鈥楯une 20.鈥擠arling Laura, your sweet letter has arrived since I wrote the first note. Would you fairly kill me with kindness? You have already done too much. No, my sweet sister, I would never like to take your money for needless luxuries,鈥攐f comforts I have many. Ice is not to be had, is not needed, and I hardly ever even think of it. We are much better without a carriage; walking is more wholesome, and to me more pleasant. I kissed the signature on the cheque鈥攁nd then鈥攄estroyed it! Forgive me! In about two years I have had three cheques declined; so you see that I have enough and to spare. I am quite easy-handed, love; not at all in straits, thank God.鈥? " 'Arkansas.' 鈥淭om,鈥?she began faintly, 鈥淚 am come back to you 鈥?I am come back home 鈥?for refuge 鈥?to tell you everything.鈥? 鈥楧ecember 9. 鈥楾hat of a mad woman!鈥? 丁香五月啪啪,激情综合,色久久,色久久综合网,五月婷婷开心中文字幕 "He hired me with the full understanding that I was going to put together a warehouse and distributionsystem. I accepted the job, moved down here, and started drawing some plans. Then one day heproceeds to tell me he doesn't know for sure whether we really need a warehouse yet or not. It upset meto no end because that was really the only field I wanted to be into. I said, 'Gee, Sam, I want to run awarehouse.' For about six months to a year there, I just worked doing various things around thecompany, and in my spare time I drew up plans for a distribution center. There wasn't room for me in theoffice so they knocked a hole through the wall and went into the upstairs of the shoe store next door. Itwas kind of like an attic, my office, with no heat or air conditioning in it. We had one old toilet for a restroom, with a screen-door hook on the door. And there were about twenty-five people working there bynow. Sam would come by every so often and tell me to keep working on drawing those warehouseplans, but I could see he wasn't sure about it at all."I knew we needed a warehouse. I just wanted to make sure we got the kind we needed, and at this timetoo, remember, we were financing everything ourselves. We were borrowing heavily to open new stores. Jack said he already knew he didn't want to stay at Wal-Mart until he was an old man, so after somediscussion, we agreed on the switch. David took the president's job, and Jack stayed on for three moreyears as chief financial officer, and he did a great job. Today, he does international consulting work, andhe remains a valuable Wal-Mart board member. David, of course, turned into a fantastic president, andabout five years ago I relinquished my CEO title to him. At that time, Jack retired. 鈥楯uly 16, 1866. "We've never been very sympathetic to this whole small-town argument. What's happened to thesmall-town merchant isn't any different from what happened when supermarkets first appeared in thefifties. The whole point of retailing is to serve the customer. If you're a merchant with no competition, youcan charge high prices, open late, close early, and shut down on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Another point missed by Margo Alexander and others was that a very fortunate thing happened to us onthe competitive front: Kmart was developing its own problems. Toward the end of 1976, they hadpurchased more than two hundred store locations left over from the defunct Grant's chain, and they hadtheir hands full trying to make that work. Not only that, they seemed to have a management philosophy atthe time of avoiding all change, something that never works in this business. I'm sure that worrying aboutWal-Mart fell way down on their priority list, and I occasionally think back to how lucky we were not tohave had to face Harry Cunninghamor Kmart's current management teamduring that period.