Walmart Case Analysis

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Wal-Mart Case Wal-Mart stores incorporated, was founded by Sam Walton, in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962. before founding Wal-Mart, Sam Walton obtained first hand knowledge in store retailing as a J.C. Penny management trainee and a franchisee of Ben Franklin stores. From 1962 to 1967, Wal-Mart Inc. inaugurated 24 more stores. The Wal-Mart Corporation become public in 1970, this financial resource enabled Wal-Mart to launch a decade long expansion that led to the opening of 3,800 stores by 2005. Sam’s Club warehouse and Wal-Mart International are businesses that operate under the Wal-Mart Corporation umbrella. Wal-Mart’s growth increased rapidly in recent years (2006), by adding almost one new store every day. By February 8, 2007, the Wal-Mart Corporation’s total retail store count had reached 6,782 units world wide. As Wal-Mart’s presence continued to grow, so did it’s sales, by the end of fiscal year 2007 Wal-Mart sales reached an all time record high of 345 billion dollars. As the business continued to grow and expand world wide, so do its problems. The Wal-Mart Corporation’s immense development brought with it massive conflicts and controversy. Wal-Mart confronted accusations, charges and lawsuits, many resulting in fines. Some of the accusations in include environmental violations, child labor law violations, the use of illegal immigrants by subcontractors, and also poor working conditions for associates. Those accusations brought along several side effects, such as Anti-Wal-Mart press, and communities rejecting expansion of Wal-Mart stores. Wal-Mart’s reputation issues have cost the corporation billions of dollars throughout all their business segments. Major Trends Wal-Mart succeeds in the United States simply by selling products at low cost. But that doesn’t explain it all. The following is a current situational

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