Every June, thousands of associates from Walmart locations all over the world are invited to Arkansas for our annual Shareholders meeting. And all of them have a story. Read on for personal perspectives from a few of this year’s attendees in this third edition of Walmart on the Street.
WMT: What is the most
exciting thing about being governor of Georgia?
economy is seeing positive growth with thousands of new jobs added every month.
We’re seeing the telltale signs of cranes and bulldozers humming on newly
cleared land. We’re seeing home values recover and Georgia families rebuild
their savings. In fact, since the start of my first term in 2011, we’ve helped
create more than 400,000 private sector jobs. Companies representing a wide
variety of industries continue to expand and relocate here. This growth
strengthens local communities and our state as a whole.
WMT: What, if
anything, can the public and private sectors teach each other about innovation?
Deal: Early in
2011, we put in place what we call the Competitiveness Initiative, a
joint effort with leaders from government, universities and technical colleges
and the private sector. The initiative examined six key factors identified by
site selectors as the most important influencers in corporate location and
Education and workforce
Friendly business climate
Based on the recommendations from public and private
stakeholders, we’ve been able to implement several positive policy changes and
programs. This innovation and collaboration has served — and will continue to
serve — Georgians well.
WMT: What does the
Walmart e-commerce fulfillment center opening mean for Atlanta’s identity as a
burgeoning tech hub?
Deal: Georgia has
experienced rapid growth in the tech sector in the past several years. In fact,
Atlanta has been dubbed the “Silicon
Valley of the South” due to our growing reputation as a technology hub.
With the addition of Walmart’s fulfillment center, Georgia continues to cement
its reputation as a tech incubator and innovator. These well-paying, high
skills jobs are indeed the jobs of the future. We know that between now and the
year 2020, STEM field occupations will introduce more than 79,000 new jobs to
Georgia. In response, we’ve made significant investments and policy changes in
order to prepare our students and workforce for these future jobs. I’m excited
that Walmart has chosen to bring these cutting-edge jobs to Georgia, and I look
forward to its continued growth in this industry.
Like most moms, Lisa Moore has always bent over backward to put her son Joseph “Joey” Moore in a position to make his dreams come true. But there was one such dream that weighed especially heavy on her.
“I’ll never forget the day
Joey came to me and said, ‘Mom, I’m going to go to the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill,’” Lisa said. “He was only 11 years old when he told
me, but his mind was made up. I wanted to help make it happen but, as a single
mother, I honestly didn't know where the money was going to come from.”
When Joey neared the end of
high school, Lisa’s manager at the Walmart store in Mooresville, N.C. where she
worked turned her onto the Associate and Dependent Scholarship Programs offered
by the Walmart Foundation. Not only could associates like Lisa apply for
scholarship assistance, but so could their high school senior dependents.
That was 2007. Joey applied for and received a scholarship,
and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And he’s used his chemistry degree to
springboard into a successful career with Henkel Corporation.
But that isn't where the
story ends with the Moore family.
“It wasn’t long before Joey
started telling me I could do the same thing – that it's never too late to go
to college,” said Lisa, 52. “A light came on inside me.”
Already a pastor at Scott’s
Chapel United Methodist Church in Statesville, N.C., Lisa recently decided to
apply to the Associate Scholarship Program to help finance her enrollment at
Hood Theological Seminary School. She, like her son, was awarded a scholarship
and is on track to graduate in 2018 with her Masters of Divinity degree. At
that point, she plans to focus her efforts full time on the church, pursuing
her dream of becoming an elder and possibly even a chaplain.
And she has quite the
cheering section behind her.
“There are so many people
lifting me up and cheering me on,” Lisa said. That’s why I’ve been with Walmart
for 16 years. My job at Walmart has helped put a roof over my head and raise my
son, and now it has [helped to support] both of our college educations.
“When I enrolled in
seminary, Walmart allowed me to cut back some of my hours to concentrate on
school,” she said. “Walmart has always been flexible with my schedule, no
matter what was happening in my life and I’m so thankful for that. I’m the
biggest cheerleader for this company, not just because of the scholarship
program, but because of how it has looked out for me and my family.”
For more than three decades, the Walmart Foundation has
made resources available to help U.S. associates and their high school senior
dependents fulfill their educational goals through scholarships. More
information is available here.
SVP – Finance and Assistant Treasurer, Walmart U.S.
October 01, 2015
If you’ve received any new credit cards in the last year or so, take a close look: There may be a microchip right above the card number. While that tiny chip can be easy to miss, soon it won’t be – starting this week, many retailers are using it to make a small change in your checkout process.
Because this tiny chip offers much greater security benefits
versus traditional signature-based, magnetic stripe technology, on Oct. 1 many
retailers, including Walmart, will begin prompting customers not to swipe, but
to “dip” – aka insert and briefly leave the card in the payment terminal.
Here’s how it works:
Using a chip card to pay means the chip assigns a dynamic
code that changes each time consumers use the card. Even if the code were
obtained, it could not be used to make an additional purchase. So
when considering the risk of counterfeit, a chip is much more difficult to
So why the significance of Oct. 1? That’s the date set by
Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover for the liability of credit
card fraud to shift from credit card issuers to retailers. Merchants that
haven’t changed their terminals to read chips could be responsible for fraud.
Walmart has long been pushing toward payments that give our
customers more security than the
traditional signature-based, magnetic stripe technology. In fact, here’s
something else you may not know: We began installing hardware that had
the capability of accepting microchip cards more than nine years ago, and we
activated the functionality on Nov. 1, 2014. Additionally, in 2014, both Walmart
Club issued chip-enabled MasterCard cards to our branded cardholders.
While the cards are changing, you will still have the quick,
simple checkout experience you're accustomed to at Walmart and Sam’s Club. If
you don’t have a microchip card, you can continue using your magnetic stripe
card at Walmart and Sam’s Club just the same. In fact, when it comes to debit
cards, many banks have not issued chip-enabled cards anyway: Only 25% of debit
cards will be transferred to the new system by the end of 2015, according to a recent
study by Pulse, a PIN debit network.
Walmart was among
the first retailers to implement chip technology to better secure payments for
credit card holders, and now, we’re finally starting to see this shift take
EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart Global eCommerce
September 29, 2015
Have you ever wished for a grocery drive-up service? Whether you only
need a few things, or you actually need several things but only have a few
minutes to get them, shopping online for groceries and then choosing a time to
have them handed to you (or better yet, loaded into your trunk) is a fantastic
At Walmart, we know this for a fact because our customers continually
ask for it. We’ve tested online grocery options – both pickup and delivery – in
a handful of markets across the U.S., and each time we’ve added a new city, our
customers begin using the service faster than they did in the previous one.
Free pickup in particular has been very popular, and so I’m pleased to
share that starting this month, we’ll begin offering free online grocery pickup
at select stores in new markets, including:
Charlotte and Fayetteville, North Carolina
Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Customers can simply shop their grocery lists online, choose a time to
pick up their orders and then pull in to a designated parking area at their
local stores, where associates will load the items into their cars. It’s all
the convenience of a specially trained personal shopper, plus the things you’d
expect from Walmart: the same low prices we offer every day in our local
stores; no extra fees or charges; and the ability to place an order and pick it
up the very same day.
With 70% of the U.S. population living within 5 miles of an existing
Walmart store, this is an idea that simply makes sense for us. We have the
locations already in place, and with our website and mobile app expertise,
we’re able to combine those things in a way that helps our customers save time
and still take advantage of our everyday low prices.
This new, easy shopping experience is an innovation that’s helpful for
anyone with a busy schedule – particularly moms with small children. They can
shop online and choose the pickup time that works for them, and they never have
to unbuckle anyone’s seat belt.
In the coming weeks, we’ll add stores in even more markets to our list
of pickup locations. We’re excited to make this new option available to even
more of our customers, and to use our existing assets in a way that offers not only
convenience, but another great way to save.
Is Walmart online grocery
available in your area? Visit walmart.com/grocery to learn more and place an order – and
receive 10% off your first purchase by using the code NEWORDER during checkout.