Earlier this week Walmart.com launched a new corporate blog on their site.
Cindi Marsiglio, VP of U.S. Manufacturing, wrote that the launch of the blog is intended to renew the public’s positive perspective on the company – this on the heels of much controversy surrounding the corporation in past years.
Featured on the new blog is Walmart’s Work Is A Beautiful Thing campaign.
The campaign highlights Walmart’s commitment to spend $250 billion on rebuilding American supply sources to support U.S. manufacturing and create more jobs.
In response to the YouTube critics who viewed the latest Walmart commercial entitled ‘I Am a Factory’, a media representative for the corporate giant replied, “In 2013, when we announced our commitment, we began identifying many of the products that can proudly carry the ‘Made in the USA’ label.”
There is no denying that many of our local communities that once thrived with manufacturing plants are now forsaken and famished due to the outsourcing of American jobs.
Many blame corporate mammoths (like Walmart) for the deteriorated state of these communities today.
In fact, a 2008 study done by the Journal of Urban Economics examined about 3,000 Walmart store openings nationally and found that each store caused a net decline of about 150 jobs (as competing retailers downsized and closed) and lowered total wages paid to retail workers.
“Roll back” over the facts and ponder the following:
Do you think Walmart will honor their commitment by investing back into America or do you think this is a PR stunt to improve public opinions and improve sales? Do you think the consumer wins or loses here?