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Walmart is an American chain of discount department stores. It was founded by Sam Walton in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. Originally the name of the store was Walton's Five and Dime store. Nowadays the company is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. The large stores specialize in discount retail. The company is the largest grocery retailer in the US. Net income of Walmart Stores, Inc. is 11,3 billion. According to the Fortune Global, Walmart is the largest public corporation in the world in terms of the revenue.
The watchword of the company is: "Save money, live better". There are Walmart stores in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and many other countries.

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Our local community grants are awarded through an open application process and provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations in the U.S. Don’t know how to determine your local facility? Don’t worry, the application will assist you.

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  • Local Community grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000.
  • Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.
  • The 2021 grant cycle begins Feb. 1, 2021 and the application deadline is Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Applications may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain active in our system for 90 days, and at the end of this period they will be automatically rejected.
  • Organizations may only submit a total number of 25 applications and/or receive up to 25 grants within the 2021 grant cycle.
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Organizations applying must meet one of following criteria:

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Walmart

American multinational retail chain

This article is about the retail chain. For other uses, see Walmart (disambiguation).

Walmart logo.svg

Walmart's current logo since 2008

Walmart Home Office.jpg

Walmart Home Office (headquarters) in December 2012

Formerly
  • Wal-Mart Discount City (1962–1969)
  • Wal-Mart, Inc. (1969–1970)
  • Wal–Mart Stores, Inc. (1970–2018)
TypePublic

Traded as

ISINUS9311421039
IndustryRetail
Founded
FounderSam Walton
Headquarters

Bentonville, Arkansas

,

U.S.

Number of locations

Decrease 10,566 stores worldwide (October 31, 2021)[3]

Area served

Worldwide

Key people

ProductsSupermarket, Hypermarket, Superstore, Convenience shop
Services
RevenueIncreaseUS$559.2 billion (2021)[4]

Operating income

IncreaseUS$22.55 billion (2021)[4]

Net income

IncreaseUS$13.70 billion (2021)[4]
Total assetsIncreaseUS$252.5 billion (2021)[4]
Total equityIncreaseUS$87.53 billion (2021)[4]
OwnerWalton family (50.85%)[5]

Number of employees

2,300,000 (2021)[4]
Divisions
  • Walmart U.S.
  • Walmart International
  • Sam's Club
  • Global eCommerce
SubsidiariesList of subsidiaries
Websitewalmart.com
Footnotes / references
[6][7][8]

Walmart Inc. (; formerly Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.) is an American multinational retail corporation that operates a chain of hypermarkets (also called supercenters), discount department stores, and grocery stores from the United States, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas.[9] The company was founded by Sam Walton in nearby Rogers, Arkansas in 1962 and incorporated under Delaware General Corporation Law on October 31, 1969. It also owns and operates Sam's Club retail warehouses.[10][11] As of October 31, 2021,[update] Walmart has 10,566 stores and clubs in 24 countries, operating under 48 different names.[3][12] The company operates under the name Walmart in the United States and Canada, as Walmart de México y Centroamérica in Mexico and Central America, and as Flipkart Wholesale in India. It has wholly owned operations in Chile, Canada, and South Africa. Since August 2018, Walmart holds only a minority stake in Walmart Brasil, which was renamed Grupo Big in August 2019, with 20 percent of the company's shares, and private equity firm Advent International holding 80 percent ownership of the company.

Walmart is the world's largest company by revenue, with US$548.743 billion, according to the FortuneGlobal 500 list in 2020. It is also the largest private employer in the world with 2.2 million employees. It is a publicly traded family-owned business, as the company is controlled by the Walton family. Sam Walton's heirs own over 50 percent of Walmart through both their holding company Walton Enterprises and their individual holdings.[13] Walmart was the largest United States grocery retailer in 2019, and 65 percent of Walmart's US$510.329 billion sales came from U.S. operations.[14][15]

Walmart was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972. By 1988, it was the most profitable retailer in the U.S.,[16] and it had become the largest in terms of revenue by October 1989.[17] The company was originally geographically limited to the South and lower Midwest, but it had stores from coast to coast by the early 1990s. Sam's Club opened in New Jersey in November 1989, and the first California outlet opened in Lancaster, in July 1990. A Walmart in York, Pennsylvania, opened in October 1990, the first main store in the Northeast.[18]

Walmart's investments outside the U.S. have seen mixed results. Its operations and subsidiaries in Canada,[19] the United Kingdom,[20] Central America, South America, and China are successful, but its ventures failed in Germany, Japan, and South Korea.[21][22][23]

History[edit]

Main article: History of Walmart

1945–1969: Early history[edit]

Picture of Sam Walton's original Five and Dime store in Bentonville, Arkansas, now serving as The Walmart Museum.
Sam Walton's original Walton's Five and Dime Store in Bentonville, Arkansas, now serving as The Walmart Museum

In 1945, businessman and former J. C. Penney employee Sam Walton bought a branch of the Ben Franklin stores from the Butler Brothers.[24] His primary focus was selling products at low prices to get higher-volume sales at a lower profit margin, portraying it as a crusade for the consumer. He experienced setbacks because the lease price and branch purchase were unusually high, but he was able to find lower-cost suppliers than those used by other stores and was consequently able to undercut his competitors on pricing.[25] Sales increased 45 percent in his first year of ownership to US$105,000 in revenue, which increased to $140,000 the next year and $175,000 the year after that. Within the fifth year, the store was generating $250,000 in revenue. The lease then expired for the location and Walton was unable to reach an agreement for renewal, so he opened up a new store at 105 N. Main Street in Bentonville, naming it "Walton's Five and Dime".[25][26] That store is now the Walmart Museum.[27]

On July 2, 1962, Walton opened the first Wal-Mart Discount City store at 719 W. Walnut Street in Rogers, Arkansas. Its design was inspired by Ann & Hope, which Walton visited in 1961, as did Kmart founder Harry B. Cunningham.[28][29] The building is now occupied by a hardware store and an antiques mall, while the company's "Store #1" has since expanded to a Supercenter several blocks west at 2110 W. Walnut Street. Within its first five years, the company expanded to 18 stores in Arkansas and reached $9 million in sales.[30] In 1968, it opened its first stores outside Arkansas in Sikeston, Missouri and Claremore, Oklahoma.[31]

1969–1990: Incorporation and growth as a regional power[edit]

The company was incorporated as Wal-Mart, Inc. on October 31, 1969, and changed its name to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in 1970. The same year, the company opened a home office and first distribution center in Bentonville, Arkansas. It had 38 stores operating with 1,500 employees and sales of $44.2 million. It began trading stock as a publicly held company on October 1, 1970, and was soon listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The first stock split occurred in May 1971 at a price of $47 per share. By this time, Walmart was operating in five states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Oklahoma; it entered Tennessee in 1973 and Kentucky and Mississippi in 1974. As the company moved into Texas in 1975, there were 125 stores with 7,500 employees and total sales of $340.3  million.[31]

In the 1980s, Walmart continued to grow rapidly, and by the company's 25th anniversary in 1987, there were 1,198 stores with sales of $15.9  billion and 200,000 associates.[31]

This year also marked the completion of the company's satellite network, a $24 million investment linking all stores with two-way voice and data transmissions and one-way video communications with the Bentonville office. At the time, the company was the largest private satellite network, allowing the corporate office to track inventory and sales and to instantly communicate to stores.[32] By 1984, Sam Walton had begun to source between 6% and 40% of his company's products from China.[33] In 1988, Walton stepped down as CEO and was replaced by David Glass.[34] Walton remained as chairman of the board. During this year, the first Walmart Supercenter opened in Washington, MO.[35]

With the contribution of its superstores, the company surpassed Toys "R" Us in toy sales in 1998.[36][37]

1990–2005: Retail rise to multinational status[edit]

Logo used 1992–2008, still used in some locations and on many semi-truck trailers.

While it was the third-largest retailer in the United States, Walmart was more profitable than rivals Kmart and Sears by the late 1980s. By 1990, it became the largest U.S. retailer by revenue.[38]

Prior to the summer of 1990, Walmart had no presence on the West Coast or in the Northeast (except for a single Sam's Club in New Jersey which opened in November 1989), but in July and October that year, it opened its first stores in California and Pennsylvania, respectively. By the mid-1990s, it was the most powerful retailer in the U.S. and expanded into Mexico in 1991 and Canada in 1994.[39] Walmart stores opened throughout the rest of the U.S., with Vermont being the last state to get a store in 1995.[40]

The company also opened stores outside North America, entering South America in 1995 with stores in Argentina and Brazil; and Europe in July 1999, buying Asda in the United Kingdom for US$10 billion.[41]

In 1997, Walmart was added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average.[42]

In 1998, Walmart introduced the Neighborhood Market concept with three stores in Arkansas.[43] By 2005, estimates indicate that the company controlled about 20 percent of the retail grocery and consumables business.[44]

In 2000, H. Lee Scott became Walmart's president and CEO as the company's sales increased to $165 billion.[45] In 2002, it was listed for the first time as America's largest corporation on the Fortune 500 list, with revenues of $219.8 billion and profits of $6.7 billion. It has remained there every year except 2006, 2009, and 2012.[46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53][54][55][56]

In 2005, Walmart reported US$312.4 billion in sales, more than 6,200 facilities around the world—including 3,800 stores in the United States and 2,800 elsewhere, employing more than 1.6 million associates. Its U.S. presence grew so rapidly that only small pockets of the country remained more than 60 miles (97 kilometers) from the nearest store.[57]

As Walmart expanded rapidly into the world's largest corporation, many critics worried about its effect on local communities, particularly small towns with many "mom and pop" stores. There have been several studies on the economic impact of Walmart on small towns and local businesses, jobs, and taxpayers. In one, Kenneth Stone, a professor of economics at Iowa State University, found that some small towns can lose almost half of their retail trade within ten years of a Walmart store opening.[58] However, in another study, he compared the changes to what small-town shops had faced in the past—including the development of the railroads, the advent of the Sears Roebuck catalog, and the arrival of shopping malls—and concluded that shop owners who adapt to changes in the retail market can thrive after Walmart arrives.[58] A later study in collaboration with Mississippi State University showed that there are "both positive and negative impacts on existing stores in the area where the new supercenter locates."[59]

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, Walmart used its logistics network to organize a rapid response to the disaster, donating $20 million, 1,500 truckloads of merchandise, food for 100,000 meals, and the promise of a job for every one of its displaced workers.[60] An independent study by Steven Horwitz of St. Lawrence University found that Walmart, The Home Depot, and Lowe's made use of their local knowledge about supply chains, infrastructure, decision makers and other resources to provide emergency supplies and reopen stores well before the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began its response.[61] While the company was overall lauded for its quick response amidst criticism of FEMA, several critics were quick to point out that there still remained issues with the company's labor relations.[62]

2005–2010: Initiatives[edit]

Environmental initiatives[edit]

In November 2005, Walmart announced several environmental measures to increase energy efficiency and improve its overall environmental record, which had previously been lacking.[63] The company's primary goals included spending $500 million a year to increase fuel efficiency in Walmart's truck fleet by 25 percent over three years and double it within ten; reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in seven years; reduce energy use at stores by 30 percent; and cut solid waste from U.S. stores and Sam's Clubs by 25 percent in three years. CEO Lee Scott said that Walmart's goal was to be a "good steward of the environment" and ultimately use only renewable energy sources and produce zero waste.[64] The company also designed three new experimental stores with wind turbines, photovoltaic solar panels, biofuel-capable boilers, water-cooled refrigerators, and xeriscape gardens.[65] In this time, Walmart also became the biggest seller of organic milk and the biggest buyer of organic cotton in the world, while reducing packaging and energy costs.[63] In 2007, the company worked with outside consultants to discover its total environmental impact and find areas for improvement. Walmart created its own electric company in Texas, Texas Retail Energy, planned to supply its stores with cheap power purchased at wholesale prices. Through this new venture, the company expected to save $15 million annually and also to lay the groundwork and infrastructure to sell electricity to Texas consumers in the future.[66]

Branding and store design changes[edit]

In 2006, Walmart announced that it would remodel its U.S. stores to help it appeal to a wider variety of demographics, including more affluent shoppers. As part of the initiative, the company launched a new store in Plano, Texas, that included high-end electronics, jewelry, expensive wines and a sushi bar.[67]

On September 12, 2007, Walmart introduced new advertising with the slogan, "Save money. Live better.", replacing "Always Low Prices, Always", which it had used since 1988. Global Insight, which conducted the research that supported the ads, found that Walmart's price level reduction resulted in savings for consumers of $287 billion in 2006, which equated to $957 per person or $2,500 per household (up 7.3 percent from the 2004 savings estimate of $2,329).[68]

On June 30, 2008, Walmart removed the hyphen from its logo and replaced the star with a Spark symbol that resembles a sunburst, flower, or star. The new logo received mixed reviews from design critics who questioned whether the new logo was as bold as those of competitors, such as the Target bullseye, or as instantly recognizable as the previous company logo, which was used for 18 years.[69] The new logo made its debut on the company's website on July 1, 2008, and its U.S. locations updated store logos in the fall of 2008.[70] Walmart Canada started to adopt the logo for its stores in early 2009.[71]

Acquisitions and employee benefits[edit]

On March 20, 2009, Walmart announced that it was paying a combined US$933.6 million in bonuses to every full and part-time hourly worker.[72] This was in addition to $788.8 million in profit sharing, 401(k) pension contributions, hundreds of millions of dollars in merchandise discounts, and contributions to the employees' stock purchase plan.[73] While the economy at large was in an ongoing recession, Walmart reported solid financial figures for the fiscal year ending January 31, 2009, with $401.2 billion in net sales, a gain of 7.2 percent from the prior year. Income from continuing operations increased 3 percent to $13.3 billion, and earnings per share rose 6 percent to $3.35.[citation needed]

On February 22, 2010, the company confirmed it was acquiring video streaming company Vudu, Inc. for an estimated $100 million.[74]

In May 2021, Walmart acquired the Israeli startup Zeekit startup for $200 million. Zeekit uses artificial intelligence to allow customers to try on clothing via a dynamic virtual platform.[75]

2011–2019[edit]

A truck converted to run on biofuel
A Walmart Pickup location in Canada

Walmart's truck fleet logs millions of miles each year, and the company planned to double the fleet's efficiency between 2005 and 2015.[76] The truck pictured is one of 15 based at Walmart's Buckeye, Arizona, distribution center that was converted to run on biofuel from reclaimed cooking grease made during food preparation at Walmart stores.[77]

In January 2011, Walmart announced a program to improve the nutritional value of its store brands over five years, gradually reducing the amount of salt and sugar and completely eliminating trans fat. Walmart also promised to negotiate with suppliers with respect to nutritional issues, reduce prices for whole foods and vegetables, and open stores in low-income areas, so-called "food deserts", where there are no supermarkets.[78] On April 23, 2011, the company announced that it was testing its new "Walmart To Go" home delivery system where customers will be able to order specific items offered on their website. The initial test was in San Jose, California, and the company has not yet said whether the delivery system will be rolled out nationwide.[79]

On November 14, 2012, Walmart launched its first mail subscription service called Goodies. Customers pay a $7 monthly subscription for five to eight delivered food samples each month, so they can try new foods.[80] The service shut down in late 2013.[81]

In August 2013, the firm announced it was in talks to acquire a majority stake in the Kenya-based supermarket chain, Naivas.[82]

In June 2014, some Walmart employees went on strike in major U.S. cities demanding higher wages.[83] In July 2014, American actor and comedian Tracy Morgan launched a lawsuit against Walmart seeking punitive damages over a multi-car pile-up which the suit alleges was caused by the driver of one of the firm's tractor-trailers who had not slept for 24 hours. Morgan's limousine was apparently hit by the trailer, injuring him and two fellow passengers and killing a fourth, fellow comedian James McNair.[84] Walmart settled with the McNair family for $10 million, while admitting no liability.[85] Morgan and Walmart reached a settlement in 2015 for an undisclosed amount,[86] though Walmart later accused its insurers of "bad faith" in refusing to pay the settlement.[87]

In 2015, the company closed five stores on short notice for plumbing repairs.[88] However, employees and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) alleged some stores were closed in retaliation for strikes aimed at increasing wages and improving working conditions.[89] The UFCW filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. All five stores have since reopened.[90]

In 2015, Walmart was the biggest US commercial producer of solar power with 142 MWcapacity, and had 17 energy storage projects.[91][92] This solar was primarily on rooftops, whereas there is an additional 20,000 m2 for solar canopies over parking lots.[93]

Walmart Supercenter in Grundy, Virginia(Store #3303). This store was built as part of a $200 million revitalization project.[94][95]The store was built on top of a two-story parking garage, the only one of its kind in the United States.[96]

On January 15, 2016, Walmart announced it would close 269 stores in 2016, affecting 16,000 workers.[97] One hundred and fifty-four of these stores earmarked for closure were in the U.S. (150 Walmart U.S. stores, 115 Walmart International stores, and 4 Sam's Clubs). Ninety-five percent of these U.S. stores were located, on average, 10 miles from another Walmart store.[98] The 269 stores represented less than 1 percent of global square footage and revenue for the company. All 102 locations of Walmart Express, which had been in a pilot program since 2011, were included in the closures. Walmart planned to focus on "strengthening Supercenters, optimizing Neighborhood Markets, growing the e-commerce business and expanding pickup services for customers". In fiscal 2017, the company plans to open between 50 and 60 Supercenters, 85 to 95 Neighborhood Markets, 7 to 10 Sam's Clubs, and 200 to 240 international locations.[98] At the end of fiscal 2017, Walmart opened 38 Supercenters and relocated, expanded or converted 21 discount stores into Supercenters, for a total of 59 Supercenters, and opened 69 Neighborhood Markets, 8 Sam's Clubs, and 173 international locations, and relocated, expanded or converted 4 locations for a total of 177 international locations. On August 8, 2016, Walmart announced a deal to acquire e-commerce website Jet.com for US$3.3 billion.[99][100] Jet.com co-founder and CEOMarc Lore stayed on to run Jet.com in addition to Walmart's existing U.S. e-commerce operation. The acquisition was structured as a payout of $3 billion in cash, and an additional $300 million in Walmart stock vested over time as part of an incentive bonus plan for Jet.com executives.[101] On October 19, 2016, Walmart announced it would partner with IBM and Tsinghua University to track the pork supply chain in China using blockchain.[102]

On February 15, 2017, Walmart announced the acquisition of Moosejaw, a leading online active outdoor retailer, for approximately $51 million. The acquisition closed on February 13, 2017.[103] On June 16, 2017, Walmart agreed to acquire the men's apparel company Bonobos for $310 million in an effort to expand its fashion holdings.[104] On September 29, 2017, Walmart acquired Parcel, a technology-based, same-day and last-mile delivery company in Brooklyn.[105] In 2018, Walmart started crowdsourcing delivery services to customers using drivers' private vehicles, under the brand "Spark".[106]

On December 6, 2017, Walmart announced that it will change its corporate name to Walmart Inc. from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. effective February 1, 2018.[107][108]

On January 11, 2018, Walmart announced that 63 Sam's Club locations in cities including Memphis, Houston, Seattle, and others would be closing. Some of the stores had already liquidated, without notifying employees; some employees learned by a company-wide email delivered January 11. All of the 63 stores were gone from the Sam's Club website as of the morning of January 11. Walmart said that ten of the stores will become e-commerce distribution centers and employees can reapply to work at those locations. Business Insider magazine calculated that over 11,000 workers will be affected.[109][110] On the same day, Walmart announced that as a result of the new tax law, it would be raising Walmart starting wages, distributing bonuses, expanding its leave policies and contributing toward the cost of employees' adoptions. Doug McMillon, Walmart's CEO, said, "We are early in the stages of assessing the opportunities tax reform creates for us to invest in our customers and associates and to further strengthen our business, all of which should benefit our shareholders."[111]

In March 2018, Walmart announced that it is producing its own brand of meal kits in all of its stores that is priced under Blue Apron designed to serve two people.[112]

It was reported that Walmart is now looking at entering the subscription-video space, hoping to compete with Netflix and Amazon. They have enlisted the help of former Epix CEO, Mark Greenberg, to help develop a low-cost subscription video-streaming service.[113]

In September 2018, Walmart partnered with comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to launch a new brand of women's apparel and accessories called EV1.[114]

On February 26, 2019, Walmart announced that it had acquired Tel Aviv-based product review start-up Aspectiva for an undisclosed sum.[115]

In May 2019, Walmart announced the launch of free one-day shipping on more than 220,000 items with minimum purchase amount of $35.[116] The initiative first launched in Las Vegas and the Phoenix area.[117]

In September 2019, Walmart made the announcement that it would cease the sale of all e-cigarettes due to "regulatory complexity and uncertainty" over the products. Earlier in 2019, Walmart stopped selling fruit-flavored e-cigarette and had raised the minimum age to 21 for the purchase of products containing tobacco.[118] That same month, Walmart opened its first Health Center, a "medical mall" where customers can purchase primary care services, such as vision tests, dental exams and root canals, lab work, X-rays and EKGs, counseling, and fitness and diet classes. Prices without insurance were listed, for instance, at $30 for an annual physical and $45 for a counseling session.[119] Continuing with its health care initiative, they opened a 2,600 square feet (240 m2) health and wellness clinic prototype in Springdale, Arkansas just to expand services.[120]

As of October 2019, Walmart stopped selling all live fish and aquatic plants.[121]

2020s: Continuing growth and development[edit]

Signs on a Walmart indicated changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic

This decade, as with many other companies, started off very unorthodox and unusual, due to the large part of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including store closures, limited store occupancy, and employment, along with social distancing protocols.

In March 2020, due to the pandemic, Walmart changed some of its employee benefits. Employees can now decide to stay home and take unpaid leave if they feel unable to work or uncomfortable coming to work. Additionally, Walmart employees who contract the virus will receive "up to two weeks of pay". After two weeks, hourly associates who are unable to return to work are eligible for up to 26 weeks in pay.[122] During this pandemic, people who work temporary receive $150 but for those who work full-time get a bonus of $300 issuing all of the employees more than $390M starting on June 5.[123] Previously during the pandemic on April 2, the bonus cash totaling was more than $365. In July 2020, Walmart announced that all customers would be required to wear masks in all stores nationwide, including Sam's Club.[124] In the third quarter of 2020, ending October 31, Walmart reported revenue of $134.7 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 5.2 percent.[125]

In December 2020, Walmart launched a new service, Carrier Pickup, that allows the customers to schedule a return for a product bought online, in-store, or from a third-party vendor. These services can be initiated on the Walmart App or on the website.[126]

In January 2021, Walmart announced that the company is launching a fintech startup, with venture partner Ribbit Capital, to provide financial products for consumers and employees.[127]

In February 2021, Walmart acquired technology from Thunder Industries, which uses automation to create digital ads, to expand its online marketing capabilities.[128]

In August 2021, Walmart announced it would open its Spark crowdsource delivery to other businesses as a white-label service, competing with Postmates and online food ordering delivery companies.[106]

In December 2021, Walmart announced it will participate in the Stephens Investment Conference Wednesday, and the Morgan Stanley Virtual Global Consumer & Retail Conference.[129]

Operating divisions[edit]

Map of countries with Walmart stores
Legend:

  Current market locations

  Former market locations

  No current market locations

See also: List of assets owned by Walmart

Map of Walmart locations in the United States, as of December 2020[update]

Walmart's operations are organized into four divisions: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, Sam's Club and Global eCommerce.[130] The company offers various retail formats throughout these divisions, including supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash-and-carry stores, home improvement, specialty electronics, restaurants, apparel stores, drugstores, convenience stores, and digital retail.[131]

Walmart U.S.[edit]

Walmart U.S. is the company's largest division, accounting for US$331.666 billion, or 65 percent of total sales, for fiscal 2019.[14][15] It consists of three retail formats that have become commonplace in the United States: Supercenters, Discount Stores, Neighborhood Markets, and other small formats. The discount stores sell a variety of mostly non-grocery products, though emphasis has now shifted towards supercenters, which include more groceries. As of October 31, 2021,[update] there are a total of 4,742 Walmart U.S. stores.[3] In the United States, 90 percent of the population resides within 10 miles of a Walmart store.[132] The total number of Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club combined is 5,342.[3]

The president and CEO of Walmart U.S. is John Furner.[133]

Walmart Supercenter[edit]

Walmart Supercenters, branded simply as "Walmart", are hypermarkets with sizes varying from 69,000 to 260,000 square feet (6,400 to 24,200 square meters), but averaging about 178,000 square feet (16,500 square meters).[12] These stock general merchandise and a full-service supermarket, including meat and poultry, baked goods, delicatessen, frozen foods, dairy products, garden produce, and fresh seafood. Many Walmart Supercenters also have a garden center, pet shop, pharmacy, Tire & Lube Express, optical center, one-hour photo processing lab, portrait studio, and numerous alcove shops, such as cellular phone stores, hair and nail salons, video rental stores, local bank branches (such as Woodforest National Bank branches in newer locations), and fast food outlets.

Many Walmart Supercenters have featured McDonald's restaurants, but in 2007, Walmart announced it would stop opening McDonald's restaurants at most of their newer stores. Most locations that opened up after the announcement had Subway as their restaurants, and some McDonald's inside the stores were replaced with Subways.[134]

Some locations also have fuel stations which sell gasoline distributed by Murphy USA (which spun off from Murphy Oil in 2013), Sunoco, Inc. ("Optima"), the Tesoro Corporation ("Mirastar"), USA Gasoline, and even now Walmart-branded gas stations.[135]

The first Supercenter opened in Washington, Missouri, in 1988. A similar concept, Hypermart USA, had opened a year earlier in Garland, Texas. All Hypermart USA stores were later closed or converted into Supercenters.

As of October 31, 2021,[update] there were 3,571 Walmart Supercenters in 49 of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.[3] Hawaii is the only state to not have a Supercenter location. The largest Supercenter in the world, covering 260,000 square feet (24,000 square meters) on two floors, is located in Crossgates Commons in Albany, New York.[136]

A typical supercenter sells approximately 120,000 items, compared to the 35 million products sold in Walmart's online store.[137]

The "Supercenter" name has since been phased out, with these stores now simply referred to as "Walmart", since the company introduced the new Walmart logo in 2008. However, the branding is still used in Walmart's Canadian stores (spelled as "Supercentre" in Canadian English).[138]

Walmart Discount Store[edit]

Walmart Discount Stores, also branded as simply "Walmart", are discount department stores with sizes varying from 30,000 to 221,000 square feet (2,800 to 20,500 square meters), with the average store covering 106,000 square feet (9,800 square meters).[12] They carry general merchandise and limited groceries. Some newer and remodeled discount stores have an expanded grocery department, similar to Target's PFresh department. Many of these stores also feature a garden center, pharmacy, Tire & Lube Express, optical center, one-hour photo processing lab, portrait studio, a bank branch, a cell phone store, and a fast food outlet. Some also have gasoline stations.[135] Discount Stores were Walmart's original concept, though they have since been surpassed by Supercenters.

In 1990, Walmart opened its first Bud's Discount City location in Bentonville. Bud's operated as a closeout store, much like Big Lots. Many locations were opened to fulfill leases in shopping centers as Walmart stores left and moved into newly built Supercenters. All of the Bud's Discount City stores had closed or converted into Walmart Discount Stores by 1997.[139]

At its peak in 1996, there were 1,995 Walmart Discount Stores,[140] but as of October 31, 2021, that number was dropped to 371.[3]

Walmart Neighborhood Market[edit]

Walmart Neighborhood Market, sometimes branded as "Neighborhood Market by Walmart" or informally known as "Neighborhood Walmart", is Walmart's chain of smaller grocery stores ranging from 28,000 to 65,000 square feet (2,600 to 6,000 square meters) and averaging about 42,000 square feet (3,900 square meters), about a fifth of the size of a Walmart Supercenter.[12][141] The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened ten years after the first Supercenter opened, yet Walmart renewed its focus on the smaller grocery store format in the 2010s.[142]

The stores focus on three of Walmart's major sales categories: groceries, which account for about 55 percent of the company's revenue,[143][144] pharmacy, and, at some stores, fuel.[145] For groceries and consumables, the stores sell fresh produce, deli and bakery items, prepared foods, meat, dairy, organic, general grocery and frozen foods, in addition to cleaning products and pet supplies.[141][146] Some stores offer wine and beer sales[141] and drive-through pharmacies.[147] Some stores, such as one at Midtown Center in Bentonville, Arkansas, offer made-to-order pizza with a seating area for eating.[147] Customers can also use Walmart's site-to-store operation and pick up online orders at Walmart Neighborhood Market stores just like the Supercenters[148]

Products at Walmart Neighborhood Market stores carry the same prices as those at Walmart's larger supercenters. A Moody's analyst said the wider company's pricing structure gives the chain of grocery stores a "competitive advantage" over competitors Whole Foods, Kroger and Trader Joe's.[145]

Neighborhood Market stores expanded slowly at first as a way to fill gaps between Walmart Supercenters and Discount Stores in existing markets.[149] In its first 12 years, the company opened about 180 Walmart Neighborhood Markets.[149] By 2010, Walmart said it was ready to accelerate its expansion plans for the grocery stores.[149] As of October 31, 2021,[update] there were 683 Walmart Neighborhood Markets,[3] each employing between 90 and 95 full-time and part-time workers.[150] There are also currently 12 Amigo supermarkets in Puerto Rico. The total number of Neighborhood Markets and Amigo combined is 695, while the total number of the former two and other small formats combined is 800.

Former stores and concepts[edit]

A Walmart Neighborhood Market originally planned to be a Walmart Express in Alma, Georgiain September 2015 (Store #4229). This location closed in 2016 as part of a plan to close 269 stores globally.

Walmart opened Supermercado de Walmart locations to appeal to Hispanic communities in the United States.[151] The first one, a 39,000-square-foot (3,600-square-meter) store in the Spring Branch area of Houston, opened on April 29, 2009.[152] The store was a conversion of an existing Walmart Neighborhood Market.[153] In 2009, another Supermercado de Walmart opened in Phoenix, Arizona.[154] Both locations closed in 2014.[155] In 2009, Walmart opened "Mas Club", a warehouse retail operation patterned after Sam's Club. Its lone store also closed in 2014.[152]

Walmart Express was a chain of smaller discount stores with a range of services from groceries to check cashing and gasoline service. The concept was focused on small towns deemed unable to support a larger store and large cities where space was at a premium. Walmart planned to build 15 to 20 Walmart Express stores, focusing on Arkansas, North Carolina, and Chicago, by the end of its fiscal year in January 2012. As of September 2014,[update] Walmart re-branded all 22[156] of its Express format stores to Neighborhood Markets in an effort to streamline its retail offer. It continued to open new Express stores under the Neighborhood Market name. As of October 31, 2021,[update] there were 105 small-format stores in the United States. These include 94 other small formats, 8 convenience stores and 3 pickup locations.[3] On January 15, 2016, Walmart announced that it would be closing 269 stores globally, including 102 Neighborhood Markets that were formerly or originally planned to be Express stores.[157]

Initiatives[edit]

In September 2006, Walmart announced a pilot program to sell generic drugs at $4 per prescription. The program was launched at stores in the Tampa, Florida, area, and by January 2007 had been expanded to all stores in Florida. While the average price of generics is $29 per prescription, compared to $102 for name-brand drugs, Walmart maintains that it is not selling at a loss, or providing them as an act of charity—instead, they are using the same mechanisms of mass distribution that it uses to bring lower prices to other products.[158] Many of Walmart's low cost generics are imported from India, where they are made by drug makers that include Ranbaxy and Cipla.[159]

On February 6, 2007, the company launched a "beta" version of a movie download service, which sold about 3,000 films and television episodes from all major studios and television networks.[160] The service was discontinued on December 21, 2007, due to low sales.[161]

In 2008, Walmart started a pilot program in the small grocery store concept called Marketside in the metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, area. The four stores closed in 2011.[162]

In 2015, Walmart began testing a free grocery pickup service, allowing customers to select products online and choose their pickup time. At the store, a Walmart employee loads the groceries into the customer's car. As of December 17, 2017,[update] the service is available in 39 U.S. states.[163]

In May 2016, Walmart announced a change to ShippingPass, its three-day shipping service, and that it will move from a three-day delivery to two-day delivery to remain competitive with Amazon.[164] Walmart priced it at 49 dollars per year, compared to Amazon Prime's 99-dollar-per-year price.[165][166]

In June 2016, Walmart and Sam's Club announced that they would begin testing a last-mile grocery delivery that used services including Uber, Lyft, and Deliv, to bring customers' orders to their homes. Walmart customers would be able to shop using the company's online grocery service at grocery.walmart.com, then request delivery at checkout for a small fee. The first tests were planned to go live in Denver and Phoenix.[167] Walmart announced on March 14, 2018, that it would expand online delivery to 100 metropolitan regions in the United States, the equivalent of 40 percent of households, by the end of the year of 2018.[168]

Walmart's Winemakers Selection private label wine was introduced in June 2018 in about 1,100 stores. The wine, from domestic and international sources, was described by Washington Post food and wine columnist Dave McIntyre as notably good for the inexpensive ($11 to $16 per bottle) price level.[169]

In October 2019, Walmart announced that customers in 2,000 locations in 29 states can use the grocery pickup service for their adult beverage purchases. Walmart will also deliver adult beverages from nearly 200 stores across California and Florida.[170]

In February 2020, Walmart announced a new membership program called, "Walmart +". The news came shortly after Walmart announced the discontinuation of its personal shopping service, Jetblack.[171][172]

Numbers of stores by state[edit]

Locations as of July 30, 2021

Walmart International[edit]

As of October 31, 2021,[update] Walmart's international operations comprised 5,224 stores[3] and 800,000 workers in 23 countries outside the United States.[225] There are wholly owned operations in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and the UK. With 2.2 million employees worldwide, the company is the largest private employer in the U.S. and Mexico, and one of the largest in Canada.[7] In fiscal 2019 Walmart's international division sales were US$120.824 billion, or 23.7 percent of total sales.[14][15] International retail units range from 1,400 to 186,000 square feet (130 to 17,280 square meters), while wholesale units range from 24,000 to 156,000 square feet (2,200 to 14,500 square meters).[12] Judith McKenna is the president and CEO.[226]

Central America[edit]

Walmart also owns 51 percent of the Central American Retail Holding Company (CARHCO), which, as of October 31, 2021,[update] consists of 864 stores, including 263 stores in Guatemala (under the Paiz [27 locations], Walmart Supercenter [10 locations], Despensa Familiar [181 locations], and Maxi Dispensa [45 locations] banners),[3] 102 stores in El Salvador (under the Despensa Familiar [63 locations], La Despensa de Don Juan [17 locations], Walmart Supercenter [6 locations], and Maxi Despensa [16 locations] banners),[3] 111 stores in Honduras (including the Paiz [8 locations], Walmart Supercenter [4 locations], Dispensa Familiar [71 locations], and Maxi Despensa [28 locations] banners),[3] 102 stores in Nicaragua (including the Pali [71 locations], La Unión [9 locations], Maxi Pali [20 locations], and Walmart Supercenter [2 locations] banners),[3] and 286 stores in Costa Rica (including the Maxi Pali [48 locations], Mas X Menos [39 locations], Walmart Supercenter [14 locations], and Pali [185 locations] banners[3]).[227]

Chile[edit]

In January 2009, the company acquired a controlling interest in the largest grocer in Chile, Distribución y Servicio D&S SA.[228][229] In 2010, the company was renamed Walmart Chile.[230] As of October 31, 2021,[update] Walmart Chile operates 382 stores under the banners Lider Hiper (97 locations), Lider Express (153 locations), Superbodega Acuenta (119 locations), Ekono (2 locations), and Central Mayorista (11 locations).[3]

Mexico[edit]

Main article: Walmart de México y Centroamérica

As of October 31, 2021,[update] Walmart's Mexico division, the largest outside the U.S., consisted of 2,703 stores.[3] Walmart in Mexico operates Walmart Supercenter (291 locations), Sam's Club (165 locations), Bodega Aurrera (558 locations), Mi Bodega Aurrera (419 locations), Bodega Aurrera Express (1,173 locations), and Superama (97 locations).[3]

Canada[edit]

Main article: Walmart Canada

Walmart has operated in Canada since it acquired 122 stores comprising the Woolco division of Woolworth Canada, Inc on January 14, 1994.[231] As of October 31, 2021,[update] it operates 408 locations (including 343 supercentres and 65 discount stores)[3] and, as of June 2015,[update] it employs 89,358 people, with a local home office in Mississauga, Ontario.[232] Walmart Canada's first three Supercentres (spelled in Canadian English) opened in November 2006 in Ancaster, London, and Stouffville, Ontario.[233] The 100th Canadian Supercentre opened in July 2010, in Victoria, British Columbia.

In 2010, approximately one year after its incorporation of Schedule 2 (foreign-owned, deposit-taking) of Canada's Bank Act,[234] Walmart Canada Bank was introduced with the launch of the Walmart (Canada) Rewards MasterCard.[235] Less than ten years later, however, on May 17, 2018, Wal-Mart Canada announced it had reached a definitive agreement to sell Wal-Mart Canada Bank to First National co-founder Stephen Smith and private equity firm Centerbridge Partners, L.P., on undisclosed financial terms, though it added that it would still be issuer of the Walmart (Canada) Rewards MasterCard.[236]

On April 1, 2019, Centerbridge Partners, L.P. and Stephen Smith jointly announced the closing of the previously announced acquisition of Wal-Mart Canada Bank and that it was to be renamed Duo Bank of Canada, to be styled simply as Duo Bank.[237][238] Though exact ownership percentages were never revealed in either company announcement, it has also since been revealed that Duo Bank was reclassified as a Schedule 1 (domestic, deposit-taking)[239][240] federally chartered bank of the Bank Act in Canada from the Schedule 2 (foreign-owned or -controlled, deposit-taking)[240] that it had been, which indicates that Stephen Smith, as a noted Canadian businessman, is in a controlling position.

Africa[edit]

On September 28, 2010, Walmart announced it would buy Massmart Holdings Ltd. of Johannesburg, South Africa in a deal worth over US$4 billion giving the company its first footprint in Africa.[241] As of October 31, 2021,[update] it has 415 stores, including 365 stores in South Africa (under the banners Game Foodco [79 locations], CBW [41 locations], Game [40 locations], Builders Express [50 locations], Builders Warehouse [35 locations], Cambridge [42 locations], Rhino [15 locations], Makro [23 locations], Builders Trade Depot [9 locations], Jumbo [13 locations], and Builders Superstore [18 locations]),[3] 11 stores in Botswana (under the banners CBW [7 locations], Game Foodco [2 locations], and Builders Warehouse [2 locations]),[3] 4 stores in Ghana (under the Game Foodco banner),[3] 4 stores in Kenya (under the banners Game Foodco [3 locations] and Builders Warehouse [1 location]),[3] 3 stores in Lesotho (under the banners CBW [2 locations] and Game Foodco [1 location]), 2 stores in Malawi (under the Game banner),[3] 6 stores in Mozambique (under the banners Builders Warehouse [2 locations], Game Foodco [2 locations], CBW [1 location], and Builders Express [1 location]),[3] 5 stores in Namibia (under the banners Game Foodco [4 locations] and Game [1 location]),[3] 5 stores in Nigeria (under the banners Game [3 locations] and Game Foodco [2 location]),[3] 1 store in Swaziland (under the CBW banner),[3] 1 store in Tanzania (under the Game banner),[3] 1 store in Uganda (under the Game banner),[3] and 7 stores in Zambia (under the banners CBW [1 location], Game [3 locations], Builders Warehouse [2 locations], and Builders Express [1 location]).[3]

China[edit]

An aisle in a Walmart store in China
A Walmart in Hangzhou, China in February 2017

Walmart has joint ventures in China and several majority-owned subsidiaries. As of October 31, 2021,[update] Walmart China (沃尔玛 Wò'ērmǎ)[242] operates 423 stores under the Walmart Supercenter (387 locations) and Sam's Club (36 locations) banners.[3]

In February 2012, Walmart announced that the company raised its stake to 51 percent in Chinese online supermarket Yihaodian to tap rising consumer wealth and help the company offer more products. Walmart took full ownership in July 2015.[243]

India[edit]

In November 2006, the company announced a joint venture with Bharti Enterprises to operate in India. As foreign corporations were not allowed to enter the retail sector directly, Walmart operated through franchises and handled the wholesale end of the business.[244] The partnership involved two joint ventures—Bharti manages the front end, involving opening of retail outlets while Walmart takes care of the back end, such as cold chains and logistics. Walmart operates stores in India under the name Best Price Modern Wholesale.[245] The first store opened in Amritsar on May 30, 2009. On September 14, 2012, the Government of India approved 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retails, subject to approval by individual states, effective September 20, 2012.[246][247] Scott Price, Walmart's president and CEO for Asia, told The Wall Street Journal that the company would be able to start opening Walmart stores in India within two years.[248] Expansion into India faced some significant problems. In November 2012, Walmart admitted to spending US$25 million lobbying the Indian National Congress;[249] lobbying is conventionally considered bribery in India.[250] Walmart is conducting an internal investigation into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.[251] Bharti Walmart suspended a number of employees, rumored to include its CFO and legal team, to ensure "a complete and thorough investigation".[252] As of October 31, 2021,[update] there are 29 Best Price locations.[3] In October 2013, Bharti and Walmart separated to pursue business independently.[253]

On May 9, 2018, Walmart announced its intent to acquire a 77% majority stake in the Indian e-commerce company Flipkart for $16 billion, in a deal that was completed on August 18, 2018.[254][255][256]

Setbacks[edit]

In the 1990s, Walmart tried with a large financial investment to get a foothold in both German and Indonesian retail markets.

Walmart entered Indonesia with the opening of stores in Lippo Supermall (now known as Supermal Karawaci) and Megamall Pluit (now known as Pluit Village) respectively, under a joint-venture agreement with local conglomerate Lippo Group. Both stores closed down due to the 1997 Asian financial crisis.[257][258][259]

In 1997, Walmart took over the supermarket chain Wertkauf with its 21 stores for DM 750 million[260] and the following year Walmart acquired 74 Interspar stores for DM 1.3 billion.[261][262] The German market at this point was an oligopoly with high competition among companies which used a similar low price strategy as Walmart. As a result, Walmart's low price strategy yielded no competitive advantage. Walmart's corporate culture was not viewed positively among employees and customers, particularly Walmart's "statement of ethics", which attempted to restrict relationships between employees, a possible violation of German labor law, and led to a public discussion in the media, resulting in a bad reputation among customers.[263][264] In July 2006, Walmart announced its withdrawal from Germany due to sustained losses. The stores were sold to the German company Metro during Walmart's fiscal third quarter.[265][266] Walmart did not disclose its losses from its German investment, but they were estimated to be around €3 billion.[267]

In 2004, Walmart bought the 118  stores in the Bompreço supermarket chain in northeastern Brazil. In late 2005, it took control of the Brazilian operations of Sonae Distribution Group through its new subsidiary, WMS Supermercados do Brasil, thus acquiring control of the Nacional and Mercadorama supermarket chains, the leaders in the Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná states, respectively. None of these stores were rebranded. As of January 2014,[update] Walmart operated 61 Bompreço supermarkets, 39 Hiper Bompreço stores. It also ran 57  Walmart Supercenters, 27  Sam's Clubs, and 174 Todo Dia stores. With the acquisition of Bompreço and Sonae, by 2010, Walmart was the third-largest supermarket chain in Brazil, behind Carrefour and Pão de Açúcar.[268]

Walmart Brasil, the operating company, has its head office in Barueri, São Paulo State, and regional offices in Curitiba, Paraná; Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul; Recife, Pernambuco; and Salvador, Bahia.[269] Walmart Brasil operates under the banners Todo Dia, Nacional, Bompreço, Walmart Supercenter, Maxxi Atacado, Hipermercado Big, Hiper Bompreço, Sam's Club, Mercadorama, Walmart Posto (Gas Station), Supermercado Todo Dia, and Hiper Todo Dia. Recently, the company started the conversion process of all Hiper Bompreço and Big stores into Walmart Supercenters and Bompreço, Nacional and Mercadorama stores into the Walmart Supermercado brand.

Since August 2018, Walmart Inc. only holds a minority stake in Walmart Brasil, which was renamed Grupo Big on August 12, 2019,[270] with 20% of the company's shares, and private equity firm Advent International holding 80% ownership of the company.[271] On March 24, 2021, it was announced that Carrefour would be acquiring Grupo Big.[272]

A Walmart Supercenter in Argentina in February 2019

Walmart Argentina was founded in 1995 and operates stores under the banners Walmart Supercenter, Changomas, Mi Changomas, and Punto Mayorista. On November 6, 2020, it was announced that Walmart has sold its Argentine operations to Grupo de Narváez.[273]

ASDA Supermarket in Fife, Scotland

Walmart's UK subsidiary Asda (which retained its name after being acquired by Walmart) is based in Leeds and accounted for 42.7  percent of 2006 sales of Walmart's international division. In contrast to the U.S. operations, Asda was originally and still remains primarily a grocery chain, but with a stronger focus on non-food items than most UK supermarket chains other than Tesco. In 2010 Asda acquired stores from Netto UK. In addition to small suburban Asda Supermarkets,[3] larger stores are branded Supercentres.[3] Other banners include Asda Superstores, Asda Living, and Asda Petrol Fueling Station.[3][274] In July 2015, Asda updated its logo featuring the Walmart Asterisks behind the first 'A' in the Logo. In May 2018, Walmart announced plans to sell Asda to rival Sainsbury's for $10.1 billion. Under the terms of the deal, Walmart would have received a 42% stake in the combined company and about £3 billion in cash.[275] However, in April 2019, the United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority blocked the proposed sale of Asda to Sainsburys.[276]

On October 2, 2020, it was announced that Walmart will sell a majority stake of Asda to a consortium of Zuber and Mohsin Issa (the owners of EG Group) and private equity firm TDR Capital for £6.8bn, pending approval from the Competition and Markets Authority.[277]

In Japan, Walmart owned 100 percent of Seiyu (西友 Seiyū) as of 2008.[update][265][278] It operates under the Seiyu (Hypermarket), Seiyu (Supermarket), Seiyu (General Merchandise), Livin, and Sunny banners.[3] On November 16, 2020, Walmart announced they would be selling 65% of their shares in the company to the private-equity firm KKR in a deal valuing 329 stores and 34,600 employees at $1.6 billion. Walmart is supposed to retain 15% and a seat on the board, while a joint-venture between KKR and Japanese company Rakuten Inc. will receive 20%.[279]

Corruption charges[edit]

An April 2012 investigation by The New York Times reported the allegations of a former executive of Walmart de Mexico that, in September 2005, the company had paid bribes via local fixers to officials throughout Mexico in exchange for construction permits, information, and other favors, which gave Walmart a substantial advantage over competitors.[280] Walmart investigators found credible evidence that Mexican and American laws had been broken. Concerns were also raised that Walmart executives in the United States had "hushed up" the allegations. A follow-up investigation by The New York Times, published December 17, 2012, revealed evidence that regulatory permission for siting, construction, and operation of nineteen stores had been obtained through bribery. There was evidence that a bribe of US$52,000 was paid to change a zoning map, which enabled the opening of a Walmart store a mile from a historical site in San Juan Teotihuacán in 2004.[281] After the initial article was released, Walmart released a statement denying the allegations and describing its anti-corruption policy. While an official Walmart report states that it had found no evidence of corruption, the article alleges that previous internal reports had indeed turned up such evidence before the story became public.[282]Forbes magazine contributor Adam Hartung also commented that the bribery scandal was a reflection of Walmart's "serious management and strategy troubles", stating, "[s]candals are now commonplace ... [e]ach scandal points out that Walmart's strategy is harder to navigate and is running into big problems".[283]

In 2012, there was an incident with CJ's Seafood, a crawfish processing firm in Louisiana that was partnered with Walmart, that eventually gained media attention for the mistreatment of its 40 H-2B visa workers from Mexico. These workers experienced harsh living conditions in tightly packed trailers outside of the work facility, physical threats, verbal abuse, and were forced to work day-long shifts. Many of the workers were afraid to take action about the abuse due to the fact that the manager threatened the lives of their family members in the U.S. and Mexico if the abuse were to be reported. Eight of the workers confronted management at CJ's Seafood about the mistreatment; however, the management denied the abuse allegations and the workers went on strike. The workers then took their stories to Walmart due to their partnership with CJ's. While Walmart was investigating the situation, the workers collected 150,000 signatures of supporters who agreed that Walmart should stand by the workers and take action. In June 2012, the visa workers held a protest and day-long hunger strike outside of the apartment building where a Walmart board member resided. Following this protest, Walmart announced its final decision to no longer work with CJ's Seafood. Less than a month later, the Department of Labor fined CJ's Seafood "approximately $460,000 in back-pay, safety violations, wage and hour violations, civil damages, and fines for abuses to the H-2B program. The company has since shut down."[284]

As of December 2012,[update] internal investigations were ongoing into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.[285] Walmart has invested US$99 million on internal investigations, which expanded beyond Mexico to implicate operations in China, Brazil, and India.[286][287] The case has added fuel to the debate as to whether foreign investment will result in increased prosperity, or if it merely allows local retail trade and economic policy to be taken over by "foreign financial and corporate interests".[288][289]

Sam's Club[edit]

Main article: Sam's Club

Sam's Club is a chain of warehouse clubs that sell groceries and general merchandise, often in bulk. Locations generally range in size from 32,000–168,000 sq ft (3,000–15,600 m2), with an average club size of approximately 134,000 sq ft (12,400 m2).[12] The first Sam's Club was opened by Walmart, Inc. in 1983 in Midwest City, Oklahoma[290] under the name "Sam's Wholesale Club". The chain was named after its founder Sam Walton. As of October 31, 2021, Sam's Club operated 600 membership warehouse clubs and accounted for 11.3% of Walmart's revenue at $57.839 billion in fiscal year 2019.[14][291] Kathryn McLay is the president and CEO.[226][292]

Global eCommerce[edit]

Based in San Bruno, California, Walmart's Global eCommerce division provides online retailing for Walmart, Sam's Club, Asda, and all other international brands. There are several locations in the United States in California and Oregon: San Bruno, Sunnyvale, Brisbane, and Portland. Locations outside of the United States include Shanghai (China), Leeds (United Kingdom), and Bangalore (India).[226]

Subsidiaries[edit]

Private label brands[edit]

Main article: List of Walmart brands

About 40 percent of products sold in Walmart are private labels, which are produced for the company through contracts with manufacturers. Walmart began offering private label brands in 1991, with the launch of Sam's Choice, a line of drinks produced by Cott Beverages for Walmart. Sam's Choice quickly became popular and by 1993, was the third-most-popular beverage brand in the United States.[293] Other Walmart brands include Great Value and Equate in the U.S. and Canada and Smart Price in Britain. A 2006 study talked of "the magnitude of mind-share Walmart appears to hold in the shoppers' minds when it comes to the awareness of private label brands and retailers."[294]

Entertainment[edit]

In 2010, the company teamed with Procter & Gamble to produce Secrets of the Mountain and The Jensen Project, two-hour family movies which featured the characters using Walmart and Procter & Gamble-branded products. The Jensen Project also featured a preview of a product to be released in several months in Walmart stores.[295][296] A third movie, A Walk in My Shoes, also aired in 2010 and a fourth is in production.[when?][297] Walmart's director of brand marketing also serves as co-chair of the Association of National Advertisers's Alliance for Family Entertainment.[298]

Online commerce acquisitions and plans[edit]

In September 2016, Walmart purchased e-commerce company Jet.com, founded in 2014 by Marc Lore, to start competing with Amazon.com. Jet.com has acquired its own share of online retailers such as Hayneedle in March 2016, Shoebuy.com in December 2016, and ModCloth in March 2017. Walmart also acquired Parcel, a delivery service in New York, on September 29, 2017.[299][300]

On February 15, 2017, Walmart acquired Moosejaw, an online active outdoor retailer, for approximately $51 million. Moosejaw brought with it partnerships with more than 400 brands, including Patagonia, The North Face, Marmot, and Arc'teryx.[301]

Marc Lore, Walmart's U.S. e-commerce CEO, said that Walmart's existing physical infrastructure of almost 5,000 stores around the U.S. will enhance their digital expansion by doubling as warehouses for e-commerce without increasing overhead.[302] As of 2017,[update] Walmart offers in-store pickup for online orders at 1,000 stores with plans to eventually expand the service to all of its stores.[303]

On May 9, 2018, Walmart announced its intent to acquire a 77% controlling stake in the Indian e-commerce website Flipkart for $16 billion[304] (beating bids by Amazon.com), subject to regulatory approval. Following its completion, the website's management will report to Marc Lore.[305][306][307] Completion of the deal was announced on August 18, 2018.[308]

The company's partnership with subscription service Kidbox was announced on April 16, 2019.[309]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Walmart is headquartered in the Walmart Home Office complex in Bentonville, Arkansas. The company's business model is based on selling a wide variety of general merchandise at low prices.[10] Doug McMillon became Walmart's CEO on February 1, 2014. He has also worked as the head of Sam's Club and Walmart International.[310] The company refers to its employees as "associates". All Walmart stores in the U.S. and Canada also have designated "greeters" at the entrance, a practice pioneered by Sam Walton and later imitated by other retailers. Greeters are trained to help shoppers find what they want and answer their questions.[311]

For many years, associates were identified in the store by their signature blue vest, but this practice was discontinued in June 2007 and replaced with khaki pants and polo shirts. The wardrobe change was part of a larger corporate overhaul to increase sales and rejuvenate the company's stock price.[312] In September 2014, the uniform was again updated to bring back a vest (paid for by the company) for store employees over the same polos and khaki or black pants paid for by the employee. The vest is navy blue for Walmart employees at Supercenters and discounts stores, lime green for Walmart Neighborhood Market employees, and yellow for self-check-out associates; door greeters, and customer service managers. Both state "Proud Walmart Associate" on the left breast and the "Spark" logo covering the back.[313] Reportedly one of the main reasons the vest was reintroduced was that some customers had trouble identifying employees.[314] In 2016, self-checkout associates, door greeters and customer service managers began wearing a yellow vest to be better seen by customers. By requiring employees to wear uniforms that are made up of standard "streetwear", Walmart is not required to purchase the uniforms or reimburse employees which are required in some states, as long as that clothing can be worn elsewhere. Businesses are only legally required to pay for branded shirts and pants or clothes that would be difficult to wear outside of work.[315]

Unlike many other retailers, Walmart does not charge slotting fees to suppliers for their products to appear in the store.[316] Instead, it focuses on selling more-popular products and provides incentives for store managers to drop unpopular products.[316]

From 2006 to 2010, the company eliminated its layaway program. In 2011, the company revived its layaway program.[317][318]

Walmart introduced its Site-To-Store program in 2007, after testing the program since 2004 on a limited basis. The program allows walmart.com customers to buy goods online with a free shipping option, and have goods shipped to the nearest store for pickup.[319]

On September 15, 2017, Walmart announced that it would build a new headquarters in Bentonville to replace its current 1971 building and consolidate operations that have spread out to 20 different buildings throughout Bentonville.[320]

According to watchdog group Documented, in 2020 Walmart contributed $140,000 to the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a fund-raising arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association.[321]

Finance and governance[edit]

For the fiscal year ending January 31, 2019, Walmart reported net income of US$6.67 billion on $514.405 billion of revenue. The company's international operations accounted for $120.824 billion, or 23.7 percent, of its $510.329 billion of sales.[14][6] Walmart is the world's 29th-largest public corporation, according to the Forbes Global 2000 list, and the largest public corporation when ranked by revenue.[322]

Walmart is governed by a twelve-member board of directors elected annually by shareholders. Gregory B. Penner, son-in-law of S. Robson Walton and the grandson-in-law of Sam Walton, serves as chairman of the board. Doug McMillon serves as president and chief executive officer. Current members of the board are:[323][6][324]

  • Gregory B. Penner, chairman of the board of directors of Walmart Inc. and general partner of Madrone Capital Partners
  • Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
  • Timothy P. Flynn, retired CEO of KPMG International
  • Sarah Friar, CEO of Nextdoor
  • Carla A. Harris, Vice-chairman of Wealth Management, head of multicultural client strategy, managing director, and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley
  • Tom Horton, senior advisor at Warburg Pincus, LLC, and retired chairman and CEO of American Airlines
  • Marissa A. Mayer, co-founder of Lumi Labs, Inc., and former president and CEO of Yahoo!, Inc.
  • Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart
  • Steven S. Reinemund, retired dean of business at Wake Forest University and retired chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Randall Stephenson, retired chairman and CEO of AT&T Inc.
  • S. Robson "Rob" Walton, retired chairman of the board of directors of Walmart Inc.
  • Steuart Walton, founder of RZC Investments, LLC.

Notable former members of the board include Hillary Clinton (1985–1992)[325] and Tom Coughlin (2003–2004), the latter having served as vice chairman. Clinton left the board before the 1992 U.S. presidential election, and Coughlin left in December 2005 after pleading guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Walmart.[326]

Источник: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walmart

Walmart Grocery is merging with Walmart’s main app and website

Walmart is looking to hook more consumers on its online grocery shopping experience by adding Walmart Grocery to its main Walmart mobile application. For years, the retailer has operated two separate apps: its flagship Walmart app (the blue one) and its separate Walmart Grocery app (the orange one). This meant shoppers had to download and switch between two separate apps depending on what they were buying. This setup may have also limited Walmart Grocery’s reach, as some users of the larger and more popular Walmart app may not have even realized online grocery was available.

According to data from Sensor Tower, Walmart’s main app has been downloaded 103+ million times since January 2014 across both iOS and Android. Today, it’s the No. 2 app in the iOS App Store’s Shopping section. Walmart Grocery, meanwhile, has seen more than 16 million downloads across iOS and Android during that same time period. It’s also ranked further down (No. 30) in the Shopping section on the App Store.

For Walmart customers, the change means a more seamless shopping experience, where they won’t have to think so much about which app to use, but can instead just shop from a single place for anything Walmart offers, including its 120,000+ grocery items, local store inventory for pickup and its online assortment of both first-party and third-party marketplace goods.

Over the course of the year, Walmart will transition its Grocery app user base to the main app and then sunset the standalone app when that’s been accomplished.

The company says these changes make sense because they better represent the way people shop, which isn’t a binary experience.

“It really depends on what you’ve got going on in your life at any point in time and what you’ve got going on during the day,” explained Walmart Chief Customer Officer Janey Whiteside. “Do you want to go into a store and browse? Or do you want to order from the palm of your hand and pick it up on the way home? Do you want to order and have it delivered to your door? Do you want it delivered to the fridge? Do you want to have it next-day or have it today?,” she continued. “Bringing all of our assets and all of our capabilities together in one place is really the natural next step,” Whiteside said.

In addition, she says running two separate apps meant it was under-leveraging the relationship Walmart had with its regular Grocery app shoppers by limiting them to a standalone app where they couldn’t explore more of Walmart’s assortment.

The changes will also in time help simplify Walmart’s marketing budget, which currently has to send customers to two different places.

“As a marketer, that enables me to be more efficient with the dollars I spend and allows me to create much more compelling stories,” Whiteside noted.

The change may also give Walmart a competitive advantage versus Amazon, which today still offers grocery shopping (via two services, Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods) from both its main app and its separate Prime Now app, for faster delivery. This approach leads to customer confusion, as there’s not just one simple way to order groceries from Amazon.

Walmart wouldn’t be the first to merge its separate apps. Target also recently integrated its Shipt grocery app with both its main Target app and website. However, Target is not sunsetting Shipt’s app, as the business still serves other retailers.

Walmart says it will add Walmart Grocery to its desktop and mobile web experiences on Walmart.com, as well, instead of sending users to a separate domain. The Grocery section will also get a new look across platforms to better blend in with the Walmart.com design.

The updated Walmart app including Grocery is rolling out in phases, so you may not see it immediately.

Источник: https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/05/walmart-grocery-is-merging-with-walmarts-main-app-and-website/

[email protected]

Introducing [email protected], the one app designed for and developed from the feedback of Walmart associates, as well as a venue for customers to learn about and apply for a career with Walmart.

With the [email protected] app, you can easily learn about Walmart history, cultural values, the benefits we offer and apply for a career with Walmart.
Walmart associates must be enrolled in 2 step verification to access the internal features which include:
Schedule: View your schedule, manage all time-off requests, and even swap or pick up unfilled shifts
Ask Sam: Your search/voice assistant to help you answer questions related to products, metrics, and more. The more questions you ask the smarter it gets
My Team: A roster view of who is working with an in-app walkie-talkie feature to stay connected to other associates and your team
Inbox: Notifications and Actions for scheduling, time-off & more
* Some features unavailable in certain locations

Источник: https://play.google.com/

“We Need People to Lean into the Future”

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For years, Walmart seemed to understand exactly what its customers wanted. It developed complicated consumer analytics and used that data, along with relentless pressure on suppliers, to become a retail powerhouse that sold practically everything at the lowest possible prices.

Then along came the internet. Suddenly upstart rivals figured out how to track and forecast like Walmart. And the rapid success of Amazon and other e-commerce pioneers called into question whether a brick-and-mortar giant, especially one with 4,600 stores in the United States alone, could survive, let alone thrive.

As Walmart’s sales growth began to stall, the board in 2014 tapped Doug McMillon to take over as CEO. The imperative was clear: Bring Walmart into the future without blowing the franchise.

McMillon, 50, has embraced the challenge. Boyish and soft-spoken, he is pushing hard for change while also showing a clear respect for tradition. McMillon is a company lifer whose first job was unloading trucks at a neighborhood Walmart in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He rose steadily through the ranks, eventually running Sam’s Club, the company’s warehouse retail chain, and then Walmart’s international operations. These days his task is nothing less than leading the transformation of America’s largest company.

McMillon sat down for an interview in his office at Walmart’s Bentonville headquarters, in the northwest corner of Arkansas. It’s the same office that legendary founder Sam Walton occupied as he built Walmart into what these days is a nearly $500 billion business. McMillon talked with HBR about the ups and downs of Walmart’s journey, its $3 billion purchase of Jet.com, and how he plans to respond to America’s shifting political winds.

HBR: When you became CEO of Walmart, what was your top priority?

McMillon: Walmart is more than 50 years old, and it was built with a purpose. But the world is changing quickly. When I moved into this role, it seemed clear that the board wanted me to have the mindset that I might be in the job for a while. They said: “The company needs to go through quite a bit of change. So don’t just run it. Don’t just maintain it. Get it prepared for the future.” That’s what we’ve been trying to do.

Does that primarily mean going digital?

E-commerce and going digital are definitely near the top of our list. But there are other imperatives: Are we positioned right geographically in the 28 global markets we’re in? Culturally, do we have the behaviors we need to deal with the future? And what has to change in our brick-and-mortar environment?

Are you certain that physical stores are part of your future?

Our goal is to be able to serve our future customers. To do that, we need to build a strong and capable e-commerce business—but also to strengthen what we’re doing in stores. Customers want to save money and time and have the broadest assortment of items, and we think that by bringing e-commerce and digital capabilities together with the stores, we can do things that a pure e-commerce player can’t.

Is it possible you’re adapting your strategy to conform to the reality that you already maintain thousands of stores? Or are you confident that integration is the best approach?

The reality is that customers want everything. They want to go online to see hundreds of millions of items and to find anything they’re looking for. But many also want to have a delightful experience in a physical store environment.

Walmart is all about low prices. But is the convenience of online shopping becoming more critical than price?

Low prices at Walmart are a given. Customers almost take that for granted. But they also want to save time, and that goal is increasing in importance relative to just saving money. You can’t build a business today that’s successful purely on price. The old trade-off of service versus low prices no longer makes sense.

Walmart was late getting into e-commerce. Why did it take so long? Was it simply that the old model was so profitable that there was no urgency to change?

We wish we had been more aggressive early on, no doubt. In some ways we experienced what Clay Christensen calls the “innovator’s dilemma.” We hired talent, invested, and just kind of meandered along rather than hammering down, being aggressive, and making it a must-win aspect of our business. That’s partly because we had a bird in hand. We knew that if we continued to open Walmart Supercenters, they would do well. Traffic in the United States is still going up. But digital conversion for us has to be about more than just serving the customer on the front end. It’s about more than e-commerce. We need to introduce digitization across all our functions and jobs so that we can be faster and more efficient. There is still too much paper pushing in our business.

Customers want everything. You can’t build a successful business purely on price.

Walmart was always the leader in analytics and customer understanding. Now, in the big data era, that level of understanding is almost table stakes for retailers. How do you maintain a competitive advantage?

The challenge is figuring out how to get people to work together in the right ways. We have a big team in Silicon Valley now. We have a big tech team here in Bentonville and another in India. We have a Jet.com office in New Jersey. How do we design the company to create the seamless experience that customers want? When do we work together? When do we not work together? Who’s responsible for what?

How do you ensure that the people leading your core business remain motivated as attention and resources go to the newer, digital operations?

The people who run the older parts of our business must also become digital. We can’t have some people live in yesterday while others live in tomorrow. And given the effects of inertia, we need people to lean into the future even more than other companies might. We’re trying to move large numbers of people to change their established habits.

How do you communicate that urgency across the company?

We’re in a constant educational process. We set goals, we meet face-to-face in groups and individually. We give people things to read, including HBR pieces. People learn in different ways. Some say they really get it when you show them a case study. For others, it’s more conceptual.

Are you finding that some employees lack the skills and attributes to make this journey?

Yes, it’s logical that as you lead change like this, you’ll get different responses. You’ll have some people at “hello,” but others will take more time or won’t want to change. We’ve seen some departures, and we’ll see more. But we have a lot of well-educated, bright people in the company, and I’m confident that as a group we’ll be able to move forward.

Walmart faces competition from below on price and from above on quality. And then there’s Amazon, the giant in online retail. What does winning mean for you in this environment?

We try to focus on the customer more than on the competition. Of course, we have competitors in our peripheral vision, and we try to learn from them. We’re trying to hire great talent in the digital area. We’ve made acquisitions, and I’m sure we’ll do more. We’re also more open to partnering than we were in the past. We don’t need to build everything on our own.

Let’s talk more about Amazon. How does Walmart stack up against it?

Let me try to answer that question by showing you a couple of things. When I first took this job, I gave this book, The Everything Store [Brad Stone’s in-depth look at Amazon], to all my officers. I told them to read it and understand it, and then we discussed it together in meetings.

And this book is a replica of the 1908 Sears, Roebuck catalog. Look at the assortment: They’ve got beds, plates, pianos, food. There’s a fireplace, a shotgun, and, what’s that, feathers? There are bridal hats. In other words, breadth of assortment existed in 1908. Back then people were getting deliveries over the newly established railroad system. And then this innovative company called Sears, Roebuck came up with the idea of setting up outlets and became a combined store-and-catalog business, focusing on assortment, value, and service. The stores were close to customers, who could get what they wanted immediately—and we know that humans like instant gratification.

And you think Walmart’s version of a dual model can beat Amazon’s?

As a retailer, we’ve had fun watching what Amazon has built. The site is really cool. It’s an innovative marketplace: Customers save time and get an assortment. So how do we continue what we’ve been doing yet also create these things ourselves? Our goal is to copy what we should copy, invent what we should invent, and end up winning by changing what we do and how we do it—without changing who we are. We’ve done a lot of introspection in the past few years, and we feel that our purpose, values, and culture are timeless. History shows that most retailers don’t survive disruptive change, but we’re confident that we can make it.

How is the digital transformation going so far? What’s the biggest challenge?

Speed. If you compare our e-commerce business with almost anybody else’s, you’d say it’s a pretty good business. In fiscal 2016, our global e-commerce sales increased about 12%, to $13.7 billion. But when you look at what the leader is doing, we’re far short of where we should be. And that’s just in e-commerce; there’s a lot of other digital conversion that needs to happen. We’re thinking in the right way, and we’re moving but not fast enough. I’m frustrated by that.

What’s the ultimate value of the Jet.com purchase? Why did you pay $3 billion for Jet instead of building that kind of platform internally?

We were making progress with Walmart.com without Jet, but it just wasn’t enough. The transparent customer experience that [CEO] Marc Lore and the rest of Jet had built was attractive. Jet’s “smart basket” experience lets customers be actively involved in what price they pay, depending on how they buy things—with a debit card instead of a credit card, giving up return privileges, and so on. When we saw Jet, we saw a strong tech platform and a team that was culturally aligned with how we think about the world.

Is the goal to merge the platforms and brands?

We’ll share a lot of back-end stuff and eventually have a common tech platform and fulfillment business. But we’ll operate two separate brands with two separate identities.

Why keep the brands separate?

Jet has appealed to more urban, Millennial, and higher-income customers than Walmart has. And it has relationships with some brands that might not want to sell through Walmart.

Although Walmart recently raised wages, the company still faces reputational issues. How are you dealing with that?

We start with reality and try to focus on what we can do to make Walmart an even better company. And after that, we’ll talk about reputation. I’m really proud of our work in environmental and social sustainability—including the commitments we’re making on greenhouse gas. If the world knew what we’ve done for the past 10 years and what we’re doing to make things better holistically, I think our reputation would be dramatically better.

How do you respond to the lingering charges that Walmart mistreats its workers?

My first job with Walmart was unloading trucks in a warehouse. Then I worked as an assistant manager in a store, and I was lucky enough to get into our buyer-training program. I loved merchandising and had a career path that led me through Sam’s Club and Walmart International. I’ve had more opportunities in this company than I could have dreamed of. There are hundreds of thousands of people like me who have had that experience. But we haven’t been perfect. We’re trying some fairly dramatic changes to make the ladder of opportunity more real for everybody and to really create the meritocracy that we’ve aspired to have all along.

How do you do that?

You have to set the bottom rung, that place where workers get started, at the right level so that a college kid or someone who wants to build a career has an entry point. And then you have to space the rungs appropriately, with the right kind of support, so that people can climb as high as they want to go. We have invested in wages, in training, and elsewhere to create a system that can help you go as far as your capability and work ethic will take you.

Are you looking for a different kind of employee these days?

The future of retail will include more technology. We already have handheld units on the floor, and today more data is available for people to use. We need store associates and managers who can operate handheld devices, do analysis, ask questions, receive data, and basically run a store within a store. Imagine you’re trying to run a great toy department within a Walmart store. Your success depends on forecasting. How do you think about the weather? What’s going on in the community? What other variables do you look at? To attract the right kind of talent, we need to make some investments. And that will result in better stores.

Let’s talk about your role as CEO. What is it that you most need to focus on?

I’ve worked for the company for a long time, so it’s important for me to develop an outside-in view. If I were married to the things we’ve always done and, consciously or subconsciously, tried to protect them too much, I’d hold the company back. So I’ve tried to spend a lot of time outside it and to learn from other CEOs. I still visit our stores and clubs—don’t get me wrong. But I go to Silicon Valley frequently, and I meet with people from start-ups as well as larger companies that in some cases we do business with. I ask questions, trying to learn what it means to be digital. I also travel the world to learn what it means to be global. And then I try to use all of that to create the right strategy and the right level of paranoia to speed up change. I’m trying to leverage the collective perspective, wisdom, and experience of everyone I’ve been talking to and to lead Walmart as if it were a brand-new company on day one.

How do you know if you’re on the right path?

Well, first, I’m not doing this all by myself. But sure, there’s a risk associated with change. It might not work. But I would rather have us take a shot and reach for the future, so we can be here in 50 years, than just make the most out of the old system.

What’s your advice for other executives whose companies are going through disruptive change?

Act like a student and surround yourself with people who “get it.” Digital natives need to be part of your management team as well as your board. Walmart’s board has included people like [Instagram cofounder and CEO] Kevin Systrom and [Yahoo CEO] Marissa Mayer.

How do you keep learning?

I’m a curious person. You’re talking to a guy who was one of the first to have a Newton and a PalmPilot. I’ve got a Google Home in my kitchen, and I’m playing around with AI. I like learning new things, and so do a lot of Walmart’s leaders, and that gives us a shot.

Is Walmart experimenting with things like speech recognition platforms, augmented reality, and virtual reality?

We have some work going on, but we’re behind in those areas. Virtual reality is going to happen. Machine learning is happening as we speak. We can’t afford to get too far behind on those things. In some of those areas we need to build our own capabilities. And in others we can partner.

Do you ever feel that the pace of change is out of control?

Once upon a time a company like ours might have made big strategic choices on an annual or quarterly cycle. Today strategy is daily. I speak from time to time with [former Procter & Gamble CEO] A.G. Lafley, and we had a chuckle not long ago over the idea that strategy is hourly now. As a CEO, you need to have a framework in your mind, but strategic thinking is much more fluid.

That sounds challenging.

It can be frustrating for your team. You don’t want to create an environment where they feel like they’re trying to hit a moving target every day. While you’re learning, you have to also be thoughtful about what you share with everyone else and how deliberate you are with the masses of people that work in your company. But, like it or not, strategy is happening on a much faster cycle time.

Once, companies made big strategic choices annually. Today strategy is daily.

Can you give an example of a quick strategic shift you’ve had to make?

One example is our online grocery business. If you look at e-commerce penetration by category, fresh food has tended to lag. But we have a fresh-food supply chain, and we have stores near the vast majority of America. So we want to use that advantage and combine it with mobile, which means people can order groceries on their phones and pick up their order when they want in the store parking lot. We also have a test going on with Uber, Lyft, and others to handle “last mile” delivery. These are things that we launched very quickly.

Let’s shift to global markets. Is Walmart’s future growth likely to come primarily from the United States or from overseas?

We used to have targets for growing the share of international revenue. But we don’t talk much about that these days because the United States still presents a growth opportunity. That said, we’re going to get growth from a lot of places. China is in a league of its own. India is important to figure out. Sub-Saharan Africa is exciting to us. We have businesses in Canada and the UK that remind us of the United States, with strong, capable teams. And then there’s Walmex, which covers Mexico and five Central American countries. That’s a large and important business for us.

How would you describe the balance between taking advantage of global scale and the need to differentiate each local market?

Our philosophy is to lean local first and to look for synergies and the benefits of scale second. Speed trumps size. Our markets, I believe without exception, all sell the majority of their merchandise from local suppliers. With fresh food and even canned merchandise, you don’t want to move things very far. With general merchandise and apparel, there is more of a global aspect. And in those areas we work together.

Do you worry, given what’s happening around the world politically, that we may be entering a phase of deglobalization?

The world is a global marketplace. You could choose to participate less, but other countries are still going to trade with each other. And the math says that over time trade is good for the United States—in terms of total GDP growth, in terms of saving people money, in terms of people living the life they want to live. We’re in favor of trade, but we realize that it has had a negative impact on isolated pockets.

What’s the role of the private sector in helping people cope with global change?

We haven’t done everything that we can as a country—and I’m talking about both the public and private sector—to prepare people to transition into the jobs of today and tomorrow. The world is not going to stop automating, so we have to upgrade our jobs and train people to be able to do them. Because if you have a job, you have everything. You have an opportunity to own a home, to make sure your kids get educated. All these things are related to each other.

If the United States were to slip into a trade war with China, what would that mean for Walmart?

There are many dimensions to that issue. Do Americans want U.S. manufacturing to grow and be successful? Yes. Do we want to export more? Yes. Do we also want to save money on, say, bicycles? Yes. So these tensions need to be worked out by government leaders as well as the private sector. At Walmart we engage in these discussions and try to make sure that people are informed.

What will the Walmart experience look like 10 years from now?

It will be more seamless, it will be underpinned by both digital and physical capabilities, and it will have sustainability components woven in. Our AI and logistics capability will make sure you have those items you always want in your pantry or refrigerator. For products that you want to explore, both digitally and physically, we’ll create environments where you can find something you might not have tried before.

What is your vision for sustainability?

Our hypothesis is that transparency is only going to increase, and customers will want companies and brands to make good decisions about how products are produced and sourced. That means that when you shop with us you know that you’re having a positive impact, socially and environmentally, on the world. By educating and informing our own people, we try to ensure that social and environmental sustainability thinking permeates the entire system.

Do customers care enough about that? Do these issues rise to the level of price and convenience?

Everything is a pecking order. If you have to pick between oxygen and water, you’ll take oxygen first. But do you also want water? You bet. Would you also like to eat? Uh-huh. Customers are similar. Do they want low prices? Yes. But they also expect us to make decisions that are good for the planet and good for the people that make the products in our supply chain. They want all of that. And the companies that provide it better than others will win.

Sustainability doesn’t seem to be a priority for the new U.S. administration. Is that a concern for you?

Sustainability is a part of who we are. It’s in our culture now. We don’t want to take it out and probably couldn’t. Putting in LED lighting has turned out to have a better ROI than the alternative, and the next new technology probably will, too. It might be that the payback period is longer, and you have to have the right time horizon in mind. But we began our sustainability efforts under a Republican administration, carried on with them during the past eight years, and are now accelerating them further. It’s good business, and our customers want us to do these things, regardless of which way the political winds may blow.

Are your shareholders patient with your efforts to pursue initiatives with longer-term payouts?

We have the benefit of having a family own half the company. In some cases that makes it easier for us to take a balanced approach. The board and the Walton family care about short-term results, but they also care about long-term results. More than anything else, they want Walmart to be a well-run, quality business that does good in the world. My management team and I are in a situation where we can balance short- and long-term thinking. I’m thankful for that.

A version of this article appeared in the March–April 2017 issue (pp.94–100) of Harvard Business Review.

Источник: https://hbr.org/2017/03/we-need-people-to-lean-into-the-future

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[email protected] app brings together personal and work needs of Walmart associates into one app. Features of this app includes being able to manage work schedule, request time-off, swap shifts, take COVID-19 health assesment and more.

Non-Walmart Associates
[email protected] serves as a gateway for anyone interested in starting their career with Walmart. The app also includes information about Walmart's benefits, history, culture and values.

Tech Support
if you're experiencing technical issues with [email protected] app, contact 1-700-WALMART.

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Источник: https://one.walmart.com/content/usone/en_us/company/programs/me-app.html

COVID-19 update: Get paid weekly with free Even Plus

To help with difficulties related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all Walmart associates can now use Instapay once a week to get access to wages before payday. Walmart is also paying for all Even Plus fees.
Learn more >

To use Instapay, go to the Earn tab in the Even app. If you don’t have Even yet, download it here.

In a pinch? Send your pay to your bank account in one business day, or pick it up instantly at any U.S. Walmart. No hidden fees, no loans, no interest.

Even detects which bills are coming up and how much you need for them. There’s no setup work or math to do.

See how much of your checking account balance is okay to spend, minus bills and savings.

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[email protected]

Introducing [email protected], the one app designed for and developed from the feedback of Walmart associates, as well as a venue for customers to learn about and apply for a career with Walmart.

With the [email protected] app, you can easily learn about Walmart history, cultural values, the benefits we offer and apply for a career with Walmart.
Walmart associates must be enrolled in 2 step verification to access the internal features which include:
Schedule: View your schedule, manage all time-off requests, and even swap or pick up unfilled shifts
Ask Sam: Your search/voice assistant to help you answer questions related to products, metrics, and more. The more questions you ask the smarter it gets
My Team: A roster view of who is working with an in-app walkie-talkie feature to stay connected to other associates and your team
Inbox: Notifications and Actions for scheduling, time-off & more
* Some features unavailable in certain locations

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2 Step Verification (2SV)

What login details do colleagues need to be able to access the new OneAsda site at work?

Retail colleagues need an Asda UserID and a SMART password to access the new site. If you don’t have one speak to your line manager, this detail was sent to them in a Week 3 Newsflash.
Depot and Home Office colleagues will need to use their Asda UserID and password, which is the same as your PC/Laptop login. If you don’t have one speak to your line manager, this detail was sent to them in a Daily Action in Week 3.


Can Walmart one app customer service change my password myself?

Retail colleagues can change their SMART password themselves in SMART by scrolling to the bottom of the screen and selecting ‘change passcode’

Depot and Home Office colleagues can change their password themselves by logging into a PC and pressing CTRL + Alt + Del and selecting Change Password. To make sure you can reset this if you ever forget it set up Microsoft Self Service Password Reset now on an Asda PC https://wmlink.wal-mart.com/ssprsetup


What do I do if I forget my password?

Retail colleagues – If you forget your SMART password (also used to log into OneAsda) you’ll need to contact the HRSS Helpdesk on 0113 291 9000 to get this reset
Depot and Home Office colleagues – If you forget your PC password and have set up Microsoft Self Service Password Reset go to https://passwordreset.microsoftonline.com If you haven’t set this up previously you’ll need to contact the Asda Technology service desk on #6123 option 2 or 0113 826 1262


Can I save my most used apps and favourite pages?

Yes, in the top right hand corner next to your initials you’ll find a handy app drawer/favourites where you can save your most used content so it’s quick and easy to access.


Can I access OneAsda on my personal mobile phone?

Yes OneAsda is mobile optimised and you can access it by entering https://one.walmart.com/asda into your browser but you need to enrol in 2 Step Verification first. To set this up make sure you’re doing so on an Asda PC and go to https://wmlink.wal-mart.com/2sv
Remember not everything is available off the Asda network though so you might not be able to access all content or certain applications/systems


Why do I see this error message when trying to access OneAsda from my computer, tablet or mobile?

To keep yours and Asda’s data secure 2 step verification is needed as an extra layer of security if you’re accessing WalmartOne on a personal device. To set merrimack county savings bank jobs up make sure you’re doing so on an Asda PC and go to https://wmlink.wal-mart.com/2sv

If you experience any problems while setting this up contact the Asda Technology Service Desk on #6123 option 2 or 0113 826 1262


Can I access OneAsda through BYOD on the Web app?

Yes you can access OneAsda through the Web browser app if you’re already enrolled on BYOD (bring your own device). This means you only need to enter your normal credentials and don’t need to use a second authentication (2SV).


Where can I find Compliance and People Polices?

Based on colleague feedback these are now located under the Work header in the top menu.


How can I access my Payslip?

You’ll find a link to this at the top of your homepage or go to Me & My Team > My Pay, Benefits and Recognition. For hourly colleagues this is called Payslips (Hourly). For salaried colleagues this is called Total Package. For quick access in the future add this to your app drawer (next to your initials on the header of the site).



Where do I go to book my holidays?

You’ll find a link to this at the top of your homepage or go to Me & My Team > My Information and Time. For quick access in the future add this to your app drawer (next to your initials on the header of the site).
If you have a query about your holidays or need support then contact HRSS on 0113 291 9000.

How do I access Product Withdrawals?

You’ll find a link to this in Work > Policies and Tools > Applications. For quick access in the future add this to your app drawer (next to your initials on the header of the site).

How can I view and update my personal or bank details?

Just like before you can access this through your Profile and Colleague Self Service (CSS), click on your initials in the top right hand corner to access both.


How do I access my MSS tiles?

Your MSS tiles now open up in a separate portal similar to the HRSS Portal and is called MSS Actions & Reports. You’ll find a link to this at the top of your homepage or go to Me & My Team > Manage My Team > Manager Self-Service. For quick access in the future, add this to your app drawer (next to your initials on the header of the site).
If you need support completing transactions then contact HRSS on 0113 291 9000.

Источник: https://one.walmart.com/content/asda-wm1/en_us/public/WalmartOne-Support.html

“We Need People to Lean into the Future”

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For years, Walmart seemed to understand exactly what its customers wanted. It developed complicated consumer analytics and used that data, along with relentless pressure on suppliers, to become a retail powerhouse that sold practically everything at the lowest possible prices.

Then along came the internet. Suddenly upstart rivals figured out how to track and forecast like Walmart. And the rapid success of Amazon and other e-commerce pioneers called into question whether a brick-and-mortar giant, especially one with 4,600 stores in the United States alone, could survive, let alone thrive.

As Walmart’s sales growth began to stall, the board in 2014 tapped Doug McMillon to take over as CEO. The imperative was clear: Bring Walmart into the future without blowing the franchise.

McMillon, 50, has embraced the challenge. Boyish and soft-spoken, he is pushing hard for change while also showing a clear respect for tradition. McMillon is a company lifer whose first job was unloading trucks at a neighborhood Walmart in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He rose steadily through the ranks, eventually running Sam’s Club, the company’s warehouse retail chain, and then Walmart’s international operations. These days his task is nothing less than leading the transformation of America’s largest company.

McMillon sat down for an interview in his office at Walmart’s Bentonville headquarters, in the northwest corner of Arkansas. It’s the same office that legendary founder Sam Walton occupied as he built Walmart into what these days is a nearly $500 billion business. McMillon talked with HBR about the ups and downs of Walmart’s journey, its $3 billion purchase of Jet.com, and how he plans to respond to America’s shifting political winds.

HBR: When you became CEO of Walmart, what was your top priority?

McMillon: Walmart is more than 50 years old, and it was built with a purpose. But the world is changing quickly. When I moved into this role, it seemed clear that the board wanted me to have the mindset that I might be in the job for a while. They said: “The company needs to go through quite a bit of change. So don’t just run it. Don’t just maintain it. Get it prepared for the future.” That’s what we’ve been trying to do.

Does that primarily mean going digital?

E-commerce and going digital are definitely near the top of our list. But there are other imperatives: Are we positioned right geographically in the 28 global markets we’re in? Culturally, do we have the behaviors we need to deal with the future? And what has to change in our brick-and-mortar environment?

Are you certain that physical stores are part of your future?

Our goal is to be able to serve our future customers. To do that, we need to build a strong and capable e-commerce business—but also to strengthen what we’re doing in stores. Customers want to save money and time and have the broadest assortment of items, and we think that by bringing e-commerce and digital capabilities together with the stores, we can do things that a pure e-commerce player can’t.

Is it possible you’re adapting your strategy to conform to the reality that you already maintain thousands of stores? Or are you confident that integration is the best approach?

The reality is that customers want everything. They want to go online to see hundreds of millions of items and to find anything they’re looking for. But many also want to have a delightful experience in a physical store environment.

Walmart is all about low prices. But is the convenience of online shopping becoming more critical than price?

Low prices at Walmart are a given. Customers almost take that for granted. But they also want to save time, and that goal is increasing in importance relative to just saving money. You can’t build a business today that’s successful purely on price. The old trade-off of service versus low prices no longer makes sense.

Walmart was late getting into e-commerce. Why did it take so long? Was it simply that the old model was so profitable that there was no urgency to change?

We wish we had been more aggressive early on, no doubt. In some ways we experienced what Clay Christensen calls the “innovator’s dilemma.” We hired talent, invested, and just kind of meandered along rather than hammering down, being aggressive, and making it a must-win aspect of our business. That’s partly because we had a bird in hand. We knew that if we continued to open Walmart Supercenters, they would do well. Traffic in the United States is still going up. But digital conversion for us has to be about more than just serving the customer on the front end. It’s about more than e-commerce. We need to introduce digitization across all our functions and jobs so that we can be faster and more efficient. There is still too much paper pushing in our business.

Customers want everything. You can’t build a successful business purely on price.

Walmart was always the leader in analytics and customer understanding. Now, in the big data era, that level of understanding is almost table stakes for retailers. How do you maintain a competitive advantage?

The challenge is figuring out how to get people to work together in the right ways. We have a big team in Silicon Valley now. We have a big tech team here in Bentonville and another in India. We have a Jet.com office in New Jersey. How do we design the company to create the seamless experience that customers want? When do we work together? When do we not work together? Who’s responsible for what?

How do you ensure that the people leading your core business remain motivated as attention and resources go to the newer, digital operations?

The people who run the older parts of our business must also become digital. We can’t have some people live in yesterday while others live in tomorrow. And given the effects of inertia, we need people to lean into the future even more than other companies might. We’re trying to move large numbers of people to change their established habits.

How do you communicate that urgency across the company?

We’re in a constant educational process. We set goals, we meet face-to-face in groups and individually. We give people things to read, including HBR pieces. People learn in different ways. Some say they really get it when you show them a case study. For others, it’s more conceptual.

Are you finding that some employees lack the skills and attributes to make this journey?

Yes, it’s logical that as you lead change like this, you’ll get different responses. You’ll have some people at “hello,” but others will take more time or won’t want to change. We’ve seen some departures, and we’ll see more. But we have a lot of well-educated, bright people in the company, and I’m confident that as a group we’ll be able to move forward.

Walmart faces competition from below on price and from above on quality. And then there’s Amazon, the giant in online retail. What does winning mean for you in this environment?

We try to focus on the customer more than on the competition. Of course, we have competitors in our peripheral vision, and we try to learn from them. We’re trying to hire great talent in the digital area. We’ve made acquisitions, and I’m sure we’ll do more. We’re also more open to partnering than we were in the past. We don’t need to build everything on our own.

Let’s talk more about Amazon. How does Walmart stack up against it?

Let me try to answer that question by showing you a couple of things. When I first took this job, I gave this book, The Everything Store [Brad Stone’s in-depth look at Amazon], to all my officers. I told them to read it and understand it, and then we discussed it together in meetings.

And this book is a replica of the 1908 Sears, Roebuck catalog. Look at the assortment: They’ve got beds, plates, pianos, food. There’s a fireplace, a shotgun, and, what’s that, feathers? There are bridal hats. In other words, breadth of assortment existed in 1908. Back then people were getting deliveries over the newly established railroad system. And then this innovative company called Sears, Roebuck came up with the idea of setting up outlets and became a combined store-and-catalog business, focusing on assortment, value, and service. The stores were close to customers, who could get what they wanted immediately—and we know that humans like instant gratification.

And you think Walmart’s version of a dual model can beat Amazon’s?

As a retailer, we’ve had fun watching what Amazon has built. The site is really cool. It’s an innovative marketplace: Customers save time and get an assortment. So how do we continue what we’ve been doing yet also create these things ourselves? Our goal is to copy what we should copy, invent what we should invent, and end up winning by changing what we do and how we do it—without changing who we are. We’ve done a lot of introspection in the past few years, and we feel that our purpose, values, and culture are timeless. History shows that most retailers don’t survive disruptive change, but we’re confident that we can make it.

How is the digital transformation going so far? What’s the biggest challenge?

Speed. If you compare our e-commerce business with almost anybody else’s, you’d say it’s a pretty good business. In fiscal 2016, our global e-commerce sales increased about 12%, to $13.7 billion. But when you look at what the leader is doing, we’re far short of where we should be. And that’s just in e-commerce; there’s a lot of other digital conversion that needs to happen. We’re thinking in the right way, and we’re moving but not fast enough. I’m frustrated by that.

What’s the ultimate value of the Jet.com purchase? Why did you pay $3 billion for Jet instead of building that kind of platform internally?

We were making progress with Walmart.com without Jet, but it just wasn’t enough. The transparent customer experience that [CEO] Marc Lore and the rest of Jet had built was attractive. Jet’s “smart basket” experience lets customers be actively involved in what price they pay, depending on how they buy things—with a debit card instead of a credit card, giving up return privileges, and so on. When we saw Jet, we saw a strong tech platform and a team that was culturally aligned with how we think about the world.

Is the goal to merge the platforms and brands?

We’ll share a lot of back-end stuff and eventually have a common tech platform and fulfillment business. But we’ll operate two separate brands with two separate identities.

Why keep the brands separate?

Jet has appealed to more urban, Millennial, and higher-income customers than Walmart has. And it has relationships with some brands that might not want to sell through Walmart.

Although Walmart recently raised wages, the company still faces reputational issues. How are you dealing with that?

We start with reality and try to focus on what we can do to make Walmart an even better company. And after that, we’ll talk about reputation. I’m really proud of our work in environmental and social sustainability—including the commitments we’re making on greenhouse gas. If the world knew what we’ve done for the past 10 years and what we’re doing to make things better holistically, I think our reputation would be dramatically better.

How do you respond to the lingering charges that Walmart mistreats its workers?

My first job with Walmart was unloading trucks in a warehouse. Then I worked as an assistant manager in a store, and I was lucky enough to get into our buyer-training program. I loved merchandising and had a career path that led me through Sam’s Club and Walmart International. I’ve had more opportunities in this company than I could have dreamed of. There are hundreds of thousands of people like me who have had that experience. But we haven’t been perfect. We’re trying some fairly dramatic changes to make the ladder of opportunity more real for everybody and to really create the meritocracy that we’ve aspired to have all along.

How do you do that?

You have to set the bottom rung, that place where workers get started, at the right level so that a college kid or someone who wants to build a career has an entry point. And then you have to space the rungs appropriately, with the right kind of support, so that people can climb as high as they want to go. We have invested in wages, in training, and elsewhere to create a system that can help you go as far as your capability and work ethic will take you.

Are you looking for a different kind of employee these days?

The future of retail will include more technology. We already have handheld units on the floor, and today more data is available for people to use. We need store associates and managers who can operate handheld devices, do analysis, ask questions, receive data, and basically run a store within a store. Imagine you’re trying to run a great toy department within a Walmart store. Your success depends on forecasting. How do you think about the weather? What’s going on in the community? What other variables do you look at? To attract the right kind of talent, we need to make some investments. And that will result in better stores.

Let’s talk about your role as CEO. What is it that you most need to focus on?

I’ve worked for the company for a long time, so it’s important for me to develop an outside-in view. If I were married to the things we’ve always done and, consciously or subconsciously, tried to protect them too much, I’d hold the company back. So I’ve tried to spend a lot of time outside it and to learn from other CEOs. I still visit our stores and clubs—don’t get me wrong. But I go to Silicon Valley frequently, and I meet with people from start-ups as well as larger companies that in some cases we do business with. I ask questions, trying to learn what it means to be digital. I also travel the world to learn what it means to be global. And then I try to use all of that to create the right strategy and the right level of paranoia to speed up change. I’m trying to leverage the collective perspective, wisdom, and experience of everyone I’ve been foreclosed homes for sale tulsa to and to lead Walmart as if it were a brand-new company on day one.

How do you know if you’re on the right path?

Well, first, I’m not doing this all by myself. But sure, there’s a risk associated with change. It might not work. But I would rather have us take a shot and reach for the future, so we can be here in 50 years, than just make the most out of the old system.

What’s your advice for other executives walmart one app customer service companies are going through disruptive change?

Act like a student and surround yourself with people who “get it.” Digital natives need to be part of banks in new providence nj management team as well as your board. Walmart’s board has included people like [Instagram cofounder and CEO] Kevin Systrom and [Yahoo CEO] Marissa Leica super elmar m 21mm do you keep learning?

I’m a curious person. You’re talking to a guy who was one of the first to have a Newton and a PalmPilot. I’ve got a Google Home in my kitchen, and I’m playing around with AI. I like learning new things, and so do a lot of Walmart’s leaders, and that gives us a shot.

Is Walmart experimenting with things foreclosed homes for sale tulsa speech recognition platforms, augmented reality, and virtual reality?

We have some work going on, but we’re behind in those areas. Virtual reality is going to happen. Machine learning is happening as we speak. We can’t afford to get too far behind on those things. In some of those areas we need to build our own capabilities. And in others we can partner.

Do you ever feel that the pace of change is out of control?

Once upon a time a company like ours might have made big strategic choices on an annual or quarterly cycle. Today strategy is daily. I speak from time to time with [former Procter & Gamble CEO] A.G. Lafley, and we had a chuckle not long ago over the idea that strategy is hourly now. As a CEO, you need to have a framework in your mind, but strategic thinking is much more fluid.

That sounds challenging.

It can be frustrating for your team. You don’t want to create an environment where they feel like they’re trying to hit a moving target every day. While you’re learning, you have to also be thoughtful about what you share with everyone else and how deliberate you are with the masses of people that work in your company. But, like it or not, strategy is happening on a much faster cycle time.

Once, companies made big strategic choices annually. Today strategy is daily.

Can you give an example of a quick strategic shift you’ve had to make?

One example is our online grocery business. If you look at e-commerce penetration by category, fresh food has tended to lag. But we have a fresh-food supply chain, and we have stores near the vast majority of America. So we want to use that advantage and combine it with mobile, which means people can order groceries on their phones and pick up their order when they want in the store parking lot. We also have a test going on with Uber, Lyft, and others to handle “last mile” delivery. These are things that we launched very quickly.

Let’s shift to global markets. Is Walmart’s future growth likely to come primarily from the United States or from overseas?

We used to have targets for growing the share of international revenue. But we don’t talk much about that these days because the United States still presents a growth opportunity. That said, we’re going to get growth from a lot of places. China is in a league of its own. India is important to figure out. Sub-Saharan Africa is exciting to us. We have businesses in Canada and the UK that remind us of the United States, with strong, capable teams. And then there’s Walmex, which covers Mexico and five Central American countries. That’s a large and important business for us.

How would you describe the balance between taking advantage of global scale and the need to differentiate each local market?

Our philosophy is to lean local first and to look for synergies and the benefits of scale second. Speed trumps size. Our markets, I believe without exception, all sell the majority of their merchandise from local suppliers. With fresh food and even canned merchandise, you don’t want to move things very far. With general merchandise and apparel, there is more of a global aspect. And in those areas we work together.

Do you worry, given what’s happening around the world politically, that we may be entering a phase of deglobalization?

The world is a global marketplace. You could choose to participate less, but other countries are still going to trade with each other. And the math says that over time trade is good for the United States—in terms of total GDP growth, in terms of saving people money, in terms of people living the life they want to live. We’re in favor of trade, but we realize that it has had a negative impact on isolated pockets.

What’s the role of the private sector in helping people cope with global change?

We haven’t done everything that we can as a country—and I’m talking about both the public and private sector—to prepare people to transition into the jobs of today and tomorrow. The world is not going to stop automating, so we have to upgrade our jobs and train people to be able to do them. Because if you have a job, you have everything. You have an opportunity to own a home, to make sure your kids get educated. All these things are related to each other.

If the United States were to slip into a trade war with China, what would that mean for Walmart?

There are many dimensions to that issue. Do Americans want U.S. manufacturing to grow and be successful? Yes. Do we want to export more? Yes. Do we also want to save money on, say, bicycles? Yes. So these tensions need to be worked out by government leaders as well as the private sector. At Walmart we engage in these discussions and try to make sure that people are informed.

What will the Walmart experience look like 10 years from now?

It will be more seamless, it will be underpinned by both digital and physical capabilities, and it will have sustainability components woven in. Our AI and logistics capability will make sure you have those items you always want in your pantry or refrigerator. For products that you want to explore, both digitally and physically, we’ll create environments where you can find something you might not have tried before.

What is your vision for sustainability?

Our hypothesis is that transparency is only going to increase, and customers will want companies and brands to make good decisions about how products are produced and sourced. That means that when you shop with us you know that you’re having a positive impact, socially and environmentally, on the world. By educating and informing our own people, we try to ensure that social and environmental sustainability thinking permeates the entire system.

Do customers care enough about that? Do these issues rise to the level of price and convenience?

Everything is a pecking order. If you have to pick between oxygen and water, you’ll take oxygen first. But do you also want water? You bet. Would you also like to eat? Uh-huh. Customers are similar. Do they want low prices? Yes. But they also expect us to make decisions that are good for the planet and good for the people that make the products in our supply chain. They want all of that. And the companies that provide it better than others will win.

Sustainability doesn’t seem to be a priority for the new U.S. administration. Is that a concern for you?

Sustainability is a part of who we are. It’s in our culture now. We don’t want to take it out and probably couldn’t. Putting in LED lighting has turned out to have a better ROI than the alternative, and the next new technology probably will, too. It might be that the payback period is longer, and you have to have the right time horizon in mind. But we began our sustainability efforts under a Republican administration, carried on with them during the past eight years, and are now accelerating them further. It’s good business, and our customers want us to do these things, regardless of which way the political winds may blow.

Are your shareholders patient with your efforts to pursue initiatives with longer-term payouts?

We have the benefit of having a family own half the company. In some cases that makes it easier for us to take a balanced approach. The board and the Walton family care about short-term results, but they also care about long-term results. More than anything else, they want Walmart to be a well-run, quality business that does good in the world. My management team and I are in a situation where we can balance short- and long-term thinking. I’m thankful for that.

A version of this article appeared in the March–April 2017 issue (pp.94–100) of Harvard Business Review.

Источник: https://hbr.org/2017/03/we-need-people-to-lean-into-the-future
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Our local community grants are awarded through an open application process and provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations in the U.S. Don’t know how to determine your local facility? Don’t worry, the application will assist you.

Guidelines

  • Local Community grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000.
  • Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.
  • The affirm wayfair payments grant cycle begins Feb. 1, 2021 and the application deadline is Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Applications may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain active in our system for 90 days, and at the end of this period they will be automatically rejected.
  • Organizations may only submit a total number of 25 applications and/or receive up to 25 grants within the 2021 grant cycle.
  • All organizations applying for a Local Community grant must be CyberGrants FrontDoor verified prior to applying.

Eligibility Checklist

Organizations applying must meet one of following criteria:

  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3), or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed on the IRS Master File and conducting activities within the United States (excluding nationally sponsored organizations, such as American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Children’s Miracle Network and United Way) and CyberGrants FrontDoor verified.
  • A recognized government entity: state, county or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes and CyberGrants FrontDoor verified.
  • A K-12 public or nonprofit private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or a church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and clothing closets and CyberGrants FrontDoor verified.
  • Non-charities, including organizations recognized as 501(c)(4)s, like homeowner’s associations, civic leagues, or volunteer fire companies, are excluded

Selection Process

  • Management at the facility to which you are applying will review the application and make initial funding recommendations on all submitted requests.
  • Each facility manager may set the frequency and process in which application determinations are made.
  • The facility manager and the grant administrator reserve the right to adjust the amount awarded to each organization without prior notice.
  • Organizations will be notified of any decision via e-mail. All funding decisions are final.
  • If an organization is approved, grant checks will be mailed directly to the recipient’s address listed in the Cybergrant’s FrontDoor profile for the organization. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery.
  • In the event of being awarded a grant, organizations should contact the local facility from which funds were awarded in order to schedule a formal recognition event.

All grant applications are made subject to review of the organization’s reputation and activities and its agreement to comply with applicable terms and conditions. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding. Funding exclusions include: organizations that deny service, membership or other involvement on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran, or disability status.

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Walmart

American multinational retail chain

This article is about the retail chain. For other uses, see Walmart (disambiguation).

Walmart logo.svg

Walmart's current logo since 2008

Walmart Home Office.jpg

Walmart Home Office (headquarters) in December 2012

Formerly
  • Wal-Mart Discount City (1962–1969)
  • Wal-Mart, Inc. (1969–1970)
  • Wal–Mart Stores, Inc. (1970–2018)
TypePublic

Traded as

ISINUS9311421039
IndustryRetail
Founded
FounderSam Walton
Headquarters

Bentonville, Arkansas

,

U.S.

Number of locations

Decrease 10,566 stores worldwide (October 31, 2021)[3]

Area served

Worldwide

Key people

ProductsSupermarket, Hypermarket, Superstore, Convenience shop
Services
RevenueIncreaseUS$559.2 billion (2021)[4]

Operating income

IncreaseUS$22.55 billion (2021)[4]

Net income

IncreaseUS$13.70 billion (2021)[4]
Total assetsIncreaseUS$252.5 billion (2021)[4]
Total equityIncreaseUS$87.53 billion (2021)[4]
OwnerWalton family (50.85%)[5]

Number of employees

2,300,000 (2021)[4]
Divisions
  • Walmart U.S.
  • Walmart International
  • Sam's Club
  • Global eCommerce
SubsidiariesList of subsidiaries
Websitewalmart.com
Footnotes / references
[6][7][8]

Walmart Inc. (; formerly Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.) is an American multinational retail corporation that operates a chain of hypermarkets (also called supercenters), discount department stores, and grocery stores from the United States, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas.[9] The company was founded by Sam Walton in nearby Rogers, Arkansas in 1962 and incorporated under Delaware General Corporation Law on October 31, 1969. It also owns and operates Sam's Club retail warehouses.[10][11] As of October 31, 2021,[update] Walmart has 10,566 stores and clubs in 24 countries, operating under 48 different names.[3][12] The company operates under the name Walmart in the United States and Canada, as Walmart de México y Centroamérica in Mexico and Central America, and as Flipkart Wholesale in India. It has wholly owned operations in Chile, Canada, and South Africa. Since August 2018, Walmart holds only a minority stake in Walmart Brasil, which was renamed Grupo Big in August 2019, with 20 percent of the company's shares, and private equity firm Advent International holding 80 percent ownership of the company.

Walmart is the world's largest company by revenue, with US$548.743 billion, according to the FortuneGlobal 500 list in 2020. It is also the largest private employer in the world with 2.2 million employees. It is a publicly traded family-owned business, as the company is controlled by the Walton family. Sam Walton's heirs own over 50 percent of Walmart through both their holding company Walton Enterprises and their individual holdings.[13] Walmart was the largest United States grocery retailer in 2019, and 65 percent of Walmart's US$510.329 billion sales came from U.S. operations.[14][15]

Walmart was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972. By 1988, it was the most profitable retailer in the U.S.,[16] and it had become the largest in terms of revenue by October 1989.[17] The company was originally geographically limited to the South and lower Midwest, but it had stores walmart one app customer service coast to coast by the early 1990s. Sam's Club opened in New Jersey in November 1989, and the first California outlet opened in Lancaster, in July 1990. A Walmart in York, Pennsylvania, opened in October 1990, the first main store in the Northeast.[18]

Walmart's investments outside the U.S. have seen mixed results. Its operations and subsidiaries in Canada,[19] the United Kingdom,[20] Central America, South America, and China are successful, but its ventures failed in Germany, Japan, and South Korea.[21][22][23]

History[edit]

Main article: History of Walmart

1945–1969: Early history[edit]

Picture of Sam Walton's original Five and Dime store in Bentonville, Arkansas, now serving as The Walmart Museum.
Sam Walton's original Walton's Five and Dime Store in Bentonville, Arkansas, now serving as The Walmart Museum

In 1945, businessman and former J. C. Penney employee Sam Walton bought a branch of the Ben Franklin stores from the Butler Brothers.[24] His primary focus was selling products at low prices to get higher-volume sales at a lower profit margin, portraying it as a crusade for the consumer. He experienced setbacks because the lease price and branch purchase were unusually high, but he was able to find lower-cost suppliers than those used by other stores and was consequently able to undercut his competitors on pricing.[25] Sales increased 45 percent in his first year of ownership to US$105,000 in revenue, which increased to $140,000 the next year and $175,000 the year after that. Within the fifth year, the store was generating $250,000 in revenue. The lease then expired for the location and Walton was unable to reach an agreement for renewal, so he opened up a new store at 105 N. Main Street in Bentonville, naming it "Walton's Five and Dime".[25][26] That store is now the Walmart Museum.[27]

On July 2, 1962, Walton opened the first Wal-Mart Discount City store at 719 W. Walnut Street in Rogers, Arkansas. Its design was inspired by Ann & Hope, which Walton visited in 1961, as did Kmart founder Harry B. Cunningham.[28][29] The building is now occupied by a hardware store and an antiques mall, while the company's "Store #1" has since expanded to a Supercenter several blocks west at 2110 W. Walnut Street. Within its first five years, the company expanded to 18 stores in Arkansas and reached $9 million in sales.[30] In 1968, it opened its first stores outside Arkansas in Sikeston, Missouri and Claremore, Oklahoma.[31]

1969–1990: Incorporation and growth as a regional power[edit]

The company was incorporated as Wal-Mart, Inc. on October 31, 1969, and changed its name to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in 1970. The same year, the company opened a home office and first distribution center in Bentonville, Arkansas. It had 38 stores operating with 1,500 employees and sales of $44.2 million. It began trading stock as a publicly held company on October 1, 1970, and was soon listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The first stock split occurred in May 1971 at a price of $47 per share. By this time, Walmart was operating in five states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Oklahoma; it entered Tennessee in 1973 and Kentucky and Mississippi in 1974. As the company moved into Texas in 1975, there were 125 stores with 7,500 employees and total sales of $340.3  million.[31]

In the 1980s, Walmart continued to grow rapidly, and by the company's 25th anniversary in 1987, there were 1,198 stores with sales of $15.9  billion and 200,000 associates.[31]

This year also marked the completion of the company's satellite network, a $24 million investment linking all stores with two-way voice and data transmissions and one-way video communications with the Bentonville office. At the time, the company was the largest private satellite network, allowing the corporate office to track inventory and sales and to instantly communicate to stores.[32] By 1984, Sam Walton had begun to source between 6% and 40% of his company's products from China.[33] In 1988, Walton stepped down as CEO and was replaced by David Glass.[34] Walton remained as chairman of the board. During this year, the first Walmart Supercenter opened in Washington, MO.[35]

With the contribution of its superstores, the company surpassed Toys "R" Us in toy sales in 1998.[36][37]

1990–2005: Retail rise to multinational status[edit]

Logo walmart one app customer service 1992–2008, still used in some locations and on many semi-truck trailers.

While it was the third-largest retailer in the United States, Walmart was more profitable than rivals Kmart and Sears by the late 1980s. By 1990, it became the largest U.S. retailer by revenue.[38]

Prior to the summer of 1990, Walmart had no presence on the West Coast or in the Northeast (except for a single Sam's Club in New Jersey which opened in November 1989), but in July and October that year, it opened its first stores in California and Pennsylvania, respectively. By the mid-1990s, it was the most powerful retailer in the U.S. and expanded into Mexico in 1991 and Canada in 1994.[39] Walmart stores opened throughout the rest of the U.S., with Vermont being the last state to get a store in 1995.[40]

The company also opened stores outside North America, entering South America in 1995 with stores in Argentina and Brazil; and Europe in July 1999, buying Asda in the United Kingdom for US$10 billion.[41]

In 1997, Walmart was added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average.[42]

In 1998, Walmart introduced the Neighborhood Market concept with three stores in Arkansas.[43] By 2005, estimates indicate that the company controlled about 20 percent of the retail grocery and consumables business.[44]

In 2000, H. Lee Scott became Walmart's president and CEO as the company's sales increased to $165 billion.[45] In 2002, it was listed for the first time as America's largest corporation on the Fortune 500 list, with revenues of $219.8 billion and profits of $6.7 billion. It has remained there every year except 2006, 2009, and 2012.[46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53][54][55][56]

In 2005, Walmart reported US$312.4 billion in sales, more than 6,200 facilities around the world—including 3,800 stores in the United States and 2,800 elsewhere, employing more than 1.6 million associates. Its U.S. presence grew so rapidly that only small pockets of the country remained more than 60 miles (97 kilometers) from the nearest store.[57]

As Walmart expanded rapidly into the world's largest corporation, many critics worried about its effect on local communities, particularly small towns with many "mom and pop" stores. There have been several studies on the economic impact of Walmart on small towns and local businesses, jobs, and taxpayers. Federal reserve bank services routing number lookup one, Kenneth Stone, a professor of economics at Iowa State University, found that some small towns can lose almost half of their retail trade within ten years of a Walmart store opening.[58] However, in another study, he compared the changes to what small-town shops had faced in the past—including the development of the railroads, the advent of the Sears Roebuck catalog, and the arrival of shopping malls—and concluded that shop owners who adapt to changes in the retail market can thrive after Walmart arrives.[58] A later study in collaboration with Mississippi State University showed that there are "both positive and negative impacts on existing stores in the area where the new supercenter locates."[59]

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, Walmart used its logistics network to organize a rapid response to the disaster, donating $20 million, 1,500 truckloads of merchandise, food for 100,000 meals, and the promise of a job for every one of its displaced workers.[60] An independent study by Steven Horwitz of St. Lawrence University found that Walmart, The Home Depot, and Lowe's made use of their local knowledge about supply chains, infrastructure, decision makers and other resources to provide emergency supplies and reopen stores well before the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began its response.[61] While the company was overall lauded for its quick response amidst criticism of FEMA, several critics were quick to point out that there still remained issues with the company's labor relations.[62]

2005–2010: Initiatives[edit]

Environmental initiatives[edit]

In November 2005, Walmart announced several environmental measures to increase energy efficiency and improve its overall environmental record, which had previously been lacking.[63] The company's primary goals included spending $500 million a year to increase fuel efficiency in Walmart's truck fleet by 25 percent over three years and double it within ten; reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in seven years; reduce energy use at stores by 30 percent; and cut solid waste from U.S. stores and Sam's Clubs by 25 percent in three years. CEO Lee Scott said that Walmart's goal was to be a "good steward of the environment" and ultimately use only renewable energy sources and produce zero waste.[64] The company also designed three new experimental stores with wind turbines, photovoltaic solar panels, biofuel-capable boilers, water-cooled refrigerators, and xeriscape gardens.[65] In this time, Walmart also became the biggest seller of organic milk and the biggest buyer of organic cotton in the world, while reducing packaging and energy costs.[63] In 2007, the company worked with outside consultants to discover its total environmental impact and find areas for improvement. Walmart created its own electric company in Texas, Texas Retail Energy, planned to supply its stores with cheap power purchased at wholesale prices. Through this new venture, the company expected to save $15 million annually and also to lay the groundwork and infrastructure to sell electricity to Texas consumers in the future.[66]

Branding and store design changes[edit]

In 2006, Walmart announced that it would remodel its U.S. stores to help it appeal to a wider variety of demographics, including more affluent shoppers. As part of the initiative, the company launched a new store in Plano, Texas, that included high-end electronics, jewelry, expensive wines and a sushi bar.[67]

On September 12, 2007, Walmart introduced new advertising with the slogan, "Save money. Live better.", replacing "Always Low Prices, Always", which it had used since 1988. Global Insight, which conducted the research that supported the ads, found that Walmart's price level reduction resulted in savings for consumers of $287 billion in 2006, which equated to $957 per person or $2,500 per household (up 7.3 percent from the 2004 savings estimate of $2,329).[68]

On June 30, 2008, Walmart removed the hyphen from its logo and replaced the star with a Spark symbol that resembles a sunburst, flower, or star. The new logo received mixed reviews from design critics who questioned whether the new logo was as bold as those of competitors, such as the Target bullseye, or as instantly recognizable as the previous company logo, which was used for 18 years.[69] The new logo made its debut on the company's website on July 1, 2008, and its U.S. locations updated store logos in the fall of 2008.[70] Walmart Canada started to adopt the logo for its stores in early 2009.[71]

Acquisitions and employee benefits[edit]

On March 20, 2009, Walmart announced that it was paying a combined US$933.6 million in bonuses to every full and part-time hourly worker.[72] This was in addition to $788.8 million in profit sharing, 401(k) pension contributions, hundreds of millions of dollars in merchandise discounts, and contributions to the employees' stock purchase plan.[73] While the economy at large was in an ongoing recession, Walmart reported solid financial figures for the fiscal year ending January 31, 2009, with $401.2 billion in net sales, a gain of 7.2 percent from the prior year. Income from continuing operations increased 3 percent walmart one app customer service $13.3 billion, and earnings per share rose 6 percent to $3.35.[citation needed]

On February 22, 2010, the company confirmed it was acquiring video streaming company Vudu, Inc. for an estimated $100 million.[74]

In May 2021, Walmart acquired the Israeli startup Zeekit startup for $200 million. Zeekit uses artificial intelligence to allow customers to try on clothing via a dynamic virtual platform.[75]

2011–2019[edit]

A truck converted to run on biofuel
A Walmart Pickup location in Canada

Walmart's truck fleet logs millions of miles each year, and the company planned to double the fleet's efficiency between 2005 and 2015.[76] The truck pictured is one of 15 based at Walmart's Buckeye, Arizona, distribution center that was converted to run on biofuel from reclaimed cooking grease made during food preparation at Walmart stores.[77]

In January 2011, Walmart announced a program to improve the nutritional value of its store brands over five years, gradually reducing the amount of salt and sugar and completely eliminating trans fat. Walmart also promised to negotiate with suppliers with respect to nutritional issues, reduce prices for whole foods and vegetables, and open stores in low-income areas, so-called "food deserts", where there are no supermarkets.[78] On April 23, 2011, the company announced that it was testing its new "Walmart To Go" home delivery system where customers will be able to order specific items offered on their website. The initial test was in San Jose, California, and the company has not yet said whether the delivery system will be rolled out nationwide.[79]

On November 14, 2012, Walmart launched its first mail subscription service called Goodies. Customers pay a $7 monthly subscription for five to eight delivered food samples each month, so they can try new foods.[80] The service shut down in late 2013.[81]

In August 2013, the firm announced it was in talks to acquire a majority stake in the Kenya-based supermarket chain, Naivas.[82]

In June 2014, some Walmart employees went on strike in major U.S. cities demanding higher wages.[83] In July 2014, American actor and comedian Tracy Morgan launched a lawsuit against Walmart seeking punitive damages over a multi-car pile-up which the suit alleges was caused by the driver of one of the firm's tractor-trailers who had not slept for 24 hours. Morgan's limousine was apparently hit by the trailer, injuring him and two fellow passengers and killing a fourth, fellow comedian James McNair.[84] Walmart settled with the McNair family for $10 million, while admitting no liability.[85] Morgan and Walmart reached a settlement in 2015 for an undisclosed amount,[86] though Walmart later accused its insurers of "bad faith" in refusing to pay the settlement.[87]

In 2015, the company closed five stores on short notice for plumbing repairs.[88] However, employees and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) alleged some stores were closed in retaliation for strikes aimed at increasing wages and improving working conditions.[89] The UFCW filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. All five stores have since reopened.[90]

In 2015, Walmart was the biggest US commercial producer of solar power with 142 MWcapacity, and had 17 energy storage projects.[91][92] This solar was primarily on rooftops, whereas there is an additional 20,000 m2 for solar canopies over parking lots.[93]

Walmart Supercenter in Grundy, Virginia(Store #3303). This store was built as part of a $200 million revitalization project.[94][95]The store was built on top of a two-story parking garage, the only one of its kind in the United States.[96]

On January 15, 2016, Walmart announced it would close 269 stores in 2016, affecting 16,000 workers.[97] One hundred and fifty-four of these stores earmarked for closure were in the U.S. (150 Walmart U.S. stores, 115 Walmart International stores, and 4 Sam's Clubs). Ninety-five percent of these U.S. stores were located, on average, 10 miles from another Walmart store.[98] The 269 stores represented less than 1 percent of global square footage and revenue for the company. All 102 locations of Walmart Express, which had been in a pilot program since 2011, were included in the closures. Walmart planned to focus on "strengthening Supercenters, optimizing Neighborhood Markets, growing the e-commerce business and expanding pickup services for customers". In fiscal 2017, the company plans to open between 50 and 60 Supercenters, 85 to 95 Neighborhood Markets, 7 to 10 Sam's Clubs, and 200 to 240 international locations.[98] At the end of fiscal 2017, Walmart opened 38 Supercenters and relocated, expanded or converted 21 discount stores into Supercenters, for a total of 59 Supercenters, and opened 69 Neighborhood Markets, 8 Sam's Clubs, and 173 international locations, and relocated, expanded or converted 4 locations for a total of 177 international locations. On August 8, 2016, Walmart announced a deal to acquire e-commerce website Jet.com for US$3.3 billion.[99][100] Jet.com co-founder and CEOMarc Lore stayed on to run Jet.com in addition to Walmart's existing U.S. e-commerce operation. The acquisition was structured as a payout of $3 billion in cash, and an additional $300 million in Walmart stock vested over time as part of an incentive bonus plan for Jet.com executives.[101] On October 19, 2016, Walmart announced it would partner with IBM and Tsinghua University to track the pork supply chain in China using blockchain.[102]

On February 15, 2017, Walmart announced the acquisition of Moosejaw, a leading online active outdoor retailer, for approximately $51 million. The acquisition closed on February 13, 2017.[103] On June 16, 2017, Walmart agreed to acquire the men's apparel company Bonobos for $310 million in an effort to expand its fashion holdings.[104] On September 29, 2017, Walmart acquired Parcel, a technology-based, same-day and last-mile delivery company in Brooklyn.[105] In 2018, Walmart started crowdsourcing delivery services to customers using drivers' private vehicles, under the brand "Spark".[106]

On December 6, 2017, Walmart announced that it will change its corporate name to Walmart Inc. from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. effective February 1, 2018.[107][108]

On January 11, 2018, Walmart announced that 63 Sam's Club locations in cities including Memphis, Houston, Seattle, and others would be closing. Some of the stores had already liquidated, without notifying employees; some employees learned by a company-wide email delivered January 11. All of the 63 stores were gone from the Sam's Club website as of the morning of January 11. Walmart said that ten of the stores will become e-commerce distribution centers and employees can reapply to work at those locations. Business Insider magazine calculated that over 11,000 workers will be affected.[109][110] On the same day, Walmart announced that as a result of the new tax law, it would be raising Walmart starting wages, distributing bonuses, expanding its leave policies and contributing toward the cost of employees' adoptions. Doug McMillon, Walmart's CEO, said, "We are early in the stages of assessing the opportunities tax reform creates for us to invest in our customers and associates and to further strengthen our business, all of which should benefit our shareholders."[111]

In March 2018, Walmart announced that it is producing its own brand of meal kits in all of its stores that is priced under Blue Apron designed to serve two people.[112]

It was reported that Walmart is now looking at entering the subscription-video space, hoping to compete with Netflix and Amazon. They have enlisted the help of former Epix CEO, Mark Greenberg, to help develop a low-cost subscription video-streaming service.[113]

In September 2018, Walmart partnered with comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to launch a new brand of women's apparel and accessories called EV1.[114]

On February 26, 2019, Walmart announced that it had acquired Tel Aviv-based product review start-up Aspectiva for an undisclosed sum.[115]

In May 2019, Walmart announced the launch of free one-day shipping on more than 220,000 items with minimum purchase amount of $35.[116] The initiative first launched in Las Vegas and the Phoenix area.[117]

In September 2019, Walmart made the announcement that it would cease the sale of all e-cigarettes due to "regulatory complexity and uncertainty" over the products. Earlier in 2019, Walmart stopped selling fruit-flavored e-cigarette and had raised the minimum age to 21 for the purchase of products containing tobacco.[118] That same month, Walmart opened its first Health Center, a "medical mall" where customers can purchase primary care services, such as vision tests, dental exams and root canals, lab work, X-rays and EKGs, counseling, and fitness and diet classes. Prices without insurance were listed, for instance, at $30 for an annual physical and $45 for a counseling session.[119] Continuing with its health care initiative, they opened a 2,600 square feet (240 m2) health and wellness clinic prototype in Springdale, Arkansas just to expand services.[120]

As of October 2019, Walmart stopped selling all live fish and aquatic plants.[121]

2020s: Continuing growth and development[edit]

Signs on a Walmart indicated changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic

This decade, as with many other companies, started off very unorthodox and unusual, due to the large part of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including store closures, limited store occupancy, and employment, along with social distancing protocols.

In March 2020, due to the pandemic, Walmart changed some of its employee benefits. Employees can now decide to stay home and take unpaid leave if they feel unable to work or uncomfortable coming to work. Additionally, Walmart employees who contract the virus will receive "up to two weeks of pay". After two weeks, hourly associates who are unable to return to work are eligible for up to 26 weeks in pay.[122] During this pandemic, people who work temporary receive $150 but for those who work full-time get a bonus of $300 issuing all of the employees more than $390M starting on June 5.[123] Previously during the pandemic on April 2, the bonus cash totaling was more than $365. In July 2020, Walmart announced that all customers would be required to wear masks in all stores nationwide, including Sam's Club.[124] In the third quarter of 2020, ending October 31, Walmart reported revenue of $134.7 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 5.2 percent.[125]

In December 2020, Walmart launched a new service, Carrier Pickup, that allows the customers to schedule a return for a product bought online, in-store, or from a third-party vendor. These services can be initiated on the Walmart App or on the website.[126]

In January 2021, Walmart announced that the company is launching a fintech startup, with venture partner Ribbit Capital, to provide financial products for consumers and employees.[127]

In February 2021, Walmart acquired technology from Thunder Industries, which uses automation to create digital ads, to expand its online marketing capabilities.[128]

In August 2021, Walmart announced it would open its Spark crowdsource delivery to other businesses as a white-label service, competing with Postmates and online food ordering delivery companies.[106]

In December 2021, Walmart announced it will participate in the Stephens Investment Conference Wednesday, and the Morgan Stanley Virtual Global Consumer & Retail Conference.[129]

Operating divisions[edit]

Map of countries with Walmart stores
Legend:

  Current market locations

  Former market locations

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See also: List of assets owned by Walmart

Map of Walmart locations in the United States, as of December 2020[update]

Walmart's operations are organized into four divisions: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, Sam's Club and Global eCommerce.[130] The company offers various retail formats throughout these divisions, including supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash-and-carry stores, city national bank dunbar wv hours improvement, specialty electronics, restaurants, apparel stores, drugstores, convenience stores, and digital retail.[131]

Walmart U.S.[edit]

Walmart U.S. is the company's largest division, accounting for US$331.666 billion, or 65 percent of total sales, for fiscal 2019.[14][15] It consists of three retail formats that have become commonplace in the United States: Supercenters, Discount Stores, Neighborhood Markets, and other small formats. The discount stores sell a variety of mostly non-grocery products, though emphasis has now shifted towards supercenters, which include more groceries. As of October 31, 2021,[update] there are a total of 4,742 Walmart U.S. stores.[3] In the United States, 90 percent of the population resides within 10 miles of a Walmart store.[132] The total number of Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club combined is 5,342.[3]

The president and CEO of Walmart U.S. is John Furner.[133]

Walmart Supercenter[edit]

Walmart Supercenters, branded simply as "Walmart", are hypermarkets with sizes varying from 69,000 to 260,000 square feet (6,400 to 24,200 square meters), usa mobility averaging about 178,000 square feet (16,500 square meters).[12] These stock general merchandise and a full-service supermarket, including meat and poultry, baked goods, delicatessen, frozen foods, dairy products, garden produce, and fresh seafood. Many Walmart Supercenters also have a garden center, pet shop, pharmacy, Tire & Lube Express, optical center, one-hour photo processing lab, portrait studio, and numerous alcove shops, such as cellular phone stores, hair and nail salons, video rental stores, local bank branches (such as Woodforest National Bank branches in newer locations), and fast food outlets.

Many Walmart Supercenters have featured McDonald's restaurants, but in 2007, Walmart announced it would stop opening McDonald's restaurants at most of their newer stores. Most locations that opened up after the announcement had Subway as their restaurants, and some McDonald's inside the stores were replaced with Subways.[134]

Some locations also have fuel stations which sell gasoline distributed by Murphy USA (which spun off from Murphy Oil in 2013), Sunoco, Inc. ("Optima"), the Tesoro Corporation ("Mirastar"), USA Gasoline, and even now Walmart-branded gas stations.[135]

The first Supercenter opened in Washington, Missouri, in 1988. A similar concept, Hypermart USA, had opened a year earlier in Garland, Texas. All Hypermart USA stores were later closed or converted into Supercenters.

As of October 31, 2021,[update] there were 3,571 Walmart Supercenters in 49 of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.[3] Hawaii is the only state to not have a Supercenter location. The largest Supercenter in the world, covering 260,000 square feet (24,000 square meters) on two floors, is located in Crossgates Commons in Albany, New York.[136]

A typical supercenter sells approximately 120,000 items, compared to the 35 million products sold in Walmart's online store.[137]

The "Supercenter" name has since been phased out, with these stores now simply referred to as "Walmart", since the company introduced the new Walmart logo in 2008. However, the branding is still used in Walmart's Canadian stores (spelled as "Supercentre" in Canadian English).[138]

Walmart Discount Store[edit]

Walmart Discount Stores, also branded as simply "Walmart", are discount department stores with sizes varying from 30,000 to walmart one app customer service square feet (2,800 to 20,500 square meters), with the average store covering 106,000 square feet (9,800 square meters).[12] They carry general merchandise and limited groceries. Some newer and remodeled discount stores have an expanded grocery department, similar to Target's PFresh department. Many of these stores also feature a garden center, pharmacy, Tire & Lube Express, optical center, one-hour photo processing lab, portrait studio, a bank branch, a cell phone store, and a fast food outlet. Some also have gasoline stations.[135] Discount Stores were Walmart's original concept, though they have since been surpassed by Supercenters.

In 1990, Walmart opened its first Bud's Discount City location in Bentonville. Bud's operated as a closeout store, much like Big Lots. Many locations were opened to fulfill leases in shopping centers as Walmart stores left and moved into newly built Supercenters. All of the Bud's Discount City stores had closed or converted into Walmart Discount Stores by 1997.[139]

At its peak in 1996, there were 1,995 Walmart Bank of america online banking bill pay sign in Stores,[140] but as of October 31, 2021, that number was dropped to 371.[3]

Walmart Neighborhood Market[edit]

Walmart Neighborhood Market, sometimes branded as "Neighborhood Market by Walmart" or informally known as "Neighborhood Walmart", is Walmart's chain of smaller grocery stores ranging from 28,000 to 65,000 square feet (2,600 to 6,000 square meters) and averaging about 42,000 square feet (3,900 square meters), about a fifth of the size of a Walmart Supercenter.[12][141] The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened ten years after the first Supercenter opened, yet Walmart renewed its focus on the smaller grocery store format in the 2010s.[142]

The stores focus on three of Walmart's major sales categories: groceries, which account for about 55 percent of the company's revenue,[143][144] pharmacy, and, at some stores, fuel.[145] For groceries and consumables, the stores sell fresh produce, deli and bakery items, prepared foods, meat, dairy, organic, general grocery and frozen foods, in addition to cleaning products and pet supplies.[141][146] Some stores offer wine and beer sales[141] and drive-through pharmacies.[147] Some stores, such as one at Midtown Center in Bentonville, Arkansas, offer made-to-order pizza with a seating area for eating.[147] Customers can also use Walmart's site-to-store operation and pick up online orders at Walmart Neighborhood Market stores just like the Supercenters[148]

Products at Walmart Neighborhood Market stores carry the same prices as those at Walmart's larger supercenters. A Moody's analyst said the wider company's pricing structure gives the chain of grocery stores a "competitive advantage" over competitors Whole Foods, Kroger and Trader Joe's.[145]

Neighborhood Market stores expanded slowly at first as a way to fill gaps between Walmart Supercenters and Discount Stores in existing markets.[149] In its first 12 years, the company opened about 180 Walmart Neighborhood Markets.[149] By 2010, Walmart said it was ready to accelerate its expansion plans for the grocery stores.[149] As of October 31, 2021,[update] there were 683 Walmart Neighborhood Markets,[3] each employing between 90 and 95 full-time and part-time workers.[150] There are also currently 12 Amigo supermarkets in Puerto Rico. The total number of Neighborhood Markets and Amigo combined is 695, while the total number of the former two and other small formats combined is 800.

Former stores and concepts[edit]

A Walmart Neighborhood Market originally planned to be a Walmart Express in Alma, Georgiain September 2015 (Store #4229). This location closed in 2016 as part of a plan to close 269 stores globally.

Walmart opened Supermercado de Walmart locations to appeal to Hispanic communities in the United States.[151] The first one, a 39,000-square-foot (3,600-square-meter) store in the Spring Branch area of Houston, opened on April 29, 2009.[152] The store was a conversion of an existing Walmart Neighborhood Market.[153] In 2009, another Supermercado de Walmart opened in Phoenix, Arizona.[154] Both locations closed in 2014.[155] In 2009, Walmart opened "Mas Club", a warehouse retail operation patterned after Sam's Club. Its lone store also closed in 2014.[152]

Walmart Express was a chain of smaller discount stores with a range of services from groceries to check cashing and gasoline service. The concept was focused on small towns deemed unable to support a larger store and large cities where space was at a premium. Walmart planned to build 15 to 20 Walmart Express stores, focusing on Arkansas, North Carolina, and Chicago, by the end of its fiscal year in January 2012. As of September 2014,[update] Walmart re-branded all 22[156] of its Express format stores to Neighborhood Markets in an effort to streamline its retail offer. It continued to open new Express stores under the Neighborhood Market name. As of October 31, 2021,[update] there were 105 small-format stores in the United States. These include 94 other small formats, 8 convenience stores and 3 pickup locations.[3] On January 15, 2016, Walmart announced that it would be closing 269 stores globally, including 102 Neighborhood Markets that were formerly or originally planned to be Express stores.[157]

Initiatives[edit]

In September 2006, Walmart announced a pilot program to sell generic drugs at $4 per prescription. The program was launched at stores in the Tampa, Florida, area, and by January 2007 had been expanded to all stores in Florida. While the average price of generics is $29 per prescription, compared to $102 for name-brand drugs, Walmart maintains that it is not selling at a loss, or providing them as an act of charity—instead, they are using the same mechanisms of mass distribution that it uses to bring lower prices to other products.[158] Many of Walmart's low cost generics are imported from India, where they are made by drug makers that include Ranbaxy and Cipla.[159]

On February 6, 2007, the company launched a "beta" version of a movie download service, which sold about 3,000 films and television episodes from all major studios and television networks.[160] The service was discontinued on December 21, 2007, due to low sales.[161]

In 2008, Walmart started a pilot program in the small grocery store concept called Marketside in the metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, area. The four peets coffee jobs near me closed in 2011.[162]

In 2015, Walmart began testing a free grocery pickup service, allowing customers to select products online and choose their pickup time. At the store, a Walmart employee loads the groceries into the customer's car. As of December 17, 2017,[update] the service is available in 39 U.S. states.[163]

In May 2016, Walmart announced a change to ShippingPass, its three-day shipping service, and that it will move from a three-day delivery to two-day delivery to remain competitive with Amazon.[164] Walmart priced it at 49 dollars per year, compared to Amazon Prime's 99-dollar-per-year price.[165][166]

In June 2016, Walmart and Sam's Club announced that they would begin testing a last-mile grocery delivery that used services including Uber, Lyft, and Deliv, to bring customers' orders to their homes. Walmart customers would be able to shop using the company's online grocery service at grocery.walmart.com, then request delivery at checkout for a small fee. The first tests were planned to go live in Denver and Phoenix.[167] Walmart announced on March 14, 2018, that it would expand online delivery to 100 metropolitan regions in the United States, the equivalent of 40 percent of households, by the end of the year of 2018.[168]

Walmart's Winemakers Selection private label wine was introduced in June 2018 in about 1,100 stores. The wine, from domestic and international sources, was described by Washington Post food and wine columnist Dave McIntyre as notably good for the inexpensive ($11 to $16 per bottle) price level.[169]

In October 2019, Walmart announced that customers in 2,000 locations in 29 states can use the grocery pickup service for their adult beverage purchases. Walmart will also deliver adult beverages from nearly 200 stores across California and Florida.[170]

In February 2020, Walmart announced a new membership program called, "Walmart +". The news came shortly after Walmart announced the discontinuation of its personal shopping service, Jetblack.[171][172]

Numbers of stores by state[edit]

Locations as of July 30, 2021

Walmart International[edit]

As of October 31, 2021,[update] Walmart's international operations comprised 5,224 stores[3] and 800,000 workers in 23 countries outside the United States.[225] There are wholly owned operations in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and the UK. With 2.2 million employees worldwide, the company is the largest private employer in the U.S. and Mexico, and one of the largest in Canada.[7] In fiscal 2019 Walmart's international division sales were US$120.824 billion, or 23.7 percent of total sales.[14][15] International retail units range from 1,400 to 186,000 square feet (130 to 17,280 square meters), while wholesale units range from 24,000 to 156,000 square feet (2,200 to 14,500 square meters).[12] Judith McKenna is the president and CEO.[226]

Central America[edit]

Walmart also owns 51 percent of the Central American Retail Holding Company (CARHCO), which, as of October 31, 2021,[update] consists of 864 stores, including 263 stores in Guatemala (under the Paiz [27 locations], Walmart Supercenter [10 locations], Despensa Familiar [181 locations], and Maxi Dispensa [45 locations] banners),[3] 102 stores in El Salvador (under the Despensa Familiar [63 locations], La Despensa de Don Juan [17 locations], Walmart Supercenter [6 locations], and Maxi Despensa [16 locations] banners),[3] 111 stores in Honduras (including the Paiz [8 locations], Walmart Supercenter [4 locations], Dispensa Familiar [71 locations], and Maxi Despensa [28 locations] banners),[3] 102 stores in Nicaragua (including the Pali [71 locations], La Unión [9 locations], Maxi Pali [20 locations], and Walmart Supercenter [2 locations] banners),[3] and 286 stores in Costa Rica (including the Maxi Pali [48 locations], Mas X Menos [39 locations], Walmart Supercenter [14 locations], and Pali [185 locations] banners[3]).[227]

Chile[edit]

In January 2009, the company acquired a controlling interest in the largest grocer in Chile, Distribución y Servicio D&S SA.[228][229] In 2010, the company was renamed Walmart Chile.[230] As of October 31, 2021,[update] Walmart Chile operates 382 stores under the banners Lider Hiper (97 locations), Lider Express (153 locations), Superbodega Acuenta (119 locations), Ekono (2 locations), and Central Mayorista (11 locations).[3]

Mexico[edit]

Main article: Walmart de México y Centroamérica

As of October 31, 2021,[update] Walmart's Mexico division, the largest outside the U.S., consisted of 2,703 stores.[3] Walmart in Mexico operates Walmart Supercenter (291 locations), Sam's Club (165 locations), Bodega Aurrera (558 locations), Mi Bodega Aurrera (419 locations), Bodega Aurrera Express (1,173 locations), and Superama (97 locations).[3]

Canada[edit]

Main article: Walmart Canada

Walmart has operated in Canada since it acquired 122 stores comprising the Woolco division of Woolworth Canada, Inc on January 14, 1994.[231] As of October 31, 2021,[update] it operates 408 locations (including 343 supercentres and 65 discount stores)[3] and, as of June 2015,[update] it employs 89,358 people, with a local home office in Mississauga, Ontario.[232] Walmart Canada's first three Supercentres (spelled in Canadian English) opened in November 2006 in Ancaster, London, and Stouffville, Ontario.[233] The 100th Canadian Supercentre opened in July 2010, in Victoria, British Columbia.

In 2010, approximately one year after its incorporation of Schedule 2 (foreign-owned, deposit-taking) of Canada's Bank Act,[234] Walmart Canada Bank was introduced with the launch of the Walmart (Canada) Rewards MasterCard.[235] Less than ten years later, however, on May 17, 2018, Wal-Mart Canada announced it had reached a definitive agreement to sell Wal-Mart Canada Bank to First National co-founder Stephen Smith and private equity firm Centerbridge Partners, L.P., on undisclosed financial terms, though it added that it would still be issuer of the Walmart (Canada) Rewards MasterCard.[236]

On April 1, 2019, Centerbridge Partners, L.P. and Stephen Smith jointly announced the closing of the previously announced acquisition of Wal-Mart Canada Bank and that it was to be renamed Duo Bank of Canada, to be styled simply as Duo Bank.[237][238] Though exact ownership percentages were never revealed in either company announcement, it has also since been revealed that Duo Bank was reclassified as a Schedule 1 (domestic, deposit-taking)[239][240] federally chartered bank of the Bank Act in Canada from the Schedule 2 (foreign-owned or -controlled, deposit-taking)[240] that it had been, which indicates that Stephen Smith, as a noted Canadian businessman, is in a controlling position.

Africa[edit]

On September 28, 2010, Walmart announced it would buy Massmart Holdings Ltd. of Johannesburg, South Africa in a deal worth over US$4 billion giving the company its first footprint in Africa.[241] As of October 31, 2021,[update] it has 415 stores, including 365 stores in South Africa (under the banners Game Foodco [79 locations], CBW [41 locations], Game [40 locations], Builders Express [50 locations], Builders Warehouse [35 locations], Cambridge [42 locations], Rhino [15 locations], Makro [23 locations], Builders Trade Depot [9 locations], Jumbo [13 locations], and Builders Superstore [18 locations]),[3] 11 stores in Botswana (under the banners CBW [7 locations], Game Foodco [2 locations], and Builders Walmart one app customer service [2 locations]),[3] 4 stores in Ghana (under the Game Foodco banner),[3] 4 stores in Kenya (under the banners Game Foodco [3 locations] and Builders Warehouse [1 location]),[3] 3 stores in Lesotho (under the banners CBW [2 locations] and Game Foodco [1 location]), 2 stores in Malawi (under the Game banner),[3] 6 stores in Mozambique (under the banners Builders Warehouse [2 locations], Game Foodco [2 locations], CBW [1 location], and Builders Express [1 location]),[3] 5 stores in Namibia (under the banners Game Foodco [4 locations] and Game [1 location]),[3] 5 stores in Nigeria (under the banners Game [3 locations] and Game Foodco [2 location]),[3] 1 store in Swaziland (under the CBW banner),[3] 1 store in Tanzania (under the Game banner),[3] 1 store in Uganda (under the Game banner),[3] and 7 stores in Zambia (under the banners CBW [1 location], Game [3 locations], Builders Warehouse [2 locations], and Builders Express [1 location]).[3]

China[edit]

An aisle in a Walmart store in China
A Walmart in Hangzhou, China in February 2017

Walmart has joint ventures in China and several majority-owned subsidiaries. As of October 31, 2021,[update] Walmart China (沃尔玛 Wò'ērmǎ)[242] operates 423 stores under the Walmart Supercenter (387 locations) and Sam's Club (36 locations) banners.[3]

In February 2012, Walmart announced that the company raised its stake to 51 percent in Chinese online supermarket Yihaodian to tap rising consumer wealth and help the company offer more products. Walmart took full ownership in July 2015.[243]

India[edit]

In November 2006, the company announced a joint venture with Bharti Enterprises to operate in India. As foreign corporations were not allowed to enter the retail sector directly, Walmart operated through franchises and handled the wholesale end of the business.[244] The partnership involved two joint ventures—Bharti manages the front end, involving opening of retail outlets while Walmart takes care of the back end, such as cold chains and logistics. Walmart operates stores in India under the name Best Price Modern Wholesale.[245] The first store opened in Amritsar on May 30, 2009. On September 14, 2012, the Government of India approved 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retails, subject to approval by individual states, effective September 20, 2012.[246][247] Scott Price, Walmart's president and CEO for Asia, told The Wall Street Journal that the company would be able to start opening Walmart stores in India within two years.[248] Expansion into India faced some significant problems. In November 2012, Walmart admitted to spending US$25 million lobbying the Indian National Congress;[249] lobbying is conventionally considered bribery in India.[250] Walmart is conducting an internal investigation into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.[251] Bharti Walmart suspended a number of employees, rumored to include its CFO and legal team, to ensure "a complete and thorough investigation".[252] As of October 31, 2021,[update] there are 29 Best Price locations.[3] In October 2013, Bharti and Walmart separated to pursue business independently.[253]

On May 9, 2018, Walmart announced its intent to acquire a 77% majority stake in the Indian e-commerce company Flipkart for $16 billion, in a deal that was completed on August 18, 2018.[254][255][256]

Setbacks[edit]

In the 1990s, Walmart tried with a large financial investment to get a foothold in both German and Indonesian retail markets.

Walmart entered Indonesia with the opening of stores in Lippo Supermall (now known as Supermal Karawaci) and Megamall Pluit (now known as Pluit Village) respectively, under a joint-venture agreement with local conglomerate Lippo Group. Both stores closed down due to the 1997 Asian financial crisis.[257][258][259]

In 1997, Walmart took over the supermarket chain Wertkauf with its 21 stores for DM 750 million[260] and the following year Walmart acquired 74 Interspar stores for DM 1.3 billion.[261][262] The German market at this point was an oligopoly with high competition among companies which used a similar low price strategy as Walmart. As a result, Walmart's low price strategy yielded no competitive advantage. Walmart's corporate culture was not viewed positively among employees and customers, particularly Walmart's "statement of ethics", which attempted to restrict relationships between employees, a possible violation of German labor law, and led walmart one app customer service a public discussion in the media, resulting in a bad reputation among customers.[263][264] In July 2006, Walmart announced its withdrawal from Germany due to sustained losses. The stores were sold to the German company Metro during Walmart's fiscal third quarter.[265][266] Walmart did not disclose its losses from its German investment, but they were estimated to be around €3 billion.[267]

In 2004, Walmart bought the 118  stores in the Bompreço supermarket chain in northeastern Brazil. In late 2005, it took control of the Brazilian operations of Sonae Distribution Group through its new subsidiary, WMS Supermercados do Brasil, thus acquiring control of the Nacional and Mercadorama supermarket chains, the leaders in the Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná states, respectively. None of these stores were rebranded. As of January 2014,[update] Walmart operated 61 Bompreço supermarkets, 39 Hiper Bompreço stores. It also ran 57  Walmart Supercenters, 27  Sam's Clubs, and 174 Todo Dia stores. With the acquisition of Bompreço and Sonae, by 2010, Walmart was the third-largest supermarket chain in Brazil, behind Carrefour and Pão de Açúcar.[268]

Walmart Brasil, the operating company, has its head office in Barueri, São Paulo State, and regional offices in Curitiba, Paraná; Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul; Recife, Pernambuco; and Salvador, Bahia.[269] Walmart Brasil operates under the banners Todo Dia, Nacional, Bompreço, Walmart Supercenter, Maxxi Atacado, Hipermercado Big, Hiper Bompreço, Sam's Club, Mercadorama, Walmart Posto (Gas Station), Supermercado Todo Dia, and Hiper Todo Dia. Recently, the company started the conversion process of all Hiper Bompreço and Big stores into Walmart Supercenters and Bompreço, Nacional and Mercadorama stores into the Walmart Supermercado brand.

Since August 2018, Walmart Inc. only holds a minority stake in Walmart Brasil, which was renamed Grupo Big on August 12, 2019,[270] with 20% of the company's shares, and private equity firm Advent International holding 80% ownership of the company.[271] On March 24, 2021, it was announced that Carrefour would be acquiring Grupo Big.[272]

A Walmart Supercenter in Argentina in February 2019

Walmart Argentina was founded in 1995 and operates stores under the banners Walmart Supercenter, Changomas, Mi Changomas, and Punto Mayorista. On November 6, 2020, it was announced that Walmart has sold its Argentine operations to Grupo de Narváez.[273]

ASDA Supermarket in Fife, Scotland

Walmart's UK subsidiary Asda (which retained its name after being acquired by Walmart) is based in Leeds and accounted for 42.7  percent of 2006 sales of Walmart's international division. In contrast to the U.S. operations, Asda was originally and still remains primarily a grocery chain, but with a stronger focus on non-food items than most UK supermarket chains other than Tesco. In 2010 Asda acquired stores from Netto UK. In addition to small suburban Asda Supermarkets,[3] larger stores are branded Supercentres.[3] Other banners include Asda Superstores, Asda Living, and Asda Petrol Fueling Station.[3][274] In July 2015, Asda updated its logo featuring the Walmart Asterisks behind the first 'A' in the Logo. In May 2018, Walmart announced plans to sell Asda to rival Sainsbury's for $10.1 billion. Under the terms of the deal, Walmart would have received a 42% stake in the combined company and about £3 billion in cash.[275] However, in April 2019, the United Walmart one app customer service Competition and Markets Authority blocked the proposed sale of Asda to Sainsburys.[276]

On October 2, 2020, it was announced that Walmart will sell a majority stake of Asda to bb dakota shirt consortium of Zuber and Mohsin Issa (the owners of EG Group) and private equity firm Walmart one app customer service Capital for £6.8bn, pending approval from the Competition and Markets Authority.[277]

In Japan, Walmart owned 100 percent of Seiyu (西友 Seiyū) as of 2008.[update][265][278] It operates under the Seiyu (Hypermarket), Seiyu (Supermarket), Seiyu (General Merchandise), Livin, and Sunny banners.[3] On November 16, 2020, Walmart announced they would be selling 65% of their shares in the company to the private-equity firm KKR in a deal valuing 329 stores and 34,600 employees at $1.6 billion. Walmart is supposed to retain 15% and a seat on the board, while a joint-venture between KKR and Japanese company Rakuten Inc. will receive 20%.[279]

Corruption charges[edit]

An April 2012 investigation by The New York Times reported the allegations of a former executive of Walmart de Mexico that, in September 2005, the company had paid bribes via local fixers to officials throughout Mexico in exchange for construction permits, information, and other favors, which gave Walmart a substantial advantage over competitors.[280] Walmart investigators found credible evidence that Mexican and American laws had been broken. Concerns were also raised that Walmart executives in the United States had "hushed up" the allegations. A follow-up investigation by The New York Times, published December 17, 2012, revealed evidence that regulatory permission for siting, construction, and operation of nineteen stores had been obtained through bribery. There was evidence that a bribe of US$52,000 was paid to change a zoning map, which enabled the opening of a Walmart store a mile from a historical site in San Juan Teotihuacán in 2004.[281] After the initial article was released, Walmart released a statement denying the allegations and describing its anti-corruption policy. While an official Walmart report states that it had found no evidence of corruption, the article alleges that previous internal reports had indeed turned up such evidence before the story became public.[282]Forbes magazine western state bank hours Adam Hartung also commented that the bribery scandal was a reflection of Walmart's "serious management and strategy troubles", stating, "[s]candals are now commonplace . [e]ach scandal points out that Walmart's strategy is harder to navigate and is running into big problems".[283]

In 2012, there was an incident with CJ's Seafood, a crawfish processing firm in Louisiana that was partnered with Walmart, that eventually gained media attention for the mistreatment of its 40 H-2B visa workers from Mexico. These workers experienced harsh living conditions in tightly packed trailers outside of the work facility, physical threats, verbal abuse, and were forced to work day-long shifts. Many of the workers were afraid to take action about the abuse due to the fact that the manager threatened the lives of their family members in the U.S. and Mexico if the abuse were to be reported. Eight of the workers confronted management at CJ's Seafood about the mistreatment; however, the management denied the abuse allegations and the workers went on strike. The workers then took their stories to Walmart due to their partnership with CJ's. While Walmart was investigating the situation, the workers collected 150,000 signatures of supporters who agreed that Walmart should stand by the workers and take action. In June 2012, the visa workers held a protest and day-long hunger strike outside of the apartment building where a Walmart board member resided. Following this protest, Walmart announced its final decision to no longer work with CJ's Seafood. Less than a month later, the Department of Labor fined CJ's Seafood "approximately $460,000 in back-pay, safety violations, wage and hour violations, civil damages, and fines for abuses to the H-2B program. The company has since shut down."[284]

As of December 2012,[update] internal investigations were ongoing into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.[285] Walmart has invested US$99 million on internal investigations, which expanded beyond Mexico to implicate operations in China, Brazil, and India.[286][287] The case has added fuel to the debate as foreclosed homes for sale tulsa whether foreign investment will result in increased prosperity, or if it merely allows local retail trade and economic policy to be taken over by "foreign financial and corporate interests".[288][289]

Sam's Club[edit]

Main article: Sam's Club

Sam's Club is a chain of warehouse clubs that sell groceries and general merchandise, often in bulk. Locations generally range in size from 32,000–168,000 sq ft (3,000–15,600 m2), with an average club size of approximately 134,000 sq ft (12,400 m2).[12] The first Sam's Club was opened by Walmart, Inc. in 1983 in Midwest City, Oklahoma[290] under the name "Sam's Wholesale Club". The chain was named after its founder Sam Walton. As of October 31, 2021, Sam's Club operated 600 membership warehouse clubs and accounted for 11.3% of Walmart's revenue at $57.839 billion in fiscal year 2019.[14][291] Kathryn McLay is the president and CEO.[226][292]

Global eCommerce[edit]

Based in San Bruno, California, Walmart's Global eCommerce division provides online retailing for Walmart, Sam's Club, Asda, and all other international brands. There are several locations in the United States in California and Oregon: San Bruno, Sunnyvale, Brisbane, and Portland. Locations outside of the United States include Shanghai (China), Leeds (United Kingdom), and Bangalore (India).[226]

Subsidiaries[edit]

Private label brands[edit]

Main article: List of Walmart brands

About 40 percent of products sold in Walmart are private labels, which are produced for the company through contracts with manufacturers. Walmart began offering private label brands in 1991, with the launch of Sam's Choice, a line of drinks produced by Cott Beverages for Walmart. Sam's Choice quickly became popular and by 1993, was the third-most-popular beverage brand in the United States.[293] Other Walmart brands include Great Value and Equate in the U.S. and Canada and Smart Price in Britain. A 2006 study talked of "the magnitude of mind-share Walmart appears to hold in the shoppers' minds when it comes to the awareness of private label brands and retailers."[294]

Entertainment[edit]

In 2010, the company teamed with Procter & Gamble to produce Secrets of the Mountain and The Jensen Project, two-hour family movies which featured the characters using Walmart and Procter & Gamble-branded products. The Jensen Project also featured a preview of a product to be released in several months in Walmart stores.[295][296] A third movie, A Walk in My Shoes, also aired in 2010 and a fourth is in production.[when?][297] Walmart's director of brand marketing also serves as co-chair of the Association of National Advertisers's Alliance for Family Entertainment.[298]

Online commerce acquisitions and plans[edit]

In September 2016, Walmart purchased e-commerce company Jet.com, founded in 2014 by Marc Lore, to start competing with Amazon.com. Jet.com has acquired its own share of online retailers such as Hayneedle in March 2016, Shoebuy.com in December 2016, and ModCloth in March 2017. Walmart also acquired Parcel, a delivery service in New York, on September 29, 2017.[299][300]

On February 15, 2017, Walmart acquired Moosejaw, an online active outdoor retailer, for approximately $51 million. Moosejaw brought with it partnerships with more than 400 brands, including Patagonia, The North Face, Marmot, and Arc'teryx.[301]

Marc Lore, Walmart's U.S. e-commerce CEO, said that Walmart's existing physical infrastructure of almost 5,000 stores around the U.S. will enhance their digital expansion by doubling as warehouses for e-commerce without increasing overhead.[302] As of 2017,[update] Walmart offers in-store pickup for online orders at 1,000 stores with plans to eventually expand the service to all of its stores.[303]

On May 9, 2018, Walmart announced its intent to acquire a 77% controlling stake in the Indian e-commerce website Flipkart for $16 billion[304] (beating bids by Amazon.com), subject to regulatory approval. Following walmart one app customer service completion, the website's management will report to Marc Lore.[305][306][307] Completion of the deal was announced on August 18, 2018.[308]

The company's partnership with subscription service Kidbox was announced on April 16, 2019.[309]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Walmart is headquartered in the Walmart Home Office complex in Bentonville, Arkansas. The company's business model is based on selling a wide variety of general merchandise at low prices.[10] Doug McMillon became Walmart's CEO on February 1, 2014. He has also worked as the head of Sam's Club and Walmart International.[310] The company refers to its employees as "associates". All Walmart stores in the U.S. and Canada also have designated "greeters" at the entrance, a practice pioneered by Sam Walton and later imitated by other retailers. Greeters are trained to help shoppers find what they want and answer their questions.[311]

For many years, associates were identified in the store by their signature blue vest, but this practice was discontinued in June 2007 and replaced with khaki pants and polo shirts. The wardrobe change was part of a larger corporate overhaul to increase sales and rejuvenate the company's stock price.[312] In September 2014, the uniform was again updated to bring back a vest (paid for by the company) for store employees over the same polos and khaki or black pants paid for by the employee. The vest is navy blue for Walmart employees at Supercenters and discounts stores, lime green for Walmart Neighborhood Market employees, and yellow for self-check-out associates; door greeters, and customer service managers. Both state "Proud Walmart Associate" on the left breast and the "Spark" logo covering the back.[313] Reportedly one of the main reasons the vest was reintroduced was that some customers had trouble identifying employees.[314] In 2016, self-checkout associates, door greeters and customer service managers began wearing a yellow vest to be better seen by customers. By requiring employees to wear uniforms that are made up of standard "streetwear", Walmart is not required to purchase the uniforms or reimburse employees which are required in some states, as long as that clothing can be worn elsewhere. Businesses are only legally required to pay for branded shirts and pants or clothes that would be difficult to wear outside of work.[315]

Unlike many other retailers, Walmart does not charge slotting fees to suppliers for their products to appear in the store.[316] Instead, it focuses on selling more-popular products and provides incentives for store managers to drop unpopular products.[316]

From 2006 to 2010, the company eliminated its layaway program. In 2011, the company revived its layaway program.[317][318]

Walmart introduced its Site-To-Store program in 2007, after testing the program since 2004 on a limited basis. The program allows walmart.com customers to buy goods online with a free shipping option, and have goods shipped to the nearest store for pickup.[319]

On September 15, 2017, Walmart announced that it would build a new headquarters in Bentonville to replace its current 1971 building and consolidate operations that have spread out to 20 different buildings throughout Bentonville.[320]

According to watchdog group Documented, in 2020 Walmart contributed $140,000 to the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a fund-raising arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association.[321]

Finance and governance[edit]

For the fiscal year ending January 31, 2019, Walmart reported net income of US$6.67 billion on $514.405 billion of revenue. The company's international operations accounted for $120.824 billion, or 23.7 percent, of its $510.329 billion of sales.[14][6] Walmart is the world's 29th-largest public corporation, according to the Forbes Global 2000 list, and the largest public corporation when ranked by revenue.[322]

Walmart is governed by a twelve-member board of directors elected annually by shareholders. Gregory B. Penner, son-in-law of S. Robson Walton and the walmart one app customer service of Sam Walton, serves as chairman of the board. Doug McMillon serves as president and chief executive officer. Current members of the board are:[323][6][324]

  • Gregory B. Penner, chairman of the board of directors of Walmart Inc. and general partner of Madrone Capital Partners
  • Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
  • Timothy P. Flynn, retired CEO of KPMG International
  • Sarah Friar, CEO of Nextdoor
  • Carla A. Harris, Vice-chairman of Wealth Management, head of multicultural client strategy, managing director, and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley
  • Tom Horton, senior advisor at Warburg Pincus, LLC, and retired chairman and CEO of American Airlines
  • Marissa A. Mayer, co-founder of Lumi Labs, Inc., and former president and CEO of Yahoo!, Inc.
  • Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart
  • Steven S. Reinemund, retired dean of business at Wake Forest University and retired chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Randall Stephenson, retired chairman and CEO of AT&T Inc.
  • S. Robson "Rob" Walton, retired chairman of the board of directors of Walmart Inc.
  • Steuart Walton, founder of RZC Investments, LLC.

Notable former members of the board include Hillary Clinton (1985–1992)[325] and Tom Coughlin (2003–2004), the latter having served as vice chairman. Clinton left the board before the 1992 U.S. presidential election, and Coughlin left in December 2005 after pleading guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Walmart.[326]

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