Category Archives: Walmart News

Walmart Sustainability Initiative & Suppliers

Author: 8th and Walton

To kick off the new season, Neile Jones talks with Walmart and several suppliers about sustainability. Topics include Walmart’s sustainability efforts, expectations for their supplier partners, and how Walmart measures success – as well as the resources available to guide suppliers toward a more sustainable supply chain. Three examples of successful, sustainable suppliers are Tyson, Eco-Vet Furniture, and KYYA Chocolate. Guests…

Walmart Defends Strategic Decisions

Author: 8th and Walton

“These are exciting times in retail given the pace and magnitude of change. We have strengths and assets to build on and are making progress to position the company for the future,” said Doug McMillon president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.  “Our investments in our people, our stores and our digital capabilities and e-commerce business are the right ones.” McMillon is…

Walmart’s Community Effect

Author: 8th and Walton

Any large company faces controversy, and Walmart, which would be larger than Norway if it were a country, has certainly faced its share. One of the areas that garners plenty of headlines is the effect Walmart has on communities. Reading some commentaries would lead you to believe that communities look like Disney’s Main Street USA before Walmart arrives, and quickly turn…

Walmart vs Target

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart and rival Target are both important retailers. But which is more powerful? There have been quite a few recent explorations in the media pitting the two against each other. Business Insider compared the two on multiple metrics: Target came out ahead on several fronts, but Walmart was the clear winner. Investopedia made a comparison on some other fronts recently and…

Walmart… A Technology Company?

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart CIO Karenann Terrell spoke at the SAP SAPPHIRE conference in Orlando, Florida, earlier this year. “Any technology company not focused on speed,” she was quoted as saying in Chain Store Age, “will be disrupted from its position. Walmart as a technology company and innovator will be a tale told on speed.” Walmart is the largest brick and mortar retailer in…

How Walmart Made Their App Indispensable

Author: 8th and Walton

Apps are popular among brands and retailers. Being part of the “There’s an App for That!” movement feels like a good choice — doesn’t everybody love apps? Sure. But consumers can only have so many apps on their smartphone home screen. They’re going to have instant messaging of some kind, their tunes, Evernote, their camera, maps, Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,…

Walmart’s Changing Demographic

Author: 8th and Walton

John Zogby has been following specific segments of America since 2000. One group is what he calls “Walmart Weekly Shoppers” — the people who head to Walmart once a week to stock up on groceries and household needs. 15 years ago, these people were predictably white, conservative, members of Evangelical Christian churches, and rural. They voted Republican and they shopped at…

Amazon vs. Walmart Strategy

Author: 8th and Walton

Amazon has surpassed Walmart in market value, Amazon’s market value was recently estimated at about $264 billion, while Walmart’s was around $233 billion. Walmart is no longer the largest retailer in the world. Sure, Walmart is still the largest in many ways. Walmart is the largest private employer in the country — and not just among retailers. Walmart has the largest…

World’s Highest Walmart Concentration

Author: 8th and Walton

Where will you find the largest concentration of Walmart-owned stores? You might think it would be in Arkansas, or maybe in one of the more populous states, but you’d be wrong. Puerto Rico has the largest number of Walmart-owned stores per square mile in the world. Walmart claims 56 stores in Puerto Rico, but Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Reporting (CPIPR)…

Walmart Nigeria

Author: 8th and Walton

Shelley Broader recently met with Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode to work out final details about the Walmart stores which will soon be opening in Lagos, Nigeria. Ambode announced that his administration will support Walmart. Ambode is pleased that Walmart will bring more jobs for younger workers, and Walmart looks forward to reaching the emerging markets in Africa, the next frontier…