Half a Century of Supply Chain Management at Wal-Mart
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2019, 2018, 2014
In 2012, a stock analyst was preparing a recommendation on what his firm, a large U.S. investment house, should do with its stake in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, was trying to recover from a series of missteps that had seen competitors such as dollar stores and Amazon.com close the performance gap. Competitors had copied many aspects of Wal-Mart’s distribution system, including cross-docking products, eliminating storage time in warehouses, positioning stores around distribution centres, and widespread adoption of electronic data interchange (EDI), as well as ordering and shipping from suppliers.
There are several topics that can be discussed with this case:
- Supply chain management.
- Sustainability of competitive advantages.
- Competition in global retail.
United States, Large, 2012
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