Car salesperson needed in aisle 10.
Yep, those are the words you might hear over the intercom at your nearby Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart's shares have been stagnant as the company has struggled with its PR over the past few years. The bigger Wal-Mart has grown, the larger a target it has made for critics, who have maligned it for many of its hard-edged, cost-cutting ways. Many customers have come to realize that super-low prices on store shelves often mean scrimping on employee wages and benefits, or on environmental stewardship. And that opinion has made it easier for discounters such as Target
Maybe Wal-Mart has seen the light. The retailer is known for playing hardball with suppliers on price, but it has also shown a recent interest in environmental initiatives. Many critics have had to grudgingly agree that huge companies like Wal-Mart and McDonald's
Wal-Mart's interest in environmentally friendly initiatives has made headlines, and the Bloomberg article touched on the many things Wal-Mart is doing to show its willingness to make a difference. Who could forget the discounter's high-profile plan to push energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs in its stores? Not only did Wal-Mart conserve energy, but it also saved its customers money. And it met its goals for the initiative, too. That's just the tip of the iceberg in its environmental pursuits.
We may never see Wal-Mart sell a Toyota
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