Wal-Mart serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 9700 retail units under 60 different banners in 28 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of $469 billion, Wal-Mart employs 2.2 million associates worldwide.
A leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity, Wal-Mart ranked in the top ten among retailers in Fortune Magazine’s 2010 Most Admired Companies survey.
Wal-Mart was founded in 1962, with the opening of the first Wal-Mart discount store in Rogers, Ark. The company incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., on Oct. 31, 1969. The company’s shares began trading on OTC markets in 1970 and were listed on the New York Stock Exchange two years later.
The company grew to 276 stores in 11 states by the end of the decade. In 1983, the company opened its first Sam’s Club membership warehouse and in 1988 opened the first supercenter — now the company’s dominant format — featuring a complete grocery in addition to general merchandise. Wal-Mart became an international company in 1991 when it opened its first Sam’s Club near Mexico City.
Today Wal-Mart operates more than 9600 stores in 28 countries throughout the world. Of its stores, there are currently 5,200 outside the US. The company gives back to its community and was named the largest contributor to philanthropy and community organizations in the United States.
Saving people money to help them live better was the goal that Sam Walton envisioned when he opened the doors to the first Wal-Mart more than 40 years ago. Today, this mission is more important than ever to its customers and members around the world. Wal-Mart works hard every day in all its markets to deliver on this promise. The company operates with the same level of integrity and respect that Mr. Sam put in place. It is because of these values and culture that Wal-Mart continues to make a difference in the lives of its customers, members and associates.
At Wal-Mart understands how critical education is to the lives and well-being of all Americans. In 2009, Wal-Mart and its Foundation gave more than $53 million to fund educational programs in communities across the country. Through their scholarship programs alone, the Wal-Mart Foundation awarded more than $9 million in academic scholarships to help students afford higher education in the 2010- 2011 school year. By supporting education, the Wal-Mart Foundation ensures that the leaders of tomorrow have access to the quality education opportunities they need to be successful today. The Wal-Mart Foundation’s interests within education include: Support for Teachers, First-Generation College Student Success, Minority-Serving Institution Support, Adolescent Literacy, Dropout Re-Engagement and Veterans’ Education.
1) Lifelong Learning Program – Wal-Mart’s Lifelong Learning Program will make it more convenient and more affordable for our associates to attend college while also working at the company.
Through a partnership with American Public University (APU), associates will be eligible for college credit for their formal training and job experience at Wal-Mart. The partnership will put associates on a faster track to earning a college degree, reduce their length of time in school and make the overall cost more affordable.
2) First Generation American Scholarship Program – Enabling first-generation college students to become the first in their families to graduate is a top priority for the Wal-Mart Foundation’s higher education-focused philanthropy. To this end, the Foundation awarded a $4.2 million grant to the Institute for Higher Education Policy, which will support programs to help first-generation students achieve success at minority-serving institutions. Through this grant, 30 colleges will each get $100,000 to improve student retention and academic performance.
3) Wal-Mart Associate Scholarship – The Wal-Mart Associate Scholarship is a college scholarship is available to Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates who are based in the U.S. Awards are based on demonstrated financial need and community involvement. The Foundation’s Wal-Mart Associate Scholarship is available for associates pursuing certificates, associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees through accredited institutions of higher education and for associates participating in the Lifelong Learning Program through American Public University.
4) STEM Food & Ag Council – Wal-Mart is a member of STEMconnector’s STEM Food & Ag Council. The STEM Food & Ag Council will leverage the collective intellect, wisdom and resources of members to identify clear action plans that connect and create careers in food and agriculture. Members of the Council will share their goals to collaborate on focused initiatives that drive impact—both in the United States and throughout the world.
1) Wal-Mart Aviation – Wal-Mart maintains a fleet of aircraft. Its maintenance associates ensure that the fleet stays operational.
2) Information Systems – Wal-Mart’s Information Systems division is charged with keeping all aspects of the underlying technology in the company running and continuous seeking new ways to innovate and move the company to the next generation of technology. Technology touches every part of the business every day, from data centers to self check-out lanes, satellite communications, handheld devices and electronic product codes.
3) Walmart.com – Associates at Walmart.com maintain and innovate the company’s e-commerce platform.
4) Pharmacy – With over 4,439 locations in the U.S. and growing, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club Pharmacies provide employees with some of the biggest opportunities on the market. Between its locations, Wal-Mart offers of training and the chance for advancement, it provides opportunity for Pharmacists like no one else. Potential careers include:
5) Wal-Mart Optical and its Doctor Partners have been providing top-quality care, using the latest technology, to its patients since 1990. During that time it has serviced the eye care needs of millions of people throughout the U.S. and provided outstanding eye care and great value. With over 2,600 locations, 4 Optical laboratories, and over 1,800 Optometrist partners, we are committed to quality, value, and professionalism.