Also at that time, I had been buying all my fixtures from Ben Franklin. They were wooden standards,which was par for the course in those days, with wooden shelf brackets to hold the merchandise. Then Iwent somewhere to look at what Sterling Stores was doingmost everything I've done I've copied fromsomebody elseand saw these all-metal fixtures. I met a guy named Gene Lauer here in Bentonville andpersuaded him to build us some for the Fayetteville store, which became, I'm sure, the first variety storein the country to use 100 percent metal standards, like the ones you see in stores today. Gene built thefixtures for the first Wal-Mart and stayed with us for twenty-one years before retiring a few years ago. An American original, Sam Walton embodies the entrepreneurial spirit and epitomizes the Americandream. Concern for his employees, a commitment to his community, and a desire to make a differencehave been the hallmarks of his career. By sponsoring scholarships for Latin America, he has also workedto bring peoples closer together and to share with others the American ideals he so well represents. Adevoted family man, business leader, and statesman for democracy, Sam Walton demonstrates thevirtues of faith, hope and hard work. America honors this captain of commerce, as successful in life as inbusiness. By now I no longer had any doubt that we were really on to something. We had expanded to MissouriSikeston was our first store there. And we'd put stores in Neosho and West Plains. We'd gone toClare-more, OklahomaHelen's hometown. Our first seven or eight Wal-Marts were showingspectacular results. Once we got it going, it was hard to see why we should quit. The thing was, youcould see the potential so clearly. The profits and the sales were there but we needed to get betterorganized and come up with a more sensible way to finance the growth. I needed someone to help mewith systems and distribution. "One of the real values of our meeting is its spontaneity. We never really have an agenda. Of course thechairman always has his yellow legal pad with notes scribbled on it of things he wants to discuss, andsome of the rest of us do the same thing. But one of the things Sam will do is just call someone up at thestart and say, 'Okay, you conduct the whole meeting today.' And that meeting will take on the personalityof whoever's running it. That way, there's always a sense of anticipation. Something unusual may happen,or somebody may pull off something great."From the time we started the Saturday meeting, with just four or five store managers getting togethersomewhere to talk merchandising, it has been a very difficult thing to develop, and there's been a lot ofopposition to it, including from my own wife, who I've already told you believes it's unfair to take ourfolks away from their families on Saturday mornings. There have definitely been times when our folkswould have voted it out if we had given them the opportunity. But as I've said, I believe Saturday work ispart of the commitment that comes with choosing a career in retail. I can't see asking our folks in thestores to make that sacrifice while our managers are off playing golf. I am free to make mine up as I wish Him. He's kind and sympathetic 一本道在线观看东京热综合,波多野结衣一本道在线DVD2 日本在线加勒比一本道,日本视频高清免费观看,加勒比在线东京热在线,东京热av,HEZYO高清 一本道 综合,一本道av不卡免费播放. Now, why did it work Well, for one thing, Nagy the district managertook a lot of the departmentmanagers out of that store, out of that losing environment, and got them to rubbing shoulders with someof the folks from the successful stores in his district. They had a weekend meeting, and they talked abouttheir departments, and he made these folks participate. Then he had them set their own goals. Andmaybe while they were having lunch with these winners from the other stores, maybe they started todream a little and think a little about how they could improve the mess they were in. He and the othermanagers talked about the numbers with them and began to show them how their jobs and decisionsrelated to those numbers, so they would care about whether their sales were up and not just stand theregoing through the motions. They began to learn a little about merchandising.