"I told Sam up front that he had a lot of egos around this company, and that they needed to understandwe were going to be doing our own merchandising. So he got up at a Saturday morning meeting and toldeverybodythis is a direct quoteThe Sam's Club operation will be doing their own merchandising. If anyof you buyers out here with Wal-Mart take exception to that, and feel that because you're the buyer of acategory you should be buying it for the entire company, I suggest you come and visit with me in myoffice on a one-on-one basis, and then I'll explain it to you in a little more detail.' From that day on, wenever had a problem."We quickly went on to open Sam's in Kansas City and Dallas and then two units in Houston. It was a lotlike Wal-Mart. Once we had those five units up and going, I knew we could run with it, and we did. Ihate to say it, but I guess it was almost what you'd call a second childhood for mea second challengeanyway. I had a chance to build a company all over again, and I tried to be as hands-on as I could,although David Glass was heavily involved with Sam's from early on too. 鈥淥h, if I could but stop here!鈥?said Maggie. 鈥淚 have no heart to begin a strange life again. I should have no stay. I should feel like a lonely wanderer, cut off from the past. I have written to the lady who offered me a situation to excuse myself. If I remained here, I could perhaps atone in some way to Lucy 鈥?to others; I could convince them that I鈥檓 sorry. And,鈥?she added, with some of the old proud fire flashing out, 鈥淚 will not go away because people say false things of me. They shall learn to retract them. If I must go away at last, because 鈥?because others wish it, I will not go now.鈥? Sharing information and responsibility is a key to any partnership. It makes people feel responsible andinvolved, and as we've gotten bigger we've really had to accept sharing a lot of our numbers with the restof the world as a consequence of sticking by our philosophy. Everything about us gets to the outside. Inour individual stores, we show them their store's profits, their store's purchases, their store's sales, andtheir store's markdowns. We show them all that on a regular basis, and I'm not talking about just themanagers and the assistant managers. We share that information with every associate, every hourly, everypart-time employee in the stores. Obviously, some of that information flows to the street. But I justbelieve the value of sharing it with our associates is much greater than any downside there may be tosharing it with folks on the outside. It doesn't seem to have hurt us much so far. And, in fact, I've beenreading lately that what we've been doing all along is part of one of the latest big trends in business thesedays: sharing, rather than hoarding, information. 久草色福利在线观看视频 另类专区欧美春色 中文字幕免费视频不卡 国产区更新91 "It's true that I came up with the idea of making the annual meeting more of an event, but Sam didn't tellyou the whole reason why. I'll never forget Wal-Mart's first annual meeting, or I should say, meetings. Iwent up a day early to help prepare for it, but this friend of Sam'sFred Pickens from Newportgotconfused on the dates and showed up a day early. So Sam decided to go ahead and hold the meeting forFred, right there in his office. The next day we had the official annual meeting: six of us met around a tableof the coffee shop there by the warehouse. In the last ten years we have funded a special scholarship program we started which sends kids fromCentral America to college here in Arkansas. Right now we've got about 180 of them enrolled at threedifferent Arkansas schools, and we pay about $13,000 a year per student to provide tuition,transportation, books, and room and board. We got the idea while we were traveling around down inthat part of the world. And when we learned that the then Soviet union and Cuba had programs to teachtheir values to kids from other places, we decided Americans ought to be doing the same sort of thingwith our values. We want kids to learn about the tremendous potential of the free enterprise system andto see for themselves what all the advantages are of a stable, democratic government. Besides that, it willhelp some of these students, who wouldn't have otherwise received any college education, to return totheir countries and do something about their serious economic development problems. Who knows,maybe one day some of them will be running Wal-Marts or Sam's Clubs in Honduras or Panama orGuatemalaor even Nicaragua. Closer to home, the Walton family sponsors seventy scholarships of$6,000 each every year for children of Wal-Mart associates. Give Me a W!