Winning at Walmart Series: Button up for your Buyer – Part DEAUX

Mama always told me, “Son, if I can’t trust you with the little things, how can I trust you with the big things?” (That probably should have been written in ALL CAPS, because it was usually after I’d done something to make her blow a gasket). I didn’t anticipate how impactful and applicable that nugget of wisdom would be during my career working with Walmart Inc.

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How to Drive Profitability at the World’s Largest Retailer

We’ve all heard war stories about the brand that went out of business from losing money on Walmart. The reputation for driving out product margin is nearly folklore, but it doesn’t have to be true! 

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Winning at Walmart: 5 Metrics Critical to Your Replenishment Manager

Toyota President Taiichi Ohno developed and implemented the first Just-in-Time inventory plan in Japan in 1938. The concept was simple: “make only what is needed, when it is needed, and in the amount needed.”

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Winning at Walmart Series: Button Up for Your Buyer

What does it mean to “button up” for your buyer?

The discipline of “buttoning up” for your buyer meeting with Walmart may sound like a foreign concept to you. Today’s workforce is full of remote work stations, home offices, coffee shop warriors, “work-cations,” and a general shift toward a more casual way of thinking.

Lucky for you, we’re not addressing the desire to be comfortable at work in “dress sweats” and dry wick woven bamboo t-shirt; or the paradigm shift in overall work-appropriate attire. We’re tackling a substantial factor much more important to Walmart: A comprehensive and detailed approach to the way you present and service your business at Walmart.

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Preparing for Your First Walmart or Sam's Club Meeting

Your first meeting with Walmart Inc. is a landmark moment for your brand. Make a strong impression and it could be a giant leap toward placing your products on Walmart or Sam’s Club shelves. On the other hand, if you can’t make a compelling case for your brand, it could be a blown opportunity that alters the course of your company’s growth trajectory.

Preparation is key. When you go to Walmart headquarters to make your pitch for your brand, you need to know exactly what you’re walking into. And when it comes to Walmart, you’re likely to find a different meeting environment than the one you’re used to.

With that in mind, here’s what you need to know to prepare a winning pitch to Walmart Inc.

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Challenger Brands Are Winning at Walmart—Here's How

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a recurring trend of consumers that are drawn to small, emerging, innovative brands rather than large legacy companies. Every consumer is different, of course, but the general feel is that small challenger brands offer advantages as a supplier that some larger brands simply can’t match.

This is great news for brands currently selling at Walmart, or looking to launch at Walmart for the first time. As an emerging challenger brand, your consumer goods can actually leverage your small outsider status to strengthen your pitch to retailers. 

Here’s what those challenger brands are doing to win the battle for space on Walmart shelves.

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5 Metrics Your Walmart Buyer Obsesses About

Most retailers develop their own approach to evaluating their sales success through performance metrics. When you start selling through Walmart, you don’t have to throw that analytics strategy away—but you do need to give priority to the metrics that Walmart buyers care about most.

Every supplier working with Walmart is evaluated with a scorecard that measures weekly, monthly, and quarterly sales, along with a bunch of other performance metrics. Those numbers will have a direct impact on your relationship with your buyer. 

It doesn’t matter if your own performance metrics tell a different story about your retail success: There are certain metrics for which Walmart buyers expect you to put up strong numbers. Here are five data points you can expect your buyer to obsess about.

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Walmart Supplier Requirements You Need to Understand

Walmart doesn’t set a lot of hard-and-fast rules for its suppliers. More than anything, it wants to see that suppliers have the resources and expertise to follow through on its promises. 

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7 Mistakes a Supplier Should Avoid with a Walmart Buyer

Getting your products featured on Walmart store shelves is hard enough as it is. Keeping them there is even harder. With so much competition for this coveted retail space, the margin for error is thin for any CPG brand, which puts pressure on suppliers to avoid the many pitfalls that can hurt a retail brand’s relationship with Walmart buyers.

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5 Tips to Make Your Walmart Buyer Love You

As a CPG supplier, the value of a strong relationship with Walmart buyers can’t be overstated. These buyers are your entry point to getting your products stocked on Walmart’s shelves, and keeping them happy will support your retail brand’s goals of sticking around at Walmart, and even growing your retail presence.

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