Walmart and Amazon are as big as it gets when it comes to retail. Dan Gilmore of Supply Chain Digest got curious and decided to see how the numbers have stacked up over time for each of these giants in various areas. As always, the numbers tell a story.
Ups and Downs
Walmart continues to grow as always, but its growth has slowed considerably, at 2.8 percent in 2014 compared to 12 percent in 2002. Gilmore says international growth has even plateaued. Their ecommerce is reportedly up 22 percent for this year so far, but that still puts them behind Amazon, who is up 24.7 percent worldwide at the moment. Gilmore elaborates on how Amazon is doing:
…Amazon was able to grow merchandise sales 28.5% in North America last year, about the same as the year before. Impressive, though still down from the 50% type growth we were seeing through 2011. International merchandise sales growth (19%) was solid but is slowing faster than North America.
For more numbers and full charts, you can read the full article here: http://www.scdigest.com/assets/FIRSTTHOUGHTS/15-03-05.php?cid=9067