Her family had seen some partnerships go sour, and she was dead-set in the notion that the only way togo was to work for yourself. So I went back to Butler Brothers to see what else they might have for me. By now, I hope I've given you a pretty clear impression of what my business priorities have been overthe years. If I've explained myself well, you know that I have concentrated all along on building the finestretailing company that we possibly could. Period. Creating a huge personal fortune was never particularlya goal of mine, and the proof of that lies in the fact that even to this day most of my, and my family's,wealth remains in the form of Wal-Mart stock. I think most people in our position would have hedgedtheir bets a long time ago and diversified into all kinds of investments. As it's happened, though, our verysimplistic, very personal investment strategy has turned out far better than anyone could ever haveexpected. So Wal-Mart stock has made the Waltons a very wealthy family on paper anyway. Susan was exuberant in her delight. Most meetings are held in some hotel ballroom in a big city, and are pretty quick, formal affairs with thereading of the minutes and the passing of a few shareholder motions. A lot of them, I understand, are heldin places like Wilmington, Delaware, where the companies are incorporated, in the hope that a whole lotof people won't show up. We took the opposite approach. We figured we were already out of the wayenough to discourage anybody from coming, but since we wanted to encourage folks to attend, wescheduled a whole weekend of events for them. We invited folks down from New York, Chicago, orwherever. They paid their own way down and back, but we really showed them a time. That's all I want. If you have told him all, he must see that I am not to blame. Oliver glanced at Denton. He looked terribly amazed, and seemed undecided whether to get out also. 97色伦图片 97色伦图片影院 97色色 97色伦图片在线影院 Mrs. Conrad made no further opposition. She had found friends. Now she had something to live for. No, I suppose not, said Mr. Bundy slowly. "I don't look it, but I am worth fifty thousand dollars鈥攊n fact, more." It was too bad of you not to come to me yesterday morning, as you promised, Gwendolen said to her sister. "I stayed indoors till after luncheon on your account; and the days are so short at this time of year. I couldn't do any shopping." The time savings and flexibility are great, but the cost savings alone would make the investmentworthwhile. Our costs run less than 3 percent to ship goods to our stores, while it probably costs ourcompetitors between 4 to 5 percent to get those same goods to their stores. The math is pretty simple: For example, we've got one store in Panama City, Florida, and another only five miles away in PanamaCity Beach, but actually they're worlds apart when it comes to their merchandise mix and their customerbase. They're entirely different kinds of stores. One is built for tourists going to the beach, and the other ismore like the normal Wal-Mart, built for folks who live in town. That's why we try our best to put amerchant in charge of each store, and to develop other merchants as the heads of each department inthose stores. If the merchandise mix is really going to be right, it has to be managed by the merchandisersthere on the scene, the folks who actually deal face to face with the customers, day in and day out,through the seasons.