Category Archives: Walmart News

The New Walmart.com

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart’s ecommerce website has made some big changes. Here’s a quick list: It’s responsive. The omnichannel consumer may visit a website on a phone, a tablet, a laptop, a desktop, and a large-screen TV — all in the same day, or more than one device at a time. Giving visitors a consistently good experience across devices is key. Walmart’s website now…

Walmart’s Beauty Box

Author: 8th and Walton

http://youtu.be/Uj6r3_u2uA0 YouTube beauty guru Emily Noel shared her experience of one of Walmart’s omnichannel initiatives: the Walmart Beauty Box. Beauty boxes are a popular trend. Users subscribe to a service and are sent a box or bag of beauty products, often a mix of samples and full size products, on a regular schedule, often every month. Birch Box, for example, sends…

Empowering Women Together

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart’s Women’s Empowerment Program has many facets. One is Empowering Women Together, an initiative to spotlight products designed and produced by small, woman-owned businesses. The media presentation shows exotic women handcrafting unique products, but Walmart’s statement says, “At launch, we are concentrating on suppliers with very little or limited access to customers. Most will have revenues of $10 million or less…

Retail Link 2.0

Author: 8th and Walton

Big news for Retail Link is the coming rollout of Retail Link 2.0. This is a major change, not a cosmetic makeover. The big question on everyone’s mind? There are two. Some will immediately be wondering whether they have to switch. The answer: at this point, no. Retail Link 1.0 will still be available for the foreseeable future. If you’re a…

Walmart’s Unapproved Factories in Bangladesh

Author: 8th and Walton

In recent years, Walmart has been making an effort to tighten standards for ethical sourcing for products. Until recently, it was not uncommon for U.S. suppliers to have only a vague idea of just where their products were sourced. Subcontracting was common, so the people a supplier worked with were often several steps away from the people working in the factory…

5 Changes in Walmart Post Audit Claims

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart has announced some changes in the way it deals with chargebacks, or post audit claims. The retailer makes deductions to correct pricing discrepancies or to offset costs arising from shipping or labeling errors. As of July 15th, there are some changes in how these charges are dealt with. The biggest change is that Walmart will now make automatic deductions up…

Walmart Suppliers and Fertilizer Optimization

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart has identified fertilizer optimization as a top priority sustainability initiative this year. “Rising to the challenge of feeding 9 billion people,” their sustainability hub says, “requires the entire value chain to produce more while minimizing the impact of their actions.” This affects farmers, certainly, but it’s not only produce suppliers who are affected by this initiative. Suppliers who rely on…

Walmart’s Open Call for American-Made Products

Author: 8th and Walton

Tuesday, July 08, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. Put it on your calendar. Walmart is holding an Open Call for American-made products at the Home Office in Bentonville. The event will begin with a general session in the main auditorium, simulcast in MLK Large Rooms 4 & 5 for the overflow. At 10:00, meetings with buyers will begin. Walmart wants to see…

Walmart’s Sustainability Initiatives

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart’s Annual report is out, and Doug McMillon’s introductory letter is clearly still embracing sustainability as a key commitment: Walmart’s initiatives, in partnership with many suppliers, have significantly increased sustainability throughout the global supply chain, and we will do even more. The 2014 Global Responsibility Report is out, too, and it goes into more detail. First, there is continued commitment to…

Walmart’s Ethical Sourcing Requirements

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart made history last year by requiring higher ethical standards of all suppliers when it comes to sourcing. “Saving people money so they can live better encompasses more than merely having the lowest prices,” the Supplier’s Satandards document explains, “it also requires Walmart be a leader on how we treat our resources. ‘Living better’ means both we and our suppliers operate…