Mark, how would you like to be the employee at an American television tube 
manufacturer and then lose your job and watch the plant close. The manufacturer 
found that foreign companies were dumping their product on the American market 
so they filed suit. When push came to shove, Walmart filed against them, siding 
with the foreign market in what was clearly an ILLEGAL practice. Time ran out 
and the company had to close its doors. Business people love to look at the 
Walmart model in envy, but I doubt those same people would ever work for the 
company. I have no problem with businesses that are legal, ethical and moral, 
and Walmart has been proven to be lacking in all 3 areas.

John Thomas

>-----Original Message-----
>From: wispa [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
>Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2007 03:39 PM
>To: 'WISPA General List'
>Subject: Re: [WISPA] Service Offerings - Competing
>On Sat, 27 Jan 2007 14:27:22 -0800, George Rogato wrote
>> Blake Bowers wrote:
>You know, the only real difference between WalMart and most other retailers,
>is that what the manufacturer agrees to do, WalMart holds them to.
>Rubbermaid, Vlasic Pickles, Bicycle makers, the list goes on and on.  All of
>them agreed to do X, Y, and Z and each found out they had agreed to do things
>they didn't know how to do, or could not do.
>Many companies agreed to sell to WalMart at less than their cost, and went
>broke trying to keep up with demand.   WalMart is a huge market.  They sell
>in 3 months what the next largest retailer (the second largest retailer, that
>is) in the world sells in a year.
>Walmart insists that prices must FALL, not rise, and that they must be
>competitive.   Walmart's profit on some items is on the order of 1 to 5%, and
>those are not large items, either.  They DO their part in passing on revenues
>to manufacturers.  Nobody exists on slimmer margins than WalMart does.
>There's a trail of dead or damaged companies in WalMart's wake, but it wasn't
>Walmart that did it to them.  It was their own greed or incompetence, when
>they were offered a chance at the largest retailer's shelf space in the 
>world, and took it in terms they could NOT sustain.
>There's a lesson for all of us in that, in that we really SHOULD know our
>capabilities and have a plan to deal with both growth and competition.  Can
>we handle success?  Can we keep our word, do we know our own selves well
>enough to make our plans and stick to them with discipline?
>Will we promise what we can't deliver, if it appears to promise us growth?
>Every company that sells products to WalMart knows exactly what they're 
>expected to do when they start out.  Many think they can get concessions, or
>have unrealistic expectations.
>I spent quite a bit of time reading about this...  And I resolved at that
>moment, no matter what the future, I resolve to know what I'm doing, where
>I'm going, and what I and my company can and cannot do.
>I sort of turned over a new leaf after reading and digesting.  It was a good
>way to start 2007.  Inspired by WalMart, no less.  Hate them if you want, but
>I don't and can't.  They're a breath of fresh air in a world of fudging,
>loose focus and blind ambition.   They have an absolute resolute goal they
>have never wavered on, and that has always been the customer.  WE need that
>kind of discipline and focus, too, as companies and individuals.  NEver 
>forget what we're here for.
>> >
>> > The pickles...  The famous pickles.  Got to love it.  You tie the
>> > pickles with the
>> > bankruptcy, when every industry analyst, all the business mags, Vlasic
>> > themselves,
>> > all agree, Walmart or the pickle deal was not a critical factor in their
>> > bankruptcy.
>> Not sure about pickles, but I have heard the "Rubbermaid" story.
>> Walmart, dropped Rubbermaid off at the door of bakruptcy. Popular
>> story about the way they do business.
>> All Walmart business practices do is give everyone an example of
>> extreme agressiveness of those sharks out there.
>> --
>> WISPA Wireless List:
>> Subscribe/Unsubscribe:
>> Archives:
>Mark Koskenmaki  <> Neofast, Inc
>Broadband for the Walla Walla Valley and Blue Mountains
>WISPA Wireless List:

WISPA Wireless List:



Reply via email to