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Walmart-ization Wal-Mart operates as a distributor and retailer of consumer goods Wal-Marts history is one of innovation leadership and success It started with a single store in Rogers Arkansas in 1962 and has grown to what is now the worlds largest - and arguably the most emulated - retailer Some researchers refer to Wal-Mart as the industry trendsetter 14 million Employees worldwide Wal-Marts workforce is now larger than that of GM Ford GE and IBM combined Wal-Mart has enormously affected local communities and US economy What role does Wal-Mart play in our society Does Wal-Mart represent the American dream or is it just a monstrous capitalist empire In order to examine the matter from a sociologists point of view one can use the structural functional theory and the social conflict theory According to the structural functional theory American society consists of interrelated social structures where each has a purpose of working together with other parts to bring social strength One can simply say that Wal-Mart serves an interrelated force in American society and it has an inherited tendency to balance and equilibrium Also Wal-Mart provides value to customers by offering collection of a wide variety of consumer goods in a single location and selling those goods at the lowest prices One can argue that Wal-Mart is a step up for fast food gas station mini-mart and most clerical jobs It offers a job at a price per hour to a prospective employee that isnt going to find any better local options My experience in Wal-Mart is that they hire people that most other places dont At least in the two I shop a large percentage of the employees are 70 years old or so I dont see a problem with requiring some physical labor of employees considering that as far as I can see no job in Wal-Mart allows sitting down It doesnt pay a family wage but does pay enough to give teens
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