10 Mind-Boggling Facts About Walmart - as part of the news and politics series by GeoBeats.
Here are 10 amazing facts about Walmart.
Number 10 - It has 2.2 million employees worldwide - that number being larger than the population
of some countries such as Luxembourg and Iceland.
Number 9 - Walmart generated about $444 billion of sales in the fiscal year 2012,
which is more than the GDP of Denmark.
Number 8 - It serves approximately 200 million customers every week in more than 10,000 stores around the world.
Number 7 - 90% of all Americans live within 15 miles of a Walmart store - who would have thought?
Number 6 - Walmart's distribution network is one of the largest in the world and it includes 6,500 tractors, 55,000 trailers and more than 7,000 drivers.
Number 5 - Each of their drivers drive approximately 100,000 miles annually, equivalent to driving around the world 4 times.
Number 4 - Every 8 cents of a US dollar spent, goes towards a Walmart purchase.
Number 3 - Walmart has stores in 27 countries including some of the smaller countries such as Uganda, Swaziland and Mozambique.
Number 2 - A Walmart's distribution center can have miles of conveyer belts - some have as long as 12 miles of these belts to move hundreds of thousands of products each day.
And Number 1 - Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, opened the first store in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. It was less than one-fifth the size of today's average Walmart and had merely 25 employees.