Wal-Mart's Unprecedented Day

January 12, 2018

Linda Lacina, managing editor of Entrepreneur, breaks down Wal-Mart's shocking decision to raise wages and close 63 Sam's Club locations on the same day.

Lacina says she would've spaced out the announcements, going public with the wage raises first and then waiting to close the Sam's Club locations. Wal-Mart's decision to turn some Sam's Clubs into e-commerce centers is an effort to compete with online retailers, that can deliver almost any item to anyone, anywhere in the country.

Lacina says after years of negative public perception, Wal-Mart had turned its image around. It will now have to rebound from Thursday's developments.