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Wal-Mart's Job 1 (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Wal-Mart's Job 1 (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. CEO Doug McMillon addresses the 2015 company shareholders meeting.

When Wal-Mart announced in February that it would raise the hourly pay of its lowest-paid employees to at least $10 within the following 12 months, I thought the company had finally decided its Everyday Low Price strategy might not be the be-all and end-all at Wal-Mart going forward.
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ConAgra to Sell Store-Brand Food Business

ConAgra Foods Inc. plans to sell its faltering business that makes store-brand packaged food just two years after spending $5 billion to beef it up by buying the private-label foodmaker Ralcorp.
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Diane Gilleland on the 'Dramatic Change' of a Diverse Board of Directors

Diane Gilleland, an adjunct professor at UALR and an independent director for Navient Corp., talks to Arkansas Business about how the company worked to achieve more diversity on its board of directors.
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