Wal-Mart has been a dominant player in retail for decades, but there may be some chinks in its armor. Over the past five years, growth has underperformed direct rivals Target and Costco , while it's been crushed by Amazon.com

Demographic shifts as well as self-inflicted wounds from too little inventory and uninspiring store design have Wal-Mart following instead of leading in retail, an uncomfortable position for the company. The Fool's Erin Miller recently sat down with analyst Travis Hoium to see what trends investors should be watching. 

Wal-Mart struggles with the future of retail
Retail is changing so fast that Wal-Mart is having a hard time keeping up. The truth is that only those most forward-looking and capable companies will survive the future of retail. To learn about two retailers with especially good prospects, take a look at The Motley Fool's special free report: "The Death of Wal-Mart: The Real Cash Kings Changing the Face of Retail." In it, you'll see how these two cash kings are able to consistently outperform and how they're planning to ride the waves of retail's changing tide. You can access it by clicking here.


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Erin Miller has no position in any stocks mentioned. Travis Hoium is short shares of Amazon.com. The Motley Fool recommends Amazon.com and Costco Wholesale. The Motley Fool owns shares of Amazon.com and Costco Wholesale. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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