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Chinese too "expensive"? Wal-Mart eyes Indians

 
Anonymous
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Good news for American consumers. Since the average Indian's income is about 1/2 of their Chinese counterpart's, you are probably expecting to get 50% discount on everything sold in Wal-Mart soon (assume Indians can work as efficiently as the Chinese).
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The world's biggest corporation, $247-billion Wal-Mart, could single-handedly buy more supplies from India than the country's entire software exports.
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http://www.siliconindia.com/shownewsdata.asp?newsno=21770
 
Al Newman
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Originally posted by <Mr. Bean>:
Good news for American consumers. Since the average Indian's income is about 1/2 of their Chinese counterpart's, you are probably expecting to get 50% discount on everything sold in Wal-Mart soon (assume Indians can work as efficiently as the Chinese).
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The world's biggest corporation, $247-billion Wal-Mart, could single-handedly buy more supplies from India than the country's entire software exports.
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But how will Wal-Mart get all the H1B visas for all those Indian shelf-stockers and greeters to come over to the US?
 
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Originally posted by Alfred Neumann:


But how will Wal-Mart get all the H1B visas for all those Indian shelf-stockers and greeters to come over to the US?

Hire Johnny English ???
OO7
 
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Originally posted by Alfred Neumann:


But how will Wal-Mart get all the H1B visas for all those Indian shelf-stockers and greeters to come over to the US?

outsource them all to a callcenter in Calcutta...
In the store you call Calcutta where they tell you where in the warehouse the item that should be on shelf X can be found...
 
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Originally posted by <Mr. Bean>:
(assume Indians can work as efficiently as the Chinese).

i think that is the key point of the question.
the cost of labor largely depends on the location. as employer, you have to make sure the wage is enough for employee to make a reasonable living. so the same person will make different wage in different location, by default.
however, wage is only one side of the story, the other side is productivity and profit. you can hire someone for free, but if he can not make nothing, it does not make any sense.
it is granted that most goods can be made by just about anybody with proper training. however, if the trainning cost is too high, or the job performance is not consistent, then cost of production is too high for employer to make profit, even the cost of labor is dirty cheap.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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