Thursday, April 8, 2010

The largest retailer on the planet

WalMart is the largest retailer on earth when it comes to turnover and almost any other KPI you can think of.

The growth makes statistics constantly uncertain. For example, in 2006, Walmart had 1.8 million employees. In 2009 that figure was somewhere around 2.1 million, 1.4 million in the U.S. alone. Each week, almost 60% of America shops at Walmart. Worldwide, that comes to 200 million visitors--again, every single week. That is a whole lot of people. From hypermarkets, to Sam´s Club to neighborhood stores, WalMart is effectively covering all aspects of the american consumers life and buying situations.

Flowing Data has put together an intresting flow map showing the growth in numbers available here.o