Category Archives: Supplier tips

Walmart’s 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:…

Walmart OTIF 2019 vs. Truck Driver Capacity

Author: Jarrod Davis

(Do you have questions about OTIF, your OTIF scorecard, or penalties? Click here to ask a Walmart OTIF expert for help!) The Walmart On Time In Full (OTIF) initiative saw various updates in 2018. From changing delivery windows to adjusting the exception process, Walmart is working toward the end goal of keeping shelves stocked for customers. During the process, suppliers continue…

Supplier Help: Getting Less than Perfect Merchandise Shelf-Ready

Author: 8th and Walton

You have heard this scenario before. You just received a shipment of imported product and have a short window of opportunity to transport it to Walmart stores or distribution centers. Then, you get the call. The imported product does not meet the acceptable standards: Items are improperly labeled Wet product and mold Wrong components or excessive lead content Now that you…

Walmart.com Product Search

Walmart SEO: How to Rank Highly for Walmart.com Searches

Author: 8th and Walton

(Editor’s note: Want help succeeding on Walmart.com? Our e-commerce team can take the load off your plate or work with you to make it happen! Click here to learn more about our advisory services.) — After a lot of hard work, you’ve finally got your products on Walmart.com. Here’s the question: Can anyone find them? Millions of shoppers hit Walmart.com each…