Jan 302009

Walmart And Target Geographic Growth, Animated

Interesting animations of Walmart & Target geographic expansion:

Random thoughts:

  • Good data visualizations are rare.
  • Both firms have been expanding for over 40 years.
  • Walmart grew methodically by region. Target bounced around.
  • Walmart is everywhere. Not news, but still mind-boggling.
  • All those leases to cover!

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Hat tip: Paul Kedrosky

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4 Responses to "Walmart And Target Geographic Growth, Animated"
Jim Novo says:
* Walmart grew methodically by region. Target bounced around. Walmart is a distribution efficiency play, geos matter Target is a merchandising play, demos matter Wonder where they got the data?
Nathan Yau got it from Thomas Holmes. Raw data here.
Now that's fun!!
Alan, these visualizations are all too rare, and fun. One small correction: Both Wal-Mart and Target own their stories and these days the land under them as well. So, I believe, do Sears & Kmart. Big investment, but it means no lease payments. Thanks for reading. Charles Fishman Author, "The Wal-Mart Effect"

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