By Tammy Lee, Grade 12
In recent years, eating healthy food has become the latest trend. From fads such as vitamin-infused drinks to the demand for organic food, more retailers are taking advantage of conscientious consumers in a way that allows the retailer—in this case, Walmart—to label what the company believes is healthy and should be well regarded by its customers. Coming soon to the Walmart near you is a green “Great for You” label that the multi-national retail giant has decided to launch.
By: Nathanael Leung, Grade 12
Wal-mart, one of the world’s top 100 corporations, has a history of litigations and escaping through sly loopholes. That same Wal-mart has now inched itself into our beloved Grandview Highway neighbourhood, taking over the area of the old Costco. Wal-mart, an enterprise started with a single store in the 1950s by Sam Walton, currently holds more than 200 stores globally. With the automatic sliding glass doors and the blue exterior wall colourings, this “Mega-store giant” appears harmless on the outside, but catastrophic from every aspect.
When someone says the word “Wal-mart,” what is the first word that comes into your mind? “CHEAP!” Wal-Mart takes the upper hand in retail by offering “everyday low prices”; however, each product that Wal-mart sells has a long trail back to its original manufacturer. Most of its products were retrieved from countries such as Vietnam, China, Bangladesh, Korea…and almost NONE are from America, except for food products and other equipment.
Chitha: Hey, did you hear what happened on Friday?
Jenn: November 23rd Black Friday, you mean? (Black Friday occurs the Friday after every Thanksgiving in the US. It does not occur in Canada.)
Chitha: Yeah. Someone died that day at Walmart in the US because the crowds surged through the doors and trampled over one of the poor workers.
Jenn: Yeah, I heard. My teacher was talking about it in class today too.
Chitha: Oh? What did they say?