The Wal-Mart You Don’t Know, an excellent article in FastCompany, shows a side of Wal-Mart seldom seen by its shoppers. No, it doesn’t discuss Wal-Mart’s recent problems with illegal labor, although the contractor those immigrants worked for probably felt the squeeze just like any of Wal-Mart’s vendors. In order roll back prices suppliers are forced to slash costs or lose Wal-Mart’s business. In many cases this forces the suppliers to lay off domestic workers and move operations overseas. These manufacturing jobs are being lost in the same communities that Wal-Mart serves.
Update: Dan Gillmor points to an article claiming that a cashier working at Wal-Mart would not be able to supply a their family with basic necessities if they were to shop at their place of work.