One Nation Under Wal-Mart

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One Nation Under Wal-Mart Business Ethics Prof. Paul Bashaw April 14, 2009
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Introduction I have decided to write my paper on “One Nation Under Wal-Mart,” case number 4.5. I intend to use the moral theory of Utilitarianism because I think that I can use it to show the good things and the bad things that Wal-Mart can offer a society. I will talk about whether Wal-Mart is good for a community or town or even a country or if it is bad for these things. I will talk about what some other people have to say about the Wal-Mart “takeover.” Summary of Case “One Nation Under Wal-Mart” is a case about how Wal-Mart has hostilely taken over the retail business. The case states that Wal-mart is able to offer cheaper prices because they put so much pressure on their suppliers to lower their prices. The case also shows statistics of how much percentage Wal-Mart is of many suppliers’ sales. According to the case Wal-Mart has a 30% market share of all household items. 28% of Dial’s business and 24% of Del Monte’s business go through Wal-Mart stores. An amazing statistic of Wal-Mart is that they import 10% of all United States imports from China. “One Nation Under Wal-Mart” explains the problems that some people have with the massive retailer. It explains how because Wal-Mart is able to purchase goods at such cheap prices and pass on the savings to its customers, it has forced numerous local businesses to close their doors. The case also states that Wal-Mart is very anti-union and that it pays its workers near minimum wage at an average of $8.23 an hour for sales
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clerks. Wal-Mart also is very stingy on health benefits for its 1.4 million employees. These statistics are said to be the main reason Wal-Mart has a 44% employee turnover rate per year. Since Wal-Mart employs so many people and the pay rate is so low, the government has to “pick up the slack” for these people to work. A congressional report states that a two-hundred-employee store costs the government $42,000 a year in housing assistance, $108,000 in children’s health care, and $125,000 in tax credits and deductions
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