Wal-Mart’s Effects on America Wal-Mart has a broad group of likes and dislikes from Americans, but after given the facts I can anticipate most would agree that Wal-Mart is troublesome for America. There are numerous ethical problems with Wal-Mart as well as numerous things that just don’t seem respectable with the company. Wal-Mart is nationally known for having terrible wages for their employees. I believe this is unethical mostly based on the fact that what Wal-Mart pays their full time employees is not enough for them to support and to live above the poverty level. The money a Wal-Mart employee makes in one year is several thousand dollars lower than the poverty line. Another problem reported with Wal-Mart is the working conditions. Employees at Wal-Mart have complained of being forced to work off the clock, have been locked in the building during night shifts, have had their overtime pay not paid in full, have had random wage decreases. Wal-Mart I has been accused of discriminating against females during the hiring process. Wal-Mart also has been documented for making employees miss their break/meal periods, as well as overlooking illegals being hired and forced to work for cheaper pay and longer hours. Wal-Mart wages are so low that many of its workers rely on food stamps and other government aid programs to fulfill their basic needs, a reality that could cost taxpayers as much as $900,000 at just one Wal-Mart Supercenter in Wisconsin, according to a study released by Congressional Democrats. According to the report, Wal-Mart had more workers enrolled in the state’s public health care program in the last quarter of last year than any other employer, with 3,216 people enrolled. When the dependents of those workers were factored in, the number of enrollees came to 9,207. If a Wal-Mart were to move into my neighborhood, there are a number of factors that would play into my choice of wanting the Wal-Mart or relocating elsewhere. A new Wal-Mart opening in my area would mean a variety of new jobs would be created, however If I lived in a small town or in an area that was not too populated this would probably be one of the few and only reasons I would have for a Wal-Mart opening up. However, small grocery store that used to get a lot of traffic now would lose a lot of business, due to the fact that a small business owner cannot compete with Wal-Mart’s prices. This would eventually drive that store out of business. As confirmed in many case studies within 5 years of a new Wal-Mart opening other supermarkets closes. Wal-Mart boasts that with a new store comes a lot of more jobs but when you dig deeper and look at what the true outcome is, Wal-Mart’s, one store, causes a chain reaction of store closings, resulting in more job lose, I think that America needs to regulate Wal-Mart and put much stricter rules on the company. I don’t see how anyone can think its fair for a company to pretty much be a monopoly type character, and control the market like they do. Wal-Mart controls about 30% of the market in household sales and sells 15% of all magazines and 15-20% of all Cds, videos, and DVDs, and Wal-Mart will soon control 35% of U.S. food sales. This is terrible for the economy and completely unethical and unfair for the rest of the market. Wal-Mart seems appealing for the consumer but completely screws over everyone else. I never understood the ethics and makeup of Wal-Mart until reading case studies and watching documentary videos. I was shocked as to how much Wal-Mart hurts the economy. I find it shocking how one store has so much affect on the market. They are out for profit increase and reason they have no social responsibilities other than to maximize profits. Yes, the function of a business organization is to make money; the owners of corporations employ executives to accomplish this goal, thereby obligating the managers to act in the interests of the owners. Wal-Mart completely fails the concept of the
goods to the public in relatively small quantities for use or consumption rather than for resale” (Oxford). The most competitive and stand out Retail Corporation is Walmart. Walmart stands out because of their amazingly low prices. Overall, behind Walmart’s prices it is a deviance retail corporation that affects its surroundings. The question is how does Walmart negatively affect its surroundings? Walmart harms its surroundings by putting small businesses out of business, by not giving a living wage…
investments. To continue the organizational success Walmart has achieved, the organization will need to continue to research several key factors. These factors include: India’s restrictive rules on foreign firm operations, the target market blunder, Walmart’s past efforts to penetrate the retail industry in India, and any challenges encountered in partnership with Bharti. Walmart ceases operations in India because of failed partnership and restrictive government regulations on foreign investments.
the world. There are currently over 11,000 locations, 71 banners in 27 countries and the e-commerce division operates within 11 countries. Within the Walmart brand there are 2.2 million associates globally with over half in the United States. Walmart’s competitive priorities are found within its ability to offer affordable pricing to the customer.
Wal-Mart emphasizes their ability to offer “everyday low prices on a broad assortment – anytime, anywhere” which is referred to as…
Bentonville, Arkansas. Walmart is also the largest grocery retailer in the United States. In 2009, it generated 51 percent of its US$258 billion sales in the U.S. from grocery business. It also owns and operates the Sam's Club retail warehouses in North America.
By 1988, Wal-Mart was the most profitable retailer in the US, and by November 1990, it outsold K-mart . By 1991 it outsold Sears in retail, making it America's largest retailer, a distinction it still holds.
Walmart has 8,500 stores…
High cost, 33% increase of current advertising & promotion budget
Risk of sales not increasing enough to cover the 10 million dollars expense.
Possibility of failure (six month television campaign may not have long-term effect on national brand recognition)
Alternative 2 - Maintain the Current Position; Do nothing
Incur no additional costs
Less risk involved
Expenditures could possibly be better allocated elsewhere:
getting on shelves at mass…
Walmart has an expansive benefits package, which includes a health care savings plan, dental insurance, contributions to employee 401k (superannuation), and company discounts for family members of employees. These benefits do not extend to the 30% of Walmart’s workforce that is made up of parttime and casual staff.
Walmart has a policy of internal recruitment, with over 70% of managerial positions offered to current sales associates (Lichtenstein, 2007). Similar to Nordstrom, Sam Walton originally gave…
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Course | BUSI1150: E-Log & Int Sup Chain Mgt 15c | Course School/Level | BU/PG |
Coursework | Research Report | Assessment Weight | 70.00% |
Tutor | Y Lin | Submission Deadline | 30/03/2012 |
Coursework is receipted on the understanding that it is the student's own work and that it has not, in whole or part, been presented elsewhere for assessment. Where material has been used from other sources it has been properly acknowledged…
terms of the Constitution of India. India is also one of the world’s fastest growing economies and they have the world’s third largest purchasing power parity and are the world’s tenth largest economy.
Brazil is the largest country in South America and has a population of over 193 million people. Brazil is a federal presidential constitutional republic, based on representative democracy. The federal government has three independent branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. Like India,…
Is it ethical or unethical to shop at Walmart?
“If we work together, we’ll lower the cost of living for everyone… we’ll give the world an opportunity to see what it’s like to save and have a better life.” –Sam Walton (“What We Do”)
Walmart was founded on the belief stated above by its founder Sam Walton in 1962. “Saving people money, so they can live better,” was the main objective when Sam Walton opened the doors to the first Walmart (“History”). Today, Walmart is the world’s largest retailer…
March 30, 2013
This paper will discuss the structure of Wal-Mart's corporate culture and how it influences their employees. In order to understand an Organization Behavior there are different elements that will create the employees perspective of the organization’s culture such as the management’s philosophy, vision, values, and goals. The driving force of these elements will create the culture of the organization. An organization’s culture will define…