What You Need to Know about Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition

Author: Brandie Neagles

Amazon is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion. Huge omni-channel acquisitions like this one are rapidly changing the retail landscape. Lela Davidson (VP of Account Leadership & Client Partnership with Saatchi & Saatchi X) joins Focus on Suppliers in the studio for a quick Q & A. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjSpmWL1ctA What does the Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods mean for Walmart stores? Davidson:…

A Closer Look at the Gift of Mentoring

Author: Jarrod Davis

Every week, I get the fun job of visiting with industry leaders on the 8th & Walton Conference Call podcast. The interviews are very relaxed, and it’s nice to share a few laughs while learning about the evolving retail landscape. This week was particularly enjoyable as I got to speak with Tim McCarthy, President of WorkPlace Impact, about mentoring. Not only was he…

Are You an On Time In FOOL?

Author: Jarrod Davis

Yes, that’s a terrible pun for such a serious initiative. However, I was surprised to learn recently how much reality there is behind that play on words. We were very fortunate to have Colby Beland, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at CaseStack, as a guest on the Conference Call podcast. I enjoyed talking with Colby about Walmart’s On Time In…

How to Conquer the Challenge of Retail-Ready Packaging

Author: Jarrod Davis

Walmart Suppliers have been asked to make many changes to processes over the last few years. From systems updates to On Time In Full, every new initiative goes back to the common goal: getting product to the customer efficiently. As Walmart works with suppliers to plan new modulars, retail ready packaging is becoming a driving force of improvement. Product arriving at…

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Compliance in an Age of Transparency: There is Nowhere to Hide

Author: Lanie Petersen

You’ve worked hard to build your business, brand, and reputation. Yet, you are also aware that, despite your good intentions, there is always the possibility of some area of your business falling out of compliance. You also know that the consequences for not being in compliance with retailer or regulatory standards can be severe. Multiple Compliance Concerns for Suppliers We are…

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The Tricky Business of Return on Investment (ROI)

Author: Marie Clapper

Our guest columnist is Tim McCarthy tim@thebusinessofgood.org. Tim is president of Workplace Impact (WPI), a marketing firm that specializes in promoting to people at their places of employment. Workplace marketing puts brands to work! This year, we have more firmly planted our feet in Northwest Arkansas than ever before. We have our own office (at a cool place called 8th & Walton), an account…

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Today’s Consumer Needs to Engage with Entertainment

Author: Jarrod Davis

“Retailtainment” became a buzz word decades ago. The original idea was to give the customer more than a shopping experience. Marketers dreamed up amazing ways to provide entertainment at the store to lure in new traffic and make the brand memorable. However, in recent years, the retailtainment element has grown stale. The attempt at being entertained in a retail store is…

A Welcome Obstacle on the Path to Purchase

Author: Jarrod Davis

Retail analysts pour over hours of consumer data each week. They’re watching us: how we shop, what we buy, where we browse, and all the details in between! Analyzing the shopper to improve sales is nothing new. However, one of our shopping habits that has expanded in recent years is the path to purchase. As consumers, we take various paths to…

Make a Big Splash This Summer

Author: Marie Clapper

Summer and water are made for each other. While Northwest Arkansas has no shortage of warm-weather water activities, D’Monaco Resort offers up a menu of water options that’s unparalleled. Located just over the Missouri border, this resort allows busy suppliers and retail executives get away from it all without going far away. Whether your favorite water activity is on the dock, in the lake, or…

Spark of Hope Extra Special This Year

Author: Marie Clapper

In Northwest Arkansas, the evening of June 22 will be extraordinary — no doubt about it. In addition to its being the second full day of summer, it is also the night of Single Parent Scholarship of NWA’s (SPSF NWA’s) annual Spark of Hope Campaign and Awards Ceremony, an event that in itself is always exciting and fulfilling for everyone involved. In…