The Consumer’s 4th of July

July 3, 2015

Independence Day is a time for fun and family, patriotism and community… and brats and burgers. Cookouts and picnics are the #1 activity Americans join in for the Glorious 4th, and the food alone costs a combined total of $6.7 … Continue reading


The New 8th & Walton

July 2, 2015

8th & Walton has been undergoing a transformation in recent months, from a tightly knit group of a dozen or so to our current staff approaching 50 people. Along the way, we created a new, open plan office, and here … Continue reading


Jeff Clapper Explains Essential Retail Concepts

July 1, 2015

8th & Walton CEO Jeff Clapper spoke with Kyle Kellams on KUAF, the Northwest Arkansas public radio station. Jeff began by explaining EDLP and EDLC: Everyday Low Prices and Everyday Low Cost. These concepts were the basis of Walmart. “You … Continue reading

Couple Using Digital Tablet At Butcher's Shop

Digital Helpers Increase Shopper Satisfaction

June 30, 2015

Brick and mortar stores are still making most of the sales across the nation, but the online experience has affected the in-store experience in some surprising ways. One of the most remarkable may be that shoppers respond positively to interactions … Continue reading

Saturday Morning Meeting Talks Innovation

June 29, 2015

Louis Patler, President of the BIT (Business.Innovation.Trends) Group, talked with Jeff Amerine about innovation. “Innovation should be understood by all suppliers as having a lower case I, not a capital  I,” said Patler. “It’s everybody’s everyday job.” The idea of … Continue reading

Taking Intelligent Risks

June 26, 2015

NEW, the Network of Executive Women, hosted a breakfast event with Laura Desmond, Kim Underhill and Latriece Watkins exploring the idea of taking intelligent risks. Laura Desmond, CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group, served as the moderator. Kim Underhill, President of Kimberly … Continue reading

Retirement Planning

Rescuing the Orphaned 401k

June 25, 2015

The Walmart supplier community is a special group. One thing you’ll notice on a lot of CVs in the supplier community is frequent movement from one supplier company to another. Along the way, says, Kyle Alexander of Mach 1 Financial … Continue reading

Walmart Adds Stocking Fees

June 24, 2015

Walmart will be charging suppliers stocking fees. There have been some fees in the past for specific suppliers, but it is expected that the new fees will affect some 10,000 U.S. suppliers. Reuters reported that a letter to suppliers announcing … Continue reading

No More Confederate Flags for Walmart

June 23, 2015

Walmart doesn’t sell Confederate flags online any more, and you won’t find them in Walmart stores, either. They’re still running “Rebel Flags” ads, but the ads link to Ole Miss items and U.S. flags. Last week, a young man who … Continue reading

SMM4S Talks about Hispanic Shoppers

June 22, 2015

Dr. Robert Rodriguez says that the administration is about 6 to 7 years behind the people in sales and marketing. “You need a more foundational base of knowledge,” said Dr. Rodriguez. Get to know the Hispanic population among your shoppers. … Continue reading

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