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'''Walmart''' is the flagship brand name of '''Walmart Inc.''',[[note]](originally incorporated as "Wal-Mart, Inc.", and then legally "Wal-Mart Stores, Inc." from 19702018)[[/note]] the largest discount store chain in the world, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. It operates in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, Argentina, Africa (under Massmart), China, and Japan (as Seiyu and other brands). One of their most notable failed expansions was into Germany, which failed not because Germans dislike the concept ''per se'',[[note]]Though there were a few thing [[AmericansHateTingle such as greeters]] that were a tough sell on Germans[[/note]] but because others (like Aldi) [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter were cheaper]] and had a long established customer base. Although highly popular, it is criticized for a number of things, most notably the fact that, at least in the US and Canada, it is vociferously anti-union, with low pay and benefits, even compared to its competitors.

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'''Walmart''' is the flagship brand name of '''Walmart Inc.''',[[note]](originally incorporated as "Wal-Mart, Inc.", and then legally "Wal-Mart Stores, Inc." from 19702018)[[/note]] the largest discount store chain in the world, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. It operates in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, Argentina, Africa (under Massmart), China, and Japan (as Seiyu and other brands). It also operated Asda in the UK for a bit over 20 years before selling out to a British group in 2020 (Walmart will keep a minority stake). One of their most notable failed expansions was into Germany, which failed not because Germans dislike the concept ''per se'',[[note]]Though there were a few thing [[AmericansHateTingle such as greeters]] that were a tough sell on Germans[[/note]] but because others (like Aldi) [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter were cheaper]] and had a long established customer base. Although highly popular, it is criticized for a number of things, most notably the fact that, at least in the US and Canada, it is vociferously anti-union, with low pay and benefits, even compared to its competitors.



* In the book of ''Film/WhereTheHeartIs'', main character Novalee Nation (who is almost full-term pregnant) is abandoned by her boyfriend at a Walmart, with almost no money to her name, and literally only the clothes she is wearing. Out of desperation, she concocts a plan to hide in the store until the staff leaves (this was back during the era when most smaller Walmarts didn't have an overnight stocking crew) and spend the night there. When she can't figure out a plan the next day, she decides to ''live in the store'' at night, using items such as air mattresses and sleeping bags to have a modicum of comfort, and eating food from the grocery section. After a few weeks, she ends up going into labor and delivering her child right in the store, and since she's not able to put everything she was using that night back like she usually does, she's found out. Sam Walton visits her in the hospital, and, thinking that she's in trouble, Novalee shows him the notebook she kept, which has a record of every item she used, and asks for a chance to pay him back. He surprises her by forgiving the debt, pointing out that her story is the kind any company would kill to have; she was able to find everything she needed to be comfortable in his store, and it's a huge publicity coup for Walmart. He also tells her she has a job waiting when she's recovered from giving birth, and wishes her luck before leaving.

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* In the book of ''Film/WhereTheHeartIs'', main character Novalee Nation (who is almost full-term pregnant) is abandoned by her boyfriend at a Walmart, with almost no money to her name, and literally only the clothes she is wearing. Out of desperation, she concocts a plan to hide in the store until the staff leaves (this was back during the era when most smaller Walmarts didn't have an overnight stocking crew) and spend the night there. When she can't figure out a plan the next day, she decides to ''live in the store'' at night, using items such as air mattresses and sleeping bags to have a modicum of comfort, and eating food from the grocery section. After a few weeks, she ends up going into labor and delivering her child right in the store, and since she's not able to put everything she was using that night back like she usually does, she's found out. Sam Walton visits her in the hospital, and, thinking that she's in trouble, Novalee shows him the notebook she kept, which has a record of every item she used, and asks for a chance to pay him back. He surprises her by forgiving the debt, pointing out that her story is the kind any company would kill to have; she was able to find everything she needed to be comfortable in his store, and it's a huge publicity coup for Walmart. He also tells her she has a job waiting when she's recovered from giving birth, and wishes her luck before leaving.leaving.
* A [[BlandNameProduct thinly veiled]] {{parody}} of Walmart can be seen in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' Season 8 episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS8E9SomethingWallMartThisWayComes Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes]]".[[note]]This episode aired in 2004, before the company dropped the hyphen from its branding. As noted in the lead, the hyphen wasn't dropped from the corporate name until 2018.[[/note]]


'''Walmart''' is the flagship brand name of '''Walmart Inc.''',[[note]](originally incorporated as "Wal-Mart, Inc.", and then legally "Wal-Mart Stores, Inc." from 19702018)[[/note]] the largest discount store chain in the world, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. It operates in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, Argentina, Africa (under Massmart), the United Kingdom (as ASDA), China, and Japan (as Seiyu and other brands). One of their most notable failed expansions was into Germany, which failed not because Germans dislike the concept ''per se'',[[note]]Though there were a few thing [[AmericansHateTingle such as greeters]] that were a tough sell on Germans[[/note]] but because others (like Aldi) [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter were cheaper]] and had a long established customer base. Although highly popular, it is criticized for a number of things, most notably the fact that, at least in the US and Canada, it is vociferously anti-union, with low pay and benefits, even compared to its competitors.

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'''Walmart''' is the flagship brand name of '''Walmart Inc.''',[[note]](originally incorporated as "Wal-Mart, Inc.", and then legally "Wal-Mart Stores, Inc." from 19702018)[[/note]] the largest discount store chain in the world, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. It operates in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, Argentina, Africa (under Massmart), the United Kingdom (as ASDA), China, and Japan (as Seiyu and other brands). One of their most notable failed expansions was into Germany, which failed not because Germans dislike the concept ''per se'',[[note]]Though there were a few thing [[AmericansHateTingle such as greeters]] that were a tough sell on Germans[[/note]] but because others (like Aldi) [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter were cheaper]] and had a long established customer base. Although highly popular, it is criticized for a number of things, most notably the fact that, at least in the US and Canada, it is vociferously anti-union, with low pay and benefits, even compared to its competitors.


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* In the book of ''Film/WhereTheHeartIs'', main character Novalee Nation (who is almost full-term pregnant) is abandoned by her boyfriend at a Walmart, with almost no money to her name, and literally only the clothes she is wearing. Out of desperation, she concocts a plan to hide in the store until the staff leaves (this was back during the era when most smaller Walmarts didn't have an overnight stocking crew) and spend the night there. When she can't figure out a plan the next day, she decides to ''live in the store'' at night, using items such
as portrayed air mattresses and sleeping bags to have a modicum of comfort, and eating food from the grocery section. After a few weeks, she ends up going into labor and delivering her child right in fiction:the store, and since she's not able to put everything she was using that night back like she usually does, she's found out. Sam Walton visits her in the hospital, and, thinking that she's in trouble, Novalee shows him the notebook she kept, which has a record of every item she used, and asks for a chance to pay him back. He surprises her by forgiving the debt, pointing out that her story is the kind any company would kill to have; she was able to find everything she needed to be comfortable in his store, and it's a huge publicity coup for Walmart. He also tells her she has a job waiting when she's recovered from giving birth, and wishes her luck before leaving.


A little-known fact about Walmart is that the Supercenter concept spawned from a FlawedPrototype called Hypermart USA, which was deemed too inefficient, and collapsed after building only five locations.[[note]]In fact, it isn't even an original concept: UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}}-based chain Meijer opened its first "supercenter" in 1962, the year the first Walmart opened, and Western U.S. chain Fred Meyer (now a division of Kroger) started selling clothing alongside its original groceries and pharmacy products back in ''1933''. Around the time of the Hypermart USA prototypes, the French hypermarket chain Carrefour attempted an American expansion; the few locations in the Northeast US didn't last long and closed in the early 90s; some of them have, ironically, become Walmarts.[[/note]]

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A little-known fact about Walmart is that the Supercenter concept spawned from a FlawedPrototype called Hypermart USA, which was deemed too inefficient, and collapsed after building only five locations.[[note]]In fact, it isn't even an original concept: UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}}-based chain Meijer opened its first "supercenter" in 1962, the year the first Walmart opened, and Western U.S. chain Fred Meyer (now a division of Kroger) started selling clothing alongside its original groceries and pharmacy products back in ''1933''.''1931''. Around the time of the Hypermart USA prototypes, the French hypermarket chain Carrefour attempted an American expansion; the few locations in the Northeast US didn't last long and closed in the early 90s; some of them have, ironically, become Walmarts.[[/note]]


Sadly, due to widespread mismanagement at the retail store level following the passing of [[{{OurFounder}} Sam Walton]], a lot of people (including both current ''and'' former employees) view it as the current TropeCodifier of IncompetenceInc, having essentially succeeded Wrestling/{{WCW}} in said role. [[{{LawOfCautiousEditingJudgement}} And that's all we're going to say on the matter]]!

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Sadly, due to widespread mismanagement at the retail store level following the passing of [[{{OurFounder}} Sam Walton]], a lot of people (including both current ''and'' former employees) view it as the current TropeCodifier of IncompetenceInc, having essentially succeeded Wrestling/{{WCW}} in said role. [[{{LawOfCautiousEditingJudgement}} [[{{Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment}} And that's all we're going to say on the matter]]!


Sadly, due to widespread mismanagement at the retail store level, a lot of people (including both current and former employees) view it as the current TropeCodifier of IncompetenceInc, having essentially succeeded Wrestling/{{WCW}} in said role.

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Sadly, due to widespread mismanagement at the retail store level, level following the passing of [[{{OurFounder}} Sam Walton]], a lot of people (including both current and ''and'' former employees) view it as the current TropeCodifier of IncompetenceInc, having essentially succeeded Wrestling/{{WCW}} in said role.role. [[{{LawOfCautiousEditingJudgement}} And that's all we're going to say on the matter]]!


Sadly, due to widespread mismanagement at the retail store level, a lot of people (including both current and former employees) view it as the current TropeCodifier of IncompetenceInc, having essentially succeeded Wrestling/WCW in said role.

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Sadly, due to widespread mismanagement at the retail store level, a lot of people (including both current and former employees) view it as the current TropeCodifier of IncompetenceInc, having essentially succeeded Wrestling/WCW Wrestling/{{WCW}} in said role.


Sadly, a lot of people (including both current and former employees) view it as the current TropeCodifier of IncompetenceInc, having essentially succeeded Wrestling/WCW in said role.

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Sadly, due to widespread mismanagement at the retail store level, a lot of people (including both current and former employees) view it as the current TropeCodifier of IncompetenceInc, having essentially succeeded Wrestling/WCW in said role.


Sadly, a lot of people (including both current and former employees) view it as the current TropeCodifier of IncompetenceIncorporated, having essentially succeeded Wrestling/WCW in said role.

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Sadly, a lot of people (including both current and former employees) view it as the current TropeCodifier of IncompetenceIncorporated, IncompetenceInc, having essentially succeeded Wrestling/WCW in said role.

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Sadly, a lot of people (including both current and former employees) view it as the current TropeCodifier of IncompetenceIncorporated, having essentially succeeded Wrestling/WCW in said role.


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A little-known fact about Walmart is that the Supercenter concept spawned from a FlawedPrototype called Hypermart USA, which was deemed too inefficient, and collapsed after building only five locations.[[note]]In fact, it isn't even an original concept: UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}}-based chain Meijer opened its first "supercenter" in 1962, the year the first Walmart opened, and Western U.S. chain Fred Meyer (now a division of Kroger) started selling clothing alongside its original groceries and pharmacy products back in ''1933''.[[/note]]

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A little-known fact about Walmart is that the Supercenter concept spawned from a FlawedPrototype called Hypermart USA, which was deemed too inefficient, and collapsed after building only five locations.[[note]]In fact, it isn't even an original concept: UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}}-based chain Meijer opened its first "supercenter" in 1962, the year the first Walmart opened, and Western U.S. chain Fred Meyer (now a division of Kroger) started selling clothing alongside its original groceries and pharmacy products back in ''1933''. Around the time of the Hypermart USA prototypes, the French hypermarket chain Carrefour attempted an American expansion; the few locations in the Northeast US didn't last long and closed in the early 90s; some of them have, ironically, become Walmarts.[[/note]]


'''Walmart''' is the flagship brand name of '''Walmart Inc.''',[[note]](originally incorporated as "Wal-Mart, Inc.", and then legally "Wal-Mart Stores, Inc." from 19702018)[[/note]] the largest discount store chain in the world, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. It operates in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, Argentina, Africa (under Massmart), the United Kingdom (as ASDA), China, and Japan (as Seiyu and other brands). One of their most notable failed expansions was into Germany, which failed not because Germans dislike the concept ''per se'', but because others (like Aldi) [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter were cheaper]] and had a long established customer base. Although highly popular, it is criticized for a number of things, most notably the fact that, at least in the US and Canada, it is vociferously anti-union, with low pay and benefits, even compared to its competitors.

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'''Walmart''' is the flagship brand name of '''Walmart Inc.''',[[note]](originally incorporated as "Wal-Mart, Inc.", and then legally "Wal-Mart Stores, Inc." from 19702018)[[/note]] the largest discount store chain in the world, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. It operates in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, Argentina, Africa (under Massmart), the United Kingdom (as ASDA), China, and Japan (as Seiyu and other brands). One of their most notable failed expansions was into Germany, which failed not because Germans dislike the concept ''per se'', se'',[[note]]Though there were a few thing [[AmericansHateTingle such as greeters]] that were a tough sell on Germans[[/note]] but because others (like Aldi) [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter were cheaper]] and had a long established customer base. Although highly popular, it is criticized for a number of things, most notably the fact that, at least in the US and Canada, it is vociferously anti-union, with low pay and benefits, even compared to its competitors.


'''Walmart''' is the flagship brand name of '''Walmart Inc.''',[[note]]originally incorporated as "Wal-Mart, Inc.", and then legally "Wal-Mart Stores, Inc." from 19702018[[/note]] the largest discount store chain in the world, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. It operates in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, Argentina, Africa (under Massmart), the United Kingdom (as ASDA), China, and Japan (as Seiyu and other brands). One of their most notable failed expansions was into Germany, which failed not because Germans dislike the concept ''per se'', but because others (like Aldi) [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter were cheaper]] and had a long established customer base. Although highly popular, it is criticized for a number of things, most notably the fact that, at least in the US and Canada, it is vociferously anti-union, with low pay and benefits, even compared to its competitors.

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'''Walmart''' is the flagship brand name of '''Walmart Inc.''',[[note]]originally ''',[[note]](originally incorporated as "Wal-Mart, Inc.", and then legally "Wal-Mart Stores, Inc." from 19702018[[/note]] 19702018)[[/note]] the largest discount store chain in the world, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. It operates in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, Argentina, Africa (under Massmart), the United Kingdom (as ASDA), China, and Japan (as Seiyu and other brands). One of their most notable failed expansions was into Germany, which failed not because Germans dislike the concept ''per se'', but because others (like Aldi) [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter were cheaper]] and had a long established customer base. Although highly popular, it is criticized for a number of things, most notably the fact that, at least in the US and Canada, it is vociferously anti-union, with low pay and benefits, even compared to its competitors.


'''Walmart''' is the flagship brand name of '''Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.''', the largest discount store chain in the world, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. It operates in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, Argentina, Africa (under Massmart), the United Kingdom (as ASDA), China, and Japan (as Seiyu and other brands). One of their most notable failed expansions was into Germany, which failed not because Germans dislike the concept ''per se'', but because others (like Aldi) [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter were cheaper]] and had a long established customer base. Although highly popular, it is criticized for a number of things, most notably the fact that, at least in the US and Canada, it is vociferously anti-union, with low pay and benefits, even compared to its competitors.

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'''Walmart''' is the flagship brand name of '''Wal-Mart '''Walmart Inc.''',[[note]]originally incorporated as "Wal-Mart, Inc.", and then legally "Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.''', " from 19702018[[/note]] the largest discount store chain in the world, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. It operates in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, Argentina, Africa (under Massmart), the United Kingdom (as ASDA), China, and Japan (as Seiyu and other brands). One of their most notable failed expansions was into Germany, which failed not because Germans dislike the concept ''per se'', but because others (like Aldi) [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter were cheaper]] and had a long established customer base. Although highly popular, it is criticized for a number of things, most notably the fact that, at least in the US and Canada, it is vociferously anti-union, with low pay and benefits, even compared to its competitors.

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