Choose two (2) public corporations in an industry with which you are familiar - one (1) that has acquired another company and operates internationally and one (1) that does not have a history of mergers and acquisitions and operates solely within the U.S. Research each company on its own Website, the public filings on the Securities and Exchange Commission EDGAR database in the University's online databases, and any other sources you can find. The annual report will often provide insights that can help address some of these questions.
Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:
1. For the corporation that has acquired another company, merged with another company or been acquired by another company, evaluate the strategy that led to the merger or acquisition to determine whether or not this merger or acquisition was a wise choice. Justify your opinion.
2. For the corporation that has not been involved in any mergers or acquisitions, identify one (1) company that would be a profitable candidate for the corporation to acquire or merge with and explain why this company would be a profitable target.
3. For the corporation that operates internationally, briefly evaluate its international business-level strategy and international corporate-level strategy and make recommendations for improvement.
4. For the corporation that does not operate internationally, propose one business-level strategy and one corporate-level strategy that you would suggest the corporation consider. Justify your proposals.
5. Use at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.

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This report is based on the analysis of the retailing industry. The companies that have been considered are Wal-Mart (ticker symbol – WMT) and Publix Super Markets, Inc. (ticker symbol – PUSH). Wal-Mart retails a large range of items such as food, grocery, clothing, electronics and services. Publix has been operating retail food supermarkets across 6 states in the United States. While Wal-Mart is the lowest cost retailer in the world, Publix has limited its operations to the US market only. The strategies of the companies have been analyzed in the following sections.
Analysis of Wal-Mart’s acquisition strategy
Wal-Mart has used a range of organic and inorganic strategies to grow the size of its operations. One of its most noticeable acquisition has been the acquisition of ASDA in 1999 that helped it to gain entry into the UK market and compete with the market leader Tesco in an effective manner. Wal-Mart has earned its strong brand image for its low-cost leadership strategies that helps consumers to buy products at the cheapest price feasible. It has made investments in IT systems to build and retain this competency of low-cost leadership. The acquisition of ASDA was strategic and was also consistent with the choice of acquisition targets of Wal-Mart. As stated by Valdman & Thoenig (2006), ASDA had a market share of 8% in the UK market. ASDA’s presence provided Wal-Mart with information about the UK clientele basis since ASDA had been serving them since years. Wal-Mart was able to integrate its unique selling proposition of ‘Everyday Low Prices’ with the consumer needs and requirements and by 2004, the market share of the new...
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