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 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 stores…

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…

Retail-Ready Packaging (RRP)

Author: Jarrod Davis

What Is Retail-Ready Packaging? Retail-Ready Packaging (RRP), or Shelf-Ready Packaging, refers to a supplier’s product arriving at a retail store ready for immediate display. No unpacking is required. The shipping container, box, or pallet is designed to be taken from the truck, opened, and set directly on the shelf or salesfloor. Why RRP Is Important for the Retailer Major retailers are…

Average Dollar Sale (ADS) Explained

Author: Jarrod Davis

What Is Average Dollar Sale? Average Dollar Sale (ADS) is a retail metric term used to calculate the correlation between sales and transactions for a given period of time. Simply put, it’s gross sales divided by paying customers over an hour, day, week, etc. For example: Why ADS Is an Important Metric It’s valuable to constantly monitor your ADS for the…

Walmart Fiscal Year Calendar: 2018 Edition

Author: Brandie Neagles

Understanding the Walmart week and the Walmart Fiscal Calendar is important for a couple of reasons: Your buyer will refer to events that are specific to your business (like your modular week or feature week) by the corresponding Walmart week number. Whether you pull reports in Retail Link by using “Walmart Week” or by “Fuzzy Date” (Current week, Last Week, etc),…