The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works--and HowIt's Transforming the American Economy

The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works--and HowIt's Transforming the American Economy

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by Charles Fishman
     
 

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Wal-Mart isn’t just the world’s biggest company, it is probably the world’s most written-about. But no book until this one has managed to penetrate its wall of silence or go beyond the usual polemics to analyze its actual effects on its customers, workers, and suppliers. Drawing on unprecedented interviews with former Wal-Mart executives and a wealth

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Wal-Mart isn’t just the world’s biggest company, it is probably the world’s most written-about. But no book until this one has managed to penetrate its wall of silence or go beyond the usual polemics to analyze its actual effects on its customers, workers, and suppliers. Drawing on unprecedented interviews with former Wal-Mart executives and a wealth of staggering data (e.g., Americans spend $36 million an hour at Wal-Mart stores, and in 2004 its growth alone was bigger than the total revenue of 469 of the Fortune 500), The Wal-Mart Effect is an intimate look at a business that is dramatically reshaping our lives.

Editorial Reviews

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The best Wal-Mart expose yet . . . as measured by depth and breadth of research, writing style, and evenhanded treatment. (The Denver Post)

Highly readable, incisive, precise, and even elegant. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Wal-Mart Effect is an interesting look at how big corporations affect our planet in positive and negative ways. The strength . . . is in the stories about the lives that Wal-Mart has touched, set against the backdrop of an astounding array of data. (USA Today)

Insightful. (BusinessWeek)

The Wal-Mart Effect saunters through the influential economic ‘ecosystem’ that the discount chain represents with clarity, compelling nuance, and refreshing objectivity. (The Christian Science Monitor)

A must-read if one is even to begin understanding the global dominance of Wal-Mart. (The Washington Post)

Library Journal
Whether you love or hate Wal-Mart, you can't avoid reading about it. Considering that at least seven titles on the retailing behemoth were published just in 2005, what else could there be to say? Quite a lot, actually. Fishman (senior editor, Fast Company) has compiled a compelling and balanced report on Wal-Mart. Via a combination of startling statistics, personal stories from Wal-Mart founders, suppliers, and employees, and revelations about the social costs required for those low, low prices, he gives us a view into the world of discount retailing much as Eric Schlosser did for the food service industry in his expos , Fast Food Nation. Through it all, Fishman focuses on the larger picture, the "Wal-Mart effect," outlining how the sheer size and scale of the company leads to changes in labor relations, economics, environmental conditions, and consumer behavior, not just in the United States but globally. For example, Wal-Mart's rigorous adherence to low prices for its goods has contributed significantly to the growth of factory jobs overseas, rather than in the United States. Overall, this is a fascinating look into Wal-Mart and its "effects" on us all. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Susan Hurst, Miami Univ., Oxford, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143038788
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/26/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
298,018
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
The best Wal-Mart expose yet . . . as measured by depth and breadth of research, writing style, and evenhanded treatment. (The Denver Post)

Highly readable, incisive, precise, and even elegant. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Wal-Mart Effect is an interesting look at how big corporations affect our planet in positive and negative ways. The strength . . . is in the stories about the lives that Wal-Mart has touched, set against the backdrop of an astounding array of data. (USA Today)

Insightful. (BusinessWeek)

The Wal-Mart Effect saunters through the influential economic ‘ecosystem’ that the discount chain represents with clarity, compelling nuance, and refreshing objectivity. (The Christian Science Monitor)

A must-read if one is even to begin understanding the global dominance of Wal-Mart. (The Washington Post)

Meet the Author

Charles Fishman has been a senior editor at the Orlando Sentinel and the News & Observer and is now a senior editor at Fast Company. In 2005 he won the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism.

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The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works--and How It's Transforming the American Economy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wal- Mart Effect By: Charles Fishman From the beginning of Wal ¿ Mart to present day, Charles Fishman will take you on a tour of Wal- marts growing effect on the economy. It¿s how Wal ¿ Mart effects the companies they buy from, their employees, and even you. This book has insider stories, as well as well researched graphs and studies to show the modern family what it really means to have low prices. This book was well written, full of information, and very insightful. 9 out of 10. Zach
Guest More than 1 year ago
Charles Fishman does a good job summarizing the 'effects' of the world's largest retailer - all the way down the value chain: end user prices, supplier costs, worker conditions at home and abroad, and social/environmental impacts. In the end, he proposes a solution to deal with such mega-corporations: a change in securities law that requires more transparency. A previous reviewer stated his concerns over increased governmental regulation -- likening it to 'wolves to handle your stray dog problem.' However, I tend to agree with the author that we do not have adequate rules to deal with the relatively new phenomena of mega-corporations -- ones that have attained monopsony control over the market. We have strict laws to deal with monopolies - situations where one 'seller' has significant control over the market. It is not unreasonable to propose greater oversight in situations where one 'buyer' has significant control, either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Should be required reading for any business person, student or consumer. Our business environment is changing and it is not just happening in the electronic/computer arena.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was not an insight of the inner workings of Walmart, but a view of how Walmart has changed the world and how we do business. This book is enlightening to the global impact of business today -- the advantages, the consequences of the world economy and the importance of corporate responsibility and accountability.
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Lots of people love and shop at wally world.I am happy we live in a free country.I don't have to shop there
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This book is a great read for anyone that ever wanted to de-mystify the WalMart Empire. It is factual and unbiased. I leared a great deal about WalMart and the global impacts this retailer has on the world economy.
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Contiune please.