65 Facts About Walmart International

1. In 2016, Walmart International added full healthcare benefits to its transgender employees.

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2. In 2013, Walmart International began offering health insurance benefits to domestic partners.

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3. In 2011, Walmart International added gender identity to their anti-discrimination policy.

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4. In 2006, Walmart International announced that "diversity efforts include new groups of minority, female and gay employees that meet at Walmart headquarters in Bentonville to advise the company on marketing and internal promotion.

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5. Walmart International employs more African Americans than any other private employer in the United States.

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6. Walmart International is the largest private employer in the United States, employing almost five times as many people as IBM, the second-largest employer.

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7. Walmart International compared the changes to previous competitors small town shops have faced in the past—from the development of the railroads and the Sears Roebuck catalog to shopping malls.

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8. In 2006, Walmart International took steps to expand its US customer base, announcing a modification in its US stores from a "one-size-fits-all" merchandising strategy to one designed to "reflect each of six demographic groups—African-Americans, the affluent, empty-nesters, Hispanics, suburbanites, and rural residents.

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9. Walmart International continues to do well in the UK, where its Asda subsidiary is the second-largest retailer.

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10. Walmart International had to face fierce competition in some foreign markets.

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11. In 2004, Walmart International responded by testing its own dollar store concept, a subsection of some stores called "Pennies-n-Cents.

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12. Walmart International is governed by a fifteen-member board of directors elected annually by shareholders.

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13. Walmart International is the world's 18th-largest public corporation, according to the Forbes Global 2000 list, and the largest public corporation when ranked by revenue.

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14. On September 15, 2017, Walmart International 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.

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15. Walmart International continues to offer seasonal Layaway on select categories from late summer through early Christmas and year-round in their jewelry department.

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16. Unlike many other retailers, Walmart International does not charge slotting fees to suppliers for their products to appear in the store.

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17. Walmart International has worked as the head of Sam's Club and Walmart International.

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18. On February 15, 2017, Walmart International acquired Moosejaw, an online active outdoor retailer, for approximately $51 million.

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19. Walmart International began offering private label brands in 1991, with the launch of Sam's Choice, a line of drinks produced by Cott Beverages for Walmart.

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20. In February 2010, Walmart International agreed to buy Vudu, a Silicon Valley start-up whose online movie service is being built into an increasing number of televisions and Blu-ray players.

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21. Walmart International has invested million on internal investigations, which expanded beyond Mexico to implicate operations in China, Brazil, and India.

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22. In 2004, Walmart International bought the 118stores in the Bompreco supermarket chain in northeastern Brazil.

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23. In July 2006, Walmart International announced its withdrawal from Germany due to sustained losses.

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24. In October 2013, Bharti and Walmart International separated to pursue business independently.

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25. In November 2012, Walmart International admitted to spending million lobbying the Indian National Congress; lobbying is conventionally considered bribery in India.

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26. Walmart International operates stores in India under the name Best Price Modern Wholesale.

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27. In Japan, Walmart International owns 100 percent of Seiyu as of 2008.

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28. In February 2012, Walmart International 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.

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29. Walmart International has joint ventures in China and several majority-owned subsidiaries.

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30. In May 2018, Walmart International announced plans to sell Asda to rival Sainsburys for $10.1 billion.

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31. Walmart International has operated in Canada since it acquired 122stores comprising the Woolco division of Woolworth Canada, Inc in 1994.

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32. Walmart International 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.

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33. Walmart International priced it at 49 dollars per year, compared to Amazon Prime's 99-dollar-per-year price.

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34. In May 2016, Walmart International 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.

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35. In 2015, Walmart International began testing a free grocery pickup service, allowing customers to select products online and choose their pickup time.

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36. In 2008, Walmart International started a pilot program in the small grocery store concept called Marketside in the metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, area.

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37. In September 2006, Walmart International announced a pilot program to sell generic drugs at $4per prescription.

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38. On January 15, 2016, Walmart International announced that it would be closing 269 stores globally, including all 102 US Walmart Express stores, including those branded as Neighborhood Markets.

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39. Walmart International planned to build 15 to 20 Walmart International Express stores, focusing on Arkansas, North Carolina and Chicago, by the end of its fiscal year in January 2012.

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40. Walmart International Express was a chain of smaller discount stores with a range of services from groceries to check cashing and gasoline service.

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41. In 2009, Walmart International opened "Mas Club", a warehouse retail operation patterned after Sam's Club.

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42. In 2009, another Supermercado de Walmart International opened in Phoenix, Arizona.

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43. Walmart International opened Supermercado de Walmart International locations to appeal to Hispanic communities in the United States.

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44. In 1990, Walmart International opened its first Bud's Discount City location in Bentonville.

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

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46. In March 2018, Walmart International 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.

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

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48. On September 29, 2017, Walmart International acquired Parcel, a technology-based, same-day and last-mile delivery company in Brooklyn.

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49. On June 16, 2017, Walmart International agreed to acquire the men's apparel company Bonobos for $310 million in an effort to expand its fashion holdings.

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50. On October 19, 2016, Walmart International announced it would partner with IBM and Tsinghua University to track the pork supply chain in China using blockchain.

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51. Walmart International planned to focus on "strengthening Supercenters, optimizing Neighborhood Markets, growing the e-commerce business and expanding pickup services for customers".

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52. On January 15, 2016, Walmart International announced it would close 269 stores in 2016, affecting 16,000 workers.

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53. In 2015, Walmart International was the biggest US commercial producer of solar power with 142 MW capacity, and had 17 energy storage projects.

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54. Walmart International settled with the McNair family for $10 million, while admitting no liability.

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55. On November 14, 2012, Walmart International launched its first mail subscription service called Goodies.

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56. On March 20, 2009, Walmart International announced that it was paying a combined million in bonuses to every full and part-time hourly worker.

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57. On June 30, 2008, Walmart International removed the hyphen from its logo and replaced the star with a Spark symbol that resembles a sunburst, flower, or star.

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58. On September 12, 2007, Walmart International introduced new advertising with the slogan, "Save money.

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59. In 2006, Walmart International announced that it would remodel its US stores to help it appeal to a wider variety of demographics, including more affluent shoppers.

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60. Walmart International created its own electric company in Texas, Texas Retail Energy, planned to supply its stores with cheap power purchased at wholesale prices.

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61. In 2005, Walmart International reported 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 1.6million associates.

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62. In 1998, Walmart International introduced the Neighborhood Market concept with three stores in Arkansas.

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63. Walmart International stores opened throughout the rest of the US, with Vermont being the last state to get a store in 1995.

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64. Walmart International was the largest US grocery retailer in 2016, and 62.3percent of Walmart's billion sales came from US operations.

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65. Walmart International is the world's largest company by revenue—over US$500 billion, according to Fortune Global 500 list in 2018—as well as the largest private employer in the world with 2.3million employees.

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