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Really huge retail chain. The largest in the United States, and even in the whole world. The network includes both small shops and huge supermarkets scattered throughout the country. Representations Wal-Mart Stores Inc. exist outside of the US.
The stores of the network sell almost everything: electronics, furniture, computers and software, toys and goods for children, photographic equipment, cosmetics, sporting goods, groceries, medicines, various small items for the home, dishes, books and CDs ... Since autumn 2009, on sale coffins appeared, and you can buy them in installments.
The network was founded by Sam Walton in 1962. First Wal-Mart Discount City appeared in the city of Rogers, Arkansas (Rogers, Arkansas). After only five years, the number of stores scattered throughout Arkansas had grown to 24. And the income from them exceeded $ 12 million a year. Walton begins to gradually bring the network out of his state. The shops wal mart appear in Oklahoma and Missouri. The principle of all retail outlets of the network was the same - the maximum possible number of goods, at the lowest price. The concept of the company says: "always low prices".
History wal mart is a resounding success story. Already in 1975, the number of stores exceeded a hundred. They employed over 7,500 people and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. The recognizable logo appeared in 1992. It stayed that way until 2009.
To date, wal mart is a network of more than 7,000 stores in 14 countries. The number of employees has long ago exceeded one million, and income - for tens of billions.
However, not all markets are running smoothly. So entering the markets of Germany and South Korea ended in failure. But in Brazil, Mexico, China and the countries of South America, things are going more than well. In the territory of Mexico wal mart functions as Walmex, in the UK as Asda, And How Seiyu in Japan.
wal mart repeatedly subjected to (and subjected to) attacks from trade unions, as well as Christian and "green" organizations. They accuse the network of violating environmental standards, mistreating staff (low wages, poor quality medical care), and dishonest business practices. There are accusations of discrimination against women, national and sexual minorities. In response, statements follow that the reason for all these attacks lies in the notoriety wal mart — the largest employer in the US, consistently ranked Fortune 500. And it seems that this confrontation will last forever.
Headquarters wal mart located in Bentonville, Arkansas (Bentonville, Arkansas, USA).