Category Archives: Sales & Inventory Analysis

Tools for Deduction Control

Author: 8th and Walton

Once upon a time, back in the runaway inflation days of the late 20th century, there was a 90 day price freeze on CPG products. CPG companies prudently raised their prices quite a lot before it went into effect, since they wouldn’t be able to raise prices after the rule was implemented. However, they didn’t want consumers to get a sudden…

Retail Link and Demographics

Author: 8th and Walton

Retail Link gives you huge amounts of data about your products. You know where they’re most likely to sell, when, in what quantities, and with which other products. This data can be connected with other information that comes from outside of Retail Link — for example, back in 2004, Walmart determined that beer and strawberry Pop-Tarts sell briskly before hurricanes, something…

Download Our Course Catalog

Author: 8th and Walton

8th & Walton is the premier provider of Retail Link and other Walmart Supplier training. We have expanded our offerings, and are delighted to announce a number of new courses. Download our course catalog to see all the classes we offer. Our classes include the following: Basic Training, supplying you with the background information about Walmart and analytics that will make you feel…

Replenishment & Inventory Management Add Ons

Author: 8th and Walton

8th & Walton provides the best and most expert training for Walmart suppliers. We’re pleased to announce two new add-on courses to complement our Replenishment and Inventory Management course. In our basic course, designed to follow our Retail Link training, we cover ways to manage in-stocks, supply chain issues, SWAS and Exception Reports, and more. Once you have that under your…

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Out of Stock or Just Not Shelved?

Author: 8th and Walton

Retail Link will let you know when you’ve missed a sale because you just didn’t have items in stock. It won’t tell you if you missed a sale because the item hadn’t been unpacked yet. Lately, the news has been full of stories about empty shelves at Walmart. The “evidence” in these stories is inevitably a comment from an individual, often…

Improve Your Scorecard vs. Scorecard Optimization

Author: 8th and Walton

Improve Your Scorecard, Maximize Your Business is a course offered by 8th & Walton which assists Walmart suppliers to improve the way they manage their business, and thus to improve their supplier scorecards. Scorecard Optimization is a service offered by 8th & Walton which helps Walmart suppliers to improve… well, the way they manage their business, with a view toward improving…

The Global Replenishment System

Author: 8th and Walton

We’ve been getting calls for months asking for more information on one of the most exciting new things to hit the supplier community, the Global Replenishment System, or GRS. GRS, a new Walmart replenishment system, has staged roll-outs beginning with some of the consumable and food suppliers this year. It’s been in the works for a long time, though, beginning in 2008 with the Global…

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The Market Basket Concept

Author: 8th and Walton

Market Basket Analysis, part of the Retail Link data available to Walmart Suppliers, looks at what’s know as “association rules” in shopping: what items are bought together. Sometimes, as our facilitator Julie James explains in Beginning Retail Link classes, it doesn’t mean much. Bananas,for example, are bought with everything and finding that your product sells with bananas probably doesn’t mean much.…