Category Archives: Walmart/Sam’s Club

“Fake” Influencers a Problem for Suppliers, Retailers — MobileMarketer.com

Not all social media influencers are what they seem to be: “But as significant as social influencers’ role in the marketing mix has become, it doesn’t come without its challenges like murky success metrics and the continued blurring of the line between organic and sponsored content — not to mention a growing number of examples of fraud, like a vending machine in Moscow where people can buy likes, favorites and followers for all the top social media channels with a...

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Asda Reports Rise in Sales — The Guardian

Asda is showing signs of recovery: “Industry watchers said the results were cheering for Walmart. “While this comes off the back of a 7.5% decline in the prior year, it is nevertheless an early sign that Walmart is addressing some of the issues that have long since plagued the UK operation,” said Neil Saunders, the managing director of market research firm GlobalData Retail.” Supplier Takeaway Grocery inflation in the U.K. may be spurring Asda’s sales on. Economic and political changes...

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Walmart’s “Top Stock” Leaves Room for Growth — Chain Store Age

Walmart’s effort to get stock out of the backroom and onto the shelves is having a positive impact: “The extra space now available in the back room is being leveraged in different ways. For example, some stores are using the space to support the retailer’s growing pickup service of online grocery orders — a program that requires adequate space for fulfillment and order storage.” Supplier Takeaway Walmart is banking on this program for its further growth. How are you addressing...

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This is Why Whole Foods is so valuable to Amazon

When Amazon first announced its bid to purchase Whole Foods, the motive seemed obvious. The online giant made a power move to tap into fresh food sales, hoping to strike a blow to Walmart. Interestingly, this opinion from most analysts is not held by all industry professionals…especially those who work in the reality of logistics every day and are paying close attention to Amazon’s supply chain. How the acquisition of Whole Foods may impact Amazon’s Supply Chain Colby Beland is...

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Strategic Investments Keep Walmart Adaptable — RetailWire

  Walmart’s flexibility is proving to be a good long-term strategy: “The retailer’s earnings per share fell to 96 cents per share, down from $1.21 per share in the same quarter last year. Moody’s lead retail analyst, Charlie O’Shea, attributed the decline to Walmart’s ‘strategy of tactically investing in price to extract that share, as well as the impact of the company’s other investments.’” Supplier Takeaway Flexibility and strategic investments are helping Walmart succeed. How flexible is your business model? Resources...

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Marc Lore Pulls No Punches — CNBC

  Marc Lore is ramping up Walmart’s e-commerce efforts in ways that the competition may not have expected: “Faced with the threat of Amazon encroaching on its turf, Wal-Mart has been rolling out initiatives like ‘easy reorder,’ free two-day shipping with no membership required, and an online grocery service, which is slated to hit 1,100 Wal-Mart stores this year.” Supplier Takeaway If you’ve relied on Amazon for online sales, does this news change your strategy? Resources for Walmart Suppliers How...

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Walmart U.S. Reports — Walmart.com

Company reports Q2 FY18 GAAP EPS of $0.96; Adjusted EPS(3) of $1.08 Total revenue was $123.4 billion, an increase of $2.5 billion, or 2.1%. Excluding currency3, total revenue was $124.4 billion, an increase of $3.5 billion, or 2.9%. Walmart U.S. comp sales1 increased 1.8% with traffic growth of 1.3%, marking the twelfth consecutive quarter with positive comp sales. E-commerce growth at Walmart U.S. remained strong, led by organic growth through Walmart.com. Net sales and GMV grew 60% and 67%, respectively, as...

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Short Podcast for Big Job: The Analyst

This week’s podcast is a salute to someone on your team you lean on a lot this time of year: the Analyst. In that sea of data, macros, and Excel workbooks, it’s your Analyst pulling it together and presenting it to help make sense of year to year stats…but there’s more to this role than you think! There was a great blog posted on 8th & Walton’s website recently entitled 7 Things Analysts Wish They Could Tell Their Boss. It’s...

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What to Expect from Walmart Vs. Amazon — FootwearNews.com

  Another look how Amazon Vs. Walmart is shaping up: “Last month, the e-tailer introduced a program in which it buys products at full price from third-party merchants and sells them to consumers on its site. In some instances, Amazon has reportedly approached third-party merchants after a manufacturer declined to distribute products through its platform.” Supplier Takeaway What benefits do you see for suppliers in this chess game? Resources for Walmart Suppliers 3 Hard Truths About OTIF (On Time In...

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Walmart and Suppliers Quibble Over Pricing — RetailWire

  Walmart and some of its suppliers are at an impasse regarding Walmart’s commitment to low prices: “Don Stuart, managing partner at Cadent Consulting, sees Walmart as ground zero where pricing starts. ‘Let’s say that for whatever reason, Walmart is enjoying a 15 percent pricing advantage. That’s where the industry’s pricing starts. Then pricing ripples out to the first ring of influence — let’s say Kroger. And then out to a second ring of influence — let’s say Publix.’” Supplier...

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