"Mr. Sam usually let me do whatever I wanted on these promotions because he figured I wasn't going toscrew it up, but on this one he came down and said, 'Why did you buy so much You can't sell all ofthis!' But the thing was so big it made the news, and everybody came to look at it, and it was all gone in aweek. I had another one that scared them up in Bentonville too. This guy from Murray of Ohio called oneday and said he had 200 Murray 8 horsepower riding mowers available at the end of the season, and hecould let us have them for $175. Did we want any And I said, 'Yeah, I'll take 200.' And he said,'Twohundred!' We'd been selling them for $447, I think. So when they came in we unpacked every one ofthem and lined them all up out in front of the store, twenty-five in a row, eight rows deep. Ran a chainthrough them and put a big sign up that said: '8 h.p. Murray Tractors, $199.' Sold every one of them. Iguess I was just always a promoter, and being an early Wal-Mart manager was as good a place topromote as there ever was."I'll tell you, Phil not only liked to swim upstream, he liked to do it with weights strapped on just to showhe could do it. Things may not be quite as wild today as they once were, but being a Wal-Mart managerisstill a great place to promote items because it is such a part of our heritage, and it is a part we hadbetter always hold on to. Over the years, I've had so much fun with this, and it really is amazing howmuch merchandise you can move with just a little promotion. Folks always ask me what are some of thebig moments I remember in the history of Wal-Mart, and I usually say, oh, when we passed a billiondollars in sales, or 10 billion, or whatever. But the truth is, some of my fondest memories are of plain oldeveryday items that we sold a ton of by presenting nicely on endcaps (displays at the end of aisles)or ontables out in action alley (the big horizontal aisle running across a store just behind the checkoutcounters). I guess real merchants are like real fishermen: we have a special place in our memories for afew of the big ones. 凤凰赛车计划网页  My proposal wasn't agreeable to Ron, and I can certainly understand why. He wanted to run thecompany, and when he couldn't he decided to leave us. Nobody believed it at the time, but although Iwas unhappy with some of the things going on under Ron's chairmanship,real unhappy with a few, I triedas hard as I could to convince him to stay and be part of our growth even though he couldn't be chairmanand CEO anymore. I said, "Ron, we are going to miss you, we are going to need you, and I think we'regoing to suffer a lot because you're not here." I offered him everything to stay, but he felt it was time togo. Where do the cars go, Nancy? To Charleston? I thought Roland would make up for my absence, he said slyly. "He told me when we met the other day what pleasant calls he had at your house." Two days later, as they sat on the deck of a Staten Island steamer, Nicholas Bundy told Oliver his story. The boat reappeared, but brother and sister had gone down in an embrace never to be parted; living through again in one supreme moment the days when they had clasped their little hands in love, and roamed the daisied fields together. And, of course, our customers seem to get a kick out of it tooasking me to autograph dollar bills andother stuff. 鈥楧o you think you could get the last? I wish you would, and I鈥檒l tell you why You鈥檝e never heard my story?鈥?