what originally inspired the post was below an article in fastcompany about walmart. the scale of walmart’s operations is unbelievable. they are four times larger than the second biggest retailer in the us and larger than exxon or mobil.
while this article focuses more on the issue of losing jobs overseas, it does not ignore the consequences of the walmartization of all aspects of life.
walmart is leading the charge to lower prices and lower quality of life. americans seem to be waking up to the consequences.
Wal-Mart has also lulled shoppers into ignoring the difference between the price of something and the cost…. Ever-cheaper prices have consequences. Says Steve Dobbins, president of thread maker Carolina Mills: “We want clean air, clear water, good living conditions, the best health care in the world–yet we aren’t willing to pay for anything manufactured under those restrictions.”
Fast Company: The Walmart You Don’t Know. [what’s in rebecca’s pocket?]