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New Commitments

2010

Jack Shewmaker, champion for Every Day Low Prices and Walmart's adoption of new technologies, passes away.

2010

Walmart ranks number one on the Fortune 500 list for the fifth time since 2002.

2010

Feeding America magazine names Walmart and Sam’s Club Donor of the Year 2010. Walmart and Sam’s Club are the first Feeding America donors to give away more than 100 million pounds of food in one calendar year.

2010

Walmart commits $2 billion to help end hunger in the United States through its “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative.

2010

Walmart launches a global commitment to sustainable agriculture. The company helps small farmers to reduce the impact of farming on the environment and to expand their businesses, thereby strengthening local economies.

2011

Walmart experiments with small-format stores, opening the first Walmart Express in Arkansas.

2011

@WalmartLabs is formed to develop technology to assist Walmart in serving customers.

2011

Walmart launches the Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative to use the company's global scale to help empower women across its supply chain.

2011

Walmart expands its business into South Africa by acquiring 51 percent of Massmart Holdings Limited.

Little Known Sparks

Which U.S. president gave Sam the highest civilian honor?
In 1992, President George H. W. Bush honored Sam with the Medal of Freedom.

2011

The first Walmart on Campus is opened at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

The Walmart Oral History Project

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Walmart celebrates its 50th anniversary.

2012

Rosalind Brewer becomes CEO of Sam's Club. She is the first woman and the first African American to lead a Walmart business unit.

Artist Brendan O’Connell gains international notoriety and media attention for his series of paintings depicting Walmart store interiors, and the brands that fill Walmart shelves. This O’Connell piece, “The Art of Retail” hangs in The Walmart Museum.

2013

In January, Walmart announces it will hire any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty beginning on Memorial Day. Walmart projects hiring over 100,000 veterans in the next five years.

2013

Walmart acquires Bharti Walmart Private Limited, including the Best Price Modern Wholesale cash-and-carry business in India.

2013

Walmart opens its first stores in the District of Columbia.

Lee Scott On Disaster Relief

President and CEO, Retired

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Our future success is based on how each one of us demonstrates our belief that the customer is number one.

Mike Duke

2013

Walmart commits to buying $250 billion in goods manufactured in the United States over the next 10 years.

Becky Elliott Watching Sam with His Grandkids

Former Personal Assistant to Sam Walton and People Director, Finance Division, Retired

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There's absolutely no limit to what plain, ordinary working people can accomplish if they're given the opportunity, encouragement, and incentive to do their best.

Sam Walton

2014

Doug McMillon succeeds Mike Duke as President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

2014

Walmart introduces the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience, a state-of-the-art tractor-trailer developed in support of the company's vision for a more sustainable world.

Bobby Martin On Sam and Teaching

CEO - Walmart International, Retired

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By the Numbers

By the end of 2014 fiscal year, the company has a total of 10,942 stores, including 4,203 Walmarts and 632 Sam's Clubs in the United States and 6,107 international stores. The company employs 2.2 million associates worldwide. Annual sales are $473 billion.

Ron Loveless On Sam and Motivation

CEO, Sam's Club, Retired

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Ron Loveless On Walmart's Ethics

CEO, Sam's Club, Retired

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Little Known Sparks

When did Walmart become the largest private employer in the world: ’99, ’01, or ’05?
In 1999, Walmart became the largest private employer in the world.

Russ Robertson On Respect for the Individual

VP Career Development, Retired

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Rollin Ford On Low Prices

CIO, Retired

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Rollin Ford On Family

CIO, Retired

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2015

The Walmart Spark represents the spark of inspiration Sam felt when he first founded Walmart. It's that same inspiration our associates and our customers feel when we save people money so they can live better.

David Glass On Ready, Fire, Aim

President and CEO, Retired

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Walmart's Stock Performance

The first offering, on October 1, 1970, was $16.50 per share. Since then, Walmart stock has split two-for-one eleven times. That means a person who bought 100 shares for $1,650 in 1970 would, in 2015, have 204,800 shares, worth more than $17 million.

2015

Walmart U.S. launches Grocery Pickup after successful testing in several markets in the United States.

2015

In early 2015, past and current leaders posed at The Walmart Museum for a historic photo in CEO #1 Sam Walton’s office. Pictured here are, from left to right: CEO #2 David Glass, CEO #3 Lee Scott, Chairman of the Board Rob Walton, CEO #4 Mike Duke, and current CEO Doug McMillon.

2015

Doug McMillon holds Sam's name badge. Shortly after this photo was taken, Walmart showed its commitment to its people by pledging $1 billion to raise the company's starting wage.

If you love your work, you will be out there every day trying to do it the best you can, and soon everyone around will catch that passion from you – like a fever.

Sam Walton

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.

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Peggy Hamilton On Sam and Values

Manager, The Walmart Museum

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2015

The Walmart Museum opens an interview studio and names it in honor of Ferold Arend. The studio was created to capture oral histories that tell the Walmart story.

2015

Walmart sponsors the inaugural Bentonville Film Festival, which champions women and diverse voices in media.

2015

25 Years of The Walmart Museum

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2015

The Walmart Museum launches WalmartMuseum.com with the purpose of globally sharing the Walmart heritage and the stories behind the company’s history.

2015

Sam Walton's iconic ball cap is installed and featured in the Smithsonian's permanent "American Enterprise" exhibit at the National Museum of American History.

By the Numbers

By 2015, the company has a total of 11,453 stores, including 4,516 Walmarts and 647 Sam’s Clubs in the United States and 6,290 international stores. The company employs 2.2 million associates worldwide.

Fritz Steiger On Walmart's Success

First Director, The Walmart Foundation

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Let the workers become the idea generators. Listen, bring out other people's feelings, smile and be happy.

Sam Walton

2015

Walmart enters Kenya with a Game store in Nairobi.

In our story, the hero is you—our associates. We aren't more powerful than a locomotive or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound … We do have superpowers, though, and they are real. They're our passion, our commitment to our customers, our caring for one another. Really, our superpowers are those that help us make someone's day better, their life better.

Doug McMillon

2015

Greg Penner succeeds Rob Walton as Chairman of the Board of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Glenn Habern On the P and L

CIO, Retired

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Coleman Peterson On International Expansion

EVP, People Division, Retired

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Ron Loveless On Manager Training

CEO, Sam's Club, Retired

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2015

On October 11, Walmart's first president Ferold Arend passes away. The community remembers him and his many contributions.

2015

Greenlight A Vet, a Walmart-led campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green, is launched.

Our company has made major strides since we embarked on this journey, and our focus for the next decade will remain the same: doing the right thing for our customers, our communities, people working in the supply chain and the planet. Our approach to global responsibility not only makes sense for the environment, but it’s also good for our customers, and our business.

Doug McMillon

Walmart’s future will depend on how well you take care of each of your customers. A day at a time. A customer at a time. A store at a time.

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Sam Dunn On Change

SVP of Strategy and Business Planning, Retired

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2016

Walmart opens its Culinary & Innovation Center in Bentonville to develop and test new and innovative products.

2016

Jim Walton retires from the Walmart Board of Directors; his son, Steuart, takes his place as the next generation Walton family member to serve on the board.

2016

Walmart Radio, originally on the air from the early 1990s until 2010, returns to Walmart stores. The DJs for the station are found after a nationwide search of store associates.

Nick White On Satellites

EVP, Supercenter Division General Manager, Retired

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Rob Voss On the Productivity Loop

EVP, Merchandise, Sam&#39s Club, Retired

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2016

Smiley returns to Walmart stores as an icon of low prices. Originally developed as a kid-friendly sticker in 1989, Smiley starred in advertising between 1996 and 2006.

2016

Walmart Pay, a fast, easy, and secure way for customers to make purchases with their smart phones, becomes a popular in-store payment method.

Nick White On EDLP

EVP, Supercenter Division General Manager, Retired

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High expectations are the key to everything.

Sam Walton

2016

Don Soderquist, former COO, corporate Vice Chairman, and Walmart's "Keeper of the Culture," passes away on July 21. Thousands mourn.

Ed Nagy On People

SVP Operations, Retired

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2016

Online retailer Jet.com becomes part of the Walmart family with the two companies joining forces to save customers even more time and money.

Claude Harris On Integrity

Senior Vice President, Market Research, Retired

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I would argue that our relentless effort to improve our business has always been tied to trying to make things better for the folks who live and work in our communities.

Sam Walton

2016

A Year in Review

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2016

Helen Walton: A Life Well Scattered

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2016

The original doors to Sam Walton’s first Ben Franklin franchise – the only known artifacts in existence from that store – are discovered.

Becky Elliott On Sam Wearing Buttons

Former Assistant to Sam Walton and People Director, Finance Division, Retired

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Our company is built on a foundation of strong values and integrity.

Doug McMillon

Karenann Terrell On Women Working for Walmart

EVP and CIO, Retired

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David Glass On Store Compliance

President and CEO, Retired

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Lee Scott On Trusting the Front Line Associates

President and CEO, Retired

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David Glass On Technology

President and CEO, Retired

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David Glass On Sam and Store Visits

President and CEO, Retired

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Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free and worth a fortune.

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Ron Loveless On Sam and Management Technique

CEO, Sam's Club, Retired

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Lee Scott On Sam's Motivations

President and CEO, Retired

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Looking ahead, we will compete with technology, but win with people. We will be people led and tech empowered. We will win because we are purpose driven, with clear and meaningful values and an effective and resilient culture.

Doug McMillon

Store associates are the real front line of Wal-Mart. They are in touch with our customers everyday.

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Mike Duke On Being Remembered

President and CEO, Retired

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Mike Duke On Growth and Leadership

President and CEO, Retired

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Mike Duke On Sam Walton and Family

President and CEO, Retired

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Mike Duke On Sam's Business Model

President and CEO, Retired

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Lee Scott On Treating People with Respect and Dignity

President and CEO, Retired

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Ed Nagy On Opportunity

SVP Operations, Retired

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2018

"I Remember Sam" and His Community

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2018

Champian Fulton Live at the 5&10

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2018

"I Remember Sam" and His Merchants

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All of us have got to go out to our stores and listen to our partners.

Sam Walton

2018

"I Remember Sam" and His People

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2018

Discover more about the Sam M. Walton College of Business with the Walmart Museum Minute

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2018

How does Sam's legacy impact you?