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For each company, please answer the following by researching the company: Please be comprehensive and provide sources. APA format. Don't use websites as sole sources (Note- One company, one question).

1. Wamart- Give an overall description of the company's history to this day. How did it evolve to be the organization it is today?

2. IBM- What are the organization's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats?

3. Citigroup- Provide an internal, external and stakeholder environmental description.

4. Exxon Mobil- Summarize the major strategic issues facing this organization in relation to the industry.

5. TATA Motors- If you were the organization's CEO, preparing a presentation to your Board of Directors regarding next steps in your grand strategy, what would they be?

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On July 2, 1962, Sam Walton opened the first Wal-Mart Discount City store at 719 Walnut Avenue in Rogers, Arkansas. Wal-Mart Stores was incorporated in 1969. In 1970 Wal-Mart was registered on the New York Stock exchange. In 1987, Wal-Mart grew to 1,198 stores with sales of $15.9 billion and 200,000 employees. In 1998, Wal-Mart introduced the Neighborhood Market with three stores in Arkansas. In 2005, Wal-Mart operated 20% of the retail grocery and consumables business. In 2002, Wal-Mart was listed as the largest US Company on Fortune 500 list. After Katrina struck in 2005, Wal-Mart was the first retailer to open up supply chains and open its stores. In 2006-7, Wal-Mart modified its strategy to compete effectively with upscale retailers. In 2009, Wal-Mart decided to develop a sustainable product index. In 2011, Wal-Mart decided to improve the nutritional value of its store brands by reducing salt and sugar, and removing trans-fats. In 2012, the largest Supercenter in the US was located in Crossgates Commons in Albany. Wal-Mart has planned to open about 20 Wal-Mart Express stores in 2012 (Roberts. B, & Berg. N, 2012).

The strengths of IBM include its formidable reputation. It size is an important strong point. It has a value of $66 billion and has more than 400,000 employees. It has been profitable for a long time and this has improved its financial strength. It has dedicated research facilities for technological ...

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A.) History and background of the organization, also including the types of products and product lines manufactured and industry in which the organization operates.

B.) An overview of the organization's supply chain management efforts, including the organizational issues involved with the supply chain such as the organizational structure, the placement of supply chain management within that structure, and supply management's relationship with other departments in the organization.

C.) An overview of the new product development process within the organization, including the supply management's role in that development, the process involved in how the current products are reviewed for either further production or removal from production, and how the organization manages for quality in products.

D.) An analysis of how the organization purchases capital equipment and services needed. This should include how the company makes the choice as to when to purchase the equipment and services as well as the process involved in the actual procurement.

E.) An analysis of how and when the organization determines whether to outsource or make a product in house, how and where the organization finds its suppliers, and whether or not the organization looks at the international arena for purchasing.

F.) Explain how the organization deals with contract issues, including legal issues, resolving contract disputes, and international contracts.

G.) Analyze the production and inventory control measures within the organization, including scheduling, demand systems, inventory functions and analysis.

H.) Analyze the relationship between supply, demand, and logistics in terms of the organization.

I.) Draw your own conclusions regarding the quality level of the organization's overall supply chain management functions and include what you see as the strengths and weaknesses in the system.

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