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Relational Cheers to Walmart!
By: Doug Bedell
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Walmart has been making some remarkable relational moves, topped now by removing, as The Washington Post reports, “all Confederate-flag-adorned items from its Web site…” and stores in the wake of the shootings at the Emanual AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Walmart, of course, was founded in the small town of Rogers, Arkansas “and is the store in some ways of the old Confederacy, the store of the deep South and the heartland,” notes Charles Fishman, author of “The Walmart Effect.”

Yet, The Post story adds, “There would be much higher financial and social costs to eliminating its stocks of firearms, which Walmart sells more of than any other retailer in America.”

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About the Author
Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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