Wal-Mart Tries to Improve Its Battered Image

Customers wait in line to check out at a Walmart store in Panorama City, California Photograph by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Wal-Mart Stores has been very busy during the past couple of days. The world’s largest retailer has made a series of announcements that touch on a few of the most critical issues it faces. Some of the news came from Bill Simon, the head of Walmart U.S., at the annual meeting of the National Retail Federation on Jan. 15. Walmart’s plans sound serious and smart for all kinds of reasons, including in terms of public relations, and suggest the company wants to do better. At the meeting, Simon concluded by saying: “Everything could have just remained the same. Instead, we decided we could move the rock. … We can just decide to do this.”

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