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Case Study 4 - Sure Wal-Mart gives many consumers to...

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Monique Katz TMD 232 Case 4 Questions (P. 579-580) 1) Wal-Mart as a whole is great for society it gives many working class people the opportunity to consume at a reasonable price. However as much as Wal-Mart helps give consumers more options on the other hand the statistics about their employee benefits and wages are not up to par. In that sense we would, as a society would be better off without Wal-Mart if under educated and under paid people was important to society as a whole. “For example Costco’s average wages are $ 16 per hour compared with Wal-Mart’s $10; Costco employees pay between 5 and 8 percent of health care premiums. Wal-Mart employees pay 34 percent with a high deductible; and 82 percent of Costco’s employees receive health care benefits, but only 48 percent of Wal-Mart’s employees do” (Weitz, P. 580). To me Wal-Mart to seems to be a bureaucracy, controlling the people under them making it hard to move up in the company because of prejudice taking advantage of people.
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Unformatted text preview: Sure Wal-Mart gives many consumers to purchase items at a lower cost while compromising their integrity at the same time. I believe that society as a whole would be better off without Wal-Mart, but without their cut throat business strategies which could be viewed as immoral or un-ethical, however I do not think Wal-Mart would be able to keep giving the opportunity to buy items at their low prices. 2) I do support towns banning Wal-Mart’s in towns. The reason why is Wal-Mart supercenters are not aesthetically pleasing it also takes away from the intimacy and personal service that should be experienced when entering a store. 3) Yes, it is imperative that Wal-Mart improves their wages, health benefits and pay suppliers higher costs because where there are happy workers there are happy customers. It’s also un-ethical to make employees do the companies dirty work, and to be discriminated against is also un-ethical....
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