BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here plans to launch a new minority supplier program in Chicago that will subsequently be expanded nationally, according to published reports. Sources said Thomas Mars, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Wal-Mart, told a Metropolitan Planning Council luncheon Monday in Chicago that Wal-Mart will focus its efforts on using minority-owned supplier companies for food, general merchandise and professional services. Wal-Mart has ...

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