Retail

Size matters where Walmart is concerned

Posted on April 18, 2012

You would think that a company as large as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. would be able to get its own way most of the time. And you would probably be right.

At least that is what Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich writes about in his latest blog about the world's largest retailer.

How big is Wal-Mart, or Walmart, as it likes to be called? In 2011, the company posted net sales of $419 billion. In contrast, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s record sales last year would have represented 1/20th of that.

Find out why Ulrich refers to Walmart as a gorilla by reading "Walmart's size influences its customers, competitors and suppliers."

Is Walmart a respected competitor of yours? Or are you not a fan? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

Related Topics: B.O.B., Goodyear financials, mass merchandisers

Comments ( 3 )
  • CARSON

     | about 6 years ago

    I don't respect Walmart as a competitor because they are a "thug" in the retail industry. They purpposely manipulate their pricing to drive their small business competition out of business, they intimidate and squeeze their suppliers, they have a terrible record of pay and benefits with their employees, and they take advantage of their naive customers - many of whom have lost their jobs because of Walmart but yet continue to shop there. I NEVER shop at Walmart or Sam's and I don't see why any small business person would ever give them a dime!

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