大发彩票能赢莫 A beautiful prophecy of eternal life and joy (v. 15). The fall of night. From the time David Glass came on board in 1976, he's been pushing me to invest and invest and investin that system, and thank goodness he managed to be so persuasive. At the same time, he and JackShewmaker were also pushing hard for heavy investment in more and more, better and better computersystems, so that we could track sales and merchandise and inventories across the companyespeciallyin-store transactions. When Jack became our president and chief operating officer in 1978, he workedreally hard at getting me to invest in bar coding and SKU item control, which is a computerizedstockkeeping unit inventory system. Jack also was heavily involved in the creation of our satellite system,which turned out to be another one of our tremendous competitive advantages. That's fine with me. But if you get too caught up in that good life, it's probably time to move on, simplybecause you lose touch with what your mind is supposed to be concentrating on: serving the customer. "My store wasn't making much money, and we were starting to get competition from Gibson's, whichalso had a little store on the square down there. It was obvious that their discounting thing was working,and they were pulling everybody in with their health and beauty aidsHBA we call it. So I thought, 'Well,why don't I try that in my variety store' I changed the whole store around and got McKesson-Robbinsdown in price and put in a bunch of over-the-counter drugs. It was the first discount department in ourcompany, the health and beauty aids department at the east side of the square in Fayetteville. But I likedto have lost my best friend over that one. Charlie Baum liked to have had a heart attack. He thought Iwas trying to undercut him. You got to understand that Charlie is one of the most competitive peoplewho ever lived. He'll fight you tooth and toenail at bridge, or anything. I was just trying to see where itmight lead us. Anyway, Sam knew all about it, and he said, 'Go ahead and try it.' He would always trythings like that. He was always open to suggestions, and that's one reason he's been such a success. He'sstill that way."When I started buying for Wal-Mart, I would often take Claude along with me. Pretty soon, we madehim Wal-Mart's general merchandise manager. He didn't have any more experience at being a generalmerchandise manager than the guy off the street. He was a store manager, but we didn't have anybodyelse so he became general merchandise manager. I don't even know when we finally brought our firstprofessional buyer, or even someone who had ever had any buying experience, into the company, but itwas years later.