Applying The Wal-Mart Model To Housing

D.R. Horton Inc. is the nation's largest home builder, and has achieved success by emulating Wal-Mart's efficiency techniques.
December 6, 2004, 11am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"By adapting the discount retailer's concept of low overhead to housing, Arlington, Texas-based D.R. Horton has taken on small and medium-sized builders that can't match its economies of scale. What's more, the company has stayed more nimble than its rivals because its operations are decentralized.

...In large measure, D.R. Horton grew very big very fast because of its aggressive push into California, where it focuses on entry-level and "first-time move-up" homes priced at less than $600,000. About 40% of D.R. Horton's $975.1 million in annual profit comes from the Golden State."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Sunday, December 5, 2004 in The Los Angeles Times
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