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Case Code: BSTR537
Case Length: 15 Pages 
Period: 2016-2017 
Pub Date: 2018
Teaching Note:Available
Price:Rs.500
Organization :Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Walmart)
Industry :Retail
Countries : USA
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This case won Second Prize in the 2018 John Molson MBA International Case Writing Competition, held by John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Canada.
 
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WALMART – THE DISCOUNT KING OF RETAIL

 

Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, Walmart was founded by Sam Walton in 1962 and incorporated on October 31, 1969. It operated as a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores, and grocery stores in several countries across the world. The retail company operated over 11,700 retail stores across 28 countries as of January 31, 2017. According to the Fortune Global 500 list in 2016, Walmart was ‘The world’s largest company by revenue’ (with revenue of $485.9 billion for the year ended January 31, 2017) and also ‘The world’s largest private employer’, with 2.3 million employees. From 2006, the net sales (worldwide) of Walmart had been increasing gradually, indicating the scope of its business throughout the world (Refer to Exhibit – I for Walmart’s net sales worldwide). Doug McMillon (McMillon) took over as CEO of Walmart in 2014..

 
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