Wednesday, October 24, 2007


1) Is the Chinese government the reason that Wal-Mart does not have more stores in China?

2) If so, why does the Chinese government not want them to have more stores?

3) Are there any ways in which Wal-Mart can negotiate with the government to somehow form and agreement and open more stores?

4) What are the general differences Wal-Mart will face when operating in a democratic country like America and operating in a communist country like China?

5) Does having Wal-Mart in China somehow benefit their government or does it somehow deter their government from accomplishing its goals?

Blog Activity for 8/24/07

1) Wal-Mart has a relatively low number of stores in China, and can afford to expand.

2) This issue is important because Wal-Mart has a store in just about every town in America, and has almost saturated American markets with Wal-Marts. However, they have a relatively low amount of stores in China, and all of those stores are packed with customers. This topic is in need for investigation because I want to know why Wal-Mart does not have more stores in China. This could be that they have not been in China long enough to build more stores, or maybe the communist government won't let them build more stores. I would like to figure out why this is the case.

3) If I could find out why there are not more Wal-Marts in China, I would have a better understanding of the impact and effects Wal-Mart is having on China and it's citizens. If I find out why there aren't more stores there, it will give me a better understanding on if it is the government or if it is the customers who feel that having more stores is a bad idea. My hypothesis is that it is a mix between the fact that Wal-Mart has not had enough time to build more stores, and that the government might not want them to build more stores as the answer to my question.


I have recently checked out a couple of books from the library and downloaded a few articles about Wal-Mart. The book I checked out for the log has been very helpful and if full of useful information about the effects Wal-Mart is having on China. So far, Wal-Mart does not have nearly as large of an impact on China as it does on America since there are not a lot of Wal-Marts in China yet. My research has led me to such discoveries like; some of the Wal-Marts in China have two stories, there are live animals such as turtles and fish for sale to eat in the Chinese stores, and the Chinese stores are way more crowded and full of people shopping than the Wal-Marts in America. The stores there are packed, which leads me to believe that there is a high demand for Wal-Marts in China, and there is still room for Wal-Mart to expand over there.