Walmart Recommendations

RECOMMENDATIONS 2

WalmartRecommendations

Recommendations

Walmartis a large company operating in many markets, so it faces operationaldifficulties. The major recommendation to solve this problem is tocut stock keeping units in all its markets in order to reducecomplexities and develop a simple lean operation structures (Ernstand Young LLP, 2013). Cutting the stock keeping units increaseefficiencies and reduce operating costs. The company should alsodevelop or upgrade its labor planning software in order to deployappropriate labor hours and achieve planned sales.

Implementationand Timeline

Activity

Start Date

End Date

Person Responsible

Setting objectives and goals

15/8/2015

20/9/2015

Supply Chain Manager

Developing plan and budget

21/9/2015

30/9/2015

Supply Chain Manager

Closing some current stock keeping units (SKUs)

1/10/2015

12/12/2015

Store Managers

Renovating remaining SKUs

15/12/2015

23/03/2016

Store Managers and independent contractors

Developing Labor Planning Software

24/03/2015

25/04/2015

HR Managers and IT personnel

Evaluation

26/04/2016

25/05/2016

Supply Chain Manager/CEO

Closure

26/05/2016

27/06/2016

CEO

Theimplementation will begin immediately by planning and budgetingplanning for the activities. It will take up-to 9 months to closedown some of the SKUs and renovate the key ones in order to simplifythe supply chain operations, and then develop an effective laborplanning software.

Evaluationand Monitoring

Theprogress of the new changes should be monitored and evaluated toensure that they are working according to planned schedules andbudget to achieve the desired objectives. The project manager is theSupply Chain Manager who should regularly monitor the progress of theproject to ensure that the right amount of money is spent and theobjective of increasing efficiency and cutting costs is achieved. Theneed for change should also be communicated across all departments sothat the project runs according to the needs of the company.

ReferencesList

Ernstand Young LLP (2013). RetailOperations: Six success factors for a tough market.London: Ernst and Young LLP