That's in addition to another report earlier this month that made the assertion that the presence of a Walmart and other big box stores breeds hate groups. That research, conducted by professors at Penn State University, New Mexico State University and Michigan State University, argues that local businesses are pillars of the community and promote civic engagement and foster community values. When Walmart comes to town and puts those companies out of business, it creates a business vacuum which weakens the community's civic "backbone" and creates an atmosphere ripe for hate groups to form and gain power in the absence of strong leadership among local business owners and community leaders.
In 2013 Wal-Mart announced a plan to purchase “$250 billion in products that support the creation of American jobs” by 2023 by increasing purchases of . manufactured goods (Loeb 2013, Wal-Mart 2015a). 11 To date, very few actual . manufacturing jobs have been created as a result of this commitment. Wal-Mart remains, by far, the top importer of ocean shipping containers in the United States with total imports of more than 775,000 container-equivalents (TEUs) in 2014, exceeding total imports by Target, the number two importer, by more than 250,000 TEUs ( percent, more than total Target imports) (Journal of Commerce 2015). In addition, about two-thirds of what Wal-Mart calls American-made goods are actually groceries, which support few . manufacturing jobs (Alliance for American Manufacturing 2015).
Legal Notice: Courts have enjoined non-Associate UFCW agents from entering any Walmart property, except to shop, in Arkansas ( Read the order here ), Florida ( Read the order here ), Texas ( Read the order ), Colorado ( Read the order ), Ohio ( read the order ) , and Maryland ( Read the order ) from entering inside stores. A court has enjoined non-Associate UFCW agents from entering the insides of stores in California to engage in activities, such as picketing, patrolling, marching, parading, flash mobs, demonstrations, handbilling solicitation, manager confrontations or customer disruptions ( Read order here).