Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

"Real Changes. Real People. Real Results."

Lee Scott just addressed the conference. He said that so much of what you hear about Wal-Mart is about what divides us. Visiting Wal-Mart, he said, you hear a different story. Wal-Mart is improving lives and creating opportunities. The union-funded opponents in Washington, DC need to ask the 130 million people who shop in Wal-Mart and the communities where it is located. Wal-Mart has always been about everyday working people.

However, Scott said, Wal-Mart is a company in transformation. Wal-Mart has been successful because it has never stood still. It is making changes from a position of strength while remaining true to its core values.

What are those changes?

  • In the area of merchandise, Wal-Mart wants to appeal more to minority, women, and affluent customers.

  • Wal-Mart wants to be a leader in diversity and become more transparent in that regard.

  • Sustainability is good for business and the environment. Scott said Wal-Mart had underestimated the benefits of sustainability and feels it will become part of the national business culture.

  • Wal-Mart is doing its part to improve health care and benefits but a long-term answer to the health care crisis will require national solutions at every level.

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