Walmart U.S. Reports Best Ever Black Friday Events
Company thanks and rewards associates for serving millions of customers
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 23, 2012
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Walmart U.S. reported
its best ever Black Friday events. The retailer saw larger crowds than last
year and a huge response to its first ever one-hour guarantee on key
"I'm so proud of what our more than 1.3 million associates have done to
prepare and execute our Black Friday plans, giving our customers a great start
to their Christmas shopping season," said Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president
and chief executive officer. "The work of our associates is even more
impressive when you consider they served approximately 22 million customers on
Walmart's Black Friday plan included three events this year at 8 p.m., 10 p.m.
and 5 a.m. During the high traffic period from 8 p.m. through midnight,
Walmart processed nearly 10 million register transactions and almost 5,000
items per second.
During the 8 p.m. event, customers filled shopping carts with gaming consoles,
video games, DVDs, Furbys, fashion dolls, board games and Crock-Pots.
At 10 p.m. it was all about electronics, including big-screen TVs, tablets,
laptops and digital cameras. Customers were particularly excited about
Walmart's "guaranteed" items, and the turnout for the iPad 2, Emerson 32" LCD
TV and LG Blu-ray player was amazing. Customers appreciated this historic
offering knowing they were guaranteed to put one of these gifts under their
Since its events began at 8 p.m., Walmart sold more than:
o1.8 million towels,
o1.3 million televisions,
o1.3 million dolls and
"We had very safe and successful Black Friday events at our stores across the
country and heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers," Simon
In response to the UFCW's planned protests, Simon added, "Only 26 protests
occurred at stores last night and many of them did not include any Walmart
associates." In addition, the company did not experience the walk-offs that
were promised by the UFCW. "We estimate that less than 50 associates
participated in the protest nationwide. In fact, this year, roughly the same
number of associates missed their scheduled shift as last year," Simon said.
Walmart associates receive a 10 percent discount on general merchandise bought
at Walmart stores all year long. Earlier this holiday season, the company
rewarded associates with a special holiday discount of 10 percent off most
food items from November 9 to January 1 to help make the holidays for its
associates and their families even more special.
Also, to recognize those associates who helped serve customers during its
Black Friday events, the company is providing an additional 10 percent
discount on an entire basket of goods. Eligible associates who helped execute
Walmart's Black Friday events will also receive holiday pay.
Black Friday is just the start to a full holiday season of savings at Walmart.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and
live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through
their mobile devices. Each week, more than 200 million customers and members
visit our 10,400 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce
websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of approximately $444
billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart
continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and
employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by
visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at
http://facebook.com/walmartand on Twitter at
http://twitter.com/walmartnewsroom. Online merchandise sales are available at
SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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