As was reported in SN on April 11, 2005, Wal-Mart Stores last month staged a two-day media conference in Bentonville, Ark. It was attended by representatives of about 50 news organizations, including this one. The conference was unprecedented for Wal-Mart, which has long been noted for its closed culture. Clearly, the activity was a bid to beat back some of the unpleasant publicity that has surrounded the company lately concerning whether it's a good place to work and to shop and -- more ...

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