Organizational Technology Plan

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Week 5 Team B TEC401 1 Running head: Organizational Technology Plan - Wal-Mart Organizational Technology Plan - Wal-Mart
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Running head: Organizational Technology Plan - Wal-Mart Overview Wal-Mart Stores, Inc serves more than 200 million customers in over 15 countries weekly. This retail store sells goods and offers a variety of services to include pharmacies, groceries, and eye care. A leader in the communities in which they serve, Wal-Mart stores strives not only be number one as a business, but as a caring member of society. Forbes magazine recently named Wal-Mart number one among retailers as most admired company, due largely to their efforts to continue to give back to the community and make advances in environmentally friendly technologies. Wal-Mart was founded in 1962, with the opening of their first store in Arkansas. In the thirty plus years since its opening, Wal-Mart has grown to over 8,000 retail stores. In 1991, Wal-Mart went international with the opening of its store in Mexico City, Mexico. Wal-Mart stores continue to pop up all around the world, and as a result, they are able to help not only communities in the United States, but all over the world. To aid in running this huge business, technology plays a very important role. Technology helps with the day-to-day operations of the stores as well as with helping to save fossil fuels and ensure the safety of future generations. Wal-Mart Technology Assessment In 1975, Wal-Mart leased an IBM 370/135 computer system to maintain inventory control for all merchandise in the warehouse and distributions centers also the system prepare income statements for each store. That same year, they introduced the electronics cash register in more than 100 stores, enabling point –of sales (pos) data to maintain inventory.
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Wal-Mart continued to transform its operations in the years to come. In 1977, they built a company wide computer network and deployed a system for ordering merchandise from suppliers. In 1983, they started using bar codes for scanning POS data, and in 1984, their employees started using Texlon handheld terminals when ordering merchandise. In 1987, Wal-Mart completed what was at the time the largest private satellite communication system in the United States. It linked all operating units of company and headquarters with two-way voice, data, and one-way video communication. In 1990, check-in systems designed to take full advantage of container bar code labeling, were in the back room of every Wal-Mart store. In addition, that year, a data warehouse prototype was created to store historical sales data. In 1996, Wal-Mart began using the Internet as an application platform and launched online stores. In 2006, Wall-mart redesigned Walmart.com, and started experimenting with We2.0 and social networking tools. Wal-Mart also contracted with Oracle and Hewllet–Packard to use their price optimization and BI retail applications Wal-Mart Value Chain Analysis Wal-Mart was designed to offer their customers the lowest prices. For that
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2010 for the course N/A TEC 401 taught by Professor N/a during the Fall '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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