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Megatoys Woos Wal-Mart

Stephen J.J. McGuire (California State University, Los Angeles)
Ellen A. Drost (California State University, Los Angeles)
K. Kern Kwong (California State University, Los Angeles)
David Linnevers (California State University, Los Angeles)
Ryan Tash (California State University, Los Angeles)
Oxana Lavrova (California State University, Los Angeles)

Publication date: 1 December 2010


A family business founded by Chinese immigrants grew into a $133 million toy and costume maker by exploiting seasonal niche segments in the highly competitive, global toy industry. Sales of traditional toys stagnated when replaced by game consoles and electronic toys. Unable to compete in high tech toys, MegaToys moved instead toward seasonal products. In 2007, brothers Peter and Charlie Woo were about to pitch what they hoped would be $63 million in Easter basket sales to Wal-Mart. If Wal-Mart took the full order, it would come to represent over half of MegaToys' revenue.

The company was faced with the dilemma of how to grow, and at what pace. Charlie Woo knew that MegaToys could continue to grow as long as it was able to satisfy Wal-Mart's demands. Peter Woo wondered if this was the smartest way to grow the business. “Growth is a good thing as long as you don't sell your shirt to get it,” he noted. Should MegaToys continue to increase its sales to Wal-Mart, or would dependence on Wal-Mart eventually threaten the firm's success? Were there other, untapped opportunities for MegaToys that were well aligned with its strengths, resources, and capabilities?


McGuire, S.J.J., Drost, E.A., Kwong, K.K., Linnevers, D., Tash, R. and Lavrova, O. (2010), "Megatoys Woos Wal-Mart", , Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 57-86.



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