Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle
By LOREN STEFFY
In an old store on the town square in Bentonville, Ark., sits a wooden desk that changed the world.
It once belonged to Sam Walton, humble furniture from which he gave birth to what is now a retailing empire with $285 billion a year in sales.
The trip from Walton's original store to Wal-Mart's world headquarters is a few minutes. The journey from Walton's desk to the internal memo about Wal-Mart benefits that surfaced last week is far longer.