From our humble beginnings as a small discount retailer in Rogers, Ark., Walmart has opened thousands of stores in the U.S. and expanded internationally. Through innovation, we're creating a seamless experience to let customers shop anytime and anywhere online, through mobile devices and in stores. We are creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the globe. Walmart operates over 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites in 10 countries. We employ approximately 2.2 million associates around the world 1.5 million in the U.S. alone.
Walmart is able to move goods to and from distribution centers because we maintain a private fleet of trucks and skilled staff of truck drivers. We think our team of drivers is the best in the world. They're part of one of the largest and safest fleets, and every year they drive 700 million miles to make millions of deliveries to our stores and clubs. Each driver averages around 100,000 miles annually that's like driving around the world 4 times!