A Case Study on Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.: a New Set of Challenges Essay

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I. Statement of the Problem

Wal-Mart was drawing increasing flak from organized labor about the company’s low wages and anti-union posture. It was confronting 6,000 lawsuits on a variety of issues, including one claiming that it discriminated against female employees.

H. Lee Scott was understandably concerned about the raft of issues that threatened to mar Wal-Mart’s reputation and raise questions about the company’s efforts to secure the lowest prices for its customers.

The problem for Wal-Mart now is how it can continue to grow and diminish the increasing negative issues about the company held through the years.

II. Objectives of the Study

This study seeks the following objectives: - to learn about the Wal-Mart
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Some also sell gasoline distributed by Murphy Oil Corporation (whose Wal-Mart stations are branded as "Murphy USA"), Sunoco, Inc. ("Optima"), or Tesoro Corporation ("Mirastar").

The first Supercenter opened in 1988 in Washington, Missouri. A similar concept, Hypermart USA, opened in Garland, Texas a year earlier. All of the Hypermart USA stores were later closed or converted into Supercenters.

As of December 2009, there were 2,737 Wal-Mart Supercenters in the United States.[50] The largest Supercenter in the United States, covering 260,000 square feet (24,154.8 m2) and two floors, is located in Crossgates Commons in Albany, New York.

Since the introduction of the new Wal-Mart logo in 2008, the company has been phasing out the "Supercenter" portion of the name on these stores, simply referring to these stores as "Walmart."

• Neighborhood Market by Walmart
Neighborhood Markets by Walmart are grocery stores that average about 42,000 square feet (3,901.9 m2). They are used to fill the gap between Discount Store and Supercenters, offering a variety of products, which include full lines of groceries, pharmaceuticals, health and beauty aids, photo developing services, and a limited selection of general