200 million —The number of customers and members Walmart serves each week
2.2 million — The number of “associates” currently employed by Walmart
30,000 — The number of suppliers that sell to Walmart
1 — The number of books written by authors who were there from the beginning
When you’re the largest and most successful company in the world, you’ve got a big “target” on your back.
Critics hate it. Shoppers love it. Is Walmart the evil empire or low-price savior?
There’s never been a book as uniquely positioned to answer that question. Until now.
Author Ron Loveless was there from the start. Actually, before the start. Born to a welfare-supported family in Hiwassee, Arkansas (population 98), Ron and Walmart are inextricably joined at the hip. His mother cleaned house for the man everyone called “Mr. Sam” long before the first Walmart opened its doors. Sam Walton himself watched Ron play Little League baseball and hired him away from his $1.50 an hour service station job to work at one of the very first Walmart stores.
Chronicling Ron’s rise from stock boy to senior vice president (or in Ron’s words, from “outhouse to penthouse”), Walmart Inside Out gives readers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the corporate giant from a uniquely-balanced perspective. By turns enlightening, entertaining and endearing, Walmart Inside Out is written in an amiable, down-home style that feels like you’re sitting on the author’s porch, sharing stories and a cool drink on a gentle Arkansas night.