Profile: Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT)
11 Mar 2014
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart), incorporated on October 31, 1969, operates retail stores in various formats globally. The Company operates in three segments: the Walmart U.S., the Walmart International and the Sam’s Club. During the fiscal year ended January 31, 2013 (fiscal 2013), its Walmart U.S. segment accounted for approximately 59% of its net sales and operated retail stores in various formats in all 50 states in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as Walmart’s online retail operations, walmart.com. Its Walmart International segment consists of retail operations in 26 countries. In fiscal 2013, this segment generated approximately 29% of its net sales. The Walmart International segment includes a range of formats of retail stores, restaurants, Sam’s Clubs and online retail operations, which operate outside the United States. Its Sam’s Club segment consists of membership warehouse clubs operated in 47 states in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as the segment’s online retail operations, samsclub.com. In fiscal 2013, Sam’s Club accounted for approximately 12% of its net sales. Effective February 24, 2014, Wal-Mart Stores Inc acquired Yumprint.
The Company is engaged in the operation of retail stores located throughout the United States; its wholly owned subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan and the United Kingdom; its majority owned subsidiaries in Africa, Central America, Chile, China and Mexico; its joint ventures in India and China, and other controlled subsidiaries in China. The Walmart U.S. segment includes the Company’s mass merchant concept under the Walmart or Wal-Mart brand, as well as walmart.com. The Walmart International segment consists of the Company’s operations outside of the United States. The Sam’s Club segment includes the warehouse membership clubs in the United States, as well as samsclub.com.
Walmart U.S. Segment
The Walmart U.S. segment operates retail stores in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, with supercenters in 48 states and Puerto Rico, discount stores in 44 states and Puerto Rico and Neighborhood Markets and other small store formats in 25 states and Puerto Rico. Supercenters range in size from 70,000 square feet to 260,000 square feet, with an average size of approximately 181,000 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. Neighborhood Markets and other small formats range in size from1,000 square feet to 66,000 square feet, with an average size of approximately 39,000 square feet. Customers can also purchase a range of merchandise and services online atwww.walmart.com.
Walmart U.S. does business in six merchandise units across several store formats, including supercenters, discount stores, Neighborhood Markets and other small store formats, as well as walmart.com. Grocery consists of a range 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. Entertainment contains electronics, toys, cameras and supplies, photo processing services, cellular phones, cellular service plan contracts and prepaid service and books. Hardlines consist of stationery, automotive accessories, hardware and paint, sporting goods, fabrics and crafts and seasonal merchandise. Health and wellness includes pharmacy and optical services. Apparel includes apparel for women, girls, men, boys and infants, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Home includes home furnishings, housewares and small appliances, bedding, home decor, outdoor living and horticulture. The Walmart U.S. segment also offers financial services and related products, including money orders, wire transfers, check cashing and bill payment. It also markets a range of merchandise under its private-label store brands, including Canopy, Equate, Everstart, Faded Glory, George, Great Value, Hometrends, Mainstays, Marketside, No Boundaries, Ol’ Roy, Ozark Trail, Parent’s Choice, Prima Della, Puritan, Spring Valley and White Stag. The Company also markets lines of merchandise under licensed brands, which include Better Homes & Gardens, Danskin Now, Disney, General Electric, Just My Size, OP, Rival and Starter.
Walmart International Segment
The Company’s Walmart International segment consists of its wholly owned subsidiaries operating in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, 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), Chile, China and Mexico; its joint ventures in China and India; and its other controlled subsidiaries in China. Walmart International operates units in three categories: retail, wholesale and other. These categories consist of numerous formats, including discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, retail websites, warehouse clubs, restaurants and apparel stores. Generally, retail centers range in size from 5,000 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 in Chile, Japan and Mexico, range in size up to 4,200 square feet. Also, on a limited basis, Walmart International segment operates banks that provide consumer financing programs.
Sam’s Club Segment
Sam's Clubs are membership only operations. Members include both business owners and individual consumers. As a membership club warehouse, facility sizes for Sam’s Clubs range between 71,000 and 190,000 square feet, with an average size of approximately 133,000 square feet. Sam’s Club also provides its members with a range of merchandise and services online at www.samsclub.com. Sam’s Club offers merchandise, including hardgoods, some softgoods and selected private-label items, such as Member’s Mark and its brands, Artisan Fresh, Bakers & Chef , Daily Chef and Simply Right, in five merchandise categories, including, grocery and consumables, fuel and other categories, technology, office and entertainment, home and apparel, and health and wellness within the warehouse club format. 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. Fuel and other categories consist of gasoline stations, tobacco, tools and power equipment, and tire and battery centers. Technology, office and entertainment includes electronics, wireless, software, video games, movies, books, music, office supplies, office furniture and photo processing. Home and apparel includes home improvement, outdoor living, grills, gardening, furniture, apparel, jewelry, housewares, toys, seasonal items, mattresses and small appliances. Health and wellness includes pharmacy and optical services and over-the-counter drugs.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
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BENTONVILLE AR 72716
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