Category Archives: In Town

Power of Music Festival To Raise Money For “You Can Fly” Songwriting Program

Bentonville, AR (April 17, 2017) – The Power Of Music Festival will bring over 50 performers to eight stages for more than 80 shows April 27-29 during the inaugural fundraiser in Bentonville, Arkansas for the I’ll Fly Away Foundation. The roster of talent reads like a “Who’s Who” of the songwriting world: Beth Nielsen Chapman, Thom Schuyler, Roger Cook, Richard Leigh, Tony Arata and Dennis Morgan (all Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame honorees), multiple Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson, Fred Knobloch,...

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Walmart Announces “Open Call” for U.S. Suppliers — NWAHomepage.com

  Walmart has announced this year’s “Open Call” for suppliers who want to pitch made-in-the-USA products: “’We are excited to once again invite businesses from all 50 states to meet with Walmart buyers who have one goal in mind: to buy more American made products for our stores, clubs and Walmart.com,’” said Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart’s vice president of U.S. Manufacturing. Supplier Takeaway Are you planning to pitch at Open Call this year? What is your strategy for wooing your buyer?...

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Arkansas Lawmakers Vote Down Internet Sales Tax — NWAHomepage.com

Arkansas rejected a bill that would have imposed a sales tax on online sales: “Arkansas lawmakers did not advance a proposal to impose a statewide online sales tax. SB140 failed to pass with a vote of 43-50. The bill would have required companies without a physical presence in Arkansas, that make more than $100,000 in annual sales or at least 200 transactions in the state, to collect and remit sales tax.“ Supplier Takeaway If you have a strong customer base...

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Blink-182 and Lady Antebellum Coming to Walmart AMP — NWAHomepage.com

Walmart AMP has announced concerts by Blink-182 and Lady Antebellum for shows in April and August respectively. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, February 10th, 2017. Resources for Walmart Suppliers A New Year to Improve Your Fiscal Fitness Courses for Walmart Suppliers NEW PODCAST: The 8th & Walton Conference Call – Episode 2

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Online Tax Bill Introduced in Arkansas — Arkansas Online

  Arkansas has introduced an online sales tax bill aimed at Amazon and other out-of-state e-commerce retailers: “Committee Chairman Jake Files, R-Fort Smith, said his Senate Bill 140 is modeled after similar legislation enacted in South Dakota that ultimately led Amazon to voluntarily pay taxes to that state on its South Dakota sales.“ Supplier Takeaway Amazon is losing its cost-savings advantage in many states, good news for other retailers. Do you sell to Amazon? Do you anticipate any changes as...

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Steve Miller and Peter Frampton at AMP — NWAHomepage.com

Music legend Steve Miller will be at the AMP on July 18th: “The band will be joined by special guest Peter Frampton. Steve Miller Band is known for songs like ‘Fly Like an Eagle’, ‘Abracadabra’ and ‘Jet Airliner.‘” Supplier Takeaway This sounds like a fun show. If you have out-of-town visitors in July, consider taking them to the AMP and showing them all that Northwest Arkansas has to offer! Resources for Walmart Suppliers No Free Time? Employees Surf for Deals...

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Walmart’s AMP Draws Big Name Bands to Bentonville — NWAHomepage.com

Planning a business trip to Bentonville in May? Train, O.A.R., and Natasha Bedingfield will be performing at the AMP on May 22nd: “Train will headline the concert with special guests O.A.R and Natasha Bedingfield. The show is on May 22 and starts at 7 p.m.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers Hear the One About MABD? It’s All in the Delivery! Courses for Walmart Suppliers NEW PODCAST: The 8th & Walton Conference Call – Episode 1

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Arkansas Legislators Propose SNAP Changes — NWAHomepage.com

Arkansas legislators have proposed a bill that would limit the amount of “unhealthy” food that SNAP (food stamp program) participants could purchase with their benefits: “District 97 State Rep. Bob Ballinger  said, ‘The whole point of the program was to provide nutrition not things that are counter productive. So things like soda pop and candy and those things are actually counter productive to nutrition. They’re not nutritional at all.’” Supplier Takeaway Legislators and activists are currently debating changes in SNAP...

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New Commuter Route for NWA Residents — KNWA

  People living in Fayetteville now have a new option for commuting to Bentonville. This past December, KNWA reported that an Ozark Regional Transit bus route will offer people living in Fayetteville a convenient option for getting to their Bentonville offices: “The route will run from the Northwest Arkansas Mall to the Walmart Home Office along 8th Street. Buses leave Fayetteville at 6:45 a.m. and return from Bentonville at 5 p.m.“ Supplier Takeaway Suppliers living in Fayetteville will be able to...

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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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