The Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.: An American Dream That Touched the World

By Ghazzawi, Issam A.; Palladini, Marie et al. | Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, February 15, 2014 | Go to article overview

The Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.: An American Dream That Touched the World


Ghazzawi, Issam A., Palladini, Marie, Martinelli-Lee, Teresa, Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies


Throughout my career, I've always emphasized performance. And I'm really proud of the performance of our team around the world and the results Wal-Mart delivered for fiscal year 2010 in a year challenged by a difficult economy in all of our markets. Our results reflect the underlying strength of our business and our strategies to improve shareholder value.

Michael T. Duke

President and Chief Executive Officer

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

CASE DESCRIPTION

In 2011, Wal-Mart grew through the opening of additional stores across the United States and other countries. While the company sales were strong, the U.S. operating income was sluggish with a mere 3.1% growth versus a 5.5% growth in the previous year. Looking for additional growth opportunities, Wal-Mart's strategy included a plan to open convenience stores (c-stores) in a number of markets encompassing urban and rural markets both in the U.S. and in its international segments.

This case is intended to demonstrate how Wal-Mart used its distinctive competencies and competitive advantage in the marketplace; what challenges it encountered; and what strategies it should adopt to sustain growth.

CASE SYNOPSIS

As a teenager, Sam Walton was described by his classmates as the most versatile member of his high school class. …

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