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International Purchasing and Supply-Chain Management: Case Study

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Assignment Case StudyModule – International Purchasing and Supply-Chain ManagementModule Code 6LO501The Worlds’ Top 10 Retailers, Dec 2015 accessed on 2nd Nov 2016 If you visit the website above you can link electronically into lots of useful information to start your research. There are a number of similar sites which provide useful preliminary information.American and European companies dominate the ranks of the world's largest publicly traded retailers. Most are global companies with vast distribution networks and thousands of retail locations spanning the globe. While many of these companies operate retail websites, stands out as the only fully online retailer to make the list. The companies are ranked according to sales figures reported in financial statements for the most recent fiscal yearend.1. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer by a substantial margin. The company reported worldwide revenue of $485.7 billion for its 2015 fiscal year, a year-over-year increase of about 2%. It operates 11,453 store locations in 27 countries. About $228 billion of its 2015 revenue, nearly 60% of the total, is attributed to operations in the United States. Most of the company's store locations worldwide operate under the Walmart brand. However, the company also operates a number of other retail chains,including Sam's Club membership warehouse stores around the world, ASDA stores in the United Kingdom, Bodega Aurrera stores in Mexico and Seiyu stores in Japan. As of December 2015, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has a market capitalization of about $194 billion.2. Costco Wholesale Corporation Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) is a membership-only warehouse retail chain with operations in nine countries. The company reported worldwide revenue of $112.6 billion for fiscal year 2014, including more than $2.4 billion in revenue attributed to annual customer membership fees. Year-on-year revenue growth amounted to about 7.1%. Costco operates 671 warehouse locations around the world, including 474 locations in the U.S. The company opened 1
30 new warehouse locations in 2014 and plans to open another 34 locations in 2015. As of December 2015, Costco has a market capitalization of $73.6 billion.3. Kroger Company Kroger Company (NYSE: KR) is the third-largest retailer in the world by revenue and the largest grocery retailer in the U.S. It reported total sales of $108.5 billion for fiscal year 2014, an increase of 10.2% over the prior year. Kroger operates 2,625 supermarkets and multi-department stores, which combine to make up 93% of company revenue. The company also operates 782 small-format convenience stores and 326 jewellery stores. It operates stores under more than 30 different brand names, including Kroger, Ralphse, Fry's, Fred Meyer, Food4Less, Littman Jewellers and QuikStop. Kroger has a market capitalization of $40.4 billion.4. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) is a holding company formed during the mergerof drugstore giants Walgreen Company and Alliance Boots at the close of 2014. For the fiscal year ending on Aug. 31, 2015, Walgreens Boots Alliance reported sales of $103.4 billion. However, this figure only includes sales arising from Alliance Boots operations after the merger was completed on Dec. 23, 2014. Consequently, true full-year results for the combined companyare not yet available. The combined company operates more than 12,800 drugstore locations in 11 countries. It has a market capitalization of $92.2 billion.5. Tesco PLC Tesco PLC is a global grocery retailer headquartered in the U.K. For fiscal year 2015, the company reported revenue of £62.3 billion excluding value-added tax (VAT), equivalent to approximately $101.3 billion at average exchange rates for the reporting period. This representsa 2% decline in revenue compared to the prior year, making Tesco one of only two companies on this list not experiencing sales growth. Tesco operates 6,814 stores in 11 countries. In addition to its grocery stores in the U.K. and Europe, Tesco has major operations in Thailand, Malaysia, India and China. The company has a market capitalization of $19.9 billion.6. Carrefour SA France's Carrefour SA reported sales of €74.7 billion excluding VAT, equivalent to approximately $99.1 billion at average exchange rates for the period. Revenue growth amounted to 2.9% on the year. At the close of 2014, Carrefour had 10,860 store locations in 33 countries. It operates stores in a variety of formats, including small convenience stores, mid-size supermarkets and large-scale superstores offering both food and general merchandise. Carrefour opened or 2

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