It has proven that low price products can make lots of profits.
It started with a single store in Rogers, Arkansas in and has grown to what is now the worlds largest and arguably, the most emulated retailer.
Some researchers refer to Wal-Mart as the industry trendsetter.
Wal-Mart operates each store, from the products it stocks, to the front-end equipment that helps speed checkout, with the same philosophy: Lower prices also eliminate the expense of frequent sales promotions and sales are more predictable. Wal-Mart has invested heavily in its unique cross-docking inventory system.
Cross docking has enabled Wal-Mart to achieve economies of scale which reduce its costs of sales.
With this system, goods are continuously delivered to stores within 48 hours and often without having to stock them. This allows Wal-Mart to replenish the shelves 4 times faster than its competition.
Wal-Mart's ability to replenish their shelves four times faster than its competition is just another advantage they have over competition.
Wal-Mart leverages its buying power through purchasing in bulks and distributing the goods on it' own. Wal-Mart guarantees everyday low prices and considers them the one stop shop, Wal-Mart, It has wholly owned operations in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and Puertorico.
Wal-Mart's investments outside North America have had mixed results: Europeans, in general, tend not to generally accept corporate work rules that regulate their private lives.
In Germany, companies typically enjoy a close connection with their unions. Worse than the damage done to its employee relations was the spread of this negative image through the media to the German society and thus to German consumers.
The challenges included costly and well-publicized litigation damaging to the Wal-Mart image. The code of conduct included a ban on relationships at work and provided a hotline for employees to report on rules violations by co-workers. These competitors knew that thrifty German shoppers prefer this task not be done by strangers.
Thus, for reasons of both privacy and ecology, Germans will take their own large bags to supermarkets to bag and carry their own purchases. Many shoppers were unnerved by these practices.
Some even felt molested. For example, grocery store chain, Aldi, which originated in Germany, is a good example of what Germans expect from a discount store. At Aldi, customers bag their own groceries, shopping carts are available with the deposit of a quarter, and the store hours are reduced to save on operational costs.
The shelves are lined with products still in the boxes they were shipped in, to cut down on stocking labor. Boxes are even available for customers to use to carry their purchases to their cars, in place of plastic bags. In its retreat, Wal-Mart admitted that its formula is not a fit for every culture.
In Germany, there were not enough appropriate locations to support such expansion. Wal-Mart did not build their own stores, but took over existing supermarkets that had a completely different business model - they were very small and had a limited range of goods.
They were also located far apart, which resulted in high logistical costs. With their strategy of "everyday low prices," Wal-Mart is very successful in the United States and elsewhere. However, due to the extreme competition, Germans are accustomed to the low prices that are offered by numerous discount supermarket chains.The Korean chain Emart's parent company eventually bought the scraps off the Walmart Korea heap, Walmart losing $ million in the process.
Emart and Walmart are night and day different. Emart is closer to a spa than a warehouse.
May 22, · "Wal-Mart is a typical example of a global giant who has failed to localize its operations in South Korea," Na Hong Seok, an analyst at Goodmorning Shinhan Securities in Seoul, said. Wal-Mart’s lack of understanding regarding Korean consumers’ taste and preference and mismatch of the definition of “value” between the Korean consumers and Wal-Mart resulted in insufficient value exchange.
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SEOUL -- This past spring, South Korean discount chain E-Mart spent hundreds of millions of dollars to snap up Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Apr 03, · Wal-mart is a great example as a failure of overcoming the cross-cultural risks. Wal-mart surely used ethnocentric strategy, but its EDLP did not work for South Korea.
It is not because Koreans are not open to western culture or practices. As a matter of fact, Koreans are really open to new culture, products. or technology.