Walmart opened it's first store in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. Founder Sam "Mr. Sam" Walton had a vision in which he wanted to make a difference in the lives of his customers. His focus on saving his customers' money, offering a better quality of live was his main driving force.
Walmart went public in 1970 and, today, remains a retail industry leader with brick and mortar locations in the United States and abroad. As of 2016, Walmart employs over 2.3 million associates worldwide in it's 5,229 clubs, markets & supercenters.
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Walmart Fun Facts:
- Walmart has 5,229 clubs, markets & supercenters including Sam's Club locations.
- Walmart employs over 2 million people worldwide. If Walmart were a military, it would be the second largest military in the world.
- In 2016, Walmart agreed to acquire massive competing online retailer Jet.com for a whopping $3 billion in cash and $300 million in Walmart shares.
- Walmart revenue is more than $482 billion in 2016. If Walmart were a country, it would be the 26th largest economy in the world.
- Walmart is bigger than Home Depot, Kroger, Target, Sears, Costco, and K-Mart combined.
- On average, a family of four will spend over $4,000 per year at Walmart.
- In 2009, Walmart's top-selling item was bananas.
- 90% of Americans live within 15 miles of a Walmart.
A-Z Review: 4.99/5 Stars
Walmart is one of those stores where, if someone hasn't heard of them, or shopped there for that matter, you'd figure they're living under a rock. They have everything! With brick and mortar stores struggling year after year in the face of the impending "e-retail takeover", Walmart is a good example of how to compete with Amazon. They even now offer a 2-day 'ShippingPass' similar to Amazon Prime - for only $49, customers receive free 2-day shipping with no minimum and free returns. That's half of what Amazon Prime costs.
We really wanted to give Walmart a 5/5 but they still have a bit of work to do on the deal front - Walmart prices tend to be some of the lowest overall but we find that other retailers like Amazon and eBay have really embraced the 'deal' and 'daily deal' industries while Walmart doesn't focus on them as much.
Get ShippingPass - You can get a 30 day free trial of ShippingPass, at which point you can either cancel with no charge to you or continue your subscription for only $49 per year. That's ridiculously cheap when comparing Walmart's shipping program to those like Amazon Prime ($99 or more) or ShopRunner ($79).
Walmart works directly with manufacturers and distributors to be able to offer best-of-web pricing on many products. Yes, that means you can get select items for even less that their already low prices. Keep an eye on their deals section and look out for the Rollback and Clearance tags.
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