Big box stores cause a lot of controversy. Everything from killing Mom & Pop stores ( who's owners then go out and buy an overpriced franchise. WHY? It makes them part of an exploiting big box concept) to massive carbon foot print, or abusing labor laws in third world countries. I agree that there is a certain validity to some claims, and because we, the consumers raise a lot of stink, things are starting to change now.
From experience I would like to tell you that prices in China have gone up over the past decade. Dramatically so. Partially of course due to government wanting to better their society, but partly as well due to North American companies listening to their clients and activists who demand fair trade.
If you take STARBUCKS for example, which may seem like a small box when you enter one, but overall they are a bigger force in their industry than Wal Mart is in it's field. And all they sell you is fair trade coffee. Because you want them to. And because you are prepared to pay for it. Kudos. Well done. Everybody wins.
Many other corporations are equally active when it comes to human rights, fair business tactics and treating their suppliers as partners more so than slaves. Except they do not post it on their front door. Or bragg about it. You would have to look ontheir corporate website, or read their discolsures to the shareholders.
Too many of us don't do that. We watch 60 Minutes, listen to the scandal of the week and follow blindly what journalists tell us and keep repeating it to everybody we know.
Anyway. My favorite big box store is COSTCO. If I were to be a company guy, that's the one I would choose and try to climb the ladder (Not going to happen). Here are some pics of today's visit.
SKY LIGHTS - PLENTY OF NATURAL LIGHT- SAVE ENERGY
SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS
ORGANIC PASTA SAUCE
NOT ORGANIC, BUT EXCELLENT
GREAT, ONE OF MY FAVORITE SANDWICH MEATS
GLUTEN FREE BBQ SAUCE, CALGARY MADE
GF RICE CRACKERS. TASTY
ORGANIC CARROT JUICE
GLUTEN FREE SAUSAGES
SMOOTHIES, JUST ADD ICE AND BLEND.
MAKE YOUR OWN TIRAMISU
I LOVE THESE BEETS
GLUTEN FREE CREME BRULEE
WAITING PATIENTLY WITH A BOOK AND JUNK FOOD