Friday, May 28, 2010

The American suburban nightmare and the success of Walmart

Unlike the traditional neighborhood model, which evolved organically as a response to human needs, suburban sprawl is an idealized artificial system. Sub urban sprawl is something that we, as Sri Lankans should not be too worried about. In the US, there are a whole bunch of reasons for the rise of the sub urban sprawl. And some sociologists even connect it with racial politics. Shopping centers are considered as one of the five components of sub urban sprawl. In the USA, Wallmart is considered the largest and most powerfull supermarket chain. It has even been called "the most powerful company ever to exist." In simpler terms If Walmart were a country, it would be the world's 26th largest economy.
Walmart runs on a very basic principle, provide people with cheaper goods. How they achieve this is a totally different story. They generate profits through volume rather than through high markup, and they strive to save their operational costs as much as possible. There’s a whole lot to be learned through the walmart operation, on a individual level, a professional level or even at a national level.

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