I’m not actually sure if the Amish actually love Wal-Mart, but they must be fond of the store because there have been many Amish sightings there (I myself have seen a few in my past few Wal-Mart trips). Anyways, Wal-Mart is a huge store and has huge revenues, but they might also have huge problems if they don’t change their ways. There seems to have been controversies in the past about Wal-Mart’s employees and their employment practices. After reading the articles on Wal-Mart for this week, it was found that there appears to be discrimination against women who work at the company. The company also does not have great wages for their employees, especially compared to Costco. After reading the cases on Nike, Shell, and now Wal-Mart, it seems like big companies have big problems, or are more prone to bigger problems. I don’t think Wal-Mart is even close to the scale of Nike’s or Shell’s problems at all, but Wal-Mart is a huge company and there are disputes about their wages and employment practices. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that bigger companies have more prevalent and bigger problems. Or maybe it’s just the media that magnifies them to a certain point. I think it is definitely easier to point out problems or find controversy in the operations of larger companies than in smaller, more local companies. It is also easier to find flaws since a lot of large companies are public and their financial records are available to the public. There are a lot of different factors that have a part in making information public and spreading the word about failings or drawbacks to a business, but I wonder if there is just one that is more important or plays a larger part than the others in this.
- Wal-Mart to discuss business at US Walmart stores (sfgate.com)
- Wal-Mart teams up with Facebook (timesunion.com)
- Wal-Mart reverses revenue decline in US business (seattletimes.nwsource.com)