Walmart Case Study

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| Wal-Mart Stores Inc. | A Case Study on Management Evolution | This case study is an examination of how the Wal-Mart 's management structure evolved and ranked three in the Fortune Global 500, 2012. |

Contents Company Background 3 Case background 4 Executive Summary 5 Introduction 6 Strategy Evolution 7 1. Market Penetration 7 2. Market Development 7 3. Product Development 7 Organization culture 10 Managing Inventory 11 Managerial work 12 Conclusion 13 Exhibits 14

Company Background
Sam Walton, a businessman from Arkansas, began his retail career when he started work on June 3, 1940, at a J. C. Penney store in Des Moines, Iowa where he remained for 18 months. In 1945, he met Butler Brothers, a
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Wal-Mart, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, is the largest majority private employer. Wal-Mart is also the largest grocery retailer in the United States. In 2009, it generated 51% of its US$258 billion sales in the U.S. from grocery business. It also owns and operates the Sam 's Club retail warehouses in North America.
Wal-Mart is reportedly the wealthiest company in the world, with approximately $288 billion dollars in annual sales. In 2004, Wal-Mart opened 242 new Supercenters around the country, and they plan to open over 1,000 Supercenters over the next 5 years—exploring the possibility of expanding their market into urban centers such as New York and Chicago.
According to Wal-Mart’s investor web site, As of September 30, 2005, the Company had 1,253 Wal-Mart stores, 1,876 Supercenters, 555 Sam’s Clubs and 95 Neighborhood Markets in the United States. Internationally, the Company operated units in Argentina (11), Brazil (151), Canada (261), China (49), Germany (88), South Korea (16), Mexico (730), Puerto Rico (54) and the United Kingdom (295).

Executive Summary

Wal-Mart has grown into one of the largest discount retail stores in the world and has proven that the type of operation that they have is successful and effective. Although they are the industry leader, in the recent years their sales growth rate has not experienced such of an increase. The decrease of the slowing

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