July 10, 2010, 10:27 am
By Henry Woodbury
At FlowingData, Nathan Yau’s popular visualization on the growth of Walmart recently got an update — “now with 100% more Sam’s Club” he titles it, tongue in cheek. The growth map shows the number of new store openings for Walmart — and Sam’s Club — from 1962 through 2010. The data is just for the United States. The animation reveals both a pattern and rate of growth as Walmart starts at a single location, becomes a regional chain, then expands to the U.S.’s Northeastern and Western population corridors. Zoom out (the plus/minus in the bottom left corner are zoom controls) and you will see the firm’s entry into Puerto Rico in the early ’70s and to Alaska and Hawaii in the late ’90s.
The data does not include store closings, a point that comes out in the comments of the first link. Designer-statisticians can only work with the data they have.
“Designer/statisticians can only work with the data they have.”
They could some research.
Posted by Jon on July 11, 2010 at 2:05 pm
Posted by Jon on July 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm