Larry, 46, stocked produce. Wal-Mart has had to diverge from its North American strategy to be competitive in Europe. This is an essential consideration for a company which makes a lot of purchases overseas.
So consumers coming in for processed food items can pick up cheap melon, or buy golden kiwis from New Zealand, or fancy apples from New York.
In Indonesia, I was in the cold chain room of the largest retailer. That situation will change. For example, Asda has succeeded as much through its long-term relationships with suppliers as its low-cost strategy.
These two companies come from different nations; have different local cultures, and belong to different industries. Those who accuse Wal-Mart of shortchanging its employees, Williams suggested, don't understand the modern service economy.
After overviewing the most important cultural impacts for making business in Brazil, we will review two cases of foreign companies that established operations in this country: All this huge growth of the Chinese investment in Brazil is generating some uncomfortable cultural frictions between the Brazilian employees and their Chinese bosses.
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