Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our more than 11,000 retail units in 27 countries and ecommerce websites in 10 countries.
We employ 2.2 million associates globally, including approximately 1.3 million in the United States. Walmart is one of the largest private employers in the U.S. and Canada.
For the fiscal year ended January 31, 2014, Walmart increased net sales by 1.6% to $473.1 billion and returned $12.8 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. Walmart ranked first on the 2014 Fortune 500 list of the world’s largest companies by revenue.
Walmart was founded by Sam Walton in 1962 with the opening of the first Walmart store in Rogers, Ark. The company incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in 1969 and was first publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972.
In 1983, we opened the first Sam’s Club membership warehouse and in 1988 opened the first Walmart supercenter, which features a complete grocery department in addition to general merchandise.
Today in the U.S., Walmart operates more than 4,900 retail facilities, including 4,281 Walmart stores and 640 Sam’s Club warehouses. For fiscal year 2014, Walmart U.S. net sales were more than $279 billion, and Sam’s Club net sales were more than $57 billion.
Every day, millions of customers visit Walmart.com, where we offer the best values on a large assortment of products and services online, while providing easy, convenient access to Walmart anytime, anywhere. Walmart.com is dedicated to supporting a seamless shopping experience whether customers are online, in stores or on their mobile devices. When shopping online, U.S. customers can choose free in-store pickup – and also home delivery – as quickly as the same day.
Walmart International operates more than 6,100 retail units in 26 countries outside the U.S. In fiscal year 2014, Walmart International net sales exceeded $136 billion.
We’ve created stores with different styles and formats to fit in with local customer needs and customs. More than 90 percent of our international stores operate under a banner other than Walmart.
Updated August 2014