Wal Mart Company Overview

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"Basic History Overview"

Wal-Mart's history is one of innovation, leadership and success. It started with a single store in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962 and has grown to what is now the world's largest - and arguably, the most emulated - retailer. Some researchers refer to Wal-Mart as the industry trendsetter. Today, this retailing pioneer has annual revenues of over $100 billion, 3,000 stores and more than 750,000 employees worldwide. Wal-Mart operates each store, from the products it stocks, to the front-end equipment that helps speed checkout, with the same philosophy: provide everyday low prices and superior customer service. Lower prices also eliminate the expense of frequent sales promotions and sales are more predictable.
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International expansion has been robust and will continue to be an important part of Wal-Mart's future growth opportunities. Certainly the Internet provides a growth avenue as well that will open a new faucet for them to potentially take over an upcoming market.
I really think that the growth opportunities for Wal-Mart are just beginning. Any company that can grow net income to $4.4 billion and yearly sales of $137 billion should make you do a double take. I personally feel that a trillion dollars in sales is not unreasonable.
3. Explain the importance of selling only brand-name merchandise to the Wal-Mart strategy.
The focus that Wal-Mart shares in all advertisements is service, low prices, and quality of goods. Wal-Mart is not a specialty shop focusing on one "good", they are innovative offering a selection based on consumers overall needs. They do have some brand name merchandise however do not have a specific section set aside for Polo Shirts. Unlike Wal-Mart, brand name stores in most circumstances, only offer their product at a price that is normally above affordable. These retailers rely on their name to sell; Wal-Mart relies on their convenience and low prices.
4. Choosing markets to enter is of major importance in global expansion. If you were in charge of Wal-Mart, what European country would you enter next? Why?

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