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 on 2nd Nov 2016If you visit the website above you can linkelectronically into lots of useful information to start your research. There are a number ofsimilar sites which provide useful preliminary information.American and European companies dominate the ranks of the world's largest publicly tradedretailers. Most are global companies with vastdistribution networksand thousands of retaillocations 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 areranked according to sales figures reported infinancial statementsfor the most recentfiscal yearend.1. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer by asubstantial margin. The company reported worldwide revenue of $485.7 billion for its 2015fiscal year, a year-over-year increase of about 2%. It operates 11,453 store locations in 27countries. About $228 billion of its 2015 revenue, nearly 60% of the total, is attributed tooperations in the United States. Most of the company's store locations worldwide operateunder the Walmart brand. However, the company also operates a number ofother retail chains,including Sam's Club membership warehouse stores around the world, ASDA stores in theUnited Kingdom, Bodega Aurrera stores in Mexico and Seiyu stores in Japan. As of December2015, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has a marketcapitalizationof about $194 billion.2. Costco Wholesale CorporationCostco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) is a membership-only warehouse retail chainwith operations in nine countries. The company reported worldwide revenue of $112.6 billionfor fiscal year 2014, including more than $2.4 billion in revenue attributed to annual customermembership fees. Year-on-year revenue growth amounted to about 7.1%. Costco operates 671warehouse locations around the world, including 474 locations in the U.S. The company opened1
30 new warehouse locations in 2014 and plans to open another 34 locations in 2015. As ofDecember 2015, Costco has a market capitalization of $73.6 billion.3. Kroger CompanyKroger Company (NYSE:KR) is the third-largest retailer in the world by revenue and the largestgrocery retailer in the U.S. It reported total sales of $108.5 billion for fiscal year 2014, anincrease 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 alsooperates 782 small-format convenience stores and 326 jewellery stores. It operates storesunder 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 aholding companyformed during themergerof drugstore giants Walgreen Company and Alliance Boots at the close of 2014. For the fiscalyear 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 mergerwas 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 in11 countries. It has a market capitalization of $92.2 billion.5. Tesco PLCTescoPLCis a global grocery retailer headquartered in the U.K. For fiscal year 2015, thecompany reported revenue of £62.3 billion excludingvalue-added tax(VAT), equivalent toapproximately $101.3 billion at averageexchange ratesfor the reporting period. This representsa 2% decline in revenue compared to the prior year, making Tesco one of only two companieson this list not experiencing sales growth. Tesco operates 6,814 stores in 11 countries. Inaddition 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 SAFrance'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% onthe year. At the close of 2014, Carrefour had 10,860 store locations in 33 countries. It operatesstores in a variety of formats, including small convenience stores, mid-size supermarkets andlarge-scale superstores offering both food and general merchandise. Carrefour opened or2
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