NRF Calls Walmart Plan to Hire Veterans ‘Visionary’
NRF 102nd Annual Convention & EXPO
NEW YORK -- January 15, 2013
The National Retail Federation released the following statement from President
and CEO Matthew Shay regarding Walmart’s announcement today regarding the
hiring of veterans:
“We have a lot of announcements made at the National Retail Federation’s Big
Show, but today’s announcement by Walmart President and CEO Bill Simon tops
them all.It is nothing less than visionary for a great American company to
make such a bold pledge to help our American heroes.”
“Walmart is challenging the industry to follow their lead, and I have every
reason to believe that retailers – the industry responsible for one out of
every four jobs – will respond accordingly.”
Shay’s comments came in response to a speech in which Simon announced that
Walmart, beginning on Memorial Day, will offer a job to any honorably
discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty.
As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail
worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain
restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45
countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments
that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans.
Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the
nation’s economy. NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign emphasizes the economic
importance of retail and encourages policymakers to support a Jobs, Innovation
and Consumer Value Agenda aimed at boosting economic growth and job creation.
National Retail Federation
J. Craig Shearman, 202-626-8134
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