A lot can be said about Wal-Mart. The company is a contradictory mess in every sense of the word.
On the one hand, it’s well known they underpay employees, destroy the environment, and regularly conduct a plethora of seedy business practices.
On the other hand, they are often the first responders during natural disasters – saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of people after Katrina struck Louisiana. In addition, they employ more people than just about any other business and their donations to charity are mindboggling high.
The other day, I found another ridiculous wal-mart contradiction.
My Wal-Mart Story
My wife and I are looking for a new bed frame. We’re paying for it with both a gift card and a debit card and since we can’t use two forms or payment online, I called Wal-Mart to find out if they had the bed frame I want in the store.
After being transferred – twice – I connected to the right part of the store and asked them some questions. When I finally asked if they had the bed frame the woman told me something crazy: they have no way of looking up what’s in the store.
Why is that crazy? Because Wal-Mart has one of the most advanced inventory management systems in the world! Their just-in-time system has redefined the way product is shipped and their use of RFID chips will eventually turn inventory management into a computer-run precision science.
All that to point out how ridiculous it is that the company with the world’s most advanced inventory management system doesn’t let their employees to use it.
She couldn’t search the computer for the item (or a similar item) that I wanted. All she could do was tell me she couldn’t help.
Why This Matters
It’s a horrible way to run a business – having the world’s best tools at your disposal and not being able to use them. But it shouldn’t surprise me – you do it every day.
At this website alone, you have tools are your disposal that could change your life. I’ve given you:
- A budget template to help you plan your spending.
- A way to enjoy Christmas without going into debt.
- A way to categorize and develop life goals.
- A recommended reading list in the sidebar that will change the way you think about work, money, and living a good life.
- And a newsletter that will give you everything you need to dominate personal finances.
And while you may regularly read the blog, you’re letting these resources pass you by.
And I’m not the only site that can change your life:
- Dan Miller has everything you need to find or create the work you love.
- Dave Ramsey’s endorsed local providers will do everything from filing your taxes to finding your health insurance to selling your house.
You have more power, knowledge, and skills at your fingertips than ever before. But like Wal-Mart, you’re ignoring the power of these resources and living with the stress and frustration that comes with it.
Try Something New
Don’t be like the employee who couldn’t use the world’s most advanced inventory system. Take advantage of the opportunities at your disposal and enjoy the freedom that comes with it.