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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,633 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Fishman Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Wal-Mart Effect: The overwhelming impact of the world's largest company-due to its relentless pursuit of low prices-on retailers and manufacturers, wages and jobs, the culture of shopping, the shape of our communities, and the environment; a global force of unprecedented nature. Wal-Mart is not only the world's largest company; it is also the largest company in the history of the world. Americans spend $26 million every hour at Wal-Mart, twenty-four hours of every day, every day of the year. Is the company a good thing or a bad thing? On the one hand, market guru Warren Buffett estimates that the company's low prices save American consumers $10 billion a year. On the other, the behemoth is the number-one employer in thirty-seven of the fifty states yet has never let a union in the door. Though 70 percent of Americans now live within a fifteen-minute drive of a Wal-Mart store, we have not even begun to understand the true power of the company and the many ways it is shaping American life. We know about the lawsuits and the labor protests, but what we don't know is how profoundly the "Wal-Mart effect" is shaping our lives. Fast Company senior editor Charles Fishman takes us on an unprecedented behind-the-scenes investigative expedition deep inside the many worlds of Wal-Mart. He reveals the radical ways in which the company is transforming America's economy, our workforce, our communities, and our environment. Fishman penetrated the secrecy of Wal-Mart headquarters, interviewing twenty-five high-level former executives; he entered into the world of a host of Wal-Mart's suppliers to uncover how the company strong-arms even the most established brands; and journeyed to the ports and factories, the fields and forests where Wal-Mart's power is warping the very structure of the world's market for goods. Wal-Mart is not just a retailer anymore, Fishman argues. It has become a kind of economic ecosystem, and anyone who wants to understand the forces shaping our world today must understand the company's hidden reach. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A must-read if one is even to begin understanding the global dominance of Wal-Mart.”

    Washington Post

  • “The best Wal-Mart expose yet…as measured by depth and breadth of research, writing style, and evenhanded treatment.”

    Denver Post

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie | 2/20/2014

    " While I read this because it is relevant to work - I would recommend this book to anyone. It's amazing how much WM shapes our lives, even if you have never stepped foot into one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lee Sacco | 2/18/2014

    " Very Interesting book. You will look around and think more the next time you shop at Wal-Mart. Many company's have had to close, and even more people have been put out of work. These is something to be said for low prices but at what cost. Heres an example, Levis Jeans are now sold at Wal-Mart. Next time your looking for a pair check out the weight of the denim as compared to a pair bought in a Levis store. Wal-Mart has their own lightweight denim Levi has to use in order to sell at their demanded price. The light jeans tear easy the belt loops break away and the zippers break. Thats not Levis trademark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan | 2/14/2014

    " This book is a little dated now, but it still makes for a good read. Practices that are fine in a small business take a different tone when used in one of the world's top companies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katherine | 1/23/2014

    " This book was very eye-opening to me! Everyone needs to read it and do all they can to boycott WalMart. I wish I had written it. (I got my mom's book club to read it) "

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