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Walmart Canada Partners With Coop Italy For Private Brand

Walmart Canada has introduced a retail partnership with Italy’s COOP, which puts the Coop Italian food Private Brand Fior Fiore on Walmart shelves. The new range which includes more than 40 products includes pasta, pasta sauces, pesto, bruschetta, and pates. The retailer will launch specialty oils and vinegars in by the end of the summer

Ivo Petroff, senior category manager for grocery, Walmart

Walmart Canada’s Ivo Petroff, senior category manager for grocery and Sourabh Malik, senior director for grocery, told the Canadian trade publication Grocery Business the partnership is the first of its kind for Walmart Canada.

“Fior Fiore is a premium private label range in Italy of COOP Italia. However, for us in Canada, these authentic products are offered at Walmart’s everyday low prices,” says Petroff.

“With this retail-to-retail partnership, the scale of sourcing and consolidation, expertise and logistics is much more superior than any distributor or single manufacturer model. Consolidating under one branded umbrella-like Fior Fiore with top food quality standards allows Walmart Canada to source products on a large scale directly from COOP, who work directly with small authentic family businesses in Italy. No other model can provide this at the scale we can.”

Sourabh Malik, senior director for grocery, Walmart

Each Fior Fiore product features a QR code that allows customers to learn more about the product.

“We’re always looking at ways to be even more transparent with our customers. For the moment, our corporate website includes detailed information about our supply chain practices and standards.”

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Walmart Opens Private Brand Angus Beef Facility


Late last week Walmart announced the opening of a case-ready facility that is part of the company’s new private brand Angus beef supply chain. Governor Brian Kemp joined Walmart executives to celebrate the opening of the company’s 201,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in Thomasville, GA. Walmart began construction on the facility in August 2018. It is operated by FPL foods and brings 200+ jobs to Georgia.

“Today, we celebrate 200 new jobs for talented Georgians,” said Gov. Kemp. “Walmart has a long history in Georgia, I am thrilled that the company selected Thomasville as the location for this facility. It’s a vote of confidence in our state, in the South Georgia region and the Thomasville community, and great news for those employees and their families”

Walmart has been working to enhance the quality of its food offerings, and the meat department has been at the forefront of this effort. The company has taken the next step in this journey by creating an end-to-end Angus beef supply chain. The new facility, located at 121 Roseway Drive in Thomasville, will distribute a selection of Angus beef cuts, such as steaks and roasts from the new supply chain to 500 Walmart stores in the southeast, including Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

“Our new Angus beef supply chain is a perfect example of Walmart’s dedication to bringing customers high-quality food at a great price,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Meat, Walmart U.S. “By enlisting a number of top companies to take part in our Angus beef supply chain, including FLP foods, which operates the facility we’re proud to open today we’ll be able to provide customers with unprecedented transparency throughout the supply chain and leverage the learning we gain across our business.”

In addition to FPL Foods, Walmart is working with best-in-class suppliers on its Angus Beef supply chain. This includes Texas rancher Bob McClaren of Prime Pursuits, who is helping source cattle from raised on family farms and ranches, Mc6 Cattle Feeders on feed and Creekstone Farms on processing.

In conjunction with the opening of this facility, Walmart has awarded a $7,500 grant to Georgia Wildlife Federation, a $2,500 in grant to the Thomasville Police Force and a $2,500 in grant to Second Harvest of South Georgia.

“When a company of Walmart’s size and scope comes to our community and brings hundreds of steady jobs, we welcome their investment,” said Shelley Zorn, Thomasville Chamber of Commerce. “We in Thomasville are excited to have this opportunity to work with Walmart and are thrilled for the impact this facility will have on our local community.”

Walmart employs more than 62,000 associates across Georgia’s 211 retail units and seven distribution centers in the state. Walmart is also proud to support local businesses in Georgia, spending $20 billion with Georgian suppliers in the retailer’s fiscal year ending in 2019, which supported nearly 136,844 supplier jobs.

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A Conversation with Karen Stuckey, the SVP of Private Brands & Sourcing, Walmart

\"\"Take a few moments to listen to this great podcast featuring an interview by Anne Mezzenga, founding partner of Red Archer Retail with Karen Stuckey, the SVP of Private Brands & Sourcing for Walmart

The podcast is part of Anne’s new Omni Talk by Red Archer series, the Women’s Retail Collective Podcast in association with the Network of Executive Women

Stuckey has had an incredible career in retail, starting in Chicago as a store manager at the Limited on Michigan Avenue to her current role at Walmart as SVP of Private Brands. Karen’s years of experience working on brands from Sara Lee to Target to Montgomery Ward have shaped how she and her team at Walmart are developing private brands for one of the largest retailers in the world.

Karen’s spent years building brands that customers can trust, along with the teams to create them, and she goes into detail about the art and science involved in doing so. One of her most important takeaways from the podcast is the sage advice she has for those working in retail and trying to build the brands that meet customers’ needs.

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Walmart Extends Better Homes & Gardens License

\"\"This week Meredith Corporation announced an extension of its licensing agreement through mid-2024 of its Better Homes & Gardens brand license to Walmart in the United States and Canada.

\”At over 4,000 stores nationwide and increasingly online, Walmart shoppers continue to demonstrate their passion and loyalty for the style, quality and value of Better Homes & Gardens products,\” said Thomas Witschi, President of Meredith Consumer Products. \”We\’re enthusiastic about the expanded breadth and style appeal of our home and outdoor lines. We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with Walmart.\”

The Better Homes & Gardens license came to Walmart stores in 1998 and ten years later expanded its existing gardening product line into the broader home category. For Walmart, the brand fills the role of premium homed décor private label speaking to Walmarts older female customer base. Since its launch, the number of items has increased six-fold from 500 to over 3,000 today.

\”The home line at Walmart truly brings the Better Homes & Gardens brand to life,\” said Stephen Orr, Editor-in-Chief, Better Homes & Gardens. \”Consumers can express their own personal style with hundreds of on-trend options, all at the affordable prices for which Walmart is known. We\’ve recently delved even deeper into these core categories, offering a broader range of styles to Walmart shoppers.\”

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PB CAREER: Walmart – Senior Manager II, Product Development – Menswear

\"\"PB CAREER: Walmart – Senior Manager II, Product Development – Menswear

Position Summary…

  • Drives the execution of multiple business plans and projects by identifying customer and operational needs; developing and communicating business plans and priorities; removing barriers and obstacles that impact performance; providing resources; identifying performance standards; measuring progress and adjusting performance accordingly; developing contingency plans; and demonstrating adaptability and supporting continuous learning.
  • Provides supervision and development opportunities for associates by selecting and training; mentoring; assigning duties; building a team-based work environment; establishing performance expectations and conducting regular performance evaluations; providing recognition and rewards; coaching for success and improvement; and ensuring diversity awareness.
  • Promotes and supports company policies, procedures, mission, values, and standards of ethics and integrity by training and providing direction to others in their use and application; ensuring compliance with them; and utilizing and supporting the Open Door Policy.
  • Ensures business needs are being met by evaluating the ongoing effectiveness of current plans, programs, and initiatives; consulting with business partners, managers, co-workers, or other key stakeholders; soliciting, evaluating, and applying suggestions for improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness; and participating in and supporting community outreach events.

What you\’ll do…

  • Develops, monitors, and manages product specifications through the product life-cycle to ensure quality and customer needs are met by collaborating with and updating internal and external partners to determine product needs, drive initiatives, resolve issues, and ensure alignment; conducting industry benchmarking to identify product details, specifications, and trends; reviewing and managing broad sample assortments; creating product specifications; submitting color, product components, and aesthetics for approvals; providing reports through the development, approval, and production process; identifying potential issues during the product life-cycle; performing root cause analysis and communicating findings; recommending solutions to resolve issues; performing visual in-store review of items to identify variances; and evaluating products against specifications.
  • Leads the building and execution of private brand strategic development plans as they align to the business objectives.  Plans and supports the growth of private brand and direct sourcing success based on the business opportunities.  Manages complex business initiatives, incorporating them into the global private brand strategy to seamlessly shift the team\’s priorities.
  • Directs implementation of department objectives and activities related to product strategies by conducting research to gain insight into current and future customer needs; analyzing data to determine impact to the business; streamlining processes for product development and delivery; aggregating research information to provide business intelligence; benchmarking within the industry to identify trends and opportunities to grow profit and sales; and communicating protocols to teams and making recommendations to senior leaders on new or enhanced product offerings.
  • Manages communications with internal and external partners through multiple communication channels to drive product development initiatives by providing updates to cross-functional teams to ensure alignment on product development initiatives; identifying potential issues during the product life-cycle; investigating causes to ensure production timelines are met; performing root cause analysis to validate issues; recommending solutions to resolve issues; ensuring solutions are implemented; and updating information and communicating it to stakeholders.
  • Manages sourcing activities to support business unit strategies by ensuring necessary sourcing documents are completed according to set timelines; validating data and documentation to ensure accuracy; working with cross-functional teams to ensure all necessary data points are attached to items to ensure accurate audit reporting; and assisting sourcing managers in completing special projects.
  • Ensures that products align with merchandising strategies by guiding the creative direction for new products; collaborating with merchants and providing advice related to product strategies; providing direction regarding product needs to drive financial performance; tracking performance metrics to ensure alignment with goals; evaluating the entire product life cycle to identify potential issues; working cross-functionally to develop options to address issues; resolving issues to minimize business disruption and ensure products are delivered on time; and ensuring communication with internal and external partners to drive product development initiatives.
  • Owns the development of a dynamic team, growing talent to meet the demands of a private brand organization, meet expectations for relationship builds and management, and is a culture champion through the ever-changing business needs.

Minimum Qualifications…

  • Outlined below are the required minimum qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no minimum qualifications.
  • Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Design, or related field and 4 years’ experience in design, merchandising, marketing, or related area OR 6 years’ experience in design, merchandising, marketing, or related area.

Preferred Qualifications…

  • Outlined below are the optional preferred qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no preferred qualifications.
  • Financial Modeling and Analysis, Manufacturing, Microsoft Office, Product Development, Programming Language – VBA, Project Management, Statistical Programming Language – Structured Query Language (SQL), Supervising Associates
  • Masters, Masters: Arts
  • Lean Six Sigma Champion Certification – Certification, Project Management – Project Management Professional – Certification