Wal-Mart Supply Chain

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The US based Wal-Mart ranked first in the global Fortune 500 list in the financial year 2001-02 earning revenues of $219.81 billion. Wal-Mart is one of the largest retailing companies in the world. The company has grown larger then than its competitors, such as Target, Sears, K-Mart, and many more. Now, Wal-Mart operate more than 3,500 discount stores, Sam’s Clubs and supercenters in the US and more than 1,170 stores in all major countries across the world. So, one has to wonder, how do Wal-Mart’s supply chain works and how is it managed. The use of technological infrastructure such as information technology and state-of-the art communication system is a very powerful tool in any business today that guarantees up-to-date and hasten…show more content…
It displays all information about the storage, packaging and shipping of a particular product thus, saving time on unnecessary paperwork. It also enables the center supervisors to monitor their employees closely enabling the company to satisfy customers’ needs quickly and improve the level of efficiency of the distribution center management operations. An important feature of Wal-Mart’s logistics infrastructure was its fast and responsive transportation system. The distribution centers were serviced by more than 3,500 company owned trucks. These dedicated truck fleets allowed the company to ship goods from the distribution centers to the stores within two days and replenish the store shelves twice a week. The truck fleet was the visible link between the stores and distribution centers. Wal-Mart believed that it needed drivers who were committed and dedicated to customer service. The company hired only experienced drivers who had driven more than 300,000 accident-free miles, with no major traffic violation. Wal-Mart truck drivers generally moved the merchandise-loaded trailers from Wal-Mart distribution centers to the retail stores serviced by each distribution center. These retail stores were considered as customers by the distribution centers. The drivers had to report their hours of service to a coordinator daily. The coordinator scheduled all dispatches
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