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December 27, 2005

Jack Covert Selects: Holiday Shopping and Wal-Mart

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:32 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

As your holiday shopping comes to a close, following the December 26 bargains, here are a few interesting factoids from a soon-to-be published book, The Wal-Mart Effect. The book is due out in January and you can expect a Jack Covert Selects on it.
Here are the facts:
Wal-Mart sells $178,125 worth of stuff per employee.
Target sells $156,506 worth of stuff per employee.
Whole Foods sells $121,875 worth of stuff per employee.

From another chapter of the book:
A typical Wal-Mart has 60,000 different items for sale. You could fill a shopping cart with 50 items every day for three years without buying the same thing twice.

That's a LOT of stuff.

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.