20 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About America’s Favorite Retailer

  1. The average U.S. family now spends more than $4000 a year at Walmart.
  2. In 2010, Walmart had revenues of 421 billion dollars. That amount was greater than the GDP of 170 different countries including Norway, Venezuela and the United Arab Emirates.
  3. If Walmart were a country, it would have the 23rd largest GDP in the world.
  4. Walmart now sells more groceries than anyone else in America does. In the United States today, one out of every four grocery dollars is spent at Walmart.
  5. Amazingly, 100 million customers shop at Walmart every single week.
  6. Walmart has opened more than 1,100 ”supercenters” since 2005 alone.
  7. Today, Walmart has more than 2 million employees.
  8. If Walmart was an army, it would be the second largest military on the planet behind China.
  9. Walmart is the largest employer in 25 different U.S. states.
  10. According to the Economic Policy Institute, trade between Walmart and China resulted in the loss of 133,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States between 2001 and 2006.
  11. The CEO of Walmart makes more in a single hour than a full-time Walmart associate makes in an entire year.
  12. Tens of thousands of Walmart employees and their children are enrolled in Medicaid and are dependent on the government for healthcare.
  13. Between 2001 and 2007, the value of products that Walmart imported from China grew from $9 billion to $27 billion.
  14. Approximately 85 percent of all products sold at Walmart are made outside of the United States.
  15. Roughly 80 percent of all Walmart suppliers are in China at this point.
  16. 96 percent of all Americans now live within 20 miles of a Walmart.
  17. The number of “independent retailers” in the United States declined by 60,000 between 1992 and 2007.
  18. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Walmart spent 7.8 million dollars on political lobbying during 2011.  That number does not even include campaign contributions.
  19. Today Walmart has five times the sales of the second largest U.S. retailer (i.e., Costco).
  20. The combined net worth of six members of the Walton family is roughly equal to the combined net worth of the poorest 30 percent of all Americans.

(disclaimer: even though everyone at our Charlotte advertising agency has shopped at Walmart at one time or another, we spend a lot of our creative energy helping smaller (by comparison) retailers like Lowe’s Home Improvement and Family Dollar compete against this discount behemoth)



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