Category Archives: In Town

Planning a Meeting or Event in Northwest Arkansas? Time to Visit Bentonville!

Do you work in Northwest Arkansas, or do you travel here for business? Are you planning a meeting or hosting an event around Walmart’s Made in the USA Open Call or the up-coming Walmart Shareholders’ Meeting? We’ve got great news this week from our friends at Visit Bentonville about making your get-together come together! We’re podcasting to you this week from the newly renovated Meteor Guitar Gallery on the Bentonville Square. Our special guest is Amanda Khanga, Meeting Sales Manager...

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Walmart Museum Celebrates Sam Walton’s Birthday — Arkansas Online

The Walmart Museum recently hosted a panel in honor of Sam Walton on what would have been his 100th birthday: “Frank Robson, Walton’s brother-in-law; Ed Clifford, CEO of the Jones Center and 17-year Walmart employee; Dick Trammel, executive vice president of Arvest Bank, Rogers; and Burt Stacy, former Bentonville Bank president talked about Walton, his character, his work, his legacy and how it lives on today. Alan Dranow, senior director of the Walmart Heritage Group, moderated the event.“ P.S. If...

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Bentonville’s Booming Luxury Real Estate Market — Wall Street Journal

Bentonville is not only a place to visit for doing business with Walmart, it is also a mecca for art lovers and, increasingly, a place to call home for many executives and business owners: “Investments in Bentonville’s downtown by Mr. Walton’s heirs have given the city a cosmopolitan presence. In 2011 Alice Walton, Mr. Walton’s daughter, spearheaded the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in a modern building designed by architect Moshe Safdie. The Walton family helped fund...

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Honor for Tom Hayes, CEO of Tyson Foods — FoodDive.com

New Tyson CEO Tom Hayes is already earning industry kudos: “But just weeks after Tom Hayes took the helm of the company on New Year’s Eve of 2016, he went about implementing the first in a series of changes to ensure Tyson Foods can better respond to a shopper who is snacking more, consuming greater levels of protein, and is interested in where their food comes from and how it’s produced.” Resources for Walmart Suppliers Courses for Walmart Suppliers 8th...

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Domestic Violence in the Workplace Panel in Northwest Arkansas

The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter and Northwest Arkansas Community College invite local business leaders, managers, and HR professionals to a Domestic Violence in the Workplace Panel on Thursday October 24 at 11:30pm. This free event will feature a discussion on best practices to create a safe space at work for all employees and special considerations for those experiencing domestic violence. A Q&A session will follow. Panelists include Larisa Ivy, Sr. Director of Security & Risk with Walmart; Wendi Cadle, HR Director...

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Doug McMillon on New Walmart HQ — Walmart.com

  A statement from Walmart CEO Doug McMillon on the company’s decision to build new headquarters in Bentonville: “For some time now, we’ve been concerned that this ad hoc office network actually inhibits our ability to compete in the rapidly changing retail landscape. We need to be curious, collaborative, agile and accountable if we are to win in the future. We need a workplace that fosters those skills and traits.”   Supplier Takeaway: Is it Time for a Move? How...

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More on Open Call — Associated Press

Reports from Walmart’s recent “Open Call” event in Northwest Arkansas: “McMillon’s audience Wednesday included all sorts of businesses. Former NFL football player Jarvis Green wants to sell restaurant-quality shrimp and seafood. Micah Specialty Foods, of Cleveland, features a kitchen marinade that originated in the West African nation of Ghana. Jessica Gore, of Dallas, brought a cleaning spray for little kids’ fingers.” Supplier Takeaway Were you at Open Call? Would you consider going in the future? Resources for Walmart Suppliers How...

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Walmart Helps Launch “Arkansas Grown” Program — THV11.com

Walmart is showing its support for Arkansas-grown produce: “The Arkansas Grown program, which is an effort to increase local sales of produce as well as support local farmers and businesses. Arkansas is generally one of the top 25 states in the county which helps to produce 21 agricultural commodities such as tomatoes and sweet potatoes.“ Supplier Takeaway Are you a supplier of Arkansas-grown produce? What do you think of this program? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Are You an On Time...

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Associates Tour Bentonville During Shareholders Week — NWAHomepage.com

Walmart associates from around the world are in for Shareholders Week: “Throughout the week associates get the chance to tour the Five-and-Dime Museum in Downtown Bentonville, learning about the history of the company and its founder Sam Walton. Director of the Walmart Heritage Center Alan Dranow says they had as many as six buses of people every hour coming to the museum. It may be a lot of work, but sharing the experience is worth it.“ Supplier Takeaway Have you...

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Northwest Arkansas is a Hotbed of Innovation — NWAHomepage.com

Perhaps not surprisingly, Northwest Arkansas is turning into a hotbed of product innovation: “Whether it’s finding new ways to lose weight or restoring shrunken clothing, the neighborhoods of Northwest Arkansas are brimming with entrepreneurs. ‘This area, NWA, is amazing in the networking field.’ ‘If you want something done, this is the place to do it and there are tons of people that are willing to help, all you got to do is ask,’ Brown said.“ Supplier Takeaway Are there inventors...

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