Category Archives: Walmart/Sam’s Club

Walmart Canada Premiers Branded Content Series on YouTube — AdWeek

Walmart Canada is premiering a scripted “dramady” about Millennial life that will air on YouTube: “Upstairs Amy, a dramedy that will be available on YouTube, follows the lives of three modern women and is about millennial parents and the differences between what their lives are now and what they thought they’d become. The titular Amy has moved apartments with her family and enlists her friend’s help to find out more about her fabulous new neighbor. They document their search in a...

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Walmart Announces up to $250,000 Commitment to California Wildfire Relief Efforts — Walmart.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2017) — Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed up to $250,000 in support of ongoing relief efforts surrounding wildfires in California. This includes funding for nonprofit grants supporting the America Red Cross and Salvation Army for shelter and feeding efforts, as well as in-kind product donations to support first responders. “As with the devastating fires in Clearlake last year, Walmart is committed to supporting communities in California in times of need,” said Angela Wilson, Walmart regional...

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Trimming Receipts Saves Walmart Millions — CNBC

  Walmart made some changes at the checkout that have reaped big savings: “A simple change to our plastic bags at Walmart U.S. resulted in an annualized savings of approximately $20 million,’ explained Brett Biggs, its chief financial officer. ‘A decision to shorten the length of the receipts, saved over $7 million.’” Supplier Takeaway: Simple Changes can Contain Costs Walmart trimmed its receipts and saved millions. Are there changes you can make to reduce costs and keep them in line...

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High Praise for Walmart’s Online Innovation —

Walmart is earning kudos for catching-up on e-commerce: “Take, for example, its decision earlier this year to offer discounts on certain online purchases if you pick up the order at the store instead of have it delivered to your doorstep. That’s a valuable experiment in trying to incentivize a more-profitable form of e-commerce.” Supplier Takeaway: Things are Looking Up for Walmart Last year analysts weren’t so sure about Walmart’s efforts to compete in an omnichannel marketplace. Now the company is...

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Amazon Considers Straight-to-Fridge Deliveries — TheNextWeb.com

Now it looks like Amazon might want to get into the “refrigerator delivery” game alongside Walmart: “Amazon is reported to be in negotiations with smart license plate frame manufacturer Phrame, which would allow drivers to place non-perishable items in the trunk of a vehicle, rather than leave them outside unattended. The company is also working on their own version of a smart doorbell that would, presumably, serve the same function as the Walmart offering.” Supplier Takeaway: The Chess Game Continues...

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Walmart “On the Right Path” to Attracting Millennials — Marketwatch

Walmart’s efforts at cultivating relationships with Millennials are paying off: “The brand perception of Wal-Mart has improved significantly, which we believe will help bring in higher value brands and more millennial shoppers,” analysts led by Bill Dreher wrote in a Wednesday note. “Following the meeting, we are now more convinced than ever that Wal-Mart is on the correct path to secure its position in the retail landscape of tomorrow.” Supplier Takeaway: A New Demographic for Walmart, A New Demographic for...

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Made-in-USA Saves the Day for “The Taco Plate Guy” — Focus on Suppliers

Here’s a clip from Focus on Suppliers which ran on October 7th, 2017. Our guest was Hugh Jarratt, founder of Jarratt Industries, but better known around town as “The Taco Plate Guy.” How Does Made-in-USA Help Suppliers? Hugh:  The best story I would have is this past year we were able to add the Double Dipper to our Walmart business. The Double Dipper is a bowl my wife came up with.  So our mod fill was on the first of...

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Big News from the Global Interdependence Center (GIC) and Community Coffee

This time of year brings a lot of great things: the holidays, crisp weather, peak retail sales, and many community events. Our podcast this week zeros in on things happening in the community and suppliers making a difference. Colby Beland, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CaseStack sits in with us again with exciting news for Northwest Arkansas. The Global Interdependence Center (GIC) is hosting its Central Banking series in Fayetteville, AR, on November 6. Colby has been asked...

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Analyst: Jet.com Acquisition Boosted Walmart’s Fortunes — CNBC

Walmart’s confidence in its e-commerce prospects can be attributed to its purchase of Jet.com: “Big-box retailer Wal-Mart can attribute its performance in part to the $3 billion acquisition of Jet.com, says money manager and popular blogger Josh Brown.” Supplier Takeaway: E-Commerce is Taking Off While some analysts looked askance at Walmart’s decision to acquire Jet.com, it appears as though the decision was a good one. It has updated Walmart’s omnichannel efforts and added new blood to the company. How are...

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Lidl Struggles in the U.S. — RetailWire

Despite all the hoopla about Lidl’s arrival in the U.S., the discount grocer has struggled to find its place: “Concerns about Lidl’s performance in the U.S. were echoed in a recent Wall Street Journal article.  Christopher Mandeville, a senior analyst for Jefferies & Co., described seeing only two shoppers enter a Lidl in Richmond, VA.“ Supplier Takeaway: Is there room for more than one ultra-discounter in the U.S.? Some analysts believe that Aldi has cornered the market on discount private label grocery chains in...

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