Category Archives: Supplier tips

RJW Prepares Walmart Suppliers for BTS and Holiday 2020

Author: 8th and Walton

To say the beginning of 2020 came with supply chain disruption is an understatement. A combination of COVID-19, sales spikes, product shortages, growth in online shopping, and new consumer demands has altered what the second half will look like.  Walmart suppliers are now planning for the busy third and fourth quarters much differently and cautiously. RJW Logistics Group worked with Walmart…

Walmart’s OT&IF: What’s the Biggest Challenge?

Author: 8th and Walton

https://youtu.be/jd5H9_sHI68 (Editor’s note: Do you need help navigating Walmart’s OT&IF scorecard? Our team at 8th & Walton can take you through a step-by-step class. Or, if you need more help eliminating OT&IF fines, we can do the work for you!) February brings two important events for Walmart suppliers: the beginning of Walmart’s fiscal year the annual Supplier Growth Forum (a.k.a. Walmart’s…

The Big Trend Hurting Small Walmart Suppliers

Author: 8th and Walton

https://youtu.be/tv64jsW1YMc As retailers like Walmart strive to serve customers with a variety of brands and shopping platforms, new demands hit suppliers with the changing expectations. The biggest issue? Small and mid-size suppliers are held to the same standards as large national brands. When smaller Walmart suppliers don’t have their own logistics network, costs can skyrocket when playing in the same space…

CaseStack Provides Big Services to Smaller Suppliers

Author: Jarrod Davis

 As a small to mid-size supplier, what’s the biggest cost in doing business with Walmart? Most struggles will be, or lead back to, supply chain. While Walmart strives to provide assortment with all sized brands, smaller suppliers can struggle to adapt to the national retailer’s warehousing processes. That’s where consolidation companies like CaseStack provide a solution. We recently spoke with…

Walmart Fireside Chat: Zero Plastic Waste

Author: 8th and Walton

(Editor’s note: Need help aligning your supply chain to Walmart’s sustainability goals? Our team helps you do it! Click here to schedule a free consultation.) Walmart has once again cranked up its commitment to sustainability. In the recent WalStreet Fireside Chat, the discussion was not merely a broad look at the carbon footprint. Instead, it remained laser-focused on plastics in packaging…

Walmart Tightens Supplier Accountability with OT&IF

Author: 8th and Walton

It was only a couple of years ago when Walmart Stores announced a new accountability program for its suppliers: On Time In Full (OTIF). This original OTIF initiative was driven to improve in-stock at the store level. Suppliers were measured on delivering shipments at their appointed times and delivering the complete load ordered. Failure in either metric resulted in a fine.…

Walmart Announces 6th Annual Open Call for Suppliers

Author: 8th and Walton

(Editor’s note: If you land a meeting with Walmart at the up-coming open call, we’ll help you prep for the meeting! To speak with one of our experts, call us at 479-715-6700 or click here.) Ready to pitch your products to the Walmart buying team? Now’s your opportunity to sign up for a chance to get your items on the shelves…

9 Things a Walmart Buyer Does NOT Want to Hear

Author: Jarrod Davis

(Editor’s note: The advisors at 8th & Walton have sat on both sides of Walmart Buyer/Supplier meeting tables. Contact us about helping you prep for that first meeting or next line review). You’ve just finished the meeting with your Walmart Buyer. They walk you to the front lobby, shake hands, and you peel off your visitor’s sticker. As your team walks…

3 Questions about Walmart Supply Plan Initiative

Author: 8th and Walton

(Editor’s note: if you have additional questions about Walmart’s Supply Plan, OTIF, Retail Link® queries, or prepping for your Walmart buyer meeting, our experts can help! Click here to arrange a free consultation.) The 2019 Walmart Supplier Summit is happening February 26 – 27 in Bentonville, AR. As suppliers from around the globe prepare for updates on Walmart’s expectations for the coming…

The Future of Better and Faster Decision Making

Author: 8th and Walton

As a retailer or supplier, do you spend hours pouring over spreadsheets of consumer data? Making decisions about your business can get messy in the numbers. Recently, we’ve learned how the team at IRI makes data collection easier through their Liquid Data® Technology. Now we’re going deeper into their process to see how they make the next step seamless as well:…