Wal-Mart: Off with Their Smocks!

As part of an ongoing effort to improve its image, workers at the retail giant's stores will soon be sporting a more modern look. Just don't call it a uniform

Over the coming weeks, Wal-Mart (WMT) will make the first change in four decades to its employee dress code at 3,400 stores nationwide. Out are the company's familiar blue smocks with the smiley-face logo. In are dark blue shirts and khaki pants. Just don't call the new look a "uniform." In a memo sent to managers and reviewed by BusinessWeek, the company states, "The new dress code is not a 'uniform.'"

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