SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Wal-Mart Stores is operating with a 20th-century mind-set in a 21st-century environment, and it will have to change with the times or face ongoing resistance from the public and government, speakers at a daylong conference on the Bentonville, Ark.-based company said here last week. The conference, sponsored by the University of California, Santa Barbara, featured a variety of speakers using the forum to bash Wal-Mart. The organizers said they had invited Wal-Mart to ...

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