Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Sorry Vera

Remember the huge government warehouse where they hide the Ark of the Covenant at the end of "Raiders of the Lost Ark?" That gives you a pretty good idea of what a Wal-Mart distribution center looks like.

It seems more laughable than ever that Vera White suggested that the current Moscow Wal-Mart will become a distribution center. The one I just toured could fit 15 Moscow Wal-Marts inside it. The Bentonville distribution center is 1.2 MILLION square feet and serves 120 stores.

The only distribution center planned for 2007 within 1000 miles of Pullman is in Cheyenne, WY. Sorry Vera.

Some interesting facts: Wal-Mart has 122 distribution centers in the U.S. with 85,000 employees. Wal-Mart's 8,000 truck drivers drove 910 million miles last year (some of that through Pullman).

Note to Cynthia Hosick: Wal-Mart is installing auxiliary power units in its trucks so that they won't have to idle their engines when unloading.

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