary Miller

Walmart is a disgrace to our nation.  I witnessed a young girl who worked * works, at Walmart get hit by a forklift.  She was obviously in pain and possibly had a broken ankle.  She was frightened that if she went to the ER she would be fired.  Many employees of Walmart are indeed fired or layed off if they are hurt on the job.  Our Walmart has a junky atmosphere and it has gotten more so after they supposedly paid millions to have their stores restyled for a better shopping experience.  It is a maze of a shopping experience, frustrating and tireing.  Brands were dropped and you purchase is now made by what Walmart wants you to buy, not what you are looking for at all.  Fresh fruit and vegetables are most often imported from South and Central America and are inferior in quality.  Getting to some stock is often a dangerous feat where you must climb by stepping on the lower shelving systems to get to the very top where the one remaining box is placed.  Your whole shopping experience consists of traveling the aisles by using a well thought out plan to avoid the carts and wagons of stocking employees who are not encouraged to help the shopper but who must complete their stocking job by the end of their shift.

Clothing is a embarrasment, not made to last more than a few washings and where you will see customers dressed in a variety of humorous outfits and undress.  It is a joke and a organization that may now have interesting facts and figures but who is losing favor with it's customer.  I know it is the place of last resort for me.  I want to be a valued customer not a number that is used by Walmart to boost it's record of keeping track of my shopping habits. My shopping habits are all but nonexistant at Walmart.

ErnieRichards
ErnieRichards

Ah yes, convince people that  by paying the lowest possible price, they will save the US economy. WRONG. All that did was line the already rich pockets of the Walton family and lead to unlivable wages for most Americans.

Charles Fishman
Charles Fishman

 You can  have whatever opinion you want about the Waltons and about Wal-Mart. But one little known fact is this:

Wal-Mart is the single-largest cash contributor to charity in the U.S. Wal-Mart donates more money to charities each year than any other organization. Self-interested? Sure.

And not a reason to shop there. But just fyi.

Charles Fishman

Author, "The Wal-Mart Effect"

www.walmarteffectbook.com

Guest
Guest

Baloney.  Go ask the Mexicans how free trade worked for them.  We dumped our government-subsidized genetically mutated corn on their market after NAFTA and put a million Mexican farmers out of business, then complain when they come looking for work in our country.  The only thing free trade does is extend American imperialism on weaker nations.  

Mark Hall
Mark Hall

How many good high paying union  jobs is that, thanks unions for the high cost!

Kate
Kate

 Same here. I have only ever bought one thing there and that is because every other store I tried was already out. I'd rather pay more to support American-made products when I can. I'd also rather pay more for high quality products that will last much longer, than pay less for the cheaply made, low quality products sold at WalMart that would have to be replaced more often.

Charles Fishman
Charles Fishman

Indeed, Wal-Mart entered Germany, and also South Korea, couldn't compete, and pulled back. Just for the record, Aldi, the German company that beat Wal-Mart in Germany, has had stores in the US since 1976. There are 1,000. So it is small compared to Wal-Mart here.

Guest
Guest

I would say most of them.  

sameeker
sameeker

Very true. The government is providing more corporate welfare by not making them pay their workers enough to keep them off of public assistance. In essence, they are subsidizing their operation costs on the backs of the taxpayers.

Charles Fishman
Charles Fishman

Funny, "True Veteran," 140 million Americans shop at Wal-Mart every week. That's more Americans than go to church. It's more Americans than voted for Barack Obama and John McCain — combined. Not sure what RedNecks amp; CountryHicks are these days — but the people shopping at Walmart are Americans. All of America.

ramble3144
ramble3144

Good. Don't go there. But shut up about others who love it.

Slagathor Likes Pie
Slagathor Likes Pie

Everyone knows that the only way to save the American economy is to tax us into prosperity!

Jürgen Hubert
Jürgen Hubert

 Yeah, they save money in other ways - but they figured out a long time ago that a well-paid workforce is a motivated workforce.

What a concept!