I read an article once about this. What happens when Walmart can't drop prices 
any lower? Who foots the bill when Walmart employees get sick and go to the 
Emergency room? 


>-----Original Message-----
>From: Peter R. [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
>Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2007 03:46 PM
>To: 'WISPA General List'
>Subject: Re: [WISPA] Service Offerings - Competing
>Blake Bowers wrote:
>> Actually, Walmart has made most of its money by providing the CONSUMER 
>> with
>> what the CONSUMER wants.
>> Walmart fills only what the consumer wants.   That is how they make 
>> money,
>> by meeting those consumer needs/desires.  When a customer wants
>> an apple for ten cents, you don't fulfill those needs by offering an 
>> orange for
>> twenty cents!
>Actually, are they supplying what a consumer wants?
>Or simply offering low prices?
>Don't confuse the 2.
>Many people want cheaper - or the perception of cheaper.
>When you are selling commodities, it usually does come down to price.
>Yet Target sells many of the same items and has a much higher check out 
>average per customer.
>Customer service, neatness, variety, and plain ole English are all 
>things missing from Walmart, IMO.
>At what point does that model - of dropping prices - stop working?
>(I have noticed that Walmart is often not the cheapest.)
>And this model only works when you can capture market share.
>- Peter
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