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The BriefGet Up To Speed

Walmart has long been a target for critics of corporate expansion, but does the company really deserve the scrutiny? Some say that the big-box retailer devastates small communities by pushing out locally-owned businesses, mistreats its workers through low pay and restrictive work hours, and forces American companies to use cheap foreign labor to produce goods at low cost. Others point to the fact that Walmart provides countless jobs to low-skilled American workers, sells affordable goods, has increasingly become a leader in sustainability, and attracts new consumers and businesses to its neighborhoods. Has Walmart been good for America?


As American shoppers move online, Walmart fights to defend its dominance. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A timeline of Walmart’s founding and development. 

Walmart’s statistics on employment, financials, and leadership. 

It seems just about everyone has heard of or shops at Walmart. But we bet you didn’t know these surprising facts about the global retail giant.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

America's "favorite" supermarket—at least in terms of where we spend the most money—also appears to offer the worst grocery shopping experience.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Brad Tuttle

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., incorporated on October 31, 1969, is engaged in the operation of retail, wholesale and other units in various formats around the world.

Walmart on Tuesday touted a plan to create some 10,000 jobs in the United States this year, a move that may help it get in front any potential pressure from President-elect Donald Trump.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Phil Wahba

From its sophisticated inventory systems to its pricing innovations, Wal-Mart has blazed a path that numerous other retailers are now following, many of them vigorously competing with Wal-Mart.

Monday, November 28, 2005
Jason Furman

Just over a decade ago, EDF and Walmart launched a groundbreaking partnership — one that’s delivering powerful results and helping to scale sustainability across the retail supply chain.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Fred Krupp

But as the largest single private employer in the country, is Walmart really responsible for keeping its workers out of poverty?

Friday, April 1, 2005
Ryan Cooper

Wal-Mart's critics allege that the retailer is bad for poor Americans. This claim is backward. 

Monday, November 28, 2005
Sebastian Mallaby

In this op-ed, Egan argues that Walmart and Starbucks are “poised to do more to affect the huge chasm between the rich and everybody else than anything that’s likely to come out of John Boehner’s House of Representatives.” Read Walmart’s response here

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Timothy Egan

When a Walmart comes to town, the local economic framework is immediately thrown into turmoil.

Monday, January 25, 2016
Ethan Wolff-Mann

The retail giant is always watching.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Susan Berfield

Walmart's low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Clare O’Connor

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a means of survival for families earning minimum wage.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Peter van Buren
Wage Increases

2016 action lifts average hourly full-time rate to $13.38; New paid time off plan gives full- and part-time associates greater control. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The largest private employer in the U.S. will have to do a lot more to appease its critics.

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Bourree Lam

Wal-Mart Stores Inc would have to spend an additional $4.95 billion if it were to raise the minimum wage for its hourly employees in the United States to $15 per hour from the current $10 per hour, according to an estimate by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research.

Friday, June 10, 2016
Big Box Retailers

A series of studies that shed light on the effects of big-box retailers on other businesses, employment, wages, crime and health.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Denise-Marie Ordway and Leighton Walter Kille