The Wal-Mart Way

  • by Don Soderquist
  • Narrated by Don Soderquist
  • 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Since Sam Walton's death in 1992, Wal-Mart has gone from being the largest retailer in the world to holding the top spot on the Fortune 500 list as the largest company in the world. Don Soderquist, who was senior vice chairman during that time, played a crucial role in that success. Sam Walton said, "I tried for almost 20 years to hire Don Soderquist....But when we really needed him later on, he finally joined up and made a great chief operating officer."Responsible for overseeing many of Wal-Mart's key support divisions, including real estate, human resources, information systems, logistics, legal, corporate affairs, and loss prevention, Soderquist stayed true to his Christian values as well as Wal-Mart's distinct management style. "Probably no other Wal-Mart executive since the legendary Sam Walton has come to embody the principles of the company's culture, or to represent them within the industry, as has Don Soderquist," Discount Store News once reported.In The Wal-Mart Way, Soderquist shares his story of helping lead a global company from being a $43 billion company to one that would eventually exceed $200 billion. Several books have been written about Wal-Mart's success, but none by the ones who were the actual players. It was more than "Everyday Low Prices" and distribution that catapulted the company to the top. The core values based on Judeo-Christian principles, and maintained by leaders such as Soderquist, are the real reason for Wal-Mart's success.

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Eye opener

I'm an Open University business student. This book has been a real eyeopener. The WalMart principles can be adopted by most British businesses to maximise profits. I felt really satisfied reading this book. If you think this book is about American hype that is specific to American culture, you are wrong. I'm serious. Anyone who is interested in starting a business or improving their business, should read this book. I really love the WalMart principles. WalMart is aggressive in protecting and serving its customers. Now what's wrong with that? Nothing really. I tell you, get this book and listen to the the first three chapters. Find out what how Sam Walton rose to meteoric success in business. This book is generous in sharing Sam's core values and principles. This book could be worth several thousand times the cost of it. Whether and how you use it is what matters. I'm thankful to Don Soderquist for sharing so much with us.
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- Russell

Easy listen

Wal-Mart does well because people shop there. They obviously know how to keep customers coming back for more. I found this book a great review of the basics of retailing that are so easy to forget when your running a business. A little more detail would've been nice though.
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- Bruno

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2005
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers