Future Group: The Walmart of India
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Walmart, set up in 1962 by Sam Walton, operated through several retail formats such as Supercenters, discount stores, neighborhood markets, SAM's Club4, etc. As of October 2011, the retailer operated through three store formats namely Walmart US Stores, Walmart International, and SAM's Club. Over the years, Walmart had had to tackle issues related to store formats, technology deployment, human capital, and internationalization. In addition, the retail giant faced competition from department stores such as Target, Kmart, etc. The retailer's SAM's Club faced competition from Costco and BJ's Wholesale Club. Of late, the major challenge posed to Walmart was from Dollar Stores. To combat competition from Dollar Stores, Walmart had announced its plan to launch Walmart Express, a mini version of its discount stores.
1] "The Richest Family in the World," www.therichest.org, April 17, 2011.
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