It’s disappointing that the author chose a biased and factually inaccurate source on which to base his opinion. If the author had taken the time to research his premise, or reached out to Walmart for comment to balance the story, he would have found that the majority of our associates are full-time with access to benefits including competitive wages, health insurance, company funded 401(k), an Associate Stock Purchase Program, and training and education assistance.
Additionally, Walmart stores often serve as magnets for increased retail growth. Small businesses that surround our stores generally have complimentary products and services that Walmart doesn’t offer, or are strong in areas where we can’t compete. In fact, a recent party study showed that cities with a Walmart Supercenter experience an increase in new business permits and taxable retail sales.
Walmart is the largest purchaser of locally grown products in the US and we’ve made a commitment to help revive American manufacturing and boost job creation through the purchase of an additional $250 billion in U.S. products over the next 10 years.
For more on Walmart’s commitment to our associates, engagement with suppliers, and impact on the communities we serve please visit www.corporate.walmart.com.