More than 50 years ago, Sam Walton started the tradition of hiring the best and brightest when he opened the first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas. And since 1962, they’ve been dedicated to helping people in their communities save money so they can live better.
So, what’s the secret to their success? As Mr. Sam once said, “Our people make the difference.” Walmart associates have helped them expand their physical and digital retail presence. And Walmart continues to redefine the industry – from new apps that help customers save money and smaller-format retail stores, to enabling easier, more efficient online shopping and their push to become supplied 100% by renewable energy.
Their associates are the heart of their business – all 2.2 million of them. For tens of thousands of people every year, a new job at one of their stores, clubs, distribution centers or corporate offices opens the door to a better life. And you’ll find approximately 15,000-50,000 job openings at Walmart, depending on the time of year.
Their people work hard to save customers money in new and better ways each day. In return, Walmart promotes about 160,000 associates per year to jobs with more responsibility and higher pay.
What started small, with a single discount store and the simple idea of selling more for less, has grown over the last fifty years into the largest retailer in the world. Today, nearly 260 million customers visit Walmart’s more than 11,500 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce sites in 11 countries each week. With fiscal year 2015 net sales of $482.2 billion, Walmart employs 2.2 million associates worldwide – 1.4 million in the U.S. alone. It’s all part of their unwavering commitment to creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the world. Walmart has 3 locations in Schuylkill County. There are supercenters in both Saint Clair and Tamaqua. The Walmart Distribution is located in Pottsville.