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A Global Company

A Global Company

In 1991, Walmart opened its first store outside the United States—a Sam’s Club near Mexico City. Since that first store opened, Walmart’s worldwide presence and ability to serve many countries and cultures has grown exponentially. With every store it opens, every market it enters, and every customer it serves, Walmart strives to advance Sam Walton’s mission: to save people money so they can live better.


One of the earliest Sam's Clubs in Mexico.

Sam was always thinking of ways to grow the company. Here we see a list of countries he was considering expanding into.

A Sam's Club in China.

Walmart acquired British company ASDA in 1999.

Walmart Argentina began in 1995 and offers multiple store formats. Here we see one of those formats, Changomas.


An associate at La Union, Walmart's Nicaraguan chain, adds fresh apples to the produce aisle.

A Seiyu pharmacy associate helps a customer.

Walmart acquired the British chain ASDA in 1999 and entered the United Kingdom. Here, ASDA associates enjoy a laugh.

Walmart’s Purpose on a Global Scale

Sam Walton’s vision continues to spread. By offering quality goods and services at Every Day Low Prices, Walmart has improved the standard of living for people around the world. Walmart’s core values, or basic beliefs—Service, Respect, Excellence and Integrity—fuel the company’s growth and serve customers, associates, and suppliers on a global scale.

The exterior of a Seiyu, a Japanese group of supermarkets, shopping centers, and department stores owned by Walmart. Walmart first acquired a stake in Seiyu in 2002 and became the sole owner in 2008.

Doing Well as a Business by Doing Good in the World

Save money. Live better. These are the words that define Walmart. The "Every Day Low Cost" strategy helps people save money, stretch their paychecks, and provide a better life for their families. But the work the company does to help people live better goes far beyond the store walls. It extends into local communities and around the world.

Walmart has an opportunity and a responsibility to make a difference on the big issues that matter to us all. Issues like preserving the environment, fighting hunger, empowering women, and providing access to healthy, affordable food. Walmart is driving meaningful change in a way that no other company can. And the company is committed to using size and scale to help the world live better.


An associate goes over features of a computer for a customer at a Changomas store.

A Seiyu associate stocks fresh produce.

An associate checks out a customer at one of Walmart's stores in Costa Rica.

If we work together … we’ll lower the cost of living for everyone. We’ll give the world an opportunity to see what it’s like to save and have a better life.
Sam Walton

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