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Wal-Mart Facts

  • Wal-Mart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide, including more than 1.4 million in the United States. Wal-Mart is not only one of the largest private employers in the U.S., but the largest in Mexico and one of the largest in Canada as well.
  • Seventy-six percent of our store management started in hourly positions.
  • Wal-Mart recycles unused stores to benefit our communities.
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the worlds largest retailer.
  • Wal-Mart buys merchandise and services from more than 61,000 U.S suppliers.
  • Wal-Mart is a diverse employer. In our U.S. stores, more than 165,000 Hispanics; 251,000 African Americans; 39,000 Asian Americans; 5,000 Pacific Islanders; 16,000 Native Americans; 355,000 associates age 50 or older; and 856,000 women choose to work at Wal-Mart.
  • Wal-Mart is the Largest Corporate Cash Contributor in America. In 2006, Wal-Mart donated nearly $2 million in cash and products to support 75 disaster relief operations in 35 states.
  • Walmart’s fiscal year ending 2009: In the U.S., Walmart gave more than $378 million in cash and in-kind gifts, up from $296 million in 2007.
  • Wal-Mart is a leading employer of minorities and women in the U.S. and has more than 869,000 female associates.
  • The in-store clinics at Wal-Mart share the same commitment to every day low prices that our customers expect; a routine get well visit to a clinic typically costs between $40 and $65.
  • More than 40 percent of the company’s officials and managers are women.
  • A consumer can save at least $25 in energy costs over the life of each compact florescent light.
  • Wal-Mart serves more than 49 million international customers weekly in 13 markets outside the continental U.S.
  • Wal-Mart lowered the price of more than 100 generic prescriptions to $4. By providing access to drugs for 90 percent of all therapeutic categories, the company has saved customers $350 million since it launched the program.
  • Shortly after launching the $4 prescription program, we expanded it to cover 90-day prescription supplies for $10. Today, there are more than 300 prescriptions covered in Wal-Mart’s affordable pharmacy program.
  • To ensure we have the products on our shelves that meet the needs of our diverse customers and communities, we source from companies in more than 70 countries worldwide, including nearly 61,000 US businesses-large and small. These relationships support more than 3 million US jobs.
  • The Wal-Mart Private Fleet started with two tractors and four trailers, according to Sam Walton in Made in America. Now the fleet has 8,000 drivers, 7,300 tractors and more than 50,000 trailers.
  • Nearly 1.2 million associates and family members, representing more than half our workforce, are covered by Wal-Mart health care plans.
  • Wal-Mart Vision Centers and Sam’s Club Optical Centers see more than 6 million patients each year.