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12 Days, 12 Ways We’re Helping You Holiday Easier

Eggnog, inflatable Santas, bath bombs, video games – ever feel like the shopping list will never end? No matter how you want to shop – whether in our stores, on our apps or online – we’re here to help. For the next 12 days, we’ll highlight different ways to nail every detail of the holidays so you can rock this Christmas.

Day 12: Order by 4 p.m. on Dec. 23, pick up in store

Forgot Santa's milk and cookies? Need one last stocking stuffer? We've got you covered. Order online by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23, and pick up your items by 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Whew! Just in time for Santa!

Day 11: Choose how you shop with Walmart Pickup

We’re doing a lot to make our Pickup experience even simpler and more convenient. Our free Pickup Today service lets you reserve items online and pick them up at your local store the same day, from toys, electronics – even popular video games. Then there’s our Pickup Towers, which serve up your online orders in less than a minute. Need to make your grocery run super fast? Use Online Grocery Pickup. And while we’re known for great prices online every day, now you can save even more with Pickup Discount – more than a million items available for less just by ordering online and picking up in store.

Day 10: Make errands fast with Walmart Scan & Go

Walmart’s Scan & Go saves you time and modernizes your shopping experience. Scan & Go lets you scan products while you shop, pay from your phone, and skip the checkout line. That’s it. The app will generate a digital receipt you can show to a greeter as you leave. Don’t have a smartphone? No problem. Use one of our Scan & Go wands then cruise through our fast pass checkout lanes. Whether you're filling your cart for a family dinner or just dropping by for a last-minute gift, you can be in, out and on your way – fast.

Day 9: Easy Reorder makes shopping even…easier

Dog food? Check. Dish soap? Empty. Don't run out of everyday essentials this holiday season. Easy Reorder helps you save money and time by harnessing the power of Walmart.com with our more than 4,700 stores. From the Walmart app or your desktop, you can view and repurchase items you buy most frequently with just a few clicks. It’s a game changer.

Day 8: Simplify shopping with Walmart Pay

Use Walmart Pay to pay from your phone in-store. Forget the struggle of digging through your wallet for gift cards and receipts. Now you have a secure, convenient way to check out at the register that's faster than ever. It's as easy as open, scan, done. We’ll also give you a heads-up on new savings with in-app notifications.

Day 7: Get items fast with free two-day shipping

Walmart's free two-day shipping is available on millions of items, every day, including some of this season’s most-wanted gifts and household essentials like baby necessities, beauty favorites and more. Need a last-minute gift? Kids low on Cheerios? No problem. We have you covered. Oh, did we mention you don’t need a subscription?

Day 6: Save time using grocery delivery

Don’t let a frantic holiday schedule leave you with an empty fridge. When you’re pressed for time or worst of all, can’t make the trip, our delivery service in select cities will bring groceries and more straight to your door. Place an order on Walmart.com and a driver will retrieve your items and escort them to your home. It’s another way we’re helping you shop when and how you want.

So, give it a try - enter your zipcode here to see if this service is available in your area.

Day 5: Shop millions of online items across our brands

We’ve expanded the Walmart family a lot over the last year, which means you have more shopping options than ever at Walmart, Jet.com, Hayneedle, Shoes.com, Moosejaw, Modcloth and Bonobos. Find just the right item for everyone on your list, or check out Jet's Uniquely J line of everyday goods and keep your home stocked for the holiday season.

Day 4: Voice order items on Google Home

“Hey, Google, add baby wipes from Walmart to my cart.”

“Alright, your order history has 500-count Parent's Choice Fragrance-Free Baby Wipes. I can get it from Walmart on Google Express for $8.97. Should I add that to your cart?"

That’s right: shopping just got easier than ever with Google Home's virtual assistant, one of this season’s hottest items. The voice shopping option, coupled free two-day shipping and the Pickup Discount, makes getting what you need at low prices effortless. And just in time for the holidays, when you buy your Google Home or Google Home Mini from Walmart, you can receive up to $25 off when you link your Walmart account to Google Express. Think of it as a little Christmas present to celebrate all your hard work this season.

Day 3: Get groceries quick with your own personal shopper

Our certified personal shoppers are time savers and miracle makers. They have a passion for people, products and exceptional service. Need veggies for dinner tonight? Milk for breakfast tomorrow? With Online Grocery Pickup, our expertly trained associates are standing by in more than 1,100 locations, ready to select the freshest items on your list. Choose from more than 40,000 items and we’ll do the rest. Best of all, we offer same-day service with no price mark-up, no subscription and no fees. Santa's elves will even load your car.

Day 2: Shop millions of items on Walmart.com

We've tripled our assortment on Walmart.com as compared to last holiday season. What does that mean for you? More than 70 million potential gifts for your family and friends alongside the essentials you need every day, from paper towels to hot new electronics and great deals on smart TVs. Best of all, Walmart.com continues to offer free, two-day shipping — no membership required.

Day 1: Use the Walmart app to power through your to-do list

What can you do on the Walmart app this holiday season that’ll save you time and money? Just about anything. Shop for dry groceries, reorder everyday items, refill prescriptions, transfer money, even send last-minute gifts. For quick help, search an item in-store to find the aisle number, or check out featured items to get gift ideas for your family and friends. Even Santa isn’t this good!

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Blue Star Families Helps Unsung Heroes: Military Spouses

When I said, “I do” under a bower of roses to my husband, resplendent in his Marine Corps dress blues, I had no idea that the years ahead would bring the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the long war, many combat deployments and many moves.

I love my husband and found extraordinary meaning in helping to serve my country. Along the way, I also found that the costs can be very high.

Like many military spouses, I moved. I moved and moved again. I’ve lost careers that I cared about – and was good at. These jobs helped support my family while resettling my children and maintaining a home for my husband as he retrained and left again. It’s a lonely place to be. But I wasn’t alone.

Many military spouses deal with additional obstacles like putting the needs of the military above their own career goals. These obstacles can make full-time employment nearly impossible. That’s one of the reasons why a group of military spouses (including myself) got together in 2009 to create Blue Star Families, a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering military families. We want our families to thrive by providing them resources, support and connections to their civilian communities.

According to Blue Star Families’ annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, most military spouses are not working. More than 75% of military spouses surveyed say that being a military spouse has hurt their career, and more than half of those not employed are actively seeking work. Of the minority of spouses who do work consistently, most earn less than $20,000 a year.

This kind of financial instability hurts military families. We know that dual income military families are able to better participate in their local communities and thrive while they serve. But, unlike their civilian counterparts, most military families face more hardships and uncertainties, because they volunteered to serve.

This is why Blue Star Families applauds Walmart for their new initiative to tackle this challenge affecting our military and their families. Walmart is rolling out their Military Spouse Career Connection. Beginning November 12, 2018, military spouses who apply for a job with Walmart or Sam’s Club will be given preferential hiring status.

Military spouses move so frequently that delays in hiring can mean they are not able to work at all during a duty station. Walmart and Sam’s Club can be a particularly good career path for military spouses, because there’s almost certainly a Walmart store anywhere the military sends families in the United States.

Blue Star Families is also working to solve the problem of military spouse unemployment. One of our major initiatives in this area is Spouseforce, an interactive platform for career-minded military spouses. It works in some ways like a dating app--both employer and employee can identify a possibly compatible match before making any contact.

It’s my hope that our combined efforts will help military families become more financially independent, and that spouses will have greater access to fulfilling, meaningful careers they can take with them wherever the military sends them.

I invite you to learn more about Blue Star Families and join us as a Blue Star Neighbor to show you’re a supporter of military families. When you stand with us, you help us create more opportunities for military families in your neighborhood, across the country and around the world.

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Five Ways to Trick-or-Treat Yo’self at Walmart This Halloween

With Halloween lurking around the corner, there’s not much time left to prepare. But, getting ready for the festivities is half the fun!

To help you save time and enjoy all the activities leading up to Halloween this year, check out these five ways to make last-minute prep easy.

Make Yourself Boo-tiful With Curated Makeup Looks

The perfect makeup can make any costume complete.

Vhether you vant to be a vampire or have the braaaiiins to be a zombie bride, creating a festive face is simple and doesn’t have to take much time. Watch our cosmetics buying team create a lion, ice queen, skeleton and mermaid with five basic products in under 20 minutes.

For even more looks, visit the Halloween Beauty section on Walmart.com. You’ll find several curated looks with products to match, including DC Comics looks like The Joker and Wonder Woman.

Dress Up for the Party with These Costume Trends

Walmart.com makes finding the right costumes easy for everyone in your family with themed pages. But, sometimes seeing the costumes in the store can give you some much-needed inspiration, so get to your local store to see what costume jumps out at you before it’s too late.

Baby/Toddler – Animal-themed costumes are in this year, so go ahead, make your little one the cat’s pajamas.

Kid – As kids get older, Halloween is perfect for pretending – we’ve got character costumes like Black Panther, The Incredibles, Frozen and Paw Patrol.

Adults – This year, a popular trend is themed parties, so dress the part by stepping back in time to a different decade like the 70s or 80s.

Pets – The cutest (and most disturbing) trend this year is dressing pets up as food, like a taco or a hot dog.

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No Tricks with These Treats

There’s always one house that has the best candy on the block. Walmart has what you need to be that house. Get to your local store or visit Walmart.com before these popular picks disappear:

Make Non-Food Treats Available for Your Trick-or-Treaters

For many children, candy is the most exciting thing about Halloween. But, for kids with food allergies, candy can be scary. Even candy without allergens like peanuts can raise concern if it’s processed in the same factory as products that do.

To help, Walmart is partnering with the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT), and many stores across the country have displays marked with FAACT’s teal ghost that give non-food options for trick-or-treaters.

There are several ways to show your trick-or-treaters that you have alternatives to sweet treats. FAACT recommends painting a pumpkin teal – a symbolic color for food allergy awareness – and placing it outside to let passers-by know that you have non-food treats. Or, hang up a poster to let people know your house is “teal.” Visit FAACT’s website for other suggestions to create a fun environment for all.

Let Pickup Save Your Party

You’ve picked your prizes, costumes and makeup, but you’ve run out of time. Good news: Walmart has pickup and delivery options for a larger number of customers than ever.

Pickup Today – Up to 80% of our Halloween items, including costumes and décor, are available for pickup the same day. As long as you place your order by noon local time, you can get it the same day.

Grocery Pickup – But why stop with costumes and décor? We’ve doubled the amount of Halloween grocery items that are available for Pickup, meaning you can get your candy and groceries at the same time. We recently opened our 2,000th grocery pickup location this year, so check here to see if your area has this service.

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Army Principles Helped This Walmart Manager Move Up the Ranks

Elise Hackstall no longer wears an Army uniform. But to this day, the military values she learned in her years of service still inform her identity.

Take, for example, the honor code she learned as a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy: She’s been known to quote it when talking to her 10-year-old daughter about the importance of honesty.

Then there’s a skill she honed as an Army personnel officer: Be direct and constructive, even when the message you’re conveying might be tough to hear.

For Hackstall, commitment, accountability and leadership weren’t abstract principles but essential traits that propelled her through a military career at Fort Knox.

When she joined Walmart, she quickly noticed a cultural overlap. The company's four basic beliefs had plenty in common with the seven Army values she already knew, sharing an emphasis on respect and integrity.

"A lot of it aligned with who I was," Hackstall says, "so that made Walmart a great fit for me."

That was over 10 years ago. Since then, Hackstall has been promoted multiple times. She started as a shift manager in Columbus, Georgia and became store manager at the biggest Walmart Supercenter in her market. That led her to an opportunity to move into human resources management.

Putting in the (Team) Work

Most recently, she moved back to operations as a developmental market manager, training to supervise teams across multiple stores. This position will give her the skills to apply for market manager positions that open up after her training is complete.

The training, along with her previous position as a market human resources manager across stores in four states, has introduced Hackstall to Walmart employees from a variety of backgrounds.

"It's really helped me to have a bigger appreciation of what kind of people make up our business—people from all over the country who help our stores to be successful," she says.

Hackstall's longstanding interest in human resources work extends back to her Army service at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where she was stationed after graduating from West Point. Hackstall served as a personnel officer and continued in human resources positions after transitioning to the Army Reserve in 2008.

She continued to serve as a reserve officer until this past spring, when she left the military to focus on her career with Walmart.

Hiring Heroes

Walmart is committed to recruiting former military members and matching them with jobs that fit their skills. Hackstall points out three skills that veterans often carry into civilian life: communication, commitment and accountability.

Military people know how to come up with a plan, articulate that plan and carry it out. When a store manager needs someone to run point on Black Friday, the biggest retail day of the year, she says, "If there's a veteran in the store, many times that's the person."

Hackstall adds that Walmart helps to create a network for the veterans it recruits. Recently, she talked with someone who was leaving the military and considering coming to Walmart. What advice did she offer?

"Anybody who joins Walmart will quickly realize whether the company is a fit for them or not," she says. "It's fast-paced, you have to be extremely adaptable, and you can't be rigid in your thought process."

"Limitless" Job Opportunities

Hackstall notes that Walmart offers a broad range of roles that might not be obvious to candidates who think mainly of the day-to-day tasks at a store. From medical services to real estate to information systems, Walmart's size creates all kinds of job types.

"There are limitless opportunities with this company," she says. "Whatever you want to do—short of being a brain surgeon or an astronaut—you can do for Walmart."

For Hackstall, spending time in her new role as developmental market manager fits with her long-term plan to gain experience in multiple facets of Walmart's business. When asked about the future, she doesn't hesitate.

"My end goal is to be the head of HR for the company," she says. "Every single position that I've taken has been to make sure that I am putting myself in a place where I can be competitive for that role."

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In the ‘Nick’ of Time, Walmart Driver Helps Hurricane Baby

The week that Hurricane Michael hit Panama City, Florida, Nick Davis, like many other Walmart drivers, chose to forgo his regular trucking route.

With a shower trailer hitched to the back of his truck, he left his home in LaGrange, Georgia, to meet associates and their families at a local motel where they took shelter from damaged homes in the wake of the storm. That’s where he met Lorrainda, her husband, Wilmer, and their newborn son, Luke – a family in search of shelter after being discharged from the hospital and without a home only three days after Luke was born.

“If that was me and my family, I would want help.” Nick said, remembering the moment he saw Luke and his parents. So that’s what he did, along with several other Walmart truck drivers helping on the ground. “I was there at the right time and I wasn’t going to let them go.”

Nick and the team at the Walmart supercenter on Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach gathered last week to give Luke’s parents the baby shower they deserve, complete with one year of free Parent’s Choice diapers. You can see more of their story in the video above.

Editor’s note: Disaster relief remains one of the top priorities for charitable giving from Walmart, the Walmart Foundation and Sam’s Club, with a combined total of over $12 million contributed to hurricane response and relief just this year.

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