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Walmart, Time, Wages & Private Brands

\"\"Last week Bentonville based Walmart held its 2019 Walmart Associate and Shareholders Meeting on June 7, 2019. The annual event, a combination of business meeting and high energy concert, took place at the Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.\"\"

The dynamic event was hosted by actress Jennifer Garner and featured numerous musical performances. Performers included Lady Antebellum, Bebe Rexha, Maren Morris and One Republic.\"\"

Much of the press has revolved around Doug McMillon, President and CEO exciting statement “Here’s How Walmart Will Thrive” which included announcements designed to give families back some time and increase wages. (and the cool new vests)

“What’s the one thing busy families can’t buy at Walmart? Time. Or is it? Lately, our associates have been solving problems that enable our customers to kind of “buy” time by shopping with us.”

Thus the launch of InHome Delivery and the new Sam’s Club new app called Sam’s Garage

As well as Walmart’s commitment to increasing the wages of its associates.

“Over the last four years, we’ve invested an incremental $4.5 billion in pay for store and club associates in the U.S. alone. Our starting wage rate is up 50% in that time. We’ve increased the number of full-time roles, and we now stand at 60% full-time in the U.S., ahead of industry average.”

Notable for Private Brand…

\"\"Greg Foran, President, and CEO, Walmart U.S. noted several private brand accomplishments in the opening of his remarks.

“How’s everyone doing? I want to start by thanking the U.S. team. You turned in a fantastic performance last year. You kept the momentum going with Online Grocery Pickup. You implemented a lot of new technology. And Comp sales were strong helped by some great work by our merchants including a reinvention of our apparel with new brands Wonder Nation, Terra and Sky, and Time and True. And great items like the new Marketside fresh soups.”

\"\"Marc Lore, President and CEO, Walmart eCommerce U.S session included a humorous guest appearance by Modem Family star Sofia Vergara. She plugged her Walmart.com exclusive licensed private brand Sofía Jeans by Sofía Vergara. The line is introducing a new summer collection which features 32 pieces – including maxi dresses, tops, rompers, and of course – more denim.

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Walmart Launches Onn Brand Tablets

Walmart is rolling out three private brand Android tablets, each priced to compete with inexpensive Fire Tablets from Amazon.

The Onn private brand tablet range will include

  • 8-inch tablet for $64
  • 10.1-inch tablet for $79
  • 10.1-inch tablet with a detachable keyboard for $99

The Walmart website product descriptions provide more detail.\"\"

Onn Android Tablet, 8\”

$64.00

The Onn 8\” Android Tablet provides fast performance anywhere you go in a thin and lightweight body. The 8\” 2.5D touchscreen gives you 800 x 1280 resolution so your photos, movies, apps, documents, and more pop with crystal clear vibrancy. With 2GB RAM +16GB ROM, this tablet runs Android 9 and puts the power of a 1.3GHz quad core processor in your hands for better performance for your favorite games, apps, and movies. The Onn 8\” Android Tablet lets you surf the internet, read email, watch movies, read eBooks, listen to music, play games, and take pictures and video with a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera.

  • 8\” IPS panel
  • 2.5D touchscreen
  • 800 x 1280 resolution so your photos, movies, apps, documents, and more pop with crystal clear vibrancy
  • 1.3GHz quad-core processor for high-powered performance
  • 2GB RAM +16GB ROM
  • Operating system: Android 9
  • 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • Thin, lightweight perfect for taking almost anywhere
  • Let\’s you surf the internet, play your favorite games, read email, watch movies, read eBooks, listen to music, and more.\"\"

Onn Android Tablet, 10.1\”

$79.00

The Onn 10.1\” Android Tablet provides fast performance anywhere you go in a thin and lightweight body. The 10.1\” 2.5D touchscreen gives you 800 x 1280 resolution so your photos, movies, apps, documents, and more pop with crystal clear vibrancy. With 2GB RAM +16GB ROM, this tablet runs Android 9 and puts the power of a 1.3GHz quad-core processor in your hands for better performance for your favorite games, apps, and movies. The Onn 10.1\” Android Tablet lets you surf the internet, read email, watch movies, read eBooks, listen to music, play games, and take pictures and video with a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera.

  • 10.1\” IPS panel
  • 2.5D touchscreen
  • 800 x 1280 resolution so your photos, movies, apps, documents, and more pop with crystal clear vibrancy
  • 1.3GHz quad-core processor for high-powered performance
  • 2GB RAM +16GB ROM
  • Operating system: Android 9
  • 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • Thin, lightweight perfect for taking almost anywhere
  • Let\’s you surf the internet, play your favorite games, read email, watch movies, read eBooks, listen to music, and more
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Walmart Aggressively Commits to Pets

\"\"Walmart announced last week that it is dramatically expanding its commitment to pets and the pet category. The retailer announced three ways including their first online pet pharmacy for prescription medications; offering a more wholesome assortment of pet foods including private brand; and expanding in-store veterinary clinics.

Customers can now purchase prescription pet medications at WalmartPetRx.com and have them delivered right to their doors. Walmart Pet Rx offers low-cost pet prescriptions.

For those who prefer to fill their pet prescriptions in Walmart stores, later this month Walmart will stock our 4,500+ pharmacies with the top 30 most requested pet meds.

Walmart has also expanded their pet assortment online with more than 100 new pet brands over the last year, including more premium and health-conscious brands like Blue Buffalo, Greenies, and Hill’s Science Diet. They have also developed more premium and “free-from” options with their private brands, Pure Balance, Golden Rewards and Vibrant Life, which offer premium ingredients, like farm-raised chicken, at three-fourths the price.

With 68% of US households owning a pet2 and 90% of Americans living within 10 miles of a Walmart store, the superstores will be expanding in-store retail veterinary clinics, starting with nine new clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in late May and June. With plans to reach 100 veterinary clinics over the next 12 months.

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Walmart.com Elevates MoDRN Style With New Private Brand

\"\"It’s been almost a year since Walmart redesigned the home décor shopping experience on Walmart.com. According to a post from Anthony Soohoo, SVP and Group General Manager, \"\"Home, Walmart U.S. eCommerce on the retailer’s blog\"\"\"\"\"\" Walmart.com has seen nearly 35% increase in visits to their home décor page, with the majority of customers spending more time on the site.

On Friday Walmart unveiled MoDRN, an exclusive online private brand designed for the modern home.

Created for customers who embrace a modern aesthetic, MoDRN boasts three collections – Retro Glam, Refined Industrial and Scandinavian Minimal. Featuring nearly 650 items across every room in the house, MoDRN provides the elevated look and feel that are typically found at a specialty store, without the elevated price tag. The line incorporates high-end materials – think velvet and performance leather upholstery fabrics, Carrara marble table tops, native and exotic veneers, hand-brushed metal and brass accents, and solid wood features in white oak and walnut. Prices range from $700 – $899 for sofas, $599 – $649 for beds, $20 – $60 for barware, and $199 – $699 for indoor and outdoor dining tables and chairs.

MoDRN is now available on Walmart.com, Jet.com and Hayneedle.com.

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PB Careers: Walmart – Private Brands – Sr. Manager Sourcing Pets

\"\"PB Careers: Walmart – Private Brands – Sr. Manager Sourcing Pets

LOCATION: BENTONVILLE, AR
CAREER AREA: Merchandising and Online Operations
JOB FUNCTION: Merchandising and Sourcing
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full Time
POSITION TYPE: Salary
REQUISITION: 1073690BR

What you\’ll do
At Walmart, we save people money so they can live better. This mission serves as the foundation for every decision we make – and is at the heart of the Sr. Sourcing Manager role currently available on our Private Brand Pet team.

Our Sr. Sourcing Manager works closely with Buyers and Product Developers to deliver high-quality products to our customers at the best possible price. Sourcing the products our customers want at low prices is no easy task, but our Sr. Sourcing Manager rises to the challenge by partnering with manufacturers and innovators to shape the future of entire portfolios, both in food and non-food. They make multi-million-dollar decisions every day and help manage some of the biggest Private Brands in the industry. Our Sr. Sourcing Manager plays an integral role in understanding the true cost of product, packaging, manufacturing, and transportation while ensuring the development and stability of our supply base for years to come.

Who are we looking for?
A negotiator. A successful influencer and decision maker. A multi-tasker. Someone who can plan, manage and balance a budget. Someone who is curious and inquisitive. A leader and doer. A driver of results and continuous improvement. Someone who consistently goes above and beyond for their stakeholders and customers alike.

What are we looking for? 

  • A strong record of success in negotiating tangible and non-tangible components of supply contracts
  • A background in manufacturing, co-manufacturing and / or sourcing products in the global marketplace
  • Exceptional leadership and influencing skills
  • Experience with cross-functional team dynamics and responsibilities
  • Excellent verbal, written and communication skills

What else helps? 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, or related field; and
  • A Six Sigma (or similar) certification; and
  • 3 years experience in manufacturing, sourcing, supply chain, merchandising / related field; or
  • 5 years experience in manufacturing, sourcing, supply chain, merchandising / related field

What now?
Make a positive impact on your community. Innovate for a better future. Join the biggest Private Brand team in the world and create a career you’ll be proud of: apply now.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed in the role. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. The full job description can be made available as part of the hiring process
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Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, or related field and 3 years’ experience in sourcing, supply chain, merchandising, or related field OR 5 years’ experience in sourcing, supply chain, merchandising, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications
2 years’ experience planning and managing budgets.
2 years’ experience working on multi-national teams.
4 years’ experience in global sourcing.
4 years manufacturing experience.
Six Sigma or related certification.

About Walmart
At Walmart, we help people save money so they can live better. This mission serves as the foundation for every decision we make, from responsible sourcing to sustainability—and everything in between. As a Walmart associate, you will play an integral role in shaping the future of retail, tech, merchandising, finance and hundreds of other industries—all while affecting the lives of millions of customers all over the world. Here, your work makes an impact every day. What are you waiting for?

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