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Walking the Store with Menasha – Part 2

Displays and Packaging Basics By Marie Clapper Going on a Sam’s Club walk-through with Kerry Bailey, Senior Director, Walmart and Sam’s Club Global Support Team, Menasha Display and Packaging, turned out to be an eye-opening lesson. Yes, of course, I was familiar with retail in-store displays — but there were details I had never really noticed. As we walked and talked,…

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Catering to the Millennial Sweet Tooth

While dentists and nutritionists have long cautioned against the consumption of sugary treats, Millennials seem to be blithely ignoring these warnings. As it turns out, this age group loves candy, resulting in significant sales growth for candy manufacturers. Saatchi & Saatchi X’s Jessica Hendrix made this point on Focus on Suppliers recently when she spoke about the popularity of Skittles among…

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What You Need to Know Before Walmart’s Made in USA Open Call

In 2014, Walmart held its first U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call for U.S. suppliers. Since then, Walmart has made great strides in partnering with suppliers to bring new high-quality, innovative products to their shelves. If you are planning to attend this year’s meeting in hopes of getting your product on Walmart’s shelves, you probably have some concerns. You know you…

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Technology, Women, and Impact of Diversity in the C-Suite

No matter your category, technology will play a vital role in your future. This week we talk tech trends with The NPD Group and Samsung. Which categories are driving growth in consumer electronics? Which categories are declining? Campbell’s CEO, Denise Morrison, offers an invaluable lesson on the importance of developing a personal mission statement. And special guest Star Jones explains the…

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Be Proactive! Combat Forced Labor in Your Supply Chain

The ability to gather, track, and interpret data has changed the way everyone does business: Retailers and suppliers alike. It also means that businesses are increasingly held accountable by governments, and other businesses, for ensuring that their goods and services are produced ethically. Over the past several years, the media and activist groups have drawn attention to the problem of slavery…

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Walking the Store with Menasha – Part 1

Packaging and Displays Within a Store By Marie Clapper Perhaps Kerry Bailey (Menasha Packaging and Displays) has never before been compared to Aristotle. But going on a store walk-through with him reminded me of the Peripatetic School credited to that philosopher. The name came from Aristotle’s alleged habit of walking while teaching. And that is just what happened as Kerry and I…

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The Benefit of Partnering with Entertainment Properties

Join Focus on Suppliers as we take a closer look at the relationship between Suppliers and Entertainment properties. How can suppliers benefit by partnering with new releases? What does a “Big Bet” mean for studios, and how do they leverage strategic relationships with retailers to promote new properties? Plus — what are psychographics, and how do you incorporate those insights when building…

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Will Golf 4 Kids and Color of Hope Gala Commit $5 Million for Arkansas Children’s Northwest

  Gift from supplier-led events plays key role. For more than 100 years, Arkansas Children’s Hospital has taken care of the sickest and most critically injured children in the region. With a new mission to champion children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow, ACH is now creating a network of pediatric care all over the state. With a specific…

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Walmart Commits to Convenience for Customers

https://vimeo.com/169322401 The week of Walmart’s Shareholders Meeting is an exciting time in Northwest Arkansas as people from around the world come to hear what the future holds for Walmart — and what that will mean for them. The week-long event covers key topics like convenience, diversity and inclusion, and the importance of being invested in the community. In this special episode,…

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Are You Planning a Meeting in Bentonville?

Kalene Griffith and Darrel Harvey, of Visit Bentonville, have a message for everyone who lives in Northwest Arkansas and loves it here: Bentonville isn’t just a great place for tourists and visitors on vacation. It’s also the perfect destination for business and corporate gatherings of all kinds – board meetings, regional meetings, executive retreats, sales meetings, associations and the like. “As a small…