Changing Wal-Mart’s Image
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retail chain announced today a change in store policies.
I researched some time ago and found out that if I wanted to buy “American”, the store with the most “made in America” products was Wal-Mart. I was, to say the least, shocked. I had assumed it would be J C Penney, or Sears. They now will spend 50 billion additional dollars to stock their shelves with American made goods. The focus will be on sporting goods, apparel basics, storage products, games, and paper products. It pledged to help promote US production in “high potential” areas like textiles, furniture and higher-end appliances.
Wal-Mart is also the nation’s number one employer, and pledges to attempt to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years. Any veteran who applies, and was given an ‘honorable discharge’, will be hired within a 12 month period following their discharge.
Wal-Mart US president and chief executive Bill Simon said: “Taking action on the economy is our responsibility as Americans, but it’s also our opportunity as retailers.” He added: “We in this room can invest. We can grow, and we can hire — and we can use the power of what we buy and sell to make a difference.”
It’s nice to report some positive news. Our government could take some lessons from Wal-Mart about how to run a business, because, like it or not, that’s what Washington is all about.
Columnist-The Guardian Express