A crazy idea from Walmart management

Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, was a business genius.  But his heirs, to put it as kindly as possible, are not.

iflPt65OEETUWalmart has been foundering of late because it is so understaffed that its employees are not able to keep the shelves of its stores fully stocked.  This is wrongheaded.

Now Walmart management is seriously thinking about giving its customers discounts in return for delivering on-line orders within their ZIP codes.  This is deeply crazy.  No doubt their lawyers and insurance companies will talk them out of actually attempting this.

The Walton heirs are a good argument for keeping estate taxes high enough that important business enterprises do not fall into the hands of the idiot children of great entrepreneurs.  The operation of the free market will catch up with Walmart eventually, but not until a lot of good, hard-working people are hurt.

Click on Walmart faces the cost of cost-cutting: Empty shelves for a report from Bloomberg Business News about the company’s troubles.

Click on Wal-Mart may get customers to deliver packages to online buyers for a report from Reuters about management’s bogus solution.

The Walton heirs own between 48 and 49 percent of Walmart stock, enough to give them effective control and responsibility.

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