Walmart – 15 Awesome Facts

1) Walmart’s top selling food item is: bananas. They sell over one billion pounds each year.

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Image Credit: Steve Hopson

2) Walmart has been proven to make people fat – studies have shown that when a Walmart Supercenter is built in a city the average obesity rate increases by 2.4%.

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Image Credit: Tony Alter

3) Walmart has approximately 2.3 million employees – more than the population of Philadelphia.

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Image Credit: R’lyeh Imaging

4) 25% of money spent on groceries in the United States in 2014 was spent at Walmart.

5) Between 1995 and 2015 Walmart’s stock has gone up by 367%.

6) Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, passed away in 1992 and was famously frugal. Even though he had a net worth of over $20 billion in his later years, he opted for cheap haircuts ($5), rarely ate at fancy restaurants and drove an older pickup truck.

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Image Credit: Grey Wanderer

7) Over 70% of Walmart cashiers are women.

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Image Credit: Walmart

8) Walmart is known for cheap prices which means supplies must also be cheap; approximately 80% of Walmart suppliers are located in China.

9) Walmart’s highest selling category of items is electronics, which accounts for 16% of all sales.

10) Since Walmart attracts such huge crowds there are always interesting people who visit their local Walmart. There are so many of them there is a site dedicated to it – People of Walmart

11) In 2010 a Pennsylvania woman successfully sued Walmart over a $0.02 price discrepancy – read more about it here.

12) Walmart has a total of 1.1 billion square feet of retail space – which is bigger than the size of Manhattan.

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Image Credit: Mohib Ahmad

13) The average family in America spends an average of $4,000 per year at Walmart.

14) The Walton family (founders of Walmart) are worth an estimated $150 billion – making them the wealthiest family in the world.

15) Walmart is significantly bigger than its competitors. How big? In 2014 annual sales for Walmart were over $400 billion. Their closest competitor, Costco, had $71 billion and Home Depot also had $71 billion.

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