5 largest employers in the world

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5 largest employers in the world

Unless you’re a trust fund baby, you probably work for a living. We go to a place of business on specific days and earn a wage so that we can afford to live. In the United States, many people are employed by small businesses, which according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, can range from a staff of one to as many as 1,500 employees. But many firms employ an international workforce or have so many employees that they are considered some of the largest employers in the world. From smallest to largest, these are the five largest employers in the world according to the World Economic Forum.

5. China National Petroleum Corporation – 1.7 million employees

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Regardless of your feelings about oil discovery and production, it’s a major industry with activity around the world. You might think that a multinational company like Royal Dutch Shell or British Petroleum would make this list, but they don’t. China National Petroleum Corporation is a state-run organization that operates rigs and refineries in 30 countries around the world, even north of our border in Canada.

The organization employs roughly 1.7 million employees, making them the fifth largest employer worldwide. Additionally, they’re also the third largest incorporated energy production firm in the world that specializes in oil and gas. Not only do they explore for new deposits, but they also focus on refining and marketing their products beyond their home country.

4. McDonald’s – 1.7 million employees

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Even if you’re not a big fast food fan, you’re familiar with the Golden Arches, Ronald McDonald and his wacky crew of friends, and iconic sandwiches like the Big Mac and Fillet ‘o Fish. McDonald’s makes the list as the fourth largest employer; they operate in over 100 countries and serve over 69 million customers. Between franchise and corporate employees combined, the eatery employs 1.7 million people. If you narrow the criteria to private companies, the burger chain rises higher as the second largest employer in the world.

3. Walmart – 2.1 million employees

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Depending on who you talk to, Walmart is either the savior of budget-focused families or the bane of small business owners. Either way, there’s no denying that the big box conglomerate is a major employer in the United States and abroad. Often, they replace positions lost when factories and manufacturers move production elsewhere. Because of this, they are the third largest employer in the world.

Walmart also beats out McDonald’s as the largest private employer in the world. The retailer isn’t limited to the United States: The family-owned firm also has subsidiary locations in the United Kingdom under the supermarket name Asda and South Africa as Massmart. Across all of its verticals, Walmart employs 2.1 million employees worldwide.

2. People’s Liberation Army of China – 2.35 million employees

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War is big business, which explains why the second runner-up and leader of this list are two major military operations. China holds the title for the largest population at 1.42 billion people. So, it makes sense that they have a fairly large army. The People’s Liberation Army employs 2.35 million active military personnel or 0.18% of the nation’s population.

Just like in the U.S., China’s army is segmented into branches: Support Force, Navy, Air Force, Ground Force, Rocket Force, and a reservist branch. While the U.S. still has the largest military force in the world, China is quickly ramping up its assets. The nation’s military is currently classified as the fastest growing military outfit in the world thanks to numerous technological advances.

1. United States Department of Defense – 3.2 million employees

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We round out this list with the United States Department of Defense. At 3.2 million employees worldwide, they eclipse China’s army by nearly 1 million. However, the U.S.’s figure doesn’t just refer to active duty military and reservists of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard or National Guard. This also includes members employed by the other 38 critical agencies that fall under the Department of Defense.

So why does the Department of Defense have such a huge workforce? This is because the U.S. has the largest military budget in the world and eclipses any other nation in money allocated toward technological defense advancements.

The above list might be a big surprise if you were expecting only Fortune 500 firms. This top five list reflects the fact that China’s influence as a nation and economic force continues to grow while the U.S. is able to maintain a strong presence since more than half of the countries with the largest work forces are headquartered in the United States.

Good Guy With A Gun Stopped A Would-Be Shooter At A Missouri Walmart

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Good Guy With A Gun Appears To Have Stopped A Would-Be Shooter At A Missouri Walmart

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Good Guy With A Gun Appears To Have Stopped A Would-Be Shooter At A Missouri Walmart

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With the recent mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas that left 20+ people dead and scores more wounded, there’s nothing more startling to the public, and especially the police, than an armed man armed with a rifle in the vicinity of…a Walmart. That’s what happened in Springfield, Missouri. Seeing that there are only two reasons for someone to do this: it was either poor judgment, in which the person of interest should know better given recent headlines or this was a planned attack that was stopped by law enforcement. We don’t know what the intent was, but Springfield police said this guy is lucky to be alive and “his intent was not to cause peace or comfort to anybody that was in the business.”

A photo of the suspect shows him armed with what appears to be an AR-15 rifle or some variant of it. He remains in police custody. An off-duty fireman with a concealed carry permit was credited with stopping the suspect, holding him at gunpoint until police arrived. So, a good guy with a gun stopped a possible attack, but I’m sure the anti-gun wingnuts will keep their heads in the sand  (via KOLR 10):

Trump Comes to Console. El Paso Says No Thanks

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Trump Comes to Console. El Paso Says No Thanks.

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EL PASO — Earlier this year in his State of the Union address, President Trump described to the nation how the Texas border city of El Paso once had “extremely high rates of violent crime” and was considered “one of our nation’s most dangerous cities.” Then he turned it into the living argument for his border wall.

“With a powerful barrier in place,” he went on, “El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country. Simply put, walls work and walls save lives.”

In this West Texas border city, founded 360 years ago as an outpost of the Spanish empire, those words festered. So did words Mr. Trump repeated at a rally he held on the city’s outskirts a few weeks later. “Murders, murders, murders,” he said, in reference to immigrants, as the crowd chanted, “Build the wall!”

For many in El Paso, the potentially devastating consequences of the anger over immigration and race became apparent this weekend, when 22 people were killed at a Walmart and the white suspect warned of a “Hispanic invasion,” plunging the city into mourning. So Mr. Trump returned — this time to say he wanted to help the city grieve.

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At a memorial for the victims of the shooting in El Paso, Tex., on Tuesday.

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The shooting attack in El Paso has left many Latinos deeply shaken, raising questions about their place in American society.

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But rarely in recent memory has a relationship between a president and a city been so fraught. As Mr. Trump arrived here on Wednesday to try to meet the victims, protesters gathered at a memorial outside the scene of the carnage, many angry at the president’s visit.

The El Paso Times published a letter to Mr. Trump defending the city — which lies just across the border from the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez — and its deep sense of bi-cultural identity. “Our city and Juárez were always linked. Today, we are intertwined more than ever. The evil that visited us targeted people from El Paso and Juárez alike,” it said. “Our people are scared.”

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[One Walmart worker said he hustled shoppers into empty steel shipping containers behind the store to help them survive the attack.]

And so this predominantly Hispanic city in a state whose leadership is tightly aligned with the administration’s anti-immigration agenda tried this week to chart its own course through America’s troubled political waters.

El Paso officials — pointing out that the Trump campaign still owes the city more than half a million dollars for the security costs of a rally in February — veered between rejecting the president’s politics and welcoming his attempt to recognize the city’s grief.

“This is the office of the mayor of El Paso in an official capacity welcoming the office of the president of the United States, which I consider is my formal duty,” said Dee Margo, the mayor.

Others in the city had no patience for such diplomacy.

“Absolutely everything that Trump stands for was concentrated and fired at the citizens of El Paso that day at Walmart,” said Christopher Bailey, 43, a project coordinator for an El Paso health clinic. “Shame should be hung around the neck for every supporter that continues to justify his language and his presidency.”

At the memorial outside the Walmart that was the scene of Saturday’s attack and at a poster-making event the night before the protest, many said the president should not have come.

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A vigil at Horizon High School in El Paso for Javier Amir Rodriguez, a 15-year-old student who was fatally shot at a local Walmart.

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Relatives had confirmed the identities of some people killed inside a Walmart on Saturday, but the city did not release a list until Monday afternoon.

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“It’s his words that created the climate that led that hateful man to come to my community,” said Lyda Ness-Garcia, a lawyer and an organizer for the Women’s March of El Paso who was at the poster event.

[The victims of the El Paso attack included a couple who had three young children.]

She said that when Mr. Trump painted El Paso as a dangerous city that needed stronger barriers between it and Mexico he was using the city as nothing more than a prop. El Paso was one of the safest American cities of its size long before barriers went up at the border, and violent crime is relatively low.

“It’s factually false. It’s just untrue. It’s nothing but some mythed-up white rage,” she said. “He needs to apologize and take his words back.”

In an extraordinary series of tweets on the night before the president’s arrival, Representative Veronica Escobar, a Democrat representing El Paso in Congress, underscored the way in which the city was taking on a leading role — even in a conservative state like Texas — in opposing Mr. Trump. Only about 26 percent of the voters in El Paso County voted for Mr. Trump in 2016.

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The White House invited me to join @realDonaldTrump during his visit to El Paso. My response was clear. I requested a phone call with him today in order to share what I have now heard from many constituents, including some who are victims of Saturday’s attack.

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Ms. Escobar revealed that the White House had invited her to join Mr. Trump during Wednesday’s visit, but she said she had requested a phone call with the president in an effort to explain that the language he uses to describe Latinos, sometimes equating them with violent criminals, is dehumanizing.

“I have publicly said he has a responsibility to acknowledge the power of his words, apologize for them, and take them back because they are still hanging over us,” Ms. Escobar wrote.

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Police blocked traffic near the rally. City officials pointed out that the Trump campaign still owes El Paso more than half a million dollars for the security costs of a rally in February.
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The president, she said, was “too busy” to talk, and she declined to join him in his visit. “I refuse to be an accessory to his visit.”

El Paso treasures its place as part of a community that straddles two countries. Its vibrancy, many said, comes from its bond with Mexico, with a history that is older than that of the United States.

“He doesn’t really know who we are,” said Judy Lugo, president of the Texas State Employees Union, which represents some 10,000 state workers, of Mr. Trump’s visit. “He doesn’t know our culture, the long history we have. He doesn’t understand.”

“We are a community of love, a community of family,” Ms. Lugo said. “We are not what he says we are. We are not rapists. We are not dirty. We are not criminals.”

Across the city, some residents worried that Mr. Trump’s visit might do more harm than good.

“He’s just putting salt on the wound,” Ninamarie Ochoa, 29, a teacher, said of Mr. Trump’s visit. Referring to white nationalists who express views like those of the suspect in the attack and the recent detention in tent camps of thousands of migrants arriving in El Paso, she said, “I think that the way he has empowered those voices, to give them license to act on it, you see this in the way that people talk about ICE and Border Patrol and their complacency with the concentration camps.”

Wednesday’s visit was intended as an opportunity for Mr. Trump to console family members and survivors and help commemorate those who died in Saturday’s attack. But few seemed ready to bridge a gap between the city and the president that had grown wide even before the shooting.

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Across the city, some residents said Mr. Trump’s visit might do more harm than good.
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El Paso’s culture has been influenced both by its proximity to Mexico and its distance from so much of the rest of the state, said Richard Pineda, a political communications professor at the University of Texas, El Paso. In a previous era, before jet travel, a trip to El Paso from many cities could be 10 hours or more. It still takes 11 hours to drive there from Houston. It is in a different time zone than the rest of Texas.

The city, he said, was not as tolerant as some might portray it. Yet a certain influence comes from living so close to another country, with the vibrancy, poverty and sometimes violence of Ciudad Juárez visible on the other side of the border fence. “You literally get to see a totally different world,” he said.

As Mr. Trump has used El Paso as a stage for promoting his immigration policies, some of the city’s politicians have used it as an example of a counternarrative. The city’s former representative in Congress, Beto O’Rourke, now running as a Democrat for president, often talks about El Paso’s experience as a bicultural city to criticize the administration’s handling of the surge in migrant arrivals at the southern border. Ms. Escobar has made frequent appearances on television condemning the treatment of migrants in crowded detention centers, many of them in El Paso and nearby.

Yet some of Mr. Trump’s messages have found support in El Paso — though few were eager to talk about it much in the mood of grieving and anger that prevailed on Wednesday.

Jordan Flores, 20, who buses tables at Peter Piper Pizza, showed up outside the Walmart wearing a MAGA hat. He said he remained a supporter of the president, though he felt uneasy about the killings.

“For people to put me into the rhetoric that I am supposed to be this racist or homophobic person, it’s just not true,” Mr. Flores said. “My heart goes out to every single person that was affected by this massacre.”

Jason Carr, 53, who described himself as a libertarian, said it was clear even to him that it would have been better for the president not to have come to El Paso.

“It’s pretty clear he wasn’t wanted,” he said. “You can see the hurt in people’s eyes,” he said of the attack, still so fresh after only a few days. “It’s just so wrong. There’s just so many layers of how wrong it was.”

Arturo Rubio and Erin Coulehan contributed reporting.

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Mexico vows to take legal action against U.S. after deadly El Paso shooting

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Mexico vows to take legal action against U.S. after deadly El Paso shooting

At least three of the 20 dead in Saturday’s attack, described by Mexico’s foreign minister as an “act of barbarism,” are Mexican nationals.
Image: Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard attends a press conference in Mexico City on July 22, 2019.

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Mass Shooting In El Paso Texas Multiple People Have Been Killed Many Wounded

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Multiple people have been killed in a shooting in El Paso, Texas, police say

Police earlier said they received reports of multiple shooters and were “conducting (a) search of a very large area.”
Agents from the FBI office in El Paso are responding to the incident, the office told CNN.
A second mall about 2.5 miles away from Cielo Vista is also on lock-down, according to an employee at a liquor store attached to the mall.
Authorities put the mall on lock-down because of the reported shooting at Cielo Vista, Frankie Nunez, an employee at Bassett WB Liquors & Wine, said.
And employee at the Target store at Bassett Place also confirmed the mall had been placed on lock-down.

‘You don’t think it could happen here’

At least three businesses are on lock-down in the area, about three miles south of El Paso International Airport.
Three Walmart employees took refuge at a nearby Landry’s Seafood house, restaurant manager Oscar Collazo told CNN. The women appeared “shook up” but not injured.
Landry’s had already gone on lock-down, he said, but opened its doors when the employees ran there.
“We never thought it would be so close to us this time,” Collazo said. “You see on the news all the time, but you don’t think it could happen here until it does.”
The nearby Hooters and Red Lobster are also on lock-down. Employees at those restaurants told CNN they are safe and see a lot of police, helicopters and people running around outside.

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In a shaky Snapchat video aired by CNN, a woman holding the camera frantically runs with a small group of girls or women through a Cielo Vista mall department store and into a parking lot.
As the group hurries past racks of clothes and cases of merchandise, voices off camera shout, “Hands up!”
Once in the parking lot, one member of the group asks, “What happened?”
“I don’t know,” the woman holding the camera responds. “I don’t know.”
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who once represented the area in Congress, asked residents to follow the directions of first responders.
“Truly heartbreaking,” O’Rourke said on Twitter. “Stay safe, El Paso.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that the state Department of Public Safety is assisting local law enforcement.
The scene is unfolding in the same week two employees were fatally shot at a Walmart store in Southaven, Mississippi, and three people were shot and killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.

Meet the 4 richest women in the world

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Meet the richest women in the world

Robert Kiyosaki once said “It’s not how much money you make, but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you, and how many generations you keep it for.” True to Kiyosaki’s wisdom, the bulk of women making the list of world’s richest come from generational wealth. They continue to distinguish themselves by their ability to protect and maintain the empires laid before them. Though marked by lives of affluence and privilege, it has been in the face of both substantial threat and scandal that these powerful women have held onto their places in the world.

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers – $48.7 billion

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Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, French heiress to the L’Oreal fortune, is the richest woman in the world. The inheritance that marked Bettencourt as the world’s wealthiest was under threat shortly before it came into her possession as novelist and playwright Francois-Marie Banier attempted to siphon funds from the ailing Liliane Bettencourt shortly before her passing. Banier, at one point, was encouraging Liliane to adopt him, thus serving to establish himself in the line of inheritance. Francoise Bettencourt was able to establish her mother’s mental incompetence in court to save her assets, though the tapes she presented as evidence later served to ignite the Woerth-Bettencourt scandal, in which the family was implicated in charges of tax evasion and illegal payment of high-ranking French authorities, including French president Nicolas Sarkozy himself.

Alice Walton – $42.5 billion

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Daughter of Walmart founders Sam and Helen Walton, Alice is the world’s second-richest woman by only a small margin. Her professional career began as an equity analyst and money manager before she went on to found the investment bank the Llama Company. In 2016, her shares of Walmart stock were valued at $11B. In her personal life, Walton is known as a passionate equestrian and moved to a ranch in Texas after closing Llama Company. Though a notable entrepreneur, Walton is a less than stellar motorist. In 1983 and once again in 1989, Alice was involved in two serious car accidents, one in which she suffered severe trauma to her leg, and another that cost the life of 50-year-old pedestrian Oleta Hardin. No charges were filed.

Susanne Klatten – $25 billion

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At third place, Susanne Klatten, the German daughter of Herbert and Johanna Quandt, counts her holdings among the world’s richest. Her father’s wealth was distributed in several prominent German industries, most notably in chemical and pharmaceutical Manufacturer Altana and a 12.5 percent holding in BMW. The Quandt family name came under fire in the German press after a documentary was released documenting the use of slave labor in Quandt factories during World War II. The Quandt family opened its archives to investigation of Nazi crimes and later issued public apologies and expressions of remorse through German automaker BMW. Susanne was also the target of extortion by Swiss playboy Helg Sgarbi, who was sentenced to six years in prison.

Jacqueline Mars – $23.2 billion

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The only thing sweeter than all the world’s chocolate is loads and loads of money. Though Jacqueline Mars can’t claim to hold quite all of the chocolate, her namesake—Mars, Incorporated—is known across American households for its sweet treats. Jacqueline served as Food Product Group President at Mars, Inc. from 1982 to 2001 before retiring. Mother to three children, the Mars heiress sits on the board of directors for a number of national counsels for the fine arts and conservation efforts. As of June 2018, Jacqueline ranks as the 38th richest person in the world.

A Walmart shooting leaves 2 people dead and an officer wounded in Mississippi

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A Walmart shooting leaves 2 people dead and an officer wounded in Mississippi

(CNN)A shooting at a Mississippi Walmart left two people dead, an officer wounded and a community in shock.

The gunfire broke out Tuesday morning at a store in Southaven, the third largest city in Mississippi.
Carlos Odom was walking out of the store when “I heard a bunch of gunshots. Pop pop pop pop — more than a dozen shots,” Odom told CNN.
“I just thought ‘Run!’ and ran to my car. This is crazy. The world is crazy nowadays.”
Both the suspect and an officer who responded to the scene were shot and being treated at local hospitals, DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco said.
The stricken officer was wearing a bulletproof vest and “is doing fine” a representative from Baptist Memorial medical center said.
The condition of the suspect at Region One trauma center was not immediately known.
The names of the two victims killed have not been released. And the motive for the shooting remains a mystery.
Southaven, a city of 49,000 residents is near the Mississippi-Tennessee border and is a suburb of Memphis.

10 Companies with the most store locations worldwide

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Stores with the most locations worldwide

Running down to the local drugstore, fast food chain, or even supermarket seems like such an everyday part of life. And aside from regional exceptions, there are a number of stores that you know you’ll find throughout the United States—and abroad. Anyone who’s ever visited a country where the cuisine is entirely different from their own has probably made a quick trip to McDonald’s just to “play it safe.” But have you ever wondered just how numerous some of those ubiquitous quick eateries or stores are?

1. Subway

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43,421 stores

Are you surprised that the footlong giant is the largest store in terms of worldwide locations? They operate over 40,000 stores in 112 countries. Even Singapore, a tiny nation-state, has 79 locations! The most exclusive Subway ever was at the top of One World Trade in New York. It was a moveable pod that allowed construction workers to grab a quick bite at the top of the active construction site.

2. McDonald’s

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37,855 stores

I’m lovin’ it. Are you lovin’ it? If the word “ubiquitous” had a mascot, it would be McDonald’s. The brand churns out tasty treats to 69 million customers in over 100 countries daily. While the popular fast-food chain is number two for locations, when we look at revenue, McDonald’s is first for fast food restaurants. The popular franchise netted nearly $6 billion in income in 2018.

3. Starbucks

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29,324* stores

Why is there an asterisk? It turns out that there’s a difference in number between the official location count of 2018 and what Starbucks currently claims to offer. According to Statista, in 2018 Starbucks operated 29,324 stores—with 14,606 in the U.S. and the remaining 14,718 abroad. However, their Wikipedia corporate profile references an early 2019 investor relations press release stating “over 30,000 locations worldwide.”

4. Kentucky Fried Chicken

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22,621 stores

Are you old enough to remember when Kentucky Fried Chicken’s name changed? Whichever camp you fall into, KFC also makes this list with over 20,000 locations across 136 countries. The chicken chain is so popular, it’s the largest fast food restaurant in China with 5,003 locations as of 2015. KFC is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, a parent company that also owns Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and WingStreet.

5. Pizza Hut

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18,431 stores

Food continues to make the list, and this time we’re talking pizza. Pizza Hut operates over 18,000 locations. Just like all of the other fast food locations on this list, in addition to the “standard” menu that you can find in the U.S., Pizza Hut’s international locations offer unique twists that incorporate local cuisine. But if you’re an ‘80s kid, you probably remember Pizza Hut’s Book It! program that rewarded bookworms with free personal pan pizzas.

6. Burger King

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17,796 stores

Are you a fan of “The King,” or do you find this chain’s mascot a little weird? You wouldn’t be alone, but Burger King is a popular pit stop for burger lovers in 100 countries. Roughly half of the locations are U.S.-based and privately owned and operated. The firm’s very first international franchise was in San Juan, Puerto Rico. But interestingly enough, in Australia, the brand isn’t known as Burger King but Hungry Jacks because of a trademark dispute.

7. Dollar General

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15,472 stores

Let’s switch from food to shopping. Dollar General is a budget-friendly retailer of general merchandise and some prepared and frozen foods. The brand operates 15,000 locations in the U.S. Fun fact: They were able to outbid the luxury design house Dolce & Gabbana for the coveted “DG” initials website (www.dg.com). Dollar General uses DG to sell many of their own privately-branded goods.

8. Walgreens Boots Alliance

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14,010 stores

If you’re from the New York area, you’re probably familiar with Duane Reade, a local pharmacy that was later absorbed by Walgreens, before that firm then joined with Boots Alliance, a U.K. chemist (or pharmacy, for those outside the U.K.). The joint deal allowed for various U.K. brands to be distributed in the U.S. But combined, the Walgreens Boots Alliance controls over 14,000 stores across 25 countries. In the U.S. alone, there are 9,560 Walgreens/Duane Reade stores.

9. Walmart Stores, Inc.

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11,368 stores

Are you surprised that Walmart is this low on this list? We were, too. But, if you adjust for revenue, Walmart is the strongest retailer worldwide. According to Investopedia, in 2015 the company reported $487.5 billion in revenue. But the company doesn’t just operate under the Walmart brand. In addition to worldwide Walmart locations, the company also owns Sam’s Club in the U.S., ASDA in the U.K., Bodega Aurrera in Mexico, and Seiyu in Japan. In total, Walmart operates over 11,000 stores in 27 nations.

10. Dunkin’

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10,858 stores

Finally, we swing back to coffee. Depending on what you prefer, you either do or don’t agree that “America runs on Dunkin’.” With over 10,000 stores worldwide— 7,677 in the U.S.—clearly, people enjoy Dunkin’ coffee. These days, the brand has dropped the “Donuts” to signify that they make more than donuts. Dunkin’ is part of the Dunkin’ Brand which also owns Baskin Robbins.

We Should Only Put Tariffs On U.S. Companies Shipping Back To America

We Should Only Put Tariffs On U.S. Companies Shipping Back To America

 

This article is simply just my opinion on the matter of ‘Trade War’s and Tariffs’. I am all for certain tariffs on freight coming into the United States, but not on all freight. I do not claim to be an Economist as my degrees are not in this field. They are only the opinions of one old man who has spent his whole lifetime living here in the States. Now, the reason I say what I do is this, American jobs. I was in the trucking industry for three decades and I witnessed multiple times where companies in the northern states in particular and in Canada who closed up their manufacturing plants and moved them to Mexico because of the costs to operate there was much less. So they would close up their factories here to save money and to increase their profits. It makes sense, good business policy, right? Have you ever noticed that when a company closes up here in the States and opens in another country for cost savings that the prices of their products on our Nation’s retailers shelves do not go down? The simple truth is that in business everything is only about profits, especially if a company is on a Stock Exchange. In my belief, stock exchanges are a death sword to the working people who actually make the products. If a company lays off a bunch of workers or is able to bust a Union, the value of their stock shares goes up. If a company closes their factory and moves it to another country, their stock values go up. These things are simple reality, the truth.

 

I often knock companies like WalMart who import most all of their store products from countries like China. To me, buying from China is the worst thing that we could possibly do as they use that income to create more and better weapons in which to kill the people of the Democratic free world. It is stupid to give them the bullets to kill you and your family with. I do not blame any company for opening a factory in a different country as long as the factory only makes products for that country. Where I strongly disagree is when a company closes here in the States, laying off American workers and then turns around and imports those products back into America for the laid off workers to buy. For an example, if General Motors wants to build a factory in China, India or anywhere else for the purpose of only creating vehicles for that Nation I honestly don’t have a problem with that. We have many car makers here in the U.S. that are based in other nations. Here in the U.S. we have Subaru, Mercedes, BMW, Toyota and Nissan factories which all created good paying jobs for American families. This is more profitable than shipping them here and paying the tarif costs.

 

My thoughts on these tarif wars is quite simple, have free trade flowing between all nations except for what I consider to be treasonous American companies who move elsewhere but wants Americans to buy their products. It is my belief that in every case where American companies have moved away, costing American jobs that those import tariffs should be at 100%. Make it not profitable for any American company to outsource American jobs if they want to sell their products here. This might cause some economic pain in the short term but if these companies are basically forced to reopen or build manufacturing facilities here in the States, in the long term it will be a very good thing for the American people. Also, such an ironclad tariff policy would keep other American companies from following the other traitors paths and moving away also. We have to protect our own jobs, just as any country does, we have to make it unprofitable for any company to screw the people and communities like what has been the norm for so long now.

Total Trade Stoppage With China Could Be A Good Thing For American Workers

Total Trade Stoppage With China Could Be A Good Thing For American Workers

 

I know that many people here in the U.S. will in the short term be hit financially if this ‘trade war’ with China continues. The American companies on the U.S. Stock Market has taken a hit with these tariffs the White House is talking about, I know this is hurting some American businesses like WalMart who import a huge amount from China, so be it, they need to be hurt, badly.  There is a reason for my view, I just hope you can see what I am talking about.

 

American businesses need to be hurt because of their treason toward the American Nation and her people. How many thousands of businesses have been shuttered because of companies like WalMart who for a penny or two lower price per product will buy from other countries like China (whose Leaders hate us) instead of buying from U.S. Companies who have their factories here in the U.S. giving jobs to American workers. Companies like WalMart cater to low income people yet how many of these people are poor because of these companies ‘buy foreign first’ business practices? The rich, especially the super rich like to complain about the poor as people who suck away their profits and produce nothing and how they say the poor don’t pay their fair share. If an owner of a company moves their operation out of the States thus firing all their American workers it should be the Companies Leadership who should be punished, not the workers. These companies should have to pay a tariff of about 90% on all goods they import back to the American market. Make it not worth their bottom line to close American factories and fire their American workers. In the business world everything is always about profits, the money that goes to the top is the only thing that has mattered for decades not. Most businesses and government officials should be charged with treason against the the American Flag and Her people, not profit from their demise that they themselves are causing! Rebuild America’s factories and infrastructure now, create jobs for American workers first. Our exports like grain and soy beans can easily be sold to other world markets. There is no logic besides greed that dictates us selling anything to or importing anything from other countries like China whom is trying to wipe us out. But then again, these words to you today are just the opinions of an old poet.

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