Number of Walmart Associates 2005-2017
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Walmart is known for its lower costs and for its customer service. Apart from that it is known for the large scale employment it has created. Today, it employs more than 2 million people. The precise number of employees whom it calls associates is close to 2.3 million people. Till some years ago, it was known to cut down on HR and operational costs to keep the costs of products low. However, in the recent years it has increased the least wages for its associates and is investing in them or they can do better in their careers and provide better service to the customers. It is investing in associate wages, training and technology to up the level of service and make their jobs more satisfying more for the associates. More than 225000 associates will have graduated from its US academy training and development program in 2017. Walmart has several competitors in US and in the 21st century there is enough competition in HR as well. The biggest retailer of US also focuses on selecting and retailing talented associates and is continuously investing in such programs that can help it make Walmart a more satisfying workplace for its staff. The number of total staff at Walmart has continued to swell and from 1.6 million in 2005, it has grown to more than 2.3 million 2017.