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When you're the largest and most successful company in the world, you've got a big "target" on your back. Critics hate it. Shoppers love it. Is Walmart the evil empire or low-price savior? There's never been a book as uniquely positioned to answer that question. Until now. Author Ron Loveless was there from the start. Actually, before the start. Born to a welfare-supported family in Hiwassee, Arkansas (population 98), Ron and Walmart are inextricably joined at the hip. His mother cleaned house for the man ...
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Overview


When you're the largest and most successful company in the world, you've got a big "target" on your back. Critics hate it. Shoppers love it. Is Walmart the evil empire or low-price savior? There's never been a book as uniquely positioned to answer that question. Until now. Author Ron Loveless was there from the start. Actually, before the start. Born to a welfare-supported family in Hiwassee, Arkansas (population 98), Ron and Walmart are inextricably joined at the hip. His mother cleaned house for the man everyone called "Mr. Sam" long before the first Walmart opened its doors. Chronicling Ron's rise from stock boy to senior vice president (or in Ron's words, from "outhouse to penthouse"), Walmart Inside Out gives readers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the corporate giant from a uniquely-balanced perspective. By turns enlightening, entertaining and endearing, Walmart Inside Out is written in an amiable, down-home style that feels like you're sitting on the author's porch, sharing stories and a cool drink on a gentle Arkansas night.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781935043416
  • Publisher: Stephens Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Ronald Leroy Loveless graduated from Bentonville High School in 1960, served four years in the U.S. Air Force and accepted a job with Walmart as a stock boy in 1964. He rose steadily through the Walmart operations ranks, achieving senior vice president status in 1983. Along the way,he was appointed general manager of the Sam's Club operations. Ron left the company in 1986 to pursue interests in the entertainment industry.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Forward 13

Part 1 Humble Beginnings

Chapter 1 The"Leir"Lands at Walmart 17

Chapter 2 My House, Chicken House, Outhouse 27

Chapter 3 Bentonville, Arkansas and the U.S. Air Force 37

Part 2 My Career

Chapter 4 Learning the Ropes-Stock Boy 63

Chapter 5 Ocelots, Monkeys & Mynahs (Oh My!) Confessions of a Pet Department Manager 75

Chapter 6 Movin' and Shakin' - Assistant Store Manager 83

Chapter 7 Store Manager, Newport, Arkansas - A Perilous Experience 93

Chapter 8 Managing in Paradise-Mountain Home, Arkansas 97

Chapter 9 Bigger Bucks and Bigger Problems - District Manager 117

Chapter 10 Regional VP - Assistant to the President \ Special Projects 133

Chapter 11 Vice-President, Hardlines Merchandising Dealing with Suppliers and Buyers 143

Chapter 12 Sam's Wholesale Club - Building a New Company 167

Part 3 Understanding Walmart's Success

Chapter 13 Walmart's Top 10 Building Blocks for Success 187

Chapter 14 Sam Walton, a Unique Leader 197

Chapter 15 How We Beat the Competition 217

Chapter 16 Right People, Right Time 225

Chapter 17 The Challenge of Retaining the Corporate Culture 233

Chapter 18 A Rebuttal to the Critics 241

Part 4 Lessons for Suppliers, Associates and Life

Chapter 19 So You Want to Sell to Walmart? 263

Chapter 20 Brant Vs. Value and Merchandising 273

Chapter 21 The Third Party Issue 283

Chapter 22 Top Ten List of Advance for Success in the Workplace (With Apologies to David Letterman) 289

Chapter 23 Lessons for life-Regrets 299

Epilogue 307

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