reply to post by onemoreface
What are you babbling about? Coke?? So the coke I drink was bought at Walmart? I don't think so....
There is no me and me only/ exclusives of any major manufacturers. As a matter of fact, walmart and others are being bypassed by direct/factory
outlets as we speak.
The big and only advantage Walmart has ISN'T wages. Any Mom and Pop shop can survive without wages, per say, something that WalMart could never
compete with. Mom and Pops can operate without medical plans, huge Human resource departments, PR departments, legal departments ad nausem....
Their advantage is VOLUME . Period. Volume purchasing of products, often selling these products at prices below the price paid by the Mom and Pops
shops in the first place!
That's the real bottem line. The rest is garbage. Political noise. Supply and demand.
Having delivered to many, many WalMart distribution centers over the years and "visited" with many employees...er sorry, "associates", a lot had
family members with jobs elsewhere, decent wages but no medical, the spouse would work for lower wages at wally's world but cover their whole family
with the Wal Mart medical plan. By and large, it was a workable solution that most were satisfied with.
Again, a huge work force allowed relatively cheap medical insurance due to the group size.
This has been going on for decades, the attacks...much more recent.
You won't hear this anywhere else that I know of, but here goes. When WalMart stuck to electronics, consumer goods as in the early years, there
wasn't much noise. Cities and towns competed to get a "WalMart" for the economic boost. Construction, jobs, all adding up in new revenue for the
counties/towns in question.
When they moved into the traditional grocery chain market, they stepped on some serious toes, both "old money" AND big national Unions. safeways,
supervalus, a whole bunch of big old boy networks.
The big strikes in LA at the chains, reducing corporate contributions to medical plans and pensions to compete with the WalMarts of the world set all
this off. That's when the attacks started, at least on a large scale, that I'm aware of.
Of course, Walmart is arrogant and has done some things that I'd question. being successful isn't one of them. Now the Targets and the Costcos of
the world are emulating them, with tweeks that make them perhaps a little better, and zero attacks.
Hello? Doesn't that seem funny seeming there is no significant difference in the supply and demand, volume purchasing process of any of them!!!
These too, will pass...I remember when IBM/Big Blue was the big monster, untouchable with their "360's".
I laughed my head off seeing them "testify" against Gates and microsoft in the Clinton era...My point is these guys will go the same route, probably
faster than IBM did. Things change so fast these days.
Above all, this attack is about capitalism, "fairness" so on. Capitalism is abused, but works better than any other system.(Those other so-called
systems are also abused even more so).
Buy where you want or don't want. Work where you want or don't want. Just quit whining......