Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Bentonville Bound

This blog's purpose is to comment on current events in Pullman, the Palouse, and Washington State. Nothing has dominated headlines on the Palouse more in the last year than the proposals to build Wal-Mart Supercenters in Pullman and Moscow.

To that end, I have accepted an invitation to attend, at my own expense, the Second Annual Wal-Mart Media Conference in Northwest Arkansas on April 18th and 19th.

The conference will feature presentations by CEO Lee Scott, CFO Tom Schoewe, Wal-Mart Stores, USA President and CEO Eduardo Castro-Wright and other Wal-Mart executives from the operations, merchandising and administrative divisions, and will be followed by a question and answer session. In addition to focusing on timely issues affecting the industry and the company, the conference will feature:

  • A highlight of upcoming advertising and marketing activities

  • A preview of cutting-edge merchandise

  • Tours of the Home Office and Distribution Center

  • An overview of healthcare initiatives

  • Break-out sessions on the role of the company's Emergency Operations Center and position on sustainability issues

  • A discussion of market and consumer trends and how Wal-Mart is responding

  • I'm wanting to hear how Wal-Mart is responding to their critics and what they have planned for the future. It's important for the residents of Pullman to know. I'll be reporting back both during the conference and after I get home.

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    Scotty said...

    Is it me, of did our future State Rep just speak to us?

    Dale Courtney said...

    I'm jealous. I wish I could go.

    If you hear anything about the Moscow Super Wal-Mart, please let me know -- though I doubt they will be discussing specifics with you.


    Uncle Bubba said...

    Ask them if they would consider changing the plans for our store. How does this sound..... " Pullman, Washington Home of the World's Largest Wal-Mart Super Center!"

    Scotty said...

    That would be quite the distinction! People could come from all around and shop there! The mall of america seems to attract people just to shop. Why not Pullman?