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But even before the coronavirus pandemic, Walmart has been one of the most successful retailers in the country.
Sam Walton opened the first Walmart in 1962 in Rogers, Ark., and by 1980, the retailer reached $1 billion in annual sales.
At the time, Walmart had 200 stores and 21,000 employees -- but today the company is much bigger.
Last year, the company's total revenue was $514.4 billion, according to the company.
To find out more about the retail giant, here are 10 things to know about Walmart.
Walmart went public in 1970
Only eight years after Sam Walton opened the first location, Walmart became a publicly-traded company in 1970. At the time, the company’s stock sold for $16.50 per share, according to the Walmart website.
Walmart wasn’t in all 50 states until 1995
In 1991, Walmart expanded into New England and New York state, according to Newsday. But it wasn’t until 1995, when it opened its first store in Vermont, that the company had locations in all 50 U.S. states, the newspaper reported.
Walmart owns other retailers
The company started experimenting with kinds of retail formats when it opened its first Sam’s Club -- a warehouse membership wholesaler -- in Oklahoma in 1983, according to the Walmart website.
Aside from Walmart and Sam’s Club, the company also owns a number of online brands including men’s clothing brand Bonobos, outdoor store Moosejaw and e-commerce startup Jet.com, Business Insider reported.
According to the website, Walmart has been purchasing these digital brands during the last 10 years in an attempt to compete with Amazon.
It has 11,501 locations around the world
The company has a total of 11,501 retail locations “under 56 banners in 27 countries,” according to the website, That also includes e-commerce websites in 10 countries, the website said.
Specifically, there are 4,756 Walmart locations, 599 Sam’s Club locations and 6,146 Walmart International locations in the United States.
Overall, the company has about 2.2 million employees internationally, and 1.5 million of those employees in the United States.
The largest U.S. location is in Albany
The largest Walmart location in the United States. is in Albany, N.Y., according to Albany.com. The Walmart Supercenter is two-stories and almost 260,000 square feet. The average Supercenter is only about 179,000 square feet.
Walmart has remained successful during the coronavirus crisis
In March, Walmart announced it was committed to hiring 150,000 temporary workers and just a few weeks later, it added another 50,000 workers to its initial commitment.
“Hiring 50,000 new associates will give us the opportunity to provide additional staffing in key areas where it’s needed most,” a company press release said last week. “These hires will primarily be temporary associates and will support our current associates and customers in locations with specific needs. We are humbled and proud to be able to give an opportunity to so many workers during this critical time.”
Walmart once opened a “luxury” location in Texas
In 2006, Walmart tried to appeal to “upscale” shoppers in Plano, Texas, by opening a location with high-end electronics, fine jewelry, hundreds of kinds of wine and a sushi bar, NBCNews reported at the time.
Walmart uses robots in some of its stores
As of January this year, Walmart has about 1,000 robot “associates” in 1,000 locations.
The robots, developed by Bossa Nova and NCR, scan shelves to check for out-of-stock items.
Before January, the company only had about 350 robots at the same number of locations.
Walmart donated more than $1 billion last year
In March, the company and the foundation pledged $25 million to help organizations on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release at the time.
The Waltons are the richest family in the world
There are seven living heirs of the two men including Sam’s three children Jim Walton, Alice Walton and S. Rob Walton, his grandson Lukas Walton, Lukas’ mother (and the widow of Sam’s son John) Christy Walton and James’ two daughters Ann Walton Kroenke and Nancy Walton Laurie.
Together, the Walton family had an estimated net worth of $196 billion in early March.