Profile: Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N)

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., incorporated on October 31, 1969, is engaged in the operation of retail, wholesale and other units in various formats around the world. The Company offers an assortment of merchandise and services at everyday low prices (EDLP). The Company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam's Club. The Walmart U.S. segment operates retail stores in approximately 50 states in the United States, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, with three primary store formats, as well as digital retail. The Walmart International segment consists of operations in over 27 countries outside of the United States. The Sam's Club consists of membership-only warehouse clubs and operates in approximately 48 states in the United States and in Puerto Rico, as well as digital retail.

Walmart U.S.

The Walmart U.S. segment is a mass merchandiser of consumer products, operating under the Walmart or Wal-Mart brands, as well as walmart.com. The Walmart U.S. segment operates retail stores in the United States, including in approximately 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, with supercenters in approximately 49 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, discount stores in over 41 states and Puerto Rico, and Neighborhood Markets and other small store formats in approximately 31 states and Puerto Rico. The Walmart U.S. segment provides its customers access to an assortment of merchandise, including products not found in its physical stores, and services online through its e-commerce Websites and mobile commerce applications. The Walmart U.S. segment does business in six strategic merchandise units across several store formats, including supercenters, discount stores, Neighborhood Markets and other small store formats, as well as walmart.com. The Walmart U.S. segment also offers fuel, and financial services and related products, including money orders, prepaid cards, wire transfers, money transfers, check cashing and bill payment.

Walmart International Segment

The Walmart International segment includes numerous formats divided into three categories: retail, wholesale and other. These categories consist of various formats, including supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, including Sam's Clubs, cash and carry, home improvement, specialty electronics, apparel stores, drug stores and convenience stores, as well as digital retail. The Walmart International segment comprises physical stores operated by its subsidiaries operating in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan and the United Kingdom; its subsidiaries operating in Africa (which includes Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia), Central America (which includes Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) and Mexico, and its joint ventures and other controlled subsidiaries in China.

The Company's wholesale stores range in size from 35,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet. Other includes drugstores and convenience stores operating under various banners in Brazil, Chile, Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom, ranging in size up to approximately 2,400 square feet. Its Walmart International segment also operates financial institutions that provide consumer credit. The Walmart International segment operates e-commerce Websites in over 10 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom). Along with the private brands it markets across the globe, such as Equate, George, Great Value, Holiday Time, Hometrends, Mainstays, Ol' Roy and Parent's Choice, the Company's international markets have developed market specific brands, including Aurrera, Cambridge, Chosen by You, Extra Special and Smart Price.

Sam's Club Segment

The Sam's Club segment operates membership-only warehouse clubs, as well as samsclub.com, in the United States. As a membership-only warehouse club, Sam's Club facility sizes range between 71,000 and 168,000 square feet, with an average size of approximately 134,000 square feet. Sam's Club provides its members access to an assortment of merchandise, including products not found in its clubs, and services online at samsclub.com, and through its mobile commerce application. It also provides the member the option of delivery direct-to-home or to the club through services, such as Club Pickup. Sam's Club offers brand name merchandise, including hardgoods, some softgoods and selected private-label brands, such as Member's Mark in five merchandise categories: Grocery and consumables, which includes dairy, meat, bakery, deli, produce, dry, chilled or frozen packaged foods, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, floral, snack foods, candy, other grocery items, health and beauty aids, paper goods, laundry and home care, baby care, pet supplies and other consumable items; Fuel and other, which consists of gasoline stations, tobacco, tools and power equipment, and tire and battery centers; Home and apparel, which includes home improvement, outdoor living, grills, gardening, furniture, apparel, jewelry, housewares, toys, seasonal items, mattresses and small appliances; Technology, office and entertainment, which includes electronics, wireless, software, video games, movies, books, music, office supplies, office furniture, photo processing and third-party gift cards, and Health and wellness, which includes pharmacy, optical and hearing services and over-the-counter drugs.

The Company competes with Costco Wholesale and BJ's Wholesale Club.

Company Address

Wal-Mart Stores Inc

702 SW 8th St
BENTONVILLE   AR   72716-6209
P: +1501.2734000
F: +1302.6555049

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