Profile: Wal Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N)
24 Nov 2015
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's operations are conducted in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam's Club. The Walmart U.S. segment operates retail stores in all 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 26 countries outside of the United States and includes numerous formats divided into three main categories: retail, wholesale and other. The Sam's Club consists of membership-only warehouse clubs and operates in 48 states in the United States and in Puerto Rico, as well as digital retail.
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 U.S., including in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, with supercenters in 49 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, discount stores in 42 states and Puerto Rico and Neighborhood Markets and other small store formats in 31 states and Puerto Rico. Its supercenters range in size from 69,000 square feet to 260,000 square feet, with an average size of approximately 178,000 square feet. Its discount stores range in size from 30,000 square feet to 219,000 square feet, with an average size of approximately 105,000 square feet. Its neighborhood Markets and other small formats range in size from 1,000 square feet to 66,000 square feet, with an average size of approximately 37,000 square feet. Access to an assortment of merchandise, including products not found in its physical stores, and services are available to its customers through its e-commerce Websites and mobile commerce applications. Digital retail is integrated with its physical stores through services like Walmart Pickup and Pickup Today. The Walmart U.S. segment also offers digital services like Vudu and InstaWatch.
Walmart U.S. does business in six strategic merchandise units, grocery, entertainment, health and wellness, entertainment, hardlines, apparel and home. Grocery consists of a line of grocery items, including meat, produce, deli, bakery, dairy, frozen foods, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, floral and dry grocery, as well as consumables, such as health and beauty aids, baby products, household chemicals, paper goods and pet supplies; Health and wellness includes pharmacy, optical services, over-the-counter drugs and clinical services; Entertainment contains electronics, toys, cameras and supplies, photo processing services, cellular phones, cellular service plan contracts and prepaid service, movies, music, video games and books; Hardlines consist of stationery, automotive, hardware and paint, sporting goods, fabrics and crafts and seasonal merchandise; Apparel includes apparel for women, girls, men, boys and infants, as well as shoes, jewelry and accessories, and Home includes home furnishings, housewares and small appliances, bedding, home décor, outdoor living and horticulture. The Walmart U.S. segment also offers 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 consists of operations in 26 countries outside of the United States and includes numerous formats divided into three categories: retail, wholesale and other. These categories consist of numerous formats, including supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, including Sam's Clubs, cash & carry, home improvement, specialty electronics, restaurants, apparel stores, drug stores and convenience stores, as well as digital retail. The Walmart International segment consists of physical stores operated by its wholly-owned subsidiaries operating in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan and the United Kingdom; its majority-owned subsidiaries operating in Africa (which includes Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia), Central America (which includes Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua), China and Mexico, and its joint ventures and other controlled subsidiaries in China. Its retail units range in size from 4,000 square feet to 250,000 square feet. Its wholesale stores generally range in size from 35,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet. Other, which includes restaurants, drugstores and convenience stores operating under various banners in Brazil, Chile, Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom, range in size up to 4,200 square feet. Also, on a limited basis, its Walmart International segment operates banks that provide consumer financing programs.
The Walmart International segment operates e-commerce Websites in 10 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom). Customers have access through its e-commerce Websites and mobile commerce applications to an assortment of merchandise and services, both of which vary by country. Digital retail supports its physical stores with capabilities like Click & Collect in the United Kingdom and its grocery home delivery business in Mexico. The Company has both leveraged United States private brands and developed market specific private brands to serve its customers. Along with the private brands it markets globally, such as Equate, George, Great Value, Holiday Time, Hometrends, Mainstays, Ol' Roy and Parent's Choice, its 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 generally range between 71,000 and 190,000 square feet, with an average size of approximately 134,000 square feet. Sam's Club provides its members access to a broad assortment of merchandise and services online at www.samsclub.com. Digital retail supports its clubs and members through services such as Club Pickup. Sam's Club offers brand name merchandise, including hardgoods, some softgoods and selected private-label items, such as Member's Mark and its own brands, Daily Chef and Simply Right, in five merchandise categories: Grocery, Fuel and other, Home and apparel, Technology, and Health and wellness. Grocery and consumables 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; Home and apparel includes home improvement, outdoor living, grills, gardening, furniture, apparel, jewelry, housewares, toys, seasonal items, mattresses and small appliances; Technology, office and entertainment includes electronics, wireless, software, video games, movies, books, music, office supplies, office furniture, photo processing and third-party gift cards, and Health and wellness includes pharmacy, optical and hearing services and over-the-counter drugs. The Sam's Club segment also offers small business services and related products, including affordable health care plans through the Aetna Marketplace for Sam's Club, legal solutions from LegalZoom, as well as payroll services, merchant payment processing, and travel booking provided by third-parties.
The Company competes with Costco Wholesale and BJ's Wholesale Club.
Wal Mart Stores Inc
702 SW 8th St
BENTONVILLE AR 72716-6209
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