Wal-Mart was founded in 1962 in Rogers, Ark where Sam Walton built the first Wal-Mart. The company became incorporated in October of 1969 and by the 1970’s the company was trading on the OTC markets and ended up being put on the New York Stock Exchange a couple of years later. In 1972 Wal-Mart went public and by the end of the decade had over 276 stores in 11 states.

Sam Walton had a vision, which was to save people money, by having a variety of products and service to allow the customers to have a better life. This is the type of focus that drives everything that people do within their life, and they serve millions of customers a day around the world.

Now today the company has over 10,000 stores and Sam club’s in 27 countries and employ over 2 million associates while serving over 176 million customer’s a year. This company definitely is a wonderful example of how they have managed growth and stability without losing sight of their values. Wal-Mart has become one of the most successful retailer’s in the world and they are thinning out their competitors.

Wal-Mart is implementing a four-point plan to improve the comparable store sales. Wal-Mart’s brand is everyday low prices and this is what makes the customer’s give them their trust and loyalty. They want customers to be able to have more opportunities and also shop on their terms. Wal-Mart remains on the priority to make more supercenters because this is where they receive the biggest returns. Wal-Mart is considered a one stop shop because you can purchase everything right there.

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A Wonderful Experience still Thrives


What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?

The one experience that has changed my life was going to college. Without the knowledge and understanding of how the world works in relation to the business aspects of life I would not be where I am today. Of course, without my family sticking behind me throughout the years of college I would not have made it through those trying times. Now that I have finished college and working on finding the right career for me I find that it is not a picnic when it comes to finding that right job. With the economy the way that it is right now and the lack of jobs makes it harder to find that perfect job. I find myself wondering why I went to college in the first place and then I look at my children and family they are the reason why I have made it this far in my life. Without their help and understanding of the importance of going to college and obtaining that degree. The feeling that you get when you have accomplished something so great is outstanding. To know that I have made an impression on my children is all the gratitude that I need to keep the faith that something will come my way. I know that I have the skills, knowledge, and the will to make my life the best that it can be without having people tell me that I have done a good job. Looking back on the years of college, the long nights, and the other things that come with going after the things that you want. I have to say that these were the best times of my life. It is an amazing feeling to know that you have inspired your children to go to college and work towards something that they want to do and where they want their career to be when they finally make it to that point in their life. Four years from now my children will graduate with their high school diploma, and the last four years of homeschooling will be over. I know that I have done my job as a parent and teacher because they love to learn. Teaching the basics of life and the real world will be an experience that I will never forget. I hope that they turn out to be the best at everything that they do. The business world requires so much from people these days and sometimes it is hard to imagine how they survived back in the old days. Everyone can have something in their life that changes the way that they look at things. Only you can make the changes in your life the way that you want them to turn out. Without the will to make those changes no one can help you because you will not help yourself. I have tried to understand the things that have happened over the years. However, I have come to realize that things happen for a reason and we should not question the outcome of those reasons. As with anything like in the picture the long road ahead can open new doors and new obstacles that you will face throughout your life. You have the power to change anything that comes into your life.