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How has Wal-Mart helped or hurt our society here in the U.S.?

How will Wal-Mart shape the future of retail in the US and around the world? Thanks for taking the time to answer! Regards, J

Asked By: hulahoops - 1/15/2007
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Walmart pioneered many concepts which applied to other companies, even non-retail companies could make America a much better nation... More
Answered By: draciron - 1/15/2007
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Helps me, things are much more reasonably priced.
Answered By: kitkat - 1/15/2007
 
It has helped by revolutionizing logistics and supply chain concepts, bringing more goods and services to more people at lower prices, and investment in rural and poorer communities... More
Answered By: Michael L - 1/15/2007
 
Wal-Mart has helped more people "stuck" in a cycle of poverty than has ALL of the assistance programs run by state and federal governments combined in the history of the United States... More
Answered By: Oh! The Humanity! - 1/15/2007
 
Arguments can be made for both sides... More
Answered By: BabeHeart - 1/15/2007
 
I think this is a great question by the way, I see Walmart as a very malevolent force in retail domestically and globally. The goods and services that Walmart sells are subpar and they bully retailers into lowering their prices. When these retail prices are lowered, the manufacturers have to lower quality to meet... More
Answered By: jim - 1/15/2007
 
Wal-Mart-- a huge corporation secretly monopolizing the market.
Answered By: smeezleme - 1/15/2007
 
They fuel pain and murder by selling firearms equipment/bullets etc.
Answered By: kenshao - 1/15/2007
 
I don't know what it has or hasn't done for society, but as a 70 year old living on a fixed income I sure appreciate the money I save by shopping there.
Answered By: bigirv@sbcglobal.net - 1/15/2007
 
Wal-Mart empitomizes capitalist ideals.Buying and consuming more for less... More
Answered By: quay_grl - 1/15/2007
 
I think so. They introduced a lot of general business practices that have been followed by other corporations. They basically look out too much for their shareholders and not enough for their employees. I like Costco's business practices which in the past have been criticized because they treat their workers "too well... More
Answered By: Pizicato - 1/15/2007
 
Wal-Mart has hurt more than helped. They are an example of a "generic America". All communities look the same now - from California to Washington DC. Sure, I like the convenienceand the pricing, but Wal-Mart is a big bully. They force workers to work for a substandard wage, bad hours, poor benefits and to accept... More
Answered By: Dovie - 1/15/2007
 
Good question! Wal Mart has monopolized the retail market considerably, and I realize many retailers cannot stay in busy or make a profit as long a the Wal Marts exist. As far as I'm concerned, every Sunday, one stop does it all! I always get my groceries there, pet supplies, and over the counter medication, and I... More
Answered By: kathy - 1/15/2007
 
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