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双色球字谜图谜总汇

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双色球字谜图谜总汇

"From the time anybody first noticed Sam, it was obvious he had adopted almost all of the originalKmart ideas. I always had great admiration for the way he implementedand later enlarged onthoseideas. Much later on, when I was retired but still a Kmart board member, I tried to advise the company'smanagement of just what a serious threat I thought he was. But it wasn't until fairly recently that they tookhim seriously."I guess we really were a flea attacking an elephant, and the elephant didn't respond right away. MaybeHarry's right. Maybe they didn't take us seriously until much later. But I always believed it made themmad, our going in on them like that in Hot Springs. Just a few years later, around 1976 and 1977, wedefinitely got the message that Kmartwith 1,000 storesthought Wal-Martwith 150had gotten too bigfor its britches. All of a sudden they took a direct shot right into our backyard, by opening up in four ofour better towns: Jefferson City and Poplar Bluff, Missouri; and Fayetteville and Rogers, Arkansas. Theywere expanding like that all over the country at the time, and all the regional discounters were worried. In1976, we had a session of our discounters' trade group in Phoenix, and a lot of guys were talking aboutways to avoid competing with Kmart directly. I got a little mad, and told everybody they ought to standup and fight them. I made it clear we planned to. Truth be told, discounting attracted mostly promoters in the beginningpeople who had been in thedistribution center business or who were real estate promoters, guys who weren't really even aspiringmerchants but who saw a huge opportunity. You didn't have to be a genius to see discounting as a newtrend that was going to sweep the country, and all kinds of folks came jumping into it with all fourfeetwherever they could arrive firstCedar Rapids, Iowa, or Springfield, Missouri, it didn't matter. Theywould take a carbon copy of somebody's store in Connecticut or Boston, hire some buyers and somesupervisors who were supposed to know the business, and start opening up stores. From about 1958until around 1970, it was phenomenally successful. We'll bring all of them in to Bentonville to talk to the buyers about what's working for them, and what'snot. Then they meet with the vendors and explain what kinds of complaints we're getting about theirproducts, or what's working well. Together, all these folks formulate their plan for the coming season,and then the department heads go back to their districts and share what they've learned with theircounterparts in neighboring stores. 双色球字谜图谜总汇 Truth be told, discounting attracted mostly promoters in the beginningpeople who had been in thedistribution center business or who were real estate promoters, guys who weren't really even aspiringmerchants but who saw a huge opportunity. You didn't have to be a genius to see discounting as a newtrend that was going to sweep the country, and all kinds of folks came jumping into it with all fourfeetwherever they could arrive firstCedar Rapids, Iowa, or Springfield, Missouri, it didn't matter. Theywould take a carbon copy of somebody's store in Connecticut or Boston, hire some buyers and somesupervisors who were supposed to know the business, and start opening up stores. From about 1958until around 1970, it was phenomenally successful. "Let me tell you how Wal-Mart came to have people greeters. Back in 1980, Mr. Walton and I wentinto a Wal-Mart in Crowley, Louisiana. The first thing we saw as we opened the door was this oldergentleman standing there. The man didn't know me, and he didn't see Sam, but he said, Hi! How are yaGlad you're here. If there's anything I can tell you about our store, just let me know.' Lord Seely was no match for this youth of two-and-twenty. Lord Seely had intended to impress him deeply; to read him a lecture, in which Olympian severity should be tempered by mercy; to convince him, by dignified and condescending methods, of his great good fortune in having secured the hand of Castalia Kilfinane of Kauldkail; and of his great unreasonableness (not to say presumption) in not accepting that boon on bended knee, instead of grumbling at being made postmaster of Whitford. But in order to make an impression, it does not suffice to have tools only; the surface to be impressed must also exist, and be adapted to the operation. How impress the bright, cool, shining liquid bosom of a lake, for instance? Oar and keel, pebble and arrow, wind and current, are alike powerless to make a furrow that shall last. "I was out on a date with another fellow, and it was the first time I'd ever been bowling. I had just rolledthe ball and when I came back to the seats they were those old wooden theater chairsSam had his legup over the armrest of one of them, and he smiled at me and said, corny as it was, "Haven't I met yousomewhere before" We discovered that he had dated a girl I knew in college. Later on, he called meand asked me for her number, and I think maybe he even went out with her. But pretty soon, he and Iwere going out together. My whole family just fell in love with him, and I always said he fell in love asmuch with my family as he did with me."When Helen and I met and I started courting her, I just fell right in love. She was pretty and smart andeducated, ambitious and opinionated and strong-willed with ideas and plans of her own. Also, like me,she was an athlete who loved the outdoors, and she had lots of energy. The time savings and flexibility are great, but the cost savings alone would make the investmentworthwhile. Our costs run less than 3 percent to ship goods to our stores, while it probably costs ourcompetitors between 4 to 5 percent to get those same goods to their stores. The math is pretty simple: "Sam took me out to see this tennis ball factory, somewhere east of Seoul. The company sold balls toWal-Mart, I guess, and they treated us very well. It was the dirtiest place I ever saw in my life, but Samwas very impressed. It was the first place he ever saw a group of workers have a company cheer. Andhe liked the idea of everybody doing calisthenics together at the beginning of the day. He couldn't wait toget home and try those ideas out in the stores and at the Saturday morning meeting."Back in 1984, people outside the company began to realize just how different we folks at Wal-Mart are. � I'm sure I don't know. Go and ask her. But what is this notion of yours, Belinda? 4-22-78 Truth be told, discounting attracted mostly promoters in the beginningpeople who had been in thedistribution center business or who were real estate promoters, guys who weren't really even aspiringmerchants but who saw a huge opportunity. You didn't have to be a genius to see discounting as a newtrend that was going to sweep the country, and all kinds of folks came jumping into it with all fourfeetwherever they could arrive firstCedar Rapids, Iowa, or Springfield, Missouri, it didn't matter. Theywould take a carbon copy of somebody's store in Connecticut or Boston, hire some buyers and somesupervisors who were supposed to know the business, and start opening up stores. From about 1958until around 1970, it was phenomenally successful. "One of the real values of our meeting is its spontaneity. We never really have an agenda. Of course thechairman always has his yellow legal pad with notes scribbled on it of things he wants to discuss, andsome of the rest of us do the same thing. But one of the things Sam will do is just call someone up at thestart and say, 'Okay, you conduct the whole meeting today.' And that meeting will take on the personalityof whoever's running it. That way, there's always a sense of anticipation. Something unusual may happen,or somebody may pull off something great."From the time we started the Saturday meeting, with just four or five store managers getting togethersomewhere to talk merchandising, it has been a very difficult thing to develop, and there's been a lot ofopposition to it, including from my own wife, who I've already told you believes it's unfair to take ourfolks away from their families on Saturday mornings. There have definitely been times when our folkswould have voted it out if we had given them the opportunity. But as I've said, I believe Saturday work ispart of the commitment that comes with choosing a career in retail. I can't see asking our folks in thestores to make that sacrifice while our managers are off playing golf.