Category Archives: Supply Chain

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…

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…

Central Banking Series: Location Matters in a Global Economy

Author: Jarrod Davis

Northwest Arkansas is a hotbed for business and retail. It’s no surprise that the Global Interdependence Center (GIC) has chosen Fayetteville as a city to host one of its Central Banking Series. It’s an honor for our area and an outstanding opportunity for our local business leadership. We were very excited to learn our friend Colby Beland, Vice President of Sales…

How to Partner for Your International Business Growth

Author: Jarrod Davis

I had a memorable conversation with a supplier earlier this year. We were meeting about his business, and he was explaining where his company shipped internationally. “The growth has been amazing,” he said. “Our products do really well in China, England…oh, and Canada. I keep forgetting Canada is international because they’re right there.” This conversation popped back into my head as…

3 Things You Need to Know BEFORE Your Buyer Meeting

Author: 8th and Walton

One of the biggest myths about OTIF performance is: “I don’t work on our Supply Chain, so OTIF isn’t my problem.” Sales leaders and account managers often feel removed from the On Time In Full initiative, but there are 3 important things you need to know before your next Buyer meeting. 1. OTIF Performance will impact Rollbacks and Promotions. As a sales…

3 Hard Truths About OTIF (On Time In Full)

Author: 8th and Walton

1. August is here. OTIF accountability has begun! Starting July 29, suppliers will be held responsible for the total OTIF score. As with any new initiative, there will be challenges. There will be growing pains. But ultimately, success will mean better on-shelf availability. Improved OSA and reduced out-of-stocks will mean higher sales for the supplier and the retailer. You have a…

myths about OTIF

Here Are the 3 Biggest Myths About OTIF

Author: 8th and Walton

The 3 Biggest Myths About OTIF Hundreds of suppliers have asked 8th & Walton for help with OTIF. Here are the 3 most common misconceptions we’ve heard: MYTH #1: “I don’t work on our Supply Chain, so OTIF isn’t my problem.” Many buyers are starting meetings by asking suppliers for the total OTIF score. If the score is below the mutual…

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…

Sustainable Consolidation at Sam’s Club

Author: 8th and Walton

Sustainable Consolidation at Sam’s Club For some time now, Walmart has been serious about sustainability issues. From issuing supplier sustainability scorecards to initiating huge renewable energy projects, the retailer is committed to protecting the environment at every level of its operations. Sam’s Club is also becoming much more proactive in the area of sustainability, posing new challenges and opportunities for suppliers.…