29 May 2008 | Jake Kanter
Wal-Mart's global procurement team has helped to ship more than 30 lorry loads of emergency supplies to the area of China devastated by the recent earthquake.
The retailer has pledged more than $3 million (£1.5 million) of relief funds to the devastated Sichuan province, which will be used for community reconstruction. The Wal-Mart global procurement sourcing centre has been located in Shenzhen in China since 2002, and assisted with delivering supplies, along with Wal-Mart itself and Wal-Mart China's hypermarket chain, Trust-Mart.
In addition, the procurement team arranged a nationwide charity sale with the help of more than 200 suppliers in the country, with proceeds going to victims of the disaster.
Ed Chan, president and chief executive of Wal-Mart China, said he was proud of the firm's efforts. "During this time of hardship and sorrow, it has been amazing to see the support we have received from our Wal-Mart family around the world," he said.
Wal-Mart believes 5,500 employees in 15 stores were affected by the earthquake. And although all the staff have been located, many lost their homes in the disaster.