Aldi stores lack the massive size and selection of a Wal-Mart -- they tend to be around one-tenth the size of an average Wal-Mart and carry few national brands. Yet their rapid proliferation and the chain’s ability to offer even lower prices than Wal-Mart are putting pressure on the Bentonville, Arkansas-based discounter. And as Aldi expands aggressively in the United States, it’s becoming just the latest in a long list of problems for Wal-Mart.
“It’s like a thousand cuts,”
said Leon Nicholas, a senior vice president at consulting firm Kantar
Retail. “They are impacted by Aldi, by Amazon, by the dollar stores --
and all these things add up for Wal-Mart.”. . . more