Walton. He'd say, 'I'll meet you for breakfast at six o'clock.' And we'd say, 'Mr. Walton, there's noreason to meet that early. We can't even get into the buildings that early.' And he'd just say, 'We'll findsomething to do.' "It's true that I came up with the idea of making the annual meeting more of an event, but Sam didn't tellyou the whole reason why. I'll never forget Wal-Mart's first annual meeting, or I should say, meetings. Iwent up a day early to help prepare for it, but this friend of Sam'sFred Pickens from Newportgotconfused on the dates and showed up a day early. So Sam decided to go ahead and hold the meeting forFred, right there in his office. The next day we had the official annual meeting: six of us met around a tableof the coffee shop there by the warehouse. Another important ingredient that has been in the Wal-Mart partnership from the very beginning hasbeen our very unusual willingness to share most of the numbers of our business with all the associates. It'sthe only way they can possibly do their jobs to the best of their abilitiesto know what's going on in theirbusiness. If I was a little slow to pick up on sharing the profits, we were among the first in ourindustryand are still way out front of almost everybodywith the idea of empowering our associates byrunning the business practically as an open book. I've always told people in the stores what was going onwith the numbers. But after we decided to act like a partnership, we formalized the sharing of informationto a much greater degree. I'm not going to pretend we're perfect at this. We do have our share of miscommunication, like that timethe Moon Pies were shipped to stores in Wisconsin, where they didn't exactly jump off the shelves. Andsometimes a simple attitude is as valuable as all the technology in the world. For example, we've got thisone rule I hope we never give up enforcing: our buyers here in Bentonville are required to return callsfrom the stores first, before they return the calls of vendors or anybody else, and they are required to getback to the stores by sundown of the day they get the call. 久久草视频 - 非常流行的热门的久久草视频观看网站 Maggie could make no answer but a long, deep sob of that mysterious, wondrous happiness that is one with pain. And as things turned out, this setback presented us with one of the great opportunities in our company'shistory. Ever since David Glass and I had met at that awful Wal-Mart opening in Harrison, Arkansas, Ihad been trying to somehow persuade him to work for us. He was a big deal at this discount drug chainup in Springfield, and I was convinced he was one of the finest retail talents I had met. For some time, Ihad been after Ron Mayer to hire David, but he wouldn't do it. So when Ron left, David was the firstperson I went to see, and I finally talked him into coming to Wal-Mart. I'm not saying that with Davidand Jack Shewmaker as executive vice presidentsDavid for finance and distribution, and Jack foroperations and merchandisewe didn't still have some turf fighting left to do between the two sides of thecompany. But, man, we had as much retail talent and firepower together under one roof as any companycould handle.