With annual revenues exceeding US$400 billion, Walmart is a retail colossus and at present the world's largest corporation. Walmart is a budget retailer that sells an unusually wide range of consumer goods in its enormous big-box stores, which first appeared in the U.S. South and Midwest in the mid-1960s. Since then, they spread rapidly across North America and, in various guises, Walmart now operates throughout Europe, Asia, and in certain parts of Africa. This rapid ascent has attracted a considerable level of attention from both critics and admirers. Whether the object of praise or blame, Walmart has attained an iconic status. Alongside the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, Wall Street, Google, Nike, and Facebook, Walmart features prominently in contemporary discussions about the organization, culture, ...

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