Getting $4.98 slippers to Walmart took effort

Published 9:33 am Friday, July 20, 2012

To the Editor:

Today I bought a pair of slippers at Walmart.

• The raw materials had to be produced at farms, factories and maybe some home industries.

• A factory had to determine a need for the materials and order them.

• The materials had to be shipped to the factory.

• The materials had to be unloaded from trucks and trains.

• The materials had to be distributed to the different workers making them. Since there are several of them requiring different processes, several workers would be involved in different machinery and skills.

• The material had to be assembled into the finished product.

• The slippers had to be matched (right and left), tagged, boxed, crated, tagged for shipment and loaded into trucks or trains.

• They then have to be transported to a port and gotten from truck or train into shipping cartons and loaded on ships.

• They have to be shipped to the United States, unloaded and warehoused.

• Walmart had to repackage and ship them to the local store.

• The local store had to unpack them, enter them into inventory and shelve them.

• I bought them for $4.98.

I will not comment on the whole thing. I leave that to the readers.

I will be greatly disappointed if it does not cause a bit of comment. It should.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Phil Huggins