Force of Nature

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-05-10
  • Publisher: Harperbusiness

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Walmart, once a lowly five-and-dime store founded by Sam Walton, has become a global giant. Its annual revenues rival the GDPs of major nations, its employees could field entire armies, and its customers number in the hundreds of millions-a week. But the company's obsessive push for "everyday low prices" at any cost has also made it a target for unions, local businesses, urban planners, and, most of all, environmentalists. The company's formidable buying power determines the fate of fisheries, forests, agriculture, and industrial production the world over.But a startling environmental revolution has taken place at Walmart, ignited by an unlikely alliance between a river guide-turned-corporate consultant named Jib Ellison and former CEO Lee Scott. In all aspects of Walmart's business-from packaging to promotions, and store layouts to supply chains-solutions are being devised that, due to Walmart's size, not only save billions of dollars, but also thousands of trees and millions of gallons of fossil fuels. Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Edward Humes charts the course of this revolution, depicting the incredible ways in which the world's biggest corporation is making enormous strides in sustainability-and how whole sectors of the economy, from dairy to fashion, have begun to embrace Walmart's example.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Confluencep. 1
The Nudge
Exposurep. 13
The Soul of a Discounterp. 25
The CEO Whispererp. 55
Bursting the Bubble
Doing the Mathp. 73
Katrina in Slow Motionp. 97
Because Everyone Loves a Good Dealp. 109
Cotton, Fish, Coffee, and Alp. 125
Beyond the Box
The Cow of the Futurep. 159
One Index to Rule Them Allp. 181
No Free Lunch at the Nature Marketp. 207
Epilogue: Generation Greenp. 225
Acknowledgmentsp. 237
Notesp. 238
Indexp. 251
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