Costco vs. Wal-Mart Essay

1293 Words Aug 5th, 2011 6 Pages
Costco vs. Wal-Mart
With $401.2 billion revenues, the retailing giant, Wal-Mart, has been ranked as the 2nd place of 2009 Fortune 500 companies. This company is seen as the most successful business in the world today but also viewed as the vital indicator to observe the status of financial crisis recovery. Wal-Mart has won market share during the recession by offering customers lower prices as its successful marketing strategy. Moreover, Wal-Mart is long for expanding its kingdom all over the world. In 2005, Taiwan once was one of Wal-mart’s plans to join the overseas expansion, nevertheless, Wal-mart veered round to China at the last minute.
Instead, the Costco (24th place of 2009 Fortune 500) with 71.4 billion revenues completed
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Also it began its online presence since 1995 and conducted e-commerce at In spite of the financial crisis, Costco’s net income rose 15% and sales in stores open at least a year grew 6%. Costco dominated 50% market share of $70 billion U.S. warehouse club industry.
II. To brief the marketing strategy of these two companies.
A. Internal
Consumers demand low prices which also refers business needs to keep cost as low as they can. The controversial part of the low price is cutting cost to the bone which may cause the low wages for employees. A Business Week report shows the fifth-largest retailer in the U.S., Costco’s average hourly wage is around $15.97 which is much higher than its rival, Wal-Mart, as $11.52 per hour. Also, the mass-retailer Costco has agreements with Teamsters for 16 percent of its employees to assure employees can have better health care, friendlier working environment and better in business. This strategy also can boost employees’ work force then server a better service to their customers. Moreover, many studies confirmed that Costco’s well-compensated employees are more productive and Costco’s labor costs are actually lower than Wal-Mart’s as a percentage of sales. Contrast to Costco, Wal-Mart focus on how to decrease cost. Instead it has a notorious reputation about the poverty wages for their employees. The low road labor strategy of Wal-mart forces their supplier or related companies to depress the wages and benefits of

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