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Running head: Final Project Case Analysis: Wal-Mart 1 Final Project Case Analysis: Wal-Mart Dustin Taylor Thomas Edison State College BUS-421 Business Policy
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Final Project Case Analysis: Wal-Mart 2 Abstract This case analysis takes a look at Wal-Mart and the reasons that have allowed it to start out as a single store in 1962, and grow to the steadily to the nearly 10,000 stores in 28 countries that it currently operates ("About us,"). While the success of Wal-Mart is undeniable, their press hasn't always been positive. This paper shows some of the reason for “Wal-Mart bashing”, along with the steps the company has taken to try and curtail it. Introduction
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Final Project Case Analysis: Wal-Mart 3 Do you live a busy life? If you consider yourself to be a normal American, the answer to that question is probably a resounding yes. Most people have to go grocery shopping, pick up prescriptions, shop for clothes, get their car or truck worked on, get their hair cut, go to the bank, shop for household items, and the list goes on and on. How in the world can one person possibly get all that accomplished and still have time to have any resemblance of a life? Well, for many people the answer is simple: go to Wal-Mart. Besides the services previously listed, many Wal- Mart Superstores also offer a photo lab, vision center, and health clinics ("Walmart,"). This “one-stop shopping experience” is a lifesaver for many people leading busy lives. Being able to take care of a bunch of errands that used to require running from business to business all over town, in one convenient, low cost location, is a necessity for many Americans. So everybody loves Wal-Mart, right? Nope. Many people feel that Wal-Mart is bad for America and the American people. How can that be? They offer the lowest prices, make shopping convenient, and provide 2.1 million people with jobs. There are two sides to every issue, and with the issues surrounding Wal-Mart, it seems as though both sides think the other side is wrong. My Impressions of Wal-Mart My opinion of Wal-Mart is neither overly positive or overly negative. Having had Wal- Mart as a part of my life for as long as I can remember, I never really gave any thought as to whether the dominance Wal-Mart was a good thing or a bad thing. From a financial perspective, the success of Wal-Mart is undeniable. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the world, with over 9,600 stores in 28 countries. In 2010, Wal-Mart brought in more than $400 billion in sales ("About us,"), and was the 9 th most profitable in the world, with over $14 billion in profits ("Global 500 2010,"). This has been achieved by crafting and implementing a strategy that has shown to be very successful for them over the past 50 years. They offer a low-cost, one-stop, convenient shopping experience that eliminates the need for going to a bunch of different
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Final Project Case Analysis: Wal-Mart 4 retailers. From a personal view, I think Wal-Mart has its share of both positives and negatives.
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This note was uploaded on 08/23/2011 for the course BUS 421 taught by Professor Ness during the Spring '11 term at Edison State College.

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