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The New Age of Walmart

About the Show

Five years ago CNBC's David Faber took an unprecedented look inside the world's largest retailer. Since then, much has changed. A brutal onslaught of lawsuits, intense criticism and a plummeting stock price have resulted in re-invention at the largest company in the world. Today there’s new leadership at the top, major store renovations and a newfound focus on environmentally friendly policies.

So far, it looks like Walmart’s new image campaign is working. While many companies are cutting back or going bankrupt in the midst of recession, Walmart continues to grow — outperforming its major competitors.

But are the changes Walmart has undergone substantial ones…or merely slick public relations ploys? And what challenges does the giant retailer face as it continues its aggressive expansion?

CNBC's Emmy Award winning anchor and reporter David Faber investigates The New Age of Walmart.

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  • Inside the Controversial Powerhouse Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | 2:14 PM ET
    CEO Mike Duke says Walmart current expansion is just the beginning. Duke: “As a matter of fact – many of the urban markets across the United States I hear from say..”Why don’t you have a Walmart that I can shop at? Why can’t I have one in my town?”David Faber:  "What’s the answer?"Duke:  "We’re coming."

    CNBC investigates whether new leadership, aggressive green policies and a full-scale store overhaul signify real change for Walmart.

  • The World's Largest Retailer  Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 12:01 AM ET

    Walmart is the nation's largest employer with 1.4 million workers in the U.S. and up to 30-thousand new hires annually. But the company'€™s low-cost operating model may be threatened by proposed legislation that would make it easier for unions to organize. A store in Miami may be the first unionized Walmart in the U.S.

  • One on One with Walmart CEO Mike Duke  Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 12:00 AM ET

    CNBC's David Faber interviews the CEO of the world's largest retailer on The New Age of Walmart.

  • Walmart's Extreme Makeover  Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 12:00 AM ET

    Walmart had a big problem: it was losing up to 8% of its customers as a result of negative publicity. The giant retailer undertook an extreme makeover of its public image and its stores.

  • Expansion Controversy  Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 12:02 AM ET

    Walmart has more than 4,100 U.S. stores and continues to expand. Often, residents are bitterly divided over what a new Walmart will mean to their community. As powerful as Walmart is, community protests can still delay plans to open a new store for years or kill a project entirely.

  • Going Global in China  Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 12:04 AM ET

    China's robust economy, growing wealth and 1.2 billion people present opportunity for companies looking to expand, and Walmart is taking notice. There are more than 250 Walmart stores in China, and that figure could one day surpass the number of stores in the U.S., with CNBC's David Faber.

  • Scouting Expedition for Walmart  Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 12:00 AM ET

    Have you ever wondered how Walmart decides where to build a new store? CNBC joined one of the company teams that secretly traverse the country -- and the world -- looking for new places to plant the Walmart flag.

  • Inside Walmart  Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 12:01 AM ET

    CEO Mike Duke takes CNBC's David Faber inside Walmart.

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