Category Archives: Walmart/Sam’s Club

Good News for Walmart’s Fourth Quarter — Reuters

Did low prices do the trick for Walmart’s Q4 sales? “A number of things helped Wal-Mart over the holiday quarter,’ said Neil Saunders, managing director of retail research firm Global Data. ‘Foremost among these was the strategic decision to invest in price and to heavily promote this fact to consumers.’” Supplier Takeaway As a supplier, how do you feel about the reasons offered for Walmart’s encouraging report? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Simple Step to Big Growth: Powerful Mentoring Courses for...

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The Bane of Retailer Markdowns — Forbes.com

A Forbes.com writer cautions against relying on markdowns to attract customers: “Maybe the retailer didn’t have the right sizes or colors. Or perhaps another “hot” product came along and demand shifted to that product. If merchandising mistakes are kept to a minimum, the effect of moving the excess inventory created by the dogs is minimized. But if too many mistakes are made, deeper markdowns to move higher quantities of merchandise will cut very deeply into the profits of the retailer.“...

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Walmart U.S. Q4 comps grew 1.8% and Walmart U.S. eCommerce GMV grew 36.1% — Walmart.com

Walmart released its Q4 earnings report this morning: “Company reports GAAP Q4 FY17 EPS of $1.22 and full-year GAAP EPS of $4.38, Q4 adjusted EPS(1) of $1.30 and full-year adjusted EPS(1) of $4.32”   Resources for Walmart Suppliers Simple Step to Big Growth: Powerful Mentoring Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: The 8th & Walton Conference Call – Episode 4  

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Amazon Lowers Free Shipping Minimum — Engadget

  Amazon has lowered its free shipping minimum for non-Prime members, likely in response to Walmart’s decision to offer free shipping on all orders over $35: “Amazon likely raised the minimum last year in response to rapidly rising logistics costs. Simply put, it couldn’t afford to hand out gratis shipping as freely as it had in the past. Either Amazon got those costs in check, or it’s willing to take a financial hit to prevent Walmart from luring away customers....

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Moosejaw Negotiates With Brands Following Acquisition — OutsideOnline.com

Some Moosejaw suppliers are interested in having their brands appear on Walmart.com: “‘Discussions are taking place on a brand-by-brand basis,’ says Moosejaw CEO Eoin Comerford. ‘The premium brands will stay on the Moosejaw platform, but some of our vendors have expressed a surprising willingness to be considered for Walmart.com.’ Moosejaw carries dozens of the best-known brands in the industry, including Patagonia, CamelBak, and Yeti. (Unfortunately, Comerford wouldn’t mention which brands they were talking to or which brands they consider premium.)“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers...

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More Analysts Weigh in On Walmart Earnings Expectations — MarketWatch

More analysts are weighing in on what to expect from Walmart’s upcoming earnings announcement: “Buckingham Research Group believes that, with retail undergoing a move to e-commerce that ‘will end with a much smaller number of players,’ Wal-Mart will be one of the companies to hang on because of its size, customer base, and its systems.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers Simple Step to Big Growth: Powerful Mentoring Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: The 8th & Walton Conference Call – Episode 4

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Walmart Commissions “Short Films” for Oscar Breaks — The Drum

Walmart has commissioned several short films that will run during The Academy Awards show’s commercial breaks: “This is a campaign celebrating creativity and storytelling, something our customers do every day. A Walmart receipt tells a story as diverse as the customers who shop us. We think of our business beyond simple transactions – Walmart is about serving the people behind those receipts and saving them time and money. This unexpected way of telling our brand story is a perfect fit...

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Consumers Benefit when Retailers go to Battle — Observer.com

Amazon and Walmart are becoming more competitive in their quests to dominate the retail market. This is good for consumers who benefit from low prices and new services: “The two companies also have differing emphases. Walmart is a discount retailer and is known for its ‘everyday low prices’ model. Amazon offers higher quality merchandise and approaches e-commerce with innovation. For example, it’s hard to imagine Walmart experimenting with drones to deliver packages.“ Supplier Takeaway As Walmart and Amazon hone their respective...

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What Wall Street Expects from Walmart — Forbes.com

Analysts are speculating on what Walmart may have to report on Tuesday: “Wal-Mart is expected to report earnings of $1.30/share on $130.97 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, the so-called Whisper number is $1.32. The Whisper number is the Street’s unofficial view on earnings.“ Supplier Takeaway All eyes are on Walmart’s upcoming earnings report, which gives investors, competitors, and suppliers alike an idea of the retailer’s health. Do you expect any surprises? Do you adjust your relationships with retailers based on their financial reports?...

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Walmart Continues Omnichannel Focus — Business Insider

  Business Insider offers analysis of Walmart’s ongoing omnichannel efforts: “Focusing on omnichannel could help Walmart remain a top competitor in the retail industry. Walmart has been pushing to grow its online presence — its third-party site, Walmart Marketplace, added 8 million inventory items in Q3 2016, bringing the company’s total online offerings to 19 million.“ Supplier Takeaway What is your team doing to keep up with Walmart’s march toward being a truly omnichannel company? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Walmart Fiscal...

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