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Walmart wary of further protests in supply chain

Walmart's recent troubles have continued to grow – stemming first from accusations of employee mistreatment and then expanding to walk outs on Black Friday, the woes continue for one of the largest retailers on the planet. Now it seems that the supply chains which provide Walmart are also beginning to side with the workers. As this article from Procurement Leaders explains, the idea of both front line workers and supply chain suppliers going against them has Walmart concerned about what to do next: Trade unions are pressing transport and logistics suppliers to global retail giant Walmart to take action over the company's alleged poor treatment of its US workforce.

In recent months, parts of Walmart's outsourced warehouse supply chain in the US have been hit by strikes and demonstrations, causing disruption and pulling Walmart's policies into the spotlight. Walmart has defended itself by explaining that only a tiny percentage of its 1.3 million person workforce are going on strike, but that's not enough to dissuade the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) from taking the first steps towards solidarity with the striking Walmart workers. The ITF represents about four and a half million transportation workers worldwide, and having their support go for the workers could spell supply chain headaches for the big box store.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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