How to Avoid the Shock of Chargebacks

Author: Marie Clapper

Chargebacks are facts-of-life in the retail world. So why are suppliers often shocked by them? Merchant advisor at 8th & Walton Mendi Siverson has an answer to that question — and a solution for suppliers as well. “Being surprised by Walmart chargebacks happens often. My clients frequently ask me, ‘Are these true chargebacks?’ Many suppliers are so confused that they don’t…

Look for a Simple, Solid Solution to MABD

Author: Jarrod Davis

As a Walmart supplier, are you struggling with the new must-arrive-by date (MABD)? Or do you just feel in the dark about when it begins and how you will adapt? You’re not alone. As suppliers wait for the switch to be flipped, some have sought out the simple solution of a retail consolidation and distribution third party service. Prime Distribution Services…

Simple Step to Big Growth: Powerful Mentoring

Author: Jarrod Davis

If you’ve ever tuned in to Focus on Suppliers, you know the mission of the show. We talk with business leaders about best practices, case studies, and how to overcome challenges that other suppliers may face. However, the show we aired on February 18 was a little different, and it’s my favorite show to date. We personalized it just for you and…

Walmart Fiscal Year Calendar

Walmart Fiscal Year Calendar: 2017 Edition

Author: Jarrod Davis

Happy New Year! Is that annoying now that we’re a few weeks into 2017? January 1 is well behind us, but after the confetti is swept up, Walmart begins the countdown to the next new year: the next fiscal new year, to be specific. If you’ve been partnering with Walmart for a few years, this isn’t new territory; by now, you’re…

In the Market for Better Marketing?

Author: Jarrod Davis

“What’s our marketing budget?” “Who’s our audience?” “Is this worth our dollars?” “Is that font appealing to millennials?” After five minutes in any marketing meeting, you’ll hear every question from budget to background to shade of blue! Jessica Hendrix (CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi X) and team help clients with these decisions each week. One question they tackle for any messaging…

An Interesting Visit Behind the Scenes with Menasha

Author: Jarrod Davis

My favorite day of the workweek is Wednesday. At the 8th & Walton studios, Wednesday is when we tape our Focus on Suppliers broadcast. It’s exactly what you imagine: arranging notes, hot lights shining down on the set, laughing at blunders here and there, having a great time helping suppliers connect with others in the CPG community. As much fun as…

How to Be a More Trustworthy Leader

Author: Brandie Neagles

This week on Focus on Suppliers, we welcome Blake Woolsey (Mitchell Communications Group) and Jarrod Davis (8th & Walton) to the studio for a brand new season. This first episode is packed with advice for new suppliers, as well as anyone making a career change in 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuSWTeavqj0 How to Be a Better, More Trustworthy Leader Our first guest this week,…

No Free Time? Employees Surf for Deals on the Clock

Author: Jarrod Davis

Most of us in the workplace have the same routine each night. After a long day at the office, we sit down to a late dinner with a familiar place setting: plate, silverware, napkin, smartphone. Staying connected and working after hours is becoming the rule over the exception, but a healthy work/life balance still finds a way. Recent studies show as…

How to Create a New Retail Link User ID

Author: Brandie Neagles

Because it can take up to 10 business days to process, one of the first steps to on-board a new team member should be to set up a new Retail Link user ID. Fortunately, this only takes about 5 minutes. Step 1 to Set Up a New Retail Link User ID From the site map, navigate to the RL Supports/Collaboration menu.…

Hear the One About MABD? It’s All in the Delivery!

Author: Jarrod Davis

Walmart Stores has big plans for 2017 with only one thing at the center of them all: the customer. You know Walmart has updated its guidelines on the Must Arrive By Date (MABD) to improve the supply chain process. For customers, this change will ensure products get to their local stores when they are ready to buy. Even though suppliers strive for more…