Locations:Walmart is the world’s third largest corporation, according to the Fortune Global 500 list in 2012. Walmart has 8,500 stores in 15 countries, under 55 different names. They employ 2.2 million associates around the world and 1.4 million in the U.S. alone. The company operates under the Walmart name in the United States, including Puerto Rico. It operates in Mexico as Walmex and in India as Best Price.
It has wholly owned operations in Argentina, Brazil, and Canada. Walmart’s investments outside North America have had mixed results: its operations in the United Kingdom, South America and China are highly successful, whereas ventures in Germany and South Korea were unsuccessful. Possibly due the fact that some of those countries have similar stores.
In Walmarts Going Green articles it states:Walmart has reduced waste by 80 percentHas programs that supported women around the worldNurtures diversity and inclusionGrowing global direct farm program“Walmart Mexico trained more than 2,400 farmers and farm workers in Best Agricultural Practices and in India expanded to include 3,700 farmers. By selling directly to Walmart and eliminating the middleman, farmers earn a better price for their products, increase their incomes and receive expert advice on crop planning.” Responded to natural disasters
“We responded to the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami and flooding in Mexico” Unions? There has been much media review over Walmarts employee satisfaction due to the “strikes” that employees organized just before the 2012 holiday season that was well advertised on the news just before on of the biggest shopping days, “Black Friday”. One article notes: “While we remain cautiously optimistic that Walmart is finally starting to hear the voices of its workers, we know that Walmart must still be held accountable for making its new commitment a reality.
With $16 billion in annual profits, Walmart can afford to offer quality jobs to its American workers and stop setting low standards for the entire retail industry”
Recommendations:1. Employee a team to find out why Walmart may not be successful in other countries.
2. It has been said that Walmart forces some manufactures to accept lower prices for their products. Ensure an Ethics Team and Best Practices are in place so that the organization ensures there is no behavior that will get them in trouble long term.
3. Have an impartial team do a survey and meet with supervisors, managers, and employees to ensure employee satisfaction. Review surveys, employ training, and review best practices for personnel.