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a te University Dr. Trance c o v. Wal-Mart Dollar Investment Analysis
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Table of Contents ........................................................................................................................................... Introduction ............................................................................................................................................................. 3 ..................................................................................................... Costco vs. Wal-Mart: Who are they? ............................................................................................................................................................. 3 .................................................................................................................................. Costco’s Strategy ............................................................................................................................................................. 4 ............................................................................................................................... Wal-Mart’s Strategy ............................................................................................................................................................. 7 Mergers and Acquisitions 9 .................................................................................................................................... The 5 th P: People ........................................................................................................................................................... 11 .................................................................................................................................. Financial Analysis ........................................................................................................................................................... 13 Conclusion 16 2
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Introduction When analyzing Wal-Mart and Costco, it is important to look at more than just financials to decide where to invest our $1 million. Although at the end of the day it is the financials that will ultimately decide whether or not we make a return on our investment, there is a lot that goes into those financials. We will focus on strategies implemented by each company respectively, the focus of the class – Strategic Management. The three specific strategies we will focus on are functional-level, business- level, and corporate-level. Each a precursor of the latter, require a proper and successful implementation of their predecessor. First you must have a successful functional-level strategy, enabling you to implement business-level strategies and if you are lucky enough, corporate-level strategies will follow. Although the corporate-level strategy is the least common, in large companies like Wal-Mart and Costco these strategies do play a role in the ultimate financial outcome of the company. The variables included in these different strategies are discussed in detail in the following
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