Category Archives: Supplier Development

What Is Retail Link® For?

Author: 8th and Walton

(Editor’s note: Want to tap into some hidden treasures in Retail Link®? Click here for our free download “Retail Link® Fun Features!”) What is Retail Link®? Retail Link® is an online hub for the data, documentation, reports, and special applications that suppliers use to manage their business with Walmart. If Retail Link® has always been part of your Walmart supplier experience,…

Made in the USA Not as Easy as It Sounds?

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart’s Made in the USA initiative gives suppliers new ways to get their goods on the shelf at the world’s largest retailer, but current suppliers are facing some challenges. Here are some of the top concerns suppliers are expressing: Sourcing in the U.S. can be hard. After a couple of decades of offshoring, there are fewer factories in America, and fewer…

Maternity Leave for Suppliers

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart has rules about pregnant women and maternity leave for all suppliers: 1. Suppliers shall not restrict or limit workers’ reproductive rights. 2. Suppliers should not ask female applicants about their pregnancy status, unless required for reasons of health and safety; for example, chemical exposure. 3. Unless pregnancy tests are required by law, Suppliers shall not require pregnancy testing of female…

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…

Marketing ROI: Now More than Ever

Author: 8th and Walton

The supplier community is facing renewed pressure as Foran works to bring Walmart “back to its roots.” Back to basics may be a good thing, but it is certainly putting pressure on suppliers. Suppliers are being asked to cut costs even further. For some suppliers, this may be a matter of scrutinizing the supply chain and finding places to increase efficiency…

How Savings Catcher Is Changing Walmart’s Mind

Author: 8th and Walton

The Doing Business in Bentonville speaker series will present Greg Chandler, Senior Marketing Director – Customer Engagement for Walmart, speaking on “Walmart Mobile Retail – How Savings Catcher is Changing the Way Walmart Thinks About Digital Retail.” The program is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2015, from 7:00 am – 9:00 am, at Four Points by Sheraton, 211 SE Walton Blvd,…

Do You Really Appreciate Retail Link?

Author: 8th and Walton

Marketing giant Multichannel Merchant recently wrote about the value of sharing retail data with vendors. Retail Link, naturally, was their aspirational example, though they acknowledged that smaller retailers won’t have the IT budget to replicate that robust experience. Nonetheless, they told their readers that it would make sense to invest in a vendor dashboard that allows suppliers to access their sales…

Shake Up in Walmart Grocery

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart has been making changes in its high-level staffing, and more changes are on the way in grocery, according to The City Wire. Basing their claims on a leaked internal memo, the Arkansas news source listed a number of grocery division changes: Jack Sinclair is retiring this week. Tony Airoso will be senior vice president of global food sourcing. Chuck Tilmon…

Sustainability and Logistics

Author: 8th and Walton

Improvements in sustainability can be conceptualized from the trash can back to the product, or from the design out to the product, but either way, logistics will be a central part of the effort. Your product’s eco-friendliness is affected by numerous factors. Assuming that you’re not using toxic chemicals in manufacturing, though, the amount of fuel you use to ship your…

Metrics for Social Media

Author: 8th and Walton

Refusing to be active in social media, for today’s suppliers, is like refusing to have a telephone. Your customers will look for you on social media platforms. For many people, that’s the top choice for customer service, and of course you want to be part of the conversations going on around your product, category, or brand. But getting the most from…