Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer and the world's largest corporation. It is also the subject of some considerable controversy regarding claims that it is bad for small towns and treats its workers poorly.
Wal-Mart does represent what might be called "retail technology" – a collection of "best practices" for getting everyday goods to the public at low prices – which does contribute significant value to a community. There may also be costs that play out in the long term or in more diffuse ways, however, and more data is needed in order to have a realistic idea of how the costs & benefits play out.
- Wal-Mart official home page
- Analysis of Income Taxes for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
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- 2005-12-29 Wal-Mart to pay $200 million to workers
- 2005-10-21 Wal-Mart yanks its own chain: signs of reform?
- 2007-02-07 Why I Hate Walmart: a relatively minor quibble, but with interesting discussion afterwards