Category Archives: Walmart/Sam’s Club

Retail Sales Looking Strong — Reuters

Good retail news in the United States: “Retail sales jumped 0.6 percent last month, the largest gain since December 2016. June’s retail sales were revised to show a 0.3 percent gain instead of the previously reported 0.2 percent drop.” Supplier Takeaway How do you plan to leverage this positive trend? Resources for Walmart Suppliers 3 Hard Truths About OTIF (On Time In Full) Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: Millennials, Fresh Produce, and The Air Fort!  

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Target Invests in Supply Chain Tech — Chain Store Age

Target is acquiring a transportation technology company: “Target Corp. has agreed to acquire Grand Junction to improve Target’s delivery capabilities and accelerate its investments and ongoing efforts to transform its supply chain. Upon the close of the deal, Grand Junction founder and CEO Rob Howard will become a VP of technology at Target.” Supplier Takeaway Pay attention to where retailers are spending their resources, as this can give you an idea of what a retailer’s priorities are. Resources for Walmart...

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Hear from a Walmart Computer Scientist — Walmart.com

Walmart’s investments in tech are on the increase. Here’s a report from one of its computer scientists: “Tech is constantly evolving, which makes innovation essential for retailers. We have to continually adapt our business to our shoppers’ lifestyles. There’s a lot of coding, engineering and algorithm testing that goes into building something that works better than what people are used to. It’s challenging, but that’s why I’m lucky to work with such talented people.” Supplier Takeaway Are you keeping track...

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Target Hires Former Walmart Exec — Reuters

Target has hired Mark Kenny, a former senior director at Walmart: “Mark Kenny, former senior director of private brands, deli and bakery at Wal-Mart, has been appointed as Target’s vice president of meat and fresh prepared food. “ Resources for Walmart Suppliers 3 Hard Truths About OTIF (On Time In Full) Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: Millennials, Fresh Produce, and The Air Fort!

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Walmart and Its E-Commerce Acquisitions — Digiday

  Walmart is on an e-commerce spending spree. Here’s an analysis of the retailer’s strategy: “Under the leadership of Marc Lore, head of e-commerce for Walmart and former CEO of Jet.com, the retail giant has made bold moves in snapping up e-commerce startups across footwear, men’s fashion and potentially subscription boxes. Jim Cusson, president of retail branding agency Theory House, said that through those acquisitions, Walmart is buying a new consumer base — upper-middle-class people who normally wouldn’t shop at Walmart...

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Walmart Expands Online Ad Business — CNBC

Walmart has opened another revenue stream by accepting third-party ads on its website: “According to KeyBanc’s Ed Yruma, Wal-Mart’s website has started to show banner ads by third-party sellers more frequently, with links to product pages or vendor websites. Historically, Wal-Mart’s online ads have highlighted its own products or discounts, Yruma said.”   Supplier Takeaway What do you think of Walmart’s decision to display third-party ads? Will you be testing this way of promoting your brand? Resources for Walmart Suppliers...

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Is Walmart Changing its Target Demographic? — Business Insider

  Is Walmart changing its target demographic? Recent acquisitions (and proposed acquisitions) indicate that this may be the case: “The gap between Walmart’s more traditional offerings and its recently acquired trendy e-commerce brands shows that the retailer isn’t simply boosting quality or slightly increasing prices. It’s trying to attract a completely new market — an upper-middle-class or upper-class customer who buys Bonobos or Birchbox but may otherwise never consider shopping at Walmart.” Supplier Takeaway What do you think of the...

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Walmart Continues Scan & Go Rollout — Mobile Marketer

Walmart is stepping up its rollout of Scan & Go, possibly in response to Amazon’s new “cashierless” technology: “Overall, the rollout of Scan & Go on a wider basis seems like more evidence that Walmart is not willing to yield easily to Amazon (not to mention Lidl and Aldi.) The retailer is making decisive strategic moves on the organizational front, reportedly making leadership changes to its food team, and on the technology front, investing in machine learning and developing its...

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Walmart’s Dairy Business — Forbes.com

  An analyst weighs in on Walmart’s decision to open a dairy plant during a time of reduced milk consumption: “The retail landscape is changing rapidly with the likes of Aldi, Lidl and Kroger all ramping up price wars, and milk, even with a declining market share is still a big business with annual refrigerated fluid whole milk and skim/low fat milk sales of $8 billion in 2016. However to give you the sense of how steep the decline has...

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Report: Birchbox in Talks with Walmart — Fortune.com

  There are reports that cosmetics subscription box company, Birchbox, is in talks with Walmart and other retailers regarding a possible sale: “Birchbox, which has a subscription-based model, has raised more than $80 million from investors since it was founded in 2010, in addition to previously undisclosed venture debt that the startup secured in 2015, Recode reported.” Supplier Takeaway The sample box concept is a hot one right now. If Walmart does purchase this company, suppliers may have increased access...

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