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Strategic Management Case Study on Case 27 Pearce Robinson Strategic Management - Formulation Implementation and Control WAL-MART STORES INC Introduction Operating a mass merchandising retail store in all 50 states of the US under a variety of formats Wal-Mart Stores Inc Wal-Mart scores a number of tops in its businesses It has the largest discount department store chain in the world largest retail firm in the US and largest retailer in the world the wealthiest and most powerful corporation in the world And more recently Wal-Mart gained the top spot of the most admired company in the world wwwfortunecom To sustain its competitive advantage Wal-Mart has constantly adapt to its existing strategies to threats and opportunities in the environment As noted by Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway when it came to casting his vote for the most admired company in America for 2002 Wal-Mart is the largest company around and it hasnt lost a bit of the dynamism that it had back when Sam Walton started it Stein N 2003 This case study will analyse the internal and external factors that put Wal-Mart in its current position operating in the competitive retailing environment The flow of the analysis will start with a brief indication of the sector of business Wal-Mart is operating followed by the analysis of its internal factors comprising the companys strength and weaknesses Wal-Marts external factors will then be analysed on its opportunities and threats The challenges facing Wal-Mart in the near future is also addressed The Business and the Industry Wal-Mart is engrossed with end consumers in its business On top of the traditional retailing of general merchandise and discount department stores Wal-Mart appeals to almost every aspects of their needs and wants even in real-estate flower delivery gas stations used cars and vacations Useem J 2003 With 4150 facilities in the US and nine other countries its core retail business is
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