Watch out, grocery chain investors: The $250 billion freight train that is Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT ) is looking to push you off the rails.
On Monday Wal-Mart announced changes across its sourcing, training, and operations "that will ensure the quality and freshness of the fruits and vegetables that it offers customers."
So how, exactly, does this corporate behemoth intend to achieve its goal?�
First, the initiative includes plans to purchase produce directly from growers with the guidance of new produce experts hired by the company. As a result, Wal-Mart will be able to take greater advantage of its own industry-leading network of distribution centers and trucking systems to bring fruits and vegetables to store shelves even faster than its current system allows.
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State Street Corporation, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to institutional investors worldwide. The company?s Investment Servicing business line provides products and services, including custody, product- and participant-level accounting; daily pricing and administration; master trust and master custody; record-keeping; foreign exchange, brokerage, and other trading services; securities finance; deposit and short-term investment facilities; loan and lease financing; investment manager and alternative investment manager operations outsourcing; and performance, risk, and compliance analytics. This segment also offers shareholder services, which comprise mutual fund and collective investment fund shareholder accounting. Its Investment Management business line provides a range of investment management, investment research, and other related services, such as securities finance; and strategies for managing passive and active financ ial assets, such as enhanced indexing and hedge fund strategies for U.S. and global equities and fixed-income securities. The company serves mutual funds, collective investment funds and other investment pools, corporate and public retirement plans, insurance companies, foundations, endowments, and investment managers. State Street Corporation was founded in 1832 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Lions Gate Metals Inc., a junior resource company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of natural resource properties in North America. The company explores for copper, molybdenum, and gold deposits. It principally holds a 100% interest in the Poplar copper - molybdenum deposit that consists of 175 claims covering an area of 69,185 hectares located near Houston, British Columbia. The company was formerly known as Fortress Base Metals Corp. and changed its name to Lions Gate Metals Inc. in July 2008. Lions Gate Metals Inc. was incorporated in 1980 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
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