Mario S Surla
April 9, 2014
Wal-Mart is an American multinational retail corporation and the top retail store with the lowest prices in the world. It is the biggest private employer and the largest public corporation with over two million employees worldwide. There are approximately 245 million customers and members that visit Wal-Mart each week, globally. It has stores in 27 countries and sales in 2013 were $466 billion. Wal-Mart’s mission statement of having the lowest prices is consistent with controlling cost, innovation and continuous improvement (Fortune 500, 2014).
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It was an efficient and effective way to transport goods that ultimately reduces costs. Cross docking goods can be transported to stores rapidly, bypassing stock account, cutting cost and eliminating extra expenses ("Arkansas Business", 2012). The cost savings is pass down to the consumers.
Wal-Mart will still rely on foreign suppliers for some that have a high labor input such as clothing. What Wal-Mart is analyzing is what U.S. made products will benefit this strategy? The company decided to procure products that are big and bulky such as furniture and products that can be quickly produce to meet demand. Apple is now producing computers and I Pods in the U.S. Camping and outdoor goods are also participating in this strategy. Other companies have joined in the Made in America program.
What effects of planning decisions on the internal and external stakeholders?
The stakeholders both internal and external have strong influences on
the organizational planning (Frooman, 1999).
The strategy will provide more stable jobs for the employees in the U.S. Their wages and benefits will increase that makes the economy stronger and a low unemployment rate. Additionally, Wal-Mart started a campaign in putting veterans to work. It is noble and this initiative will put our hard working veterans who have outstanding work ethics, teamwork and dedication. This helps the company provide outstanding customer service, attract new customers and retain existing ones. The shareholders will experience both positive and negative effects on the strategy. The positive is increase in savings and lower costs that may motivate them to invest in other companies to open new businesses. This will also have a positive effect on unemployment and a strong economy. For the external stakeholders, the customers can expect good value for their dollar, high quality products, great service and continued and consistent low prices. Producers and suppliers, given...