Chen libo 10200 - 1 WAL-MART Abstract This paper...

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1 WAL-MART Abstract This paper investigates and analyses operations management of Wal-Mart, In addition, as the largest competitor of Wal-Mart, Carrefour
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2 WAL-MART The retail giant Wal-Mart is the world’s number one retailer with 2.1 million employees in more than 8400 stores, including about 800 discount stores, 3,100 combination discount and grocery stores (Wal-Mart Supercenters in the US and ASDA in the UK), and 595 Sam's Club warehouses. Wal-Mart established its competitive advantages through its powerful supply-chain strategy. Supply chain As a most successful retail company, Wal-Mart has always seen its supply chain as a source of competitive advantage, not merely a cost center; therefore, the powerful supply chain became the core competency of the company. Wal-Mart tries to win shoppers with the slogan “Save Money. Live Better”. To achieve such a slogan, Wal- Mart controls its supply chain strictly to reduce sale prices. Wal-Mart’s supply chain based on three components: supplier and partner management, logistics system, and information system. First, the company tries to have more direct relationships with its suppliers. The specific measure is to provide more consistent prices and higher income for its suppliers (Joc Week, 2001). Researchers Troy and Mike (2011) reports that in Northwest Arkansas, there are 49% suppliers said the size of their team and resources allocated to Wal-Mart stayed about the same during the past year. Figure shows the changes made this year at Wal-Mart U.S. (senior leadership, merchandising strategy/structure and philosophy toward supplier relationships) will lead to improved performance in 2011, even without an economic recovery. Second, Wal-Mart operates one of the largest fleets of trucks on the planet. In
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2011 for the course BUSSINESS 16.391 taught by Professor Micial during the Spring '11 term at Brandon.

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Chen libo 10200 - 1 WAL-MART Abstract This paper...

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