Is Walmart really getting “slayed” by Publix?

No one would dispute that Lakeland, Fla.-based supermarket is a wonderful operator, but a piece in the August 12 issue of Forbes takes things a little too far and characterizes the regional operator of 1,073 stores as, “the Wal-Mart Slayer.”
 
The sensational headline sits atop a glowing article about “how Publix’s people-first culture is winning the grocer war.” The piece is so charitable it reads as if the company’s corporate affairs staff had commissioned it. There are quotes about competing with Walmart from Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw and president Todd Jones, but generally the focus is on what an awesome place Publix is.

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