“Welcome to Wal-Mart”
Who, in the United States, has never heard of the Wal-Mart shopping center? It is so common, that big hanger down the street from almost any neighborhood that you never miss when you are getting on the highway. But there is more to that giant building you take for granted every time you walk through its doors with the intention to save a few bucks. Being one of the leading corporations of our country, Wal-Mart is far-reaching across the nation and sweeping up all the competition. Overwhelming smaller businesses to expand, making better deals and for what, to offer you the lowest prices on items like paper cups and socks?
Inside the description of the standpoint it states that social structures in society endorse stability, balance, integration, and harmony. Despite the fact, looking at Wal-Mart we can observe just how all four of these aspects are at work. For instance, integration is an example of combining into an essential whole. At Wal-Mart we have hundreds of busy employees expected at the same goal which is to deliver the best and lowest prices to its customers. Earlier functionalists such as Emile Durkheim were interested in how parts of the social system contributed to the continuation of the social system (Long.) The position Wal-Mart tries to uphold every time they open their door is to take a pricey manufactured good, cut off the price to devour all the other opposing prices. From socks to a bag of paper plates, the employees need to know how to put most of the low priced items into the carts of the customers. Though Wal-Mart can be understood from the perspective of a functionalist, it’s not too far outside the argument a hypothetical outlook has; more so, showing a lot of its main fundamentals. Some people do benefit at the expense of others, and sometimes those who benefit use their specific ideologies to justify their advantage.
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Does Wal-Mart follow all seven major characteristics that allow it to harmonize people so their actions focus on achieving the organizations goals? A bureaucracy is an organization that strives to use the most efficient means to achieve valued goals, doesn’t sound too uncommon when you think about any type of business really. The line of duties for Wal-Mart is divided up where specific tasks are assigned to separate individuals to allow the organization to succeed as a whole. Each lower position is under power of a higher authority, and writing rules do state the exact nature of interaction among employees and portray the way tasks should be carried out. Positions are filled based on objective criteria, Wal-Marts not going to allow someone who can’t count to work at the cash register, as goes for the greeter, they’re not going to allow someone who can’t speak English to be a greeter. The sixth characteristic being that authority does not belong to the particular person who fills the position, but to the position itself, which raises some controversy regarding a segment from the Los Angeles Times article. “We have store managers keeping employees working overtime without pay” (Long), an ideal example of abuse of having some power. Finally, the organizational personnel treat clients as “cases” basically without “affection or enthusiasm,” which is represented every time you walk into a Wal-Mart when an employee welcomes you into the store, “Welcome to Wal-Mart.”
Taking the competitors prices and substantially lowering them, selling the low priced product to customers makes Wal-Mart virtually unbeatable in the category of savings. Wal-Mart actually uses a special technique to emphasize on its customers; the documentary showed that Wal-Mart uses what they call a “walk in price.” It could be for any item but in the case of the documentary it was a microwave. The specific microwave the customer had seen cost about $38, not a bad price; however, when the customer spotted the $68 dollar microwave the customer assumed that the microwave had to have been at its lowest price and ends up walking out with the more expensive product (quantification and calculation.) Predictability is flipped when considering Wal-Mart because they offer prices to you that will not be lower anywhere else you go, so you as a customer actually believe that this is the only place where you’re actually going to find the best deal. Examples from the LA Times article show a man named Arthur Laffer stating, “If you have lower real prices, you’re saving money.” Control is a vital principle to the continuation of Wal-Mart, where for instance we take a look back at the video documentary and notice that the barcodes located on all of Wal-Marts products holds remarkable information that Wal-Mart collects and studies everyday. With their special barcode readers they can visibly track the sales of their products including information such as the size, color most sold, the time it was sold, and how much of that specific product was sold that day. With that type of information at hand Wal-Mart associates can regulate by planning in detail, the delivery of products that more consumers purchase each visit, giving the customers more of what they want.
SWOT Analysis Wal-Mart Strength so Wal-Mart is a powerful retail brand. It has a reputation for value for money, convenience and a wide range of products all in one store. o Wal-Mart has grown substantially over recent years, and has experienced global expansion (for example its purchase of the United Kingdom based retailer ASDA). o The company has a core competence involving its use of ...
We now take a look at how Wal-Mart as a rationalized system that offers customers everyday low prices to keep money in their pockets, but at the same time we see Wal-Mart taking away jobs from many American workers. From the documentary we see with the development of a new Wal-Mart means in someway or another we see the decreasing amount of job opportunities for certain factory workers here in the U.S. With production costs cheaper over seas, hundreds of thousands of employees are being laid off so that Wal-Mart can keep its shelves full of cheap products that can be sold at their prices. Workers who have been working in the production factories for as many as 39 years have to look for work elsewhere. So the clash between U.S. residents as workers and the interests of U.S. residents are consumers is moving toward the respect of the consumer. Noticing the clash between the U.S. economy on one hand and the trade deficit on the other, we see that Wal-Mart lowers its prices to create more consumer spending, but at the same time we notice that the trade deficit is $120 Billion dollars and slowly increasing.
Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s largest retailer, owns more than 4,800 stores, including 1,475 discount stores, 1,750 Wal-Mart Supercenter combination discount and grocery stores, and 540 Sam’s Club warehouse stores. It is the leading retailer in both Canada (236 stores) and Mexico (633), owns almost 40 percent of SEIYU, a Japanese Supermarket chain, and has stores in Argentina (11), Brazil (144), ...
As Wal-Mart expands its empire it continues to create income inequalities across the U.S. Its crushing small businesses with high paid jobs and good benefits putting them out to find work with low paid and less beneficial jobs. We take a look again the LA Times article regarding a small town in California where we have a small grocery store with employees who are paid good with medical benefits getting put out of a job because Wal-Mart sells groceries for less. And down the street from that grocery store a flower shop is owned by and elderly lady with nothing to do because Wal-Mart sells flowers for cheaper and they deliver.
I personally don’t believe that Wal-Mart is a good organization for America. It takes jobs away from hard working people and gives them to morons who push a button and tell you that you could save ten cents by buying their products. Its killing what the American business is all about by using cheap labor over seas to create mass quantities of products to be sold at their set process to control a consumer generation. And I don’t agree that Wal-Mart is a good organization for developing other countries; because I personally think that it’ll do to what it did to our small business organizations, eliminate all competition.
It’s the strong that will survive I guess, like the sock manufacture said in the documentary, thinking about the continuation of his company at some point or another he’ll have to move his business over seas. Right now with Wal-Marts unique way of keeping its store filled with low priced products other business cant stay on top of the water and fall beneath the crushing waves of sales. Customers are always going to spend their money on more for less, and at this point in time Wal-Marts doing just that.
Is Wal-Mart Good for America? It is generally known that effective business and cash management techniques are extremely important for the companys performance. Even Wal-Mart, which is known as the #1 international retailer, is no exception to the rule. It operates numerous retail stores worldwide and is organized in three basic segments: Wal-Mart Stores, Wal-Mart International and SAMs Club. All ...
Pew Research. “Wal-Mart a Good Place to Shop But Some Critics Too.”
http://people-press.org/report/265/wal-mart-a-good-place-to-shop-but-some-critics-too December 15, 2005
Long, Russ. “Introductory Sociology, Theoretical Perspectives.” http://www.delmar.edu/socsci/rlong/intro/perspect.htm April 6, 2009.