I Never Knew Walmart’s Retail Link® Did That!

Author: Jarrod Davis

Have you ever been frustrated working in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, or some other application? Then, a co-worker hovers over your shoulder and shows you a quick step that makes it easy and saves you loads of time? That’s how our team helps suppliers every week with Walmart’s Retail Link® data system. Retail Link® is a Walmart-owned system that allows suppliers to manage their…

Walmart Made in USA Open Call: Behind the Scenes

Author: Jarrod Davis

(Editor’s note: The advisory experts at 8th & Walton help suppliers prepare for presentations to Walmart buyers every week. Click here to learn more, ask questions, or schedule a free consultation.) “Best experience of my life so far! Being able to pitch the company I started as a capstone project in college on the national stage at Walmart was amazing! The…

Click and Mortar? Maximize Stores for Digital Growth

Author: Jarrod Davis

At any given moment in retail, these questions are being asked in the weekly marketing meeting: “What are the numbers on our last digital campaign?” “Wait, are those impressions or click-throughs?” “How much time are they spending on the site once they click? They are clicking, right?” Jessica Hendrix, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi X, makes an intriguing observation about driving…

Major Retail Changes All Lead Back to E-Commerce

Author: Jarrod Davis

(Editor’s note: Walmart is constantly innovating as it ventures further into e-commerce. Don’t get left behind! Click here to learn more about growing your online sales with Walmart.) New product lines, numerous acquisitions, branding overhauls. . .retail news has been filled with headlines of companies striving to entice the online shopper. As major players try each month to “one-up” each other for…

I Just Got Laid Off. . .Now What?

Author: Jarrod Davis

“You’re going to be fine.” “Everything’s going to work out.” “I’m sure you’ll land on your feet.” I’ve heard each one of these phrases while being escorted out of an office. None of them is helpful. In fact, when you’re sitting in your car with the contents of your former desk in the passenger seat, none of them seems true. However,…

How is Online Retail Really Impacting Brick-and-Mortar?

Author: Jarrod Davis

Retail news headlines have been a mixed-bag for brick-and-mortar during the first quarter. From cutting back headcount to closing store locations, big names and small businesses alike are fighting to stay relevant. The casual observer would jump to an obvious conclusion: online shopping is killing in-store traffic. However, experienced marketing analysts point to a different shift in today’s customer. Jessica Hendrix,…

Meeting With Walmart? Know Your Marketing Plan

Author: Jarrod Davis

You may be a Walmart Supplier preparing for your next line review. You may be a new supplier getting ready for your first big meeting with the Walmart buying team. In either case, part of telling your story relies on how well you’ve prepared your marketing plan. Doing this research for a meeting with the world’s largest retailer can seem like…

Calling On Walmart? Plan Your Packaging Capacity Carefully

Author: Jarrod Davis

Congratulations! Walmart wants your item on their store shelves! Oh…now what? Before the official purchase order gets issued, the magic has to start happening behind the scenes immediately. How can a new supplier wisely plan packaging around any surprises that may happen before receiving the purchase order? On a recent episode of Focus on Suppliers, we spoke with Kerry Bailey, Director of Retail at…

Walmart Distribution Center Locations List + Free Map!

Author: Jarrod Davis

(Editor’s note: Want to learn even more ways to make your job easier with Retail Link®? Have a look at 8th & Walton’s suite of Retail Link® classes.)   “Does anyone have the latest Walmart store number list?” “How many Sam’s Clubs are in Louisiana?” “Do we have addresses for Neighborhood Markets in Tennessee?” “Can we get a map of all…

Pretty Darn Quick (PDQ)

Author: Jarrod Davis

What Is “Pretty Darn Quick” in Retail? PDQ is an American acronym meaning “Pretty Darn Quick.” The term was made popular in Walmart stores as the early name for today’s Retail-Ready Packaging (RRP) or Shelf-Ready Packaging (SRP). The goal of the PDQ was to save time at the store level stocking shelves. PDQs are filled with supplier merchandise and designed to…