Walmart has been a major player in the world of retail for decades. Today, the Arkansas-based chain is the biggest retailer in the world.

But the past 10 years have also have brought about some particularly big changes. As the decade comes to an end, Business Insider reviewed Walmart's financial statements from 2019 and 2009 to get a clear sense of how the retailer has adapted over time.

Walmart has been able to boost its e-commerce capabilities in response to the rise of competitors like Amazon, all the while growing bigger and bigger.

Here's a look back at some of the changes that Walmart has undergone in the past decade:

In 2019, Walmart saw net sales of $510.3 billion ...

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... up considerably from $401.244 billion in net sales in 2009.

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As of 2019, Walmart employs over 2.2 million people around the world.

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That's a jump from 2009, back when Walmart's workforce numbered 2.1 million employees.

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Back in 2009, Walmart shoppers could order products on the chain's website.

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But today, Walmart's e-commerce business is a huge component of the company, helmed by Jet.com founder Marc Lore.

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The company's e-commerce segment has made a number of key acquisitions since 2009, buying up brands like Jet.com, Flipkart, Moosejaw, Bonobos, and Shoes.com.

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Walmart's delivery capabilities have also come a long way since 2009. As of January 2019, 800 Walmart locations offer grocery delivery options.

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Back in January 2009, Mike Duke succeeded Lee Scott to become Walmart's CEO.

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At the time, Doug McMillon was serving as the CEO of Walmart's international division.

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In late 2013, the company's board of directors appointed McMillon to the board and announced that he would take over from Duke in February 2014.

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As of 2009, Walmart ran stores in 16 countries, including the United States.

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Since then, the retailer has only expanded its global reach. Walmart now operates stores in 27 countries around the world, including the United States.

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Since 2009, Walmart has accrued subsidiaries in India and African countries like Uganda, South Africa, and Tanzania.

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In one of the biggest testaments to Walmart's continued growth, Exxon Mobil Corporation beat out the retailer for the top spot of the Fortune 500 list in 2009.

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Today, Walmart occupies the top spot.

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