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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  • 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

    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.

  • Walmart¿s Extreme Makeover

    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.

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