This article was updated on May 17, 2011.
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Wal-Mart's low price is back.
For years, buying things for less is the only reason to go to Wal-Mart, even if some of us wear baseball caps and sunglasses, in this way, our friends will not see us slipping away from the door in order to save the children a few dollars.
However, in recent years, Wal-Mart has revised the plan to attract more upscale customers --
Bring better fashion and organic food, cut options for cheap goods, and promote its environmental record.
The change was as popular as merlot at monster truck rallies. High-
Wal-Mart's traditional customers gathered in dollar stores, leading to a decline in sales, which ultimately did not satisfy consumers.
What do retailers do?
If you are Wal-Mart, you can go back to the basics.
The company recently announced that it will again focus on its trademark "daily low price" approach and expand the range of goods it carries this year by 8,500, starting with dry groceries, snacks, and drinks.
Wal-Mart will also soon add products to its fresh food boxes and Health channels, followed by products in entertainment, sporting goods and others
As the holiday approaches, the size of the clothing is getting bigger and bigger.
And in April,
Retailers have introduced the most aggressive "advertising matching" policy to date, promising to match the lowest prices announced by any competitor.
In December 2009, we highlighted some of the best (and worst)
With the development of retailers, Wal-Mart will buy more products.
With the implementation of the new policy, in addition to updating some of the information we have previously picked, we have added some new items to the list.
Here are our revised choices. 1. Name-
The price of soup, grain, chips and biscuits purchased by Wal-Mart from companies such as Quaker, Kellogg and General Mills is still the best in the industry, jonni McCoy said, its expanded selection means that you are more likely to find the product you want, the founder of frugal shopping experts and stingy moms.
McCoy's favorite Yoplait yogurt, for example, is about 8% cheaper at Walmart than her local grocery chain.
A reminder: While McCoy likes to save money, she avoids Wal-Mart's food brands, such as premium brands.
"You didn't save that much money and there was a big difference in quality," she said . ". 2.
As part of an effort to bring shoppers back to the store, Wal-Mart is restocking in some places with products on the shelves that are clearly local followers.
So in Denver, Wal-Mart is trying to bring home the proud products grown locally in Colorado to its stores, as well as the popular Blue Bell ice cream brand.
In Phoenix, hiking is very common and customers can look for deals with energy bars from Kashgar and Camelback water carriers.
In Dearborn, Mickey. , Arab-
American customers can find a range of Middle Eastern foods from Tut International. 3.
Although Wal-Mart has launched a "return to basics" campaign and selected mid-range products, consumer electronics products with moderate prices
TV sets and digital cameras are still very good, and the price is very competitive.
High inventory for retailers-
High-definition TVs from top manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony, Philips and sharp, as well as digital cameras produced by companies such as Nikon and Canon.
Recently, the company expanded its product range, including ipad and ipod from Apple, as well as Nook e-readers from Barnes and Noble. (
When iProducts is on the market in United supermarkets, even Wal-Mart can't discount Apple items, so the most you can save is a few dollars on the iPod Touch;
Pop still starts at $499. .
Wal-Mart doesn't have a team of educated salespeople ready to explain all the settings on the back of the SLR, or high-
Def TV with resolution 1080i compared to def TV with resolution 1080 p
But if you look online for detailed product reviews like 90% of consumers, this service may not be so important now, notes James Russo, vice president of global consumer insight at Nielsen.
"Consumers will conduct research outside the store," Russo said . ".
"So if Wal-Mart has the right choice and price, consumers will go there. 4.
High sales of Wal-Mart smartphones
Reasonably priced end phones, including BlackBerry Curve 3g and LG VL600 LTE for less than a dollar (
97 cents, to be exact)
When you sign up for two-
Annual Contract for Verizon or Sprint.
If you have closed your phone contract and would like to compare new phones and carriers in one place, this is good news as Wal-Mart sells phone and service plans from major US supermarkets. S.
Carrier: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
So if you want to see how verizon droid, which uses Google's Android operating system, matches the iPhone, Walmart is where you go.
You can't do this at the AT&T store, or even at an upscale boutique in Apple. 5.
Coffee while Wal-Mart has been criticized in the past for being more concerned about prices rather than environmental or labor issues when purchasing goods, one area in which it is raising its record is coffee.
In 2009, the company worked with the independent certification body TransFair USA to provide fair trade
Certified coffee at Walmart and Sam's Club stores.
Coffee is grown sustainably by farmers who earn a living wage, and coffee beans are roasted with specially designed carbonNeutral bakers
At first, the price of coffee for this fair trade was high, but now the price difference has disappeared. A 12-
Fair ounce pack
Walmart's coffee costs $5.
48, compared to $5.
Supermarket brand 8 coffee 58.
Through fair Sales
In terms of coffee trade, Wal-Mart has greatly expanded the market for such goods. Carmen K.
Iezzi, executive director of the Fair Trade Federation of such product associations in North America, said Wal-Mart's entry into fair trade is promising, although she warned that it is too early to judge how much impact the retailer's efforts will have, wal-Mart has yet to commit to fair trade as Joe's and Whole Foods do.
Coffee was a good start.
"This is a positive sign when any big company starts moving in the direction of more sustainable practice," said Iezzi . ". 6.
In terms of the environment, Wal-Mart's suppliers are often far from meeting the best practices.
Now, the chain is trying to clean up its behavior by providing more ecological environment.
Laundry detergent is one of the most done areas.
In 2008, the company sold concentrated laundry detergent only in the United States. S. stores —
Compared to earlier versions, the packaging of these products is reduced by 50% and less fuel is needed for transportation.
Once again, scale is important: Wal-Mart's carbon footprint is very serious, so reducing the laundry detergent container by half will have a great impact.
Wal-Mart has taken steps to combat phosphate, which pollutes water and causes a surge in the number of algae that destroy fish habitats and plants.
The company has said it does not have phosphate in detergents sold in the United StatesS.
It sets a goal of reducing its phosphate content in detergents in North America and South America by 70%.
In addition, Wal-Mart is working with suppliers to increase the concentration of its laundry detergent by two to three times by the end of 2012, further reducing packaging and fuel consumption.
Wal-Mart has launched broader initiatives to improve its ecological environment. image.
In 2009, the company began to work with several other large retailers, as well as many manufacturers and universities, to develop a sustainability index that ultimately ranks all suppliers and products based on their impact on the environment.
Although the full ranking has not yet been released, Fast Company says the move is "the big box retailer we see, the headhead-ever.
"Honorary Schauland said he was an assistant campaign assistant to the Minnesota Organic Consumers Association --
"Wal-Mart is taking some important steps, although they still have a long way to go.