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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. becomes Walmart Inc.

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Change reflects emphasis on omnichannel retailing

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. becomes Walmart Inc.
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The world’s largest retailer is officially changing its legal name from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to Walmart Inc. The change, which takes effect with the start of the company’s new fiscal year on February 1, is meant to reflect the company’s shift from an operator of stores to one that increasingly lets its customers shop online, in stores or via mobile devices.

“Our customers know us as Walmart and today they shop with us not only in our stores but online and with our app as well,” said Doug McMillon, Walmart president and CEO. “While our legal name is used in a limited number of places, we felt it was best to have a name that was consistent with the idea that you can shop us however you like as a customer. Looking ahead, we’ll continue to invest in and strengthen our stores around the world and expand our eCommerce capabilities as we help save customers’ time and money. As time goes on, customers will increasingly just think of and see one Walmart.”

Walmart operates under nearly 60 different banners around the world, including eCommerce sites, and has more than 11,600 stores and clubs in 28 countries. The company opened its first international location in Mexico City in 1991 and launched Walmart.com in 2000. Walmart will continue to trade on the NYSE as WMT and the company name should be referenced as Walmart.

Walmart’s formal legal name when it incorporated on October 31, 1969, was Wal-Mart Inc. That changed to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on January 9, 1970 and has remained in place the past 47 years since Walmart went public that same year. The company said has been using the current Walmart logo in its operations since June 2008.

 


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