Category Archives: Business/Economy

Omnichannel Takes a Quantum Leap — SupplyChainDive.com

Omnichannel initiatives that might have taken a year or more to launch are now getting going within a matter of weeks or months: “From Home Depot to Kohl’s to Michaels, retailers have launched and expanded omnichannel services at a historic clip over the last three months. Before the pandemic, rolling out a new omnichannel service could easily take a year, Shaw said.” P.S. Interested in selling more on Walmart.com or SamsClub.com? Our experts can help. Schedule a consultation today!

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Walmart Achieves Goal of Hiring 250,000 Veterans — Walmart.com

Walmart is proud to announce that it has met its goal of hiring 250,000 veterans: “Today, Walmart announced it reached the hiring goal with more than 265,000 veteran associate hires. Additionally, more than 44,000 of those associates have been promoted to roles with higher pay and greater responsibility at Walmart and Sam’s Club.” P.S. Walmart is committed to supporting service members, veterans, and their families. This includes support for veteran-owned supplier businesses. Our experts can help you maximize your Walmart...

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UPS Reduces Surcharges on Some Chinese Shipments — SupplyChainDive.com

UPS plans to reduce peak surcharges on some shipments from China: “UPS will reduce the peak surcharge on air shipments from mainland China to the U.S., according to a notice on UPS’ website. The lower surcharge amount takes effect Sunday and remains in place until further notice.” P.S. Walmart knows the importance of making sure that goods are on its shelves. If you want to improve your in-stock stats, 8th & Walton can help. Get in touch with us today...

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Baking Suppliers on Full Alert — FoodDive.com

The COVID-19 pandemic has created increased demand for baking supplies: “Manufacturers making products that run the gamut of baking staples, from flour to spices to mixes, have seen sales go through the roof. And at several grocery stores, the baking aisle can look more like a ghost town, with all-purpose flour, baking powder, yeast and vanilla extract nowhere to be seen.” P.S. Walmart knows the importance of making sure that goods are on its shelves. If you want to improve...

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Target Expands Fresh, Frozen Grocery Offerings — RetailWire.com

Target is expanding its fresh and frozen grocery selection: “Target’s new plan adds 750 fresh, frozen and refrigerated grocery items, including bakery, dairy, meat and produce. The retailer plans to initially roll out the expanded selection at more than 400 stores across the Midwest before expanding to more than 1,500 locations ‘in time for the holidays.’ It tested the program with expanded SKUS in the Twin Cities area and the Kansas City market before deciding to broaden its reach.” P.S....

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Social Media’s Brand Impact — FastCompany.com

A recent study shows that social media performance can have a huge impact on how well a brand fares with consumers: “But according to a recent survey by analytics firm Sprout Social, brands that make missteps have a lot more at stake than making a generic PR statement, particularly if consumers decide to unfollow them on social media. The firm found that 89% of consumers will buy from a brand that they follow on social media while 75% will increase...

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Walmart China Uses Barcode Tech to Improve Food Safety — AdWeek.com

Walmart China is using a new barcode technology that can detect temperature fluctuations in its food safety protocols: “Walmart China has teamed up with Varcode to provide the retailer with a digital technology that allows it to track the freshness of perishable foods by scanning a barcode using a mobile app.” P.S. Walmart is committed to tech innovation, particularly when it improves food safety. Need help understanding it all? Our experts can help. Contact us today.

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Amazon Assembles Anti-Counterfeiting Team — RetailDive.com

Amazon has launched an anti-fraud team to help address the growing problem of counterfeit goods: “While the e-commerce giant said its priority remains prevention, the new team will investigate cases where ‘a bad actor has attempted to evade Amazon’s systems and listed a counterfeit in violation of Amazon’s policies.’ That will make it easier to get results through civil and criminal legal action, the company said.” P.S. Supply chain integrity starts with authentic merchandise. If you are finding yourself distracted...

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New Walmart Health Opens in Springdale, Arkansas — Walmart.com

Walmart has opened one of its state-of-the-art health centers close to home in Springdale, Arkansas: “This facility provides quality, affordable and accessible healthcare, so customers can get the right care at the right time. Walmart Health is partnering with several on-the-ground health providers to be a first-of-its-kind health center to deliver primary and urgent care, labs, x-ray and diagnostics, counseling, optical and hearing services all in one facility at affordable, transparent pricing regardless of a patient’s insurance status. Additionally, Walmart...

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COVID-19 Kicks Off Home Cooking Trend — GroceryDive.com

Many consumers are cooking at home and enjoying the experience. This shift benefits grocers: “According to a survey by PwC of more than 1,600 U.S. consumers, COVID-19 and the recession are driving changes in shopper behavior that could be beneficial for grocers long-term. The survey found that 42% of consumers say they won’t stop loading their pantries until COVID-19 is fully resolved, and that 64% will continue to maintain their current rate of pantry loading for the foreseeable future.” P.S....

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