In 1945, Sam Walton opened his first variety store and in 1962, he opened his first Wal-Mart Discount City in Rogers, Arkansas.
Now, Wal-Mart is expected to exceed ?$200 billion a year in sales by 2002?(with current figures of) more than 100 million shoppers a week?(and as of 1999) it became the first (private-sector) company in the world to have more than one million employees.?
Why One reason is that Wal-Mart has continued ?to lead the way in adopting cutting-edge technology to track how people shop, and to buy and deliver goods more efficiently and cheaply than any other rival.?
Many examples exist throughout Wal-Mart?s history including its use of networks, satellite communication, UPC/barcode adoption and more. Much of the technology that was utilized helped Sam Walton more efficiently track what he originally noted on yellow legal pads. From the very beginning, he wanted to know what the customers purchased, what inventory was selling and what stock was not selling.
Wal-Mart now ?tracks on an almost instantaneous basis the ordering, shipment, and delivery of literally every item it sells, and that it requires its suppliers to hook into the system, enabling it to track most goods every step
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