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Most Innovative Companies

Walmart

Walmart, the largest retailer in the world by revenue, is the behemoth of big-box stores. With more than 4,700 locations in the U.S. alone—not to mention over 600 outlets of its wholesale subsidiary Sam’s Club—Walmart dominates brick-and-mortar like no other. In recent years, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company has also flexed its muscles in the digital retail space, making significant investments in e-commerce services, fulfillment centers, and technology initiatives. In 2016, Walmart acquired Jet.com, a fast-growing Amazon competitor, for $3 billion. It marked the beginning of an M&A spree (resulting in purchases of everything from Shoebuy.com to Moosejaw, Bonobos, ModCloth, and Parcel), further building out Walmart's reach in footwear, outdoor gear, private-label fashion, and same-day delivery services. Because of its ubiquity across America, Walmart's decision in 2018 to expand EV chargers in its parking lots will help expand access to charging points beyond the coastal cities where they are now mostly clustered. The retail giant will now have 1,000 fast chargers at locations in 36 states, which will deliver 20 miles of range per minute of charging.

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