Walmart Case study Essay

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Wal-Mart Case Study

Management 5650

September, 15, 2013
From a gallon of milk to a complete home makeover, Wal-Mart is the kind of store consumers (to include myself) go to buy all their home goods. What we don’t see are the management aspect of the operations, the issues stores, management, and executives go through on a daily basis. Wal-Mart has several challenges it goes through, from self-inflicting wounds to battling competitors for the lowest prices and consumer business. However its CEO’s both past and present have set the foundation and direction of where Wal-Mart is to be headed in the 21st century. With direction and orders in-hand, its top executives have developed
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To address this issue, Mr. Scott, outlined his goals for Wal-Mart and how it will affect the environment. He labeled them as straightforward and simple; to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy, to create zero waste, and to sell products that sustain our resources and environment (Scott, 2005). Mr. Scott aims to not only help the environment but also use it as well to create more business. “Who better than Wal-Mart to make a kilowatt of electricity go twice as far or a gallon of diesel take our trucks twice the distance? Or three times? Who better than Wal-Mart to stretch our energy and material dollars farther than anyone ever has? The environment is begging for the Wal-Mart business model. And if we do that, everyone will benefit” (Scott, 2005). By addressing the environmental issues Wal-Mart had been criticized for Mr. Scott not only addresses the issue but also makes it clear how Wal-Mart will benefit from his. In regards to the stores, the leadership plans to eliminate at a minimum of 30 percent of the energy used by each of their stores. By doing this the company will save money, at the same time become an environmentally friendly business. Whether they experiment with solar panels or new innovative ways, they will continue to test new ways to conserve energy. The next issue management will aim to address is “waste”. According to Mr. Scott, Wal-Mart can significantly reduce the amount of waste