Wal-Mart article can be found here:
The subject of this article would be moot if US companies manufactured their goods in the US, to start with!
112 people had to die before Wal-Mart even thought to follow up on its own stores...NOT a very good business practice, that's for sure.
What we, as consumers, need to do is ask ourselves if saving a couple of bucks on that pair of jeans, pajamas, towels, sheets, etc, is worth 112 peoples lives. If not, then, maybe we need to contact Wal-Mart and let them know that its consumers want US manufactured goods from a major US retailer! Think of the JOBS that would create at a time when the US badly needs them to secure the prosperity of our country and its citizens. Not only that, but their decision would put intense pressure on other major US retailers to do the same.
When it comes right down to it, we, the consumers, have the power to change how business is done in this country. We control the discretionary financial spending in the US. We elect the officials (local, state, federal). We have the freedom to speak in unison. When a majority of the public speaks up at once, business moguls are forced to at least LISTEN!
Wal-Mart is a great store. It employs thousands upon thousands of people. If it would change just a few of their manufacturing decisions (to favor US manufacturing of goods) it could create thousands more jobs...and so would other major US retailers, in order to compete with Wal-Mart's sales of the US manufactured goods.
There are no easy answers to Wal-Mart's PR problems, following the loss of 112 people who were locked in a warehouse manufacturing their stores (as well as other retailers) goods. But, surely MORE can be done than just checking up only each store's manufacturing list! Really?? How about producing your goods in a country that protects its employees (more than any 3rd world nation)...like in the US, where your business is based?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What’s your social approach when visiting a new city?
- Talk to everyone I can and get recommendations for where the locals like to go.
- Guidebooks can tell me everything I need to know about a new place.
- Just wing it — I’ll ask questions or look something up as needed.