11 December 2011

How BIG is Walmart?

The imbroglio over the entry of foreign retailers in the multibrand retail segment has stirred a hornet's nest in the political and business establishments. 

While Walmart is not the only company that will benefit from the proposed opening up of the multibrand retail segment to foreign investment (via FDI), just a
 mention of Walmart's name is enough to evoke varied reactions from across various segments of the society. 

The Explainer: Foreign Direct Investment)

Currently, 100% FDI is allowed in wholesale cash-and-carry while 51% FDI is allowed in single brand retail. Recently, the government of India allowed 51% FDI in multibrand retail, paving the way for entry of global giants like Walmart, Tesco, and Carrefour. 
However, the policy decision has been suspended by the government following a hue and cry from the opposition parties. 

Protests against Walmart are not a India-specific feature; Walmart and its ilk have faced them almost in every market they have entered. So what is it about the Behemoth of Bentonville that evokes such fears?

Walmart was founded by Sam Walton in 1962. Currently, it is the world's largest company, with a revenue of U.S.$421 billion (nearly 25% of India's GDP!) and the world's largest private sector employer (with 21 lakh employees).

Here is an interesting infographic on Walmart, the largest departmental chain store in the world. I found it at


Anonymous said...

Awesome sir .. but the people who join military are far more fit than a normal worker in a store .. I mean 2 million people as a whole wouldn't fit for a comparison with military .

sr@1 said...

How big it may be it would be extremly tough for walmart to make money in INDIA.. Many US companies failed to make money in INDIA in past and are still struggling..famous examples are COKE and KELLOG.. These foreign companies can never understand the taste of indians. Only an Indian can understand Indians taste. My gut feeling says that big bazaar would make much more money than walmart if it comes in India..