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Reference no. 9-704-430
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Published by:
Harvard Business Publishing (2003)
Version:
30 January 2004
Length:
32 pages
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Abstract

Examine's Wal-Mart's development over three decades and provides financial and descriptive detail of its domestic operations. In 2003, Wal-Mart's Supercenter business has surpassed its domestic business as the largest generator of revenues. Its international operation seems poised to become the next growth driver for the company as it marches toward the trillion dollar sales mark. But problems are starting to surface even as the company is winning recognition as the number one company in the Fortune 500 - unions keep pressuring its minimum-wage employees and allegations of gender discrimination are alleged. Teaching purpose: To introduce students to creating a competitive advantage.

Topics

Distribution planning; Information technology; Management controls; Corporate strategy; Social security; International business; International operations; Mass merchandising; Cross functional management; Labor unions; Execution; Sustainable competitive advantage; Competitive advantage; Problem solving; Fair Labor Standards Act
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USD245 billion revenues
Other setting(s):
1965-2003

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