Wal-Mart in China

Wal-Mart in China - efficiency in 10 years • Eliminate 30...

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1. After reading the case do you feel that Wal-Mart’s efforts to become more sustainable are just cosmetic? Why or why not? I think Wal-Mart’s efforts are cosmetic in China. Wal-Mart translated its 14 SVNs into 5 SVNs in order to fit in Chinese market and customers. But I think most of the changes had been made by Wal-Mart were forced by Chinese governments and laws. For instance, in this case, it talked about reusable bags and batteries recycle. Therefore, instead of saying Wal-Mart was trying to establish sustainable operations strategy in China, Wal-Mart was trying to survive under the pressure from Chinese laws and governments. 2. What are Wal-Mart’s goals for sustainability? Is Wal-Mart on track to obtain these goals? Explain. Increase the efficiency of its vehicle fleet by 25 per cent over the next three years and double
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Unformatted text preview: efficiency in 10 years. • Eliminate 30 per cent of the energy used in stores. • Reduce solid waste from U.S. stores by 25 per cent in three years. I think Wal-Mart was off track to obtain the goals. It mentions in the article that Wal-Mart made some significant changes in organic milk and cotton, and its selection within food suppliers. However, Wal-Mart’s goals are intent to focus on energy saving and reduce waste, while I don’t see much evident to prove it. 3. What are Wal-Mart China’s five SVN’s? Sustainable stores and operations; sustainable products; supply chain compliance and standards; supply chain efficiency, communication....
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