Ivey Publishing
Half a Century of Supply Chain Management at Wal-Mart
Product Number:
9B12D010
Publication Date:
04/19/2012
Revised Date:
11/12/2013 (Data)
Length:
23 pages (14 pages of text)
BestSeller:
2019, 2018, 2014
Product Type:
Case (Library)
Source:
Ivey
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.
Learning Objective:
There are several topics that can be discussed with this case:
  • Supply chain management.
  • Sustainability of competitive advantages.
  • Competition in global retail.
Issues:
Disciplines:
Operations Management,  General Management/Strategy
Industries:
Retail Trade
Setting:
United States, Large, 2012
Intended Audience:
Undergraduate/MBA
Price:
$4.25 CAD / $4.25 USD Printed Copy
$3.75 CAD / $3.75 USD Permissions
$3.75 CAD / $3.75 USD Digital Download
Associated Materials
Translations: Simplified Chinese (22 pages)
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