Wal-Mart at 50: Catalyst for Change

Wal-Mart at 50: Catalyst for Change

In its first half-century, Wal-Mart reshaped the supermarket industry

Wal-Mart Stores has been the primary catalyst for change in the retail food industry for much of its 50-year history — impacting virtually everything supermarkets do from pricing to distribution to labor negotiations — and there are no signs that distinction is anywhere close to being over.

“What we’ve seen is an evolution that’s been fairly unforgiving,” John Rand, director of retail insights for Kantar Research, Cambridge, Mass., told S

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