Arthur used his first summer vacation from the law firm to go back to Europe and rewrite his travel guide, for civilian readers. It became "a monster which ate up my life." But he has never regretted his choice of careers. As helpful as that franchise program was to an eager-to-learn twenty-seven-year-old kid, ButlerBrothers wanted us to do things literally by the booktheir book. They really didn't allow their franchiseesmuch discretion. The merchandise was assembled inChicago,St. Louis, orKansas City. They told mewhat merchandise to sell, how much to sell it for, and how much they would sell it to me for. They toldme that their selection of merchandise was what the customers expected. They also told me I had to buyat least 80 percent of my merchandise from them, and if I did, I would get a rebate at year-end. If Iwanted to make a 6 or 7 percent net profit, they told me I would have to hire so much help and do somuch advertising. This is how most franchises work. CHAPTER 2 I didn't know where he came from. I gave that Baron all the power it had and we just barely made it overthe top of the other plane. Then we circled around and landed. This was Ron's first trip with me, and whoknows what he must have thought. But somehow, I talked him into coming to work with us anyway. Hejoined Wal-Mart in 1968 as vice president for finance and distribution. 亚洲五月六月丁香缴情/最新加勒比一本道综合/久草在-在线视烦 - 百度/黄瑟日b网站视频直播 Many people have contributed over the years, but David Glass has to get the lion's share of the creditfor where we are today in distribution. David had a vision for automated distribution centerslinked bycomputer both to our stores and to our suppliersand he set about building such a system, beginning in1978 at Searcy, Arkansas. Take our Saturday morning meetings, for example. Without a little entertainment and a sense of theunpredictable, how in the world could we ever have gotten those hundreds of peoplemost of ourmanagers and some associates from the general offices here in Bentonvilleto get up every Saturdaymorning and actually come in here with smiles on their faces If they knew all they could expect in thatmeeting was somebody droning on about comparative numbers, followed by a serious lecture on theproblems of our business, could we have kept the meeting alive No way. No matter how strongly I feltabout the necessity of that meeting, the folks would have revolted, and even if we still held it, it wouldn'tbe any good at all. As it is, the Saturday morning meeting is at the very heart of the Wal-Mart culture.