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The Bully of Bentonville By Anthony Bianco Christopher Liu 810 711 675 Professor Speckman 27 November 2007
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1 The Bully of Bentonville is a book that attacks Wal-Mart and the ruthless business tactics that come with the conglomerate. It epitomizes the heartless businesses of America. Undeniably Bianco sees Wal-Mart as a true danger to America. Bianco is highly in favor of unions, Wal- Mart is the anti-union. Wal-Mart now has 300 billion dollars of total revenue, up 20 billion from 2003 when the book was written. In addition, the company employs an enormous 1.8 million people, half a million more than when the book was published, thus showing the growth power that Wal-Mart has. (Brunn). Wal-Mart employs the same quantity of people as Nebraska’s entire population, consequently making Wal-Mart the largest employer in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Bianco writes this book with a clear and boldly bias tone. Bianco avoids falling into senseless rants and focuses on the task at hand with clear examples (despite, at a few spots, using alarmist language and even comparing Sam Walton founder of Wal-Mart to the likes of Mao Zedong). Bianco feels sympathy towards Sam Walton and his company’s original ideals over Walton’s successors and the company Wal-Mart has become since Walton's death. Walton is an astute and calculated businessman. Walton knew exactly what he had to do to make the largest corporation in America (Walton). Bianco seems to give him the benefit of the doubt over those who are currently liable for the company. If the current leaders of Wal-Mart continue their relentless quest for profit then American business will vanquish as a whole. Bianco claims that the people who are in charge of Wal-Mart are callous in their decisions willing to relegate anyone who steps in the way of profits. Wal-Mart’s exploitation of everyday people without their prior knowledge hurts America by eliminating American business, taking advantage of government system to subsidize wages, and uses merciless tactics to ensure low prices and high profit.
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2 No small business can compete with Wal-Mart’s “Everyday low prices” without going bankrupt. In the movie Confessions of a Wal-Mart Hit Man an ex-manager talks about life at Wal-Mart, “I remember the few years when the downtown area of my small town went completely out of business, it looked like a ghost town.” Anything that needs to be bought, Wal-Mart can supply with decent quality and very low prices. Unless a business can beat the price or quality customers would not even think twice about where their products come from. The combination of this mentality and the convenience can completely replace an entire downtown area; hurting the town’s profit. Wal- Mart doesn’t just hurt the distribution side of business, they also deplete the manufacturing side. Wal-Mart outsources 80 percent of their products largely to China because of the loose working
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