Business and Strategy
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The Walmart U.S. segment includes the Company's mass merchant concept in the United States ("U.S."), operating under the "Walmart" or "Wal-Mart" brand with various formats, including supercenters, discount stores, Neighborhood Markets and other small stores, as well as walmart.com.
Their ability to develop, open and operate units at the right locations and offer value and service to customers largely determines their competitive position within the retail industry. They employ many programs designed to meet competitive pressures within our industry. These programs include the following: EDLP, Rollbacks, Save Even More and Ad Match, Store of the Community, Clean, and Fast and Friendly. Competition
The retail business is highly competitive. They face strong competition from other retailers and wholesale club operators like Target, bestbuy and costco (whether through physical retail, e-commerce retail or through a combination of both areas), which could adversely affect financial performance.
Where necessary, to compete effectively with competitors who price merchandise at points lower than the prices they set under EDLP philosophy, they will lower prices on goods for sale. Their ability to respond effectively to competitive pressures and changes in the retail markets could adversely affect financial performance. By this, competitors could have greatly improved financial resources, improved access to merchandise, greater market penetration than they previously enjoyed and other improvements in their competitive positions. Market Risk Factors
General or macro-economic factors, both domestically and internationally. (Higher interest rates, higher fuel costs, higher costs of labor, insurance and healthcare, currency exchange rate fluctuations, higher tax rates and so on.) Consumer trends or preferences and reputation.
Impediments to our expansion in the U.S....
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