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The Spread Of Walmart Across America

Comments (6)

I love a good data visualization.  Take a look at the site Watching the Growth of Walmart Across AmericaTruly awesome (the visualization of the data, not the spread of Walmart).  Thanks Ian for the link.

  • mark

    wow. not that I did not know this already but that really gives you a great sense of the population density of the east versus the west

  • Matthew Trifiro

    I would love to see the same visualization applied to Starbucks.

  • Chip Schooler

    In 1993, I had a marketing professor who presented some interesting points regarding Wal-Mart:
    1) A key Wal-Mart strategy was not to overextend their distribution system. Like an well disciplined invading army, they patiently set up the warehouses first, then built the surrounding stores.
    2). Wal-Mart focused on towns with populations less than 20,000 (I think 20K was the number). They saw “main street” as their competition, not K-Mart.

    This chart amazingly illustrates these strategies in action.

    It would also be interesting to overlay the Wal-Mart closing to see how the stores have migrated over time.

  • Mark Mcguire

    Amazing! Alice.com is innovating in Wal-Mart's space with a new start-up and it is fascinating to think about the massive investment in infrastructure (buildings, employees, pavement, etc.) that WalMart has made to create distribution to the end customer. Thanks for sharing this Brad.

  • http://barefootmeg.multiply.com barefootmeg

    I'm with Chip. It would be interesting for the green dots to go red when the store was closed. Wal-Mart deliberately overlaps the reach of their stores until they've pushed out the competition. Then they close one of the stores. We've got an empty hulk of a store up here in Fort Collins just a few miles down the road from a brand new Wal-Mart that they're putting up by the highway.

  • mark

    wow. not that I did not know this already but that really gives you a great sense of the population density of the east versus the west

  • Chip Schooler

    In 1993, I had a marketing professor who presented some interesting points regarding Wal-Mart:
    1) A key Wal-Mart strategy was not to overextend their distribution system. Like an well disciplined invading army, they patiently set up the warehouses first, then built the surrounding stores.
    2). Wal-Mart focused on towns with populations less than 20,000 (I think 20K was the number). They saw "main street" as their competition, not K-Mart.

    This chart amazingly illustrates these strategies in action.

    It would also be interesting to overlay the Wal-Mart closing to see how the stores have migrated over time.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/MatthewTrifiro MatthewTrifiro

    I would love to see the same visualization applied to Starbucks.

  • Mark Mcguire

    Amazing! Alice.com is innovating in Wal-Mart's space with a new start-up and it is fascinating to think about the massive investment in infrastructure (buildings, employees, pavement, etc.) that WalMart has made to create distribution to the end customer. Thanks for sharing this Brad.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/barefootmeg389 barefootmeg389

    I'm with Chip. It would be interesting for the green dots to go red when the store was closed. Wal-Mart deliberately overlaps the reach of their stores until they've pushed out the competition. Then they close one of the stores. We've got an empty hulk of a store up here in Fort Collins just a few miles down the road from a brand new Wal-Mart that they're putting up by the highway.

  • http://slashdot.org/~Londonescorts/ MarkRight

    Interesting post you got here. It would be great to read a bit more about that topic.

  • http://slashdot.org/~Londonescorts/ MarkRight

    Interesting post you got here. It would be great to read a bit more about that topic.

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