Our Story

Our Business

From our humble beginnings as a small discount retailer in Rogers, Ark., Walmart has opened thousands of stores in the U.S. and expanded internationally. Through innovation, we're creating a seamless experience to let customers shop anytime and anywhere online, through mobile devices and in stores. We are creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the globe. Walmart operates over 11,500 retail units under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. We employ 2.2 million associates around the world — 1.4 million in the U.S. alone.

Walmart U.S.

Every day low prices on a broad assortment - anytime, anywhere.

Every Day Low Price (EDLP) is the cornerstone of our strategy, and our price focus has never been stronger. Today's customer seeks the convenience of one-stop shopping that we offer. From grocery and entertainment to sporting goods and crafts, we provide the deep assortment that our customers appreciate -- whether they're shopping online at Walmart.com, through one of our mobile apps or shopping in a store. We currently operate three primary store formats in the U.S., each custom tailored to its neighborhood. Greg Foran is Walmart U.S. President & CEO.

Working at Walmart

A job at Walmart means an opportunity to build a career. About 75% of our store management teams started as hourly associates, and last year, we promoted about 170,000 people to jobs with more responsibility and higher pay. In the U.S., the average, full-time hourly wage is $12.96. Learn more about the opportunities and benefits we offer, as well as our commitment to hire 100,000 veterans.

Community Giving

Walmart gives back to every community in which it serves. Learn more about the Walmart Foundation and our $2 billion commitment to fight hunger in the U.S.

Environmental Sustainability

Walmart is the largest onsite green power generator in the U.S. Learn more about our sustainability initiatives in the United States and around the world.

Our Stores

Walmart has stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico offering low prices on the broadest assortment of products through a variety of formats including the Supercenter, Discount Store and Neighborhood Market. 

Distribution Centers

Walmart's 158 distribution centers are hubs of activity for our business. Our distribution operation is one of the largest in the world. Walmart logistics has a fleet of 6,500 tractors, 55,000 trailers and more than 7,000 drivers.

  • A regional distribution center can have up to 12 miles of conveyor belts, which can move hundreds of thousands of cases through the facility each day.
  • There are 9 disaster distribution centers, strategically located across the country and stocked to provide rapid response to struggling communities in the event of a natural disaster.
  • Each distribution center is more than 1 million square feet in size, and uses more than 5 miles of conveyor belts to keep products moving to our stores 24 hours a day.
  • Every distribution center supports 90 to 100 stores in a 200-mile radius.

Our Fleet

Walmart is able to move goods to and from distribution centers because we maintain a private fleet of trucks and a skilled staff of truck drivers. We think our team of drivers is the best in the world. They're part of one of the largest and safest fleets, and every year they drive 700 million miles to make millions of deliveries to our stores and clubs. Each driver averages around 100,000 miles annually-that's like driving around the world 4 times!

Together with our truck drivers, we're constantly working to ensure that we're moving merchandise in responsible, sustainable ways. Drivers follow the most efficient routes to their destinations, and work to minimize the number of "empty miles" they drive. This way, we use less fuel, we drive fewer miles and we maximize the merchandise we deliver while minimizing our environmental impact.

In 2014, we delivered nearly 161 million more cases, while adding just 24 million new miles as compared with 2013. The efficiency has helped us avoid more than 15,000 metric tons of carbon emissions - the equivalent of removing more than 3,000 cars from the road. Learn more about our sustainability efforts.

Walmart International

Walmart became an international company in 1991, and we operate in 27 countries outside the United States. With more than 6,200 stores internationally, we leverage our global resources to meet local needs. Walmart International is currently the fastest growing part of our business and is led by President & CEO David Cheesewright.

Learn more about some of our most important social, environmental and company initiatives within each market we serve, as we bring value to customers and communities around the globe.

Sam's Club

Savings Made Simple

Sam Walton opened the first Sam's Club in 1983 to help small business owners save money on merchandise purchased in bulk. Since then, Sam's Club has grown rapidly to serve families and entrepreneurs through more than 650 clubs in the U.S., 100 international clubs, SamsClub.com and mobile applications. Today Sam’s Club is committed to being the most valued membership organization in the world by saving members money on the items they buy most and surprising members with the unexpected find – anywhere, anytime. 

Sam's Club employs about 100,000 associates in the U.S. The average club is 134,000 square feet and offers high-quality bulk groceries, consumables and general merchandise. Sam’s Club also offers specialty services, including travel, auto buying, pharmacy, optical, hearing aid centers, tire and battery centers and a portfolio of business operations support services. The president & CEO of Sam's Club is Rosalind Brewer. Find a club or shop our products online.

Giving back

Sam's Club associates give back to the communities we serve through market-relevant in-kind and cash donations, volunteering and promoting local businesses through Showcase Events. Learn more about the Sam’s Club Giving Program, grant recipients and organizations we support, including the Small Business Economic Mobility Initiative, our national commitment to increasing access to capital for underserved entrepreneurs. Learn more.

Sam's Club is committed to small business owners

Serving small business owners and entrepreneurs as members for 33 years, Sam’s Club is uniquely positioned to support small business growth and prosperity through business initiatives, philanthropy, research and stakeholder engagement. With more than 650 clubs today, Sam’s Club serves about 500,000 small business owners every day, the majority of whom are microenterprises with fewer than seven employees. Learn more.

Global eCommerce

Innovative solutions for a personalized shopping experience

The world's largest retailer is also the world's largest, fastest-growing and most dynamic ecommerce organization. Based in California's Silicon Valley -- with operations in Bangalore, India and Sao Paulo, Brazil -- Walmart Global eCommerce leads all online and mobile innovation for Walmart.

With the best and brightest technologists, including @WalmartLabs, we're creating a seamless experience that lets customers shop anytime and anywhere using online, mobile, social and stores. Want to join the team that's changing the way the world shops? Learn more about Walmart careers. 

Big data, social and mobile

Walmart has some of the best data scientists and the largest collection of commerce data in the world. We're using that, along with social insights, to deliver a personalized shopping experience -- understanding not just what customers want and need, but also where they want it and how they want to experience it.

Mobile transforms the retail experience by bringing together online and stores - putting power directly in the customers' hands.

eCommerce Websites Globally

Our largest website, Walmart.com, sees 45 million visits a month and is growing every year. With our mobile apps, shipping options like Home Free, Site to Store, Pick up Today, Ship from Store and Same Day Delivery, we're connecting the experience between online and U.S. stores.

Walmart operates ecommerce websites in 10 countries:

Local Assortment and Fulfillment

We're using our global technology platform to develop and leverage cutting-edge systems around the world. With our size and scale, we can serve customers quickly and more effectively than anyone else.

Walmart is creating dedicated online fulfillment centers, and even shipping from stores, to serve the unique needs of ecommerce transactions - getting customers what they want, when they want it.