Write a brief assessment of the Walmart case found attached. Address four questions based on Walmart’s business-level strategy:
- How well is Walmart performing? To what extent is its performance attributable to industry attractiveness and to what extent is it attributable to competitive advantage?
- In which of Walmart’s principal functions and activities (namely: purchasing, distribution and warehousing, instore operations, marketing, IT, HRM, and organization and management systems/style) do its main competitive advantages lie? Identify the distinctive resources and capabilities in each of these functions and activities.
- To what extent is Walmart’s competitive advantage sustainable? Why have other retailers had limited success in imitating Walmart’s strategy and duplicating its competitive advantage?
- What challenges does Walmart currently face? What measures does it need to take to sustain its recent performance and defend against competitive (and other) threats?
Your analysis should follow APA format including a title page, references page, in-text citations, and use Times New Roman, size 12 font.