Thai student

Friday, June 30, 2006

I am waiting something

Two week ago, I quited a job. This week is a final week of this month. I knew that many of companies had to call me, if they wanted me to work with them. Of course, I thought correctly. I had two companies to call me. But I was necessary to reject them, because I have been waiting an answer from a bank. I could not work with any company, because if once day, a bank will call me, I will not be able to refuse these companies to return to work with a bank. I knew that I have already gotten a job from a bank. But my problem is a position. I am afraid that if I will not get a teller, I may not accept other position. Because it may get less salary. However I have no choice right now. I accepted to refuse two companies to wait a job from a bank. when I think carefully, I think working with a bank is better than general companies. if I look at in long time. Although Thai economic is good or not, a bank can still run a business. Because new laws are stress. I am not necessary to be nervous about this. However if I work with general company, once day Thai economic slow drown. I slow drown also. At that time, I will be arduous. Then what I can do is that I have waited an answer and accept it, if I will not get a position as a teller. And I have to find a new job again.

It is a wonderful week, before I will take tests at Standard Chartered Bank

For this week, I got great emails of my friends both Korean people and Japanese people. They made me happy, because I have never thought that I got their email. In my opinion, most guys do not like to email. I think wrong. They emailed me. Oh my God Oh my God, I felt that I was lucky. I liked to get emails and chatting so much, because I felt not lonely or alone. I miss my friend so much. Sometimes I looked at pictures that I took with them in U.S.A. and thought that it probably did not occur. I feel to suffer. I hope that I will get a lot of emails from my friends and be able to chat with them. Please don’t forget me……..my friend. Besides, this week I had a great chance to chat with friends by Msn such as Mih….., Min…., and Cho……. Wowwwwww it was a wonderful week for me. Thank you and thank you and thank you soooooooo much my friend to help an old girl like me to live continually. I would like my friends to keep in touch with me forever. But sometimes my friends might not think like me. They may feel so-so with me.

In addition while I am writing this essay, I listen to music also. The radio opened music very well. I think after I will complete this essay, I am going to read English book to prepare myself for tests that will have on tomorrow. Sometimes I think about these tests, I feel excited. I would like these tests to pass well. Additional, my brother called me to ask about my tests. He thought that I had already taken tests. I said with him that tomorrow is a date that I will take them. I told him that I will wait a result of tests before. Afterward I will call him again.

Anyway, today is June 24, 2006. It is a date, before I will take tests at Standard Chartered Bank. I quite got up late. After I took a shower and brushed my teeth, I went to the mall in order to check my face. Many of weeks ago my face had pimples. Although they were not much, they made me nervous also. Right now my face is better. I am very happy. Okay, after I completed here, I went to another mall to buy T-shirt for my mum. I am going to intend that I will give it to her in national mum date on August 12. Wow……. A great idea ha ha……. I wanted to surprise her. Anyway actually, I took my text books to read at the mall, but when I was there, I felt that I did not concentrate to read them. So saddddddd, I just drank a cool coffee and I got home. I felt that I was relaxed after I bought T-shirt to her. However I used to read an article about benefits of shopping. According to this article, shopping helps human being’s mind relaxed. I think it is true. After I bought two T-shirts for my mum and myself, I walked around the mall and I decided to get home. Two T-shirts, that I bought, are similar style but different size. Mum’s shirt is S size. My shirt is XS size. At that time, I thought that I still have many of things to do in my room such as cleaning room, ironing clothes for tomorrow, and reading English books. These were my reasons that I decided to get home quickly.

For my new job, I would like to get this job very much, because it helps me to be able to study Master degree. Why do I think like this? Because this company is a huge company, sometimes I can go back U.S.A. to study and when I will finish the education, I will be able to work at here. This is my idea. Finally, before I quit this essay, I hope that I can do every thing well and I try to do my best. This is a wonderful week for me.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

My life in Thailand

When we are an adult, we all have to work. I am a person who is finding a job after I decided that I was not ready to study in U.S.A in this time. So I have a lot of things to practice in Thailand. When I came back Thailand, in the first of time, I got two companies that are terrible. I was necessary to find a new job again. Today I would like to write why I decided to find a new job and some reasons made me not be able to get a job.

For the first company that I worked, it was a company to do business about Japanese food and cracker. I worked here only two weeks, after I quited it. My reason was that it was very risk for me to have to try to help this company to avoid a tax. In Thailand an accountant have had to be responsible for doing account with a business owner. That is that I have to be responsible for what I did in this company 50%. In addition, this company worked on Saturday. I did not want to work this day, because in every weekend, I spent time to read textbooks. At that time, I thought that it was not convenient for me also. After I quited this company on Monday, I got a new job on Friday. I started a new company in next week. For the second company, I worked about one month. After I decided to quit. My reason was that this company could not make any profit. No income and no the future, I thought that this company could not get income, because this company did not have marketing strategy. In the first time I decided to work with this company, because a business owner is an abroad person. I could practice my English and work together. Actually, my English is improved better. My mind is terrible. At that time, I has many companies to want to interview me. I had two companies to deny me, because my English was not good and I requested a high salary. From this lesson, I knew that if I applied a job with Thai owner, they could not accept my high salary. And if I applied a job with some adroad companies, sometimes I could not get a job. A cause is that if they wanted me to contact customers by telephone, I could not. My listening and speaking is not good enough that communicate with them. However, in some companies, I could work with them, if I did not contact with customers. I just spoke within a company. I could do it. After this situation, I had Thai company to want to interview me. For this company, it was very huge company. an owner have had a lot of factories both Thailand and China. However, this company reduced my salary. Reason is that food in a factory is cheap and this company had buses for picking up officers. At that time, I was necessary to accept it by reasoning that next year, I will be a manager instead of my boss who interviewed me, because she will work in China all year. It was very interesting for me. Next, I had one company to interview me. Right now, they are considering other in order to compare me. However, for this company, I have to find someone who guaranties me. I did not want anyone to guaranty me. I did not want to bother other. So I thought that I will deny them, if they will call me again. In addition, I had Japanese company to call me. This company wanted me to take account tests. I went there to take account tests. I could pass these tests. My score is 73 and 34 ,while scores that they accepted is 70 and 30 from 100 point and 50 point. I will remain interviewing with Japanese owner. My problem is that I may not be able to pass interviewing. For this company, if I can get a job from them, I will get a high salary. My dream......... After I had another company to interview me. I went there to take a test and interviewed. They was complaisant in myself much, but it had one thing that I might not be able to get this job. That was that I requested high salary. At that time, I did not care, because I knew that I got a job from a huge bank. For a huge bank, it is changing my life, because my position is not an accountant. During time, I have to take a test in order to choose my position. If I get high score, my position is a teller and this position is high salary. On the other hand if I get low score, my position is an administer. So from today to next Friday, I have to prepare myself for this test. Today, I am lucky to know that they will take me three sections such as Mathematics , English, and General knowledge. I will prepare myself for two sections that are Mathematics and English. For Mathematics, I read GMAT and For English, I read tense and if-clause, because from my experience, most companies often take a test about tense and if-clause. Finally, I hope that I will be able to pass it.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

My Friend “Sa”

In Thailand

Today, I would like to talk about my Thai friend. Her name is “Sa”. I have known her for six to seven years. We studied together at a university. She is one of close friends. At that time, I closed with everyone in my group, because everyone in my group stayed in my room on every saturday night. We did a lot of homeworks and research papers together. Especially, in period of time near an exam date, I remembered that my room nearly did not have space to walk, because both my friends in my group about 4 persons and friends in class about 4....persons needed to stay in my room. Do you confuse about this? ha ha Okay… I tell you that my university was very far from Bangkok about thirteen kilometers. Then if my friends stayed in my room, they were not tired with touring. About my friend who her name is “Sa” I just very close her, when my company is near her company. We often made appointment to dinner together and sometimes, I called her to consult about my job. In addition, she and another friend who her name is “A” sent me at an airport, when I went to U.S.A. After Eight months later, I needed to come back Thailand to practice listening and to study GMAT. In the first time, I did not tell her that I came back Thailand, because my flight arrived on midnight. I did not want to bother my friend and I thought that it was dangerous time for them. Anyway, in next date, I called her. We talked together. At that time, although I could find a dormitory, I could not stay in my room. Because an original renter did not move out, I decided to ask her that is it possible that I will stay with her about one week? She said that “Okay”. In addition, she asked me about my job. I said that I made appointment with the Baptist to interview but I do not know that I will get job in there or not. She said that she has known a German guy. Now he wants someone to work with his company. If I do not care about a salary, she can find a job to me. I said that I do not care about that. I want to practice English and hurry to go back U.S.A. most quickly. This is my purpose. She listened to me and said okay. Finally, I would like to thank this friend for her help both a place and new job.^^^ Thank you for a long relationship between her and me. Besides, I really would like her to read this. I would like her to know about thing that is in my mind. Thank you so much my friend ^^^^^^

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The conflict, problem, and solution Between Wal-Mart and small businesses

By Kung

After I read several articles about Wal-Mart, I found that most articles often prohibit it or mention it negatively, while I think that Wal-Mart business is not terrible at all. According to the article by Wikipedia, (2006, par. 3), "A 2005 study by Global Insight, the world's largest economics organization, that was commissioned by Wal-Mart found that the company has had a positive net economic impact on the U.S. economy. From 1985-2004, Wal-Mart ‘can be associated with a cumulative decline of 9.1% in food-at-home prices, a 4.2% decline in commodities (goods) prices, and a 3.1% decline in overall consumer prices’ and, that this has saved consumers $263 billion in that time frame ($ 2,329 per household). Also in that time period, it is responsible for the creation of 210,000 net jobs for the economy. The study indicates that ‘nominal wages are 2.2% lower, but given that consumer prices are 3.1% lower, real disposable income is 0.9% higher than it would have been in a world without Wal-Mart’”. To be exact, Wal-Mart is very important to the macro-economic system. In other words, Wal-Mart is becoming the U.S.' s representative by making trade internationally, because at the present, Wal-Mart is expanding its business out of the country, to Canada, the United Kingdom, China, South Korea, and so on. So we try imagining that if the U.S. had not had Wal-Mart, the U.S. would have not been able to compete in trade with other countries. In Wal-Mart’s international investment sector, it helps the U.S.’s economy fare better. Then it is pretty good, if the U.S. has trade leaders such as Wal-Mart. Besides, I think that Wal-Mart is one of the U.S. trade leaders. However, Wal-Mart is the biggest discount retail department store in the U.S.A. and in the world (Wikipedia, 2006). and is considered to be one of the big box stores. Wal-Mart is full of diverse merchandise, such as grocery goods, medicines, electronic goods, and so on. It is stated that Wal-Mart emphasizes selling a full line of both grocery products and non-grocery products like general supercenters (Wikipedia, 2006). The many causes of the conflict between Wal-Mart and small businesses come from its marketing and pricing strategies. Its pricing strategy is that offering cheaper product prices than local shops. Then, it results in small businesses in many areas were closed, because they could not compete in pricing strategy with a big box store like Wal-Mart. In the marketing strategy section, Wal-Mart wants to distribute merchandise and to spread its customer base to raise profitability. As a result, it wants to expand its business to small towns. According to the article by DollarDays International, after DollarDays International surveyed about the effect of opening Wal-Mart in local area, it showed that small retail owners are still concerned and likely to forbid locating Wal-Mart in a community, because they think that whenever Wal-Mart sets up in their city, their business will get affected immediately. Likewise, Aligail Goldman stated in her article about the concerns of small businesses in Inglewood that Wal-Mart has faced numerous battles from local small businesses (Goldman, 2006). Then the expansion of Wal-Mart around the U.S. and abroad results in small businesses to banning it more and more.

I became interested in the Wal-Mart prohibition problem in several local areas, because I think that Wal-Mart helps to increase the U.S. economy’s overall productivity, consumer purchasing power, and employment rate. I am considering the nation’s public benefit, and customers, who are most people. In my attention, I would like both Wal-Mart and small businesses to be able to do business smoothly or have the fewest problems, because both of them are a part of the economic system. If both of them can make business without a problem, it may make the G.D.P. of the U.S. better than in the present. Finally, a big box store, Wal-Mart, should carefully think about the business expansive policies that do not affect local small businesses.

Wal-Mart should use seven strategies to resolve the conflict between Wal-Mart and small businesses.

First of all, this should be done to be the first activity that Wal-Mart needs to do in order to create a great attitude among the public. That is the public relations in a community on television, radio, advertising and web site about activities that are useful to the society and communities; however, actually, I know that at present, Wal-Mart has been doing these. According to the article by Wikipedia, in 2004, Wal-Mart donated more than US$ 170 million to non-profit organizations. In 2005 Wal-Mart donated $2 million to the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross, and $15 million to the Bush-Clinton Hurricane Katrina Fund (2005). But I think that these were still very little, when I compare with a net income of US $10.3 billion in 2005. It can be summarized that Wal-Mart just donated approximately 0.17% of its net income in 2005. I would like Wal-Mart to help the local government to create the necessary infrastructure to a community more such as building roads, donating garbage trucks, and school buses. In building roads and donating garbage trucks, I would like people in communities to feel that Wal-Mart regards the welfare of people in the community and in donating school buses, I would like parents to feel that Wal-Mart regards the welfare of their children. Besides, in my reason, I would like local people to feel good about Wal-Mart. I do not want to people to feel that Wal-Mart is only the receiver from selling its products. If Wal-Mart can give good things to communities, there is a greater chance that people won’t ban it. Another example about creating relationship between Wal-Mart and businesses is that both Wal-Mart and businesses should have the campaign to help the society together in order to create a good relationship with each other. An example of this campaign is that both of them may cooperate to give scholarships to students in communities. It helps to create a good relationship among Wal-Mart, small businesses and local people. Besides, it helps to reduce the Wal-Mart banning campaigns of local people and small businesses. Whenever everyone feels good, it is easy for Wal-Mart to operate its business.

Second, Wal-Mart should cooperate with local small business to make business together. I think that it is difficult for Wal-Mart and local small businesses cooperate, because it conflicts people’s sense. However, in my opinion, both of them can work together, if the Chamber of Commerce in that area cooperates by functioning to be an agent to both of them in order that both local small businesses and customers do not want to ban Wal-Mart. As a result, both of them can get the high profit together. For example, they should advertise together in the period of time that is different in order to reduce the prohibition of local small businesses. In other words, local small businesses should feel that they do not have pressure from a big box. According to Mestas, two supermarkets, Rocky Ford and McClain's Super Market, were closed last year, because they could not sell merchandise, after Wal-Mart opened in La Junta Colorado (2005). This is a problem that has been found in other places in the U.S. and it causes Wal-Mart's prohibition. However if both of them could have cooperated, local small businesses such as Rocky Ford and McClain would not have closed their business. On the other hand, in this point of view, the government should not overlook them either, because it may be the cause of trade monopoly.

Third, Wal-Mart should target the characteristics of clear customer target groups. Wal-Mart should have different customer target from small businesses in order to reduce the prohibition problem. According to Gerson, "Many small-business owners have responded enthusiastically to the overtures, a striking contrast to a frequently heard criticism that if the retail giant enters New York it would be detrimental to commerce in the city" (1998, par. 2). Also, opening Wal-Mart in small towns results in competition with each other between Wal-Mart and local small businesses, because they have same customer target groups. Then if they can separate customer target groups, Wal-Mart will not be forbidden to enter by local small businesses. For instance, Wal-Mart may have a policy to emphasize the customer group which has a low salary, while local small business should emphasize a customer group who has a high salary and wants better goods quality. In addition it is easy to make the sale promotion, because Wal-Mart knows its customer target group certainly. I think that when both of them have different customer target groups, various problems do not occur.

Fourth, Wal-Mart should arrange different kinds of merchandise. The difference of merchandise helps customers be able to choose goods to follow their desire. As a result, both Wal-Mart and local small businesses can sell their merchandise. In other words, it helps to reduce competition with each other. According to an article "Worried about Wal-Mart plans for third supercenter brings protests" by Edgemon (2005), businesses that got affected much were food retailers, because they could not compete in goods price with the mega-retail store such as Wal-Mart. Then food retailers might have a high opportunity to be closed. However, if Wal-Mart arranges kinds of merchandise that are different from food retailers, this problem would not happen. In addition, food retail businesses would not be closed.

Fifth, Wal-Mart should do the research to know local people and local small business owner’s needs exactly. For example, in a survey, it may help Wal-Mart learn that local people want to have the Wal-Mart, but they want it to be small, because they want to conserve the culture of the community. Then Wal-Mart may set up its business in a small size that is not prohibited by a local people or local small businesses. According to the president of the New York Statewide Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Frank Garcia, who has duties to take care these small businesses, claimed that Wal-Mart should not do its business in a community where he was taking care, because it affected small businesses and local people (Gerson, 1998). It means that it is not only small businesses but also other organizations that are involved with small business that wants to ban it. I think that the research is likely to help every group that is involved with War-Mart not to want its prohibition, because most research is made to discover the needs of people, particularly, people who are involved with that matter.

Sixth, Wal-Mart should adapt its size to be smaller. I found that most small businesses are concerned with its huge size, because its wide area can contain vast quantities of merchandise, while small business areas are smaller. Then most customers prefer to go to Wal-Mart. As a result, small businesses are closed. According to Sager, ".........And that's after Wal-Mart's been around for five years. Losing four small stores might be a big blow out in Palookaville, USA, but not in the big city, where competition constantly breeds winners and losers” (2005 para. 12). Then if Wal-Mart reduces its size, it may make small businesses feel better, because usually, a big size of anything has results for an individual’s mind. Then reducing Wal-Mart’s size is similar to reducing the concern of small businesses also.

Seventh, Wal-Mart should share some space both inside and outside of its store to arrange selling area for small businesses. Of course, it contrasts with people’s feeling. However, in my opinion, if Wal-Mart decides to do this, it will result in small businesses feeling that Wal-Mart did not set up to destroy their small businesses. In the same time, Wal-Mart still helps them have more product distribution places. For instance, Wal-Mart’s inside space, it should have some areas for selling local production of small businesses in order to help small businesses to be able to operate their business and to be able to create the convenience for customers. In outside areas, I think that Wal-Mart should arrange some car park zone to be a zone where small businesses can take their product to sell. A kind of merchandises may be similar to inside area, because I would like small businesses to feel that a big box store such as Wal-Mart opens a chance for them in making business together. In my opinion, sometimes, Wal-Mart should accept to cut some areas to create a good relationship with small businesses. Besides, I think that customers will feel better also.

From reading Wal-Mart’s articles, I found that most problems are Wal-Mart’s opening prohibition in a community; however, we can not stop the opening of Wal-Mart. Then both Wal-Mart and small businesses should turn back to think about how they can make business under this crisis.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

DollarDays International (2005, July 25). Survey reveals unique and competitive pricing helps small retailers compete against big box/chain stores. PR Newswire, U.S. Home Edition. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2006 from LexisNexis.

Edgemon, E. (2005, Dec. 4). Worried about Wal-Mart: plans for third supercenter brings protests. The Daily News Journal. Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Retrieved Feb. 20, 2006 from The Daily News Journal

Gerson, D. (2006, Jan. 16). Wal-Mart woos entrepreneurs and minorities. The New York Sun. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2006 from LexisNewis.

Goldman, A. (2006, Jan. 10). Wal-Mart still raises concern in Inglewood. Los Angeles Times Home Edition. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2006 from LexisNexis.

Mestas, A. (2006, Oct. 6). Small-town grocer hangs up apron. The Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado). Retrieved Jan. 23, 2006 from LexisNexis.

Sager, R. (2006, March 3). Myth-Led New York. Wal-Mart Facts. Retrieved Feb. 20, 2006) from Wal-Mart Facts

Wikipedia. (2006). Wal-Mart. Retrieved Jan. 27, 2006 from Wikipedia

Monday, February 27, 2006

Wal-Mart’s Battle Problem Solution In small towns

Argument essay


I became interested in the effects of opening a Wal-Mart in a local area, because this problem is similar to my country. I would like to know how Wal-Mart could run its business so that it is not despised and banned by local small business. Besides, to be exact, Wal-Mart is important to the macro-economic system. This means that if the U.S. does not have Wal-Mart, the U.S. can not compete in trade with other countries. However, Wal-Mart is the biggest discount retail department store in the U.S.A., and is considered to be one of the big boxes. In addition, Wal-Mart is full of diverse merchandise, such as grocery goods, medicines, electronic goods, and so on. The most important thing is that it has a cheaper price than local shops. Several reasons that Wal-Mart wants to expand its business are wanting the distribution of merchandise and spreading its customer base to increase their profit. According to the article by DollarDays International, after DollarDays International surveyed about the effect of opening Wal-Mart in local area, it showed that small retail owners are still concerned and likely to forbid locating Wal-Mart in a community, because they think that whenever Wal-Mart sets up in their city, their business will get affected immediately. Likewise, Abigail Goldman stated in her article about the concern of small businesses in Inglewood that Wal-Mart has faced numerous battles from local small businesses (Goldman, 2006). In addition, according to Barbaro (2005), stated people very concern about the Wal-Mart’s film that was trying to present many products to hope to attract to high income customer group. Finally, a big box, Wal-Mart, should think about expansive business policies that do not affect local small businesses.

I plan on writing about five ways to resolve the battle problem of Wal-Mart and local small business.

First of all, Wal-Mart should cooperate with local small business to make business together. I think that if Wal-Mart and local small businesses cooperate, it will make their business more smooth. In addition, local customers will not want to ban Wal-Mart. As a result both of them will get the high profit together. For example, they should advertise together in the period of time that is different in order to reduce the prohibition of local small businesses. In other words, local small businesses should feel that they do not have pressure from a big box. However in this point, the government should look at them also, because it may be the cause of trade monopoly. Another example is that they should have the campaign to help the society together in order to create a good relationship with each other. An example of this campaign is that both of them may cooperate to give scholarships to students in a community. It will help to create a good relationship among Wal-Mart, small businesses and local people. When everyone feels good, it is easy for Wal-Mart to operate its business.

Second, Wal-Mart should arrange the characteristics of clear customer target groups. For instance, Wal-Mart may have a policy to emphasize the customer group who has a low salary, while local small business should emphasize a customer group who has a high salary and wants better goods quality. In addition it is easy to make the sale promotion, because Wal-Mart know its target group more certainly. I think that when both of them have different customer groups, various problems do not occur.

Third, Wal-Mart should arrange different kinds of merchandise. The difference of merchandise helps customers be able to choose goods to follow their desire. As a result, both Wal-Mart and local small businesses can sell their merchandise. In other words, it helps to reduce competition with each other.

Fourth, Wal-Mart should do the research to know local people and local small business owners’ needs exactly. For example, in a survey, it may help Wal-Mart learn that local people want Wal-Mart, but want it to be small, because they want to conserve the culture of the community. According to Kaiser, “ People around here like the small-town feel, but they also like their Wal-Mart—they just don’t want to see it getting any bigger. So they’re putting up a fierce fight against Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s proposal to build a new supercenter on local farmland” (2003, par. 3). Then Wal-Mart may set up its business in a small size that is not prohibited by a local people or local small businesses. In addition, it results in Wal-Mart running their business more smoothly.

Finally, Wal-Mart should change the fashion strategy to attract to high income customer by presenting the new fashion that closes people’s need in that area, because it has a high opportunity to succeed. Whenever people accept a new fashion, it is time that Wal-Mart can extend a different line of fashion.

From reading Wal-Mart’s articles, I found that most problems are Wal-Mart’s opening prohibition in a community; however, we can not stop the opening of Wal-Mart. Then we should turn back to think about how we can make business under this crisis.

Reference:
Barbaro, M. (2005, Nov. 1). A new weapon for Wal-Mart: a war room. The New York Times. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2006 from LexisNexis.

DollarDays International (2005, July 25). Survey reveals unique and competitive pricing helps small retailers compete against big box/chain stores. PR Newswire, U.S. Home Edition. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2006 from LexisNexis.

Goldman, A. (2006, Jan. 10). Wal-Mart still raises concern in Inglewood. Los Angeles Times Home Edition. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2006 from LexisNexis.

Kaiser, E. (2003, July 12). Some cities resisting Wal-Mart expansion. Reuters, Common Dreams News Center. Retrieved on January 17, 2006 from Common Dreams News Center.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Some Cities Resisting Wal-Mart Expansion

practice S/R

In the article, "Some Cities Resisting Wal-Mart Expansion" by Emily Kaiser, the author stated that Wal-Mart is the biggest discount store in the U.S.A. Right now this company wants to expand its business throughout the U.S.A. Some cities accept the entering of Wal-Mart but others do not want Wal-Mart to establish itself in their city, especially in a rural city. Those are several reasons that people resist Wal-Mart. First of all, people want to conserve their town, because they want their town to have its original condition. In other words, they do not want to change a town from a local town to a huge shopping center. Second, in creating Wal-Mart they need to use a lot of space, because these towns are small towns which are full of farmland. Then if Wal-Mart is established here, people are afraid that their land which is farmland, will be sold to Wal-Mart. Third, people are afraid their small business will be ruined by the Wal-Mart business. Finally, Wal-Mart wants to expand its superstore to occupy many cities, because Wal-Mart wants to serve as many customers as possible. Wal-Mart expansion results in the occurrence of changing both life style of people in that city and the city condition, from a rural city to a business city which depends on only a big company.

In my opinion, Wal-Mart expansion in rural cities results in changing much,
but at the same time it gives great things to a rural city. These are my reasons to support creating Wal-Mart.

First of all, exactly, Wal-Mart has ruined original condition of areas where it is created, but it creates income to people in this area. Because Wal-Mart is a business that consists of a lot of officers, Wal-Mart needs to employ people to work more. Then I think that people are likely to have a better life, since most people get jobs from Wal-Mart.

Second, Wal-Mart uses a lot of space in creating its superstore. Then during the time that creates Wal-Mart super discount store, I think that house construction businesses can make money, because Wal-Mart has to order a lot of material from construction businesses. In addition, construction businesses receive a lot of work. As a result people in this rural city are employed more.

Third, the arrival of Wal-Mart results in small businesses in rural cities having to close their business such as a grocery shop, a photo shop, and an electronic shop. Because Wal-Mart’s goods have lower price than these shops. As a result it is popular for people to buy something in Wal-Mart. Then small businesses in local towns are closed, because no one buys their goods. But if we look at the macro economics, we find that the economics in this city are better. Because most people work at Wal-Mart, they get money to buy something more.

Finally, small business owners develop their business more, because they have to
compete with Wal-Mart. As a result, there may occur a kind of new business that is different from the original business.

In conclusion, I think that it is difficult to stop Wal-Mart expansion. Besides, in my idea, everything has both an advantage and an disadvantage. Then the local government supports creating Wal-Mart. At the same time, the local government should have a measurement that is able to control it also.

Reference:
Kaiser, E. (2003, July 12). Some cities resisting Wal-Mart expansion. Reuters. Common Dreams News Center. Retrieved on Jan. 17, 2006 From http: common dreams news center

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Wal-Mart and small business

Research paper proposal

I became interested in the effects of opening Wal-Mart in a local area, because this problem is similar to my country. I would like to know how Wal-Mart runs its business to be not prohibited by local small business. Besides, to be exact, Wal-Mart is important to the macro-economic system. This means that if the U.S. does not have Wal-Mart, the U.S. can not compete in trade with other countries. However, Wal-Mart is the biggest discount retail department store in the U.S.A., and is considerated to be one of the big boxes. In addition, Wal-Mart is full of diverse merchandise, such as grocery goods, medicines, electronic goods, and so on. The most important thing is that it has a cheaper price than local shops. Several reasons that Wal-Mart wants to expand its business are wanting the distribution of merchandise and spreading its customer base to increase their profit. According to the article by DollarDays International, after DollarDays International surveyed about the effect of opening Wal-Mart in local area, it showed that small retail owners are still concerned and likely to forbid locating Wal-Mart in a community, because they think that whenever Wal-Mart sets up in their city, their business will get affected immediately. Likewise, Aligail Goldman stated in his article about concerning of small businesses in Inglewood that Wal-Mart has faced numerous battles from local small businesses (Goldman, 2006). Finally, a big box, Wal-Mart, should think about business expansive policies that do not affect local small businesses.

I plan on writing about four ways to resolve the battle problem of local small business.

First of all, Wal-Mart should cooperate with local small business to make business together. I think that if Wal-Mart and local small businesses cooperate together, it will make their business more smooth. For example, they should advertise together in the period of time that is different in order to reduce the prohibition of local small businesses. In other words, local small businesses should feel that they do not have pressure from a big box. However in this point, the government should look at them also, because it may be the case of trade monopoly. Second, Wal-Mart should arrange the characteristic of clear customer target groups. For instance, Wal-Mart may have a policy to emphasize the customer group who has a low salary, while local small business should emphasize a customer group who has a high salary and wants better goods quality. I think that when both of them have different customer groups, various problems do not occur. Third, Wal-Mart should arrange different kinds of merchandise. The difference of merchandise helps customers be able to choose goods to follow their desire. As a result, both Wal-Mart and local small businesses can sell their merchandise. In other words, it helps to reduce competition with each other. Finally, Wal-Mart should do the research to know local people and local small business owner’s needs exactly. For example, in a survey, it may help Wal-Mart learn that local people want Wal-Mart, but want it to be small, because they want the conserve the culture of the community. Then Wal-Mart may set up its business in a small size that is not prohibited by a local people or local small businesses. In addition, it results in Wal-Mart running their business more smoothly.

From reading Wal-Mart’s articles, I found that most problems are Wal-Mart’s opening prohibition in a community; however, we can not stop the opening of Wal-Mart. Then we should turn back to think about how we can make business under this crisis.

Reference:
DollarDays International (2005, July 25). Survey reveals unique and competitive pricing helps small retailers compete against big box/chain stores. PR Newswire, U.S. Home Edition. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2006 from LexisNexis.

Goldman, A. (2006, Jan. 10). Wal-Mart still raises concern in Inglewood. Los Angels Times Home Edition. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2006 from LexisNexis