Project Synopsis: Supply Chain Management

Section C: Group 2

Section C, Group 2
Bhagat Singh 118

Manjari Lakshmanan 128 Rakesh Das 139 Ratika Kapoor 140

Mexico. 31. India. Inc.300 facilities including Wal-Mart supercenters.S.For approximately 100 years. Wal-Mart has been role model in economic globalization of supply chains. One must look at the company’s innovation and expertise in logistics because the techniques developed by Wal-Mart are now being adopted by other retailers as well as by businesses in other industries. and Wal-Mart as the largest mass retailer is able to exercise monopsony power by “virtue of its tremendous purchasing power and market dominance”. was able to rise from its modest beginnings in small-town America to the status of the largest retailer in the world by effectively shifting the balance of power between suppliers and retailers (i. El Salvador. shifting the production and distribution system from a push to a pull model) . manufacturing was a centralized high-productivity sector that supplied the largely decentralized and low-productivity retail sector with its products. mass retailing is a consolidated and highly productive sector. In the U.000 additional stores in 15 markets worldwide. Wal-Mart Stores. Nicaragua.e. Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s Club warehouses. 1 . China. Guatemala. Costa Rica. in turn. The mass retailer collects information on consumer purchasing behavior and uses that information to dictate to suppliers what needs to be produced. would sell the products to consumers. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Today. operates more than 4. including Argentina. Internationally. 2010. Brazil.Section C: Group 2 Wal-Mart “Saving People money so they can live better” Wal-Mart is the world’s largest retailer with $405 billion in sales for the fiscal year ending Jan. Japan. Canada. Honduras. Chile’.. United Kingdom and the United States. The small decentralized retailers. discount stores.. Wal-Mart operates more than 4.

However any issues and feedback encountered during the project span will be included in the final project report. As a student of International business we would also like to take this opportunity to explore the regional challenges faced by Wal-Mart while it broadened its horizons in global arena.Section C: Group 2 This project is a step towards Understanding and analyzing the various aspects related to supply chain management practices adopted by Wal-Mart that have catapulted it not only to the top of retail channel but into the history books. we will concentrate on above mentioned aspects. The nature of benefits derived by Wal-Mart from efficient supply chain management practices and how far it has contributed to its sustainable competitive advantage. A brief description of the various aspects that came to the dais while our group discussion is mentioned below:     Distribution and logistics system adopted by Wal-Mart that helped it to achieve respectable leadership in retail industry Utilization of innovation Information Technology tools by Wal-Mart that benefited its supply chain thus helping in logistics and inventory management Various supply chain processes adopted by Wal-Mart and how far they were effective. Each operating region within the Ethical Sourcing program faces specific challenges stemming from conditions as varied as the regions themselves. Wal-Mart’s Role in Offshore Outsourcing: Accelerating Economic Globalization Role of Wal-Mart in the Globalization of Supply Chains   To start with. Operating regions throughout the world are different. 2 .

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