Category Archives: In Town

History of “Smiley Face” Exhibit at Walmart Museum

If you are in Northwest Arkansas, stop by the Walmart Museum for its exhibit on the Smiley Face, its long-time brand icon. Introduced in 1989 by a local store manager as a promotional sticker for kids, Smiley Face became a national “mascot” for the retailer in both in-store and external marketing promotions. While Smiley has occasionally gone into retirement, 5NewsOnline.com reports that he’ll be re-joining the Walmart team this year. The Walmart Museum Never been to the Walmart Museum? You should...

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Walmart Gets Behind “Greater” — Arkansas Online

Walmart is getting behind a film biography of college football star Brandon Burlsworth: “[Brian] Reindl said [Walmart CEO Doug] McMillon loved it and, nearly a year later, the Bentonville-based retailer is throwing some of its marketing muscle behind the film as it is released on DVD nationwide today. ‘For one reason or another, we have been chosen as kind of a golden child,’ said Reindl, the film’s co-writer and producer. ‘And we are very happy about it, very excited about it.’”...

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Focus on Suppliers will Air at 6pm on Saturday

  This week’s “Focus on Suppliers” show will air on Saturday (12-3) at 6:00 p.m. on KNWA-NBC. The Sunday (12-4) broadcast will be at its usual time, 5:00 a.m. This week’s show focuses on e-commerce and its impact on retail.

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Tyson Names Tom Hayes CEO — Arkansas Business

Tom Hayes, currently president of Tyson Foods, has now been named its CEO: “‘Tom Hayes is a proven leader who has played an important role in creating today’s Tyson Foods and driving growth across our company,’ said John Tyson, chairman of the board. ‘The plan we have announced today will result in a smooth leadership transition that positions Tyson Foods for continued growth and innovation.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers   Courses for Walmart Suppliers  

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Walmart Builds Delivery Tower — Business Insider

  Walmart is testing a “delivery tower” in a Bentonville Store: “The tower — or automatic pickup machine, as it’s called internally — is being tested in a Walmart store in Bentonville, Arkansas, not far from the company’s headquarters, according to a person familiar with the matter.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers   Walmart Announces New Sustainable Packaging Guidelines Courses for Walmart Suppliers

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Chinese Company Brings Manufacturing to Arkansas — Arkansas Online

One Chinese company has decided to shift some of its operations to Walmart’s back yard: “The Chinese will be in the market for some 400 full-time workers at about $14 an hour. The company, Suzhou Tianyuan Garments Co., makes clothes for Adidas, Reebok and Armani at five factories in China. At a time when both American presidential candidates are making protectionist noises again, free trade is proving the best of deals for both buyer and seller. ‘In previous decades,’ Governor...

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UA’s Innovation Studio Develops Retail Tech Talent — Arkansas Online

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and his wife Shelley donated money to help University of Arkansas develop an innovation lab for aspiring retail tech stars: “The hands-on work is part of the mission of the interactive space, which was named after Wal-Mart Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon and funded by a portion of a $1 million donation he and wife, Shelley, made to the university in 2014. Students have been getting a real-world look at innovation in retail in the 1,800-square-foot...

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Northwest Arkansas “Big Businesses” Doing Well in 2016 — Northwest Arkansas Business Journal

  Northwest Arkansas’ “Big Three” businesses are having a good 2016 so far: “Quarterly financial reports for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Tyson Foods Inc., and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. have been positive in the first half of 2016.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers Moving to Another State? What You Need to Consider   Courses for Walmart Suppliers >

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Retail Link Training for Walmart Suppliers — 8th & Walton Blog

Sam Walton wanted to share lots of information with Walmart’s suppliers. Lots of information. Walmart systems has about 583 terabytes of information, while the Library of Congress contains about 10 terabytes. Interestingly, Walmart buyers were uncertain that suppliers ought to have access to that data. Some felt that they might have less leverage if suppliers could see just how they were doing. Sam Walton didn’t agree. He figured that suppliers and buyers were really all on the same side: the...

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Walmart Relocates MS Call Center to Bentonville — Hattiesburg American

Walmart has decided to move a Hattiesburg, MS call center to Bentonville: “Anne Hatfield, director of communications at Wal-Mart Public Affairs & Government Relations, said the company made the decision not to renew the lease for the call center, which has been in operation for about 12 years.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers Millennials Like to Be the Expert   Courses for Walmart Suppliers

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