Wal-Mart and Its Urban Expansion Strategy

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Brittani Robbins
Mr. Audler- BUS 409
March 11, 2008

Wal-Mart and It’s Urban Expansion Strategy

Problems:

1.Immigration and customs raided Wal-Mart and found many problems 2.Media reported many problems
3.It was named the largest class action lawsuit
4.Activists and Union leaders criticized it for its low wages and low prices that put pressure on competitors/ 5.became a political symbol as Democratic candidates criticized it for health benefits 6.History of opposing unionization

Chicago Stores:

-To open in west and east side of Chicago
-Chicago works rights board said it would cost more jobs than it would create.
- Chicago Federation of labor said they need to agree not to sell groceries at any Chicago stores, to avoid driving down wages of its grocery competitors.

Despite all the problems that Wall- Mart brought with them, it would bring positive things to Chicago. It would offer many people jobs and teach them how to work so they could one day work somewhere other than Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart would give the people of the east and west hope and opportunities to make something of themselves.

One thing that Wal-Mart could possibly do would be to raise their wages to equal the wages of the other supermarkets in the Chicago area.

Another thing that Wal- Mart could consider would be to raise their wages above their competitors, in order to attract more employees to work for them.

Overall I think Wal Mart benefits exceed its costs in the eyes of the unemployed citizens. I also think that Wal-Mart would be only helping and not hurting the Chicago areas.
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