Start off on the right foot with Walmart. Avoid missteps and delays. During two days of instruction, you will learn the basics of Walmart’s data management system (Retail Link®) and how to navigate its supply chain.


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Congratulations on becoming a Walmart supplier! There is a lot to learn if you want to be a successful supplier, including how to access the valuable data within Retail Link® and how to get the right inventory to the right place at the right time.

Learn the basics accurately and thoroughly from outstanding teachers who show you the ropes, step-by-step. Our instructors, who have decades of experience with Walmart and have been Walmart suppliers themselves, pride themselves on presenting content that is clear and up-to-the-minute. They also have studied the best methods for teaching adults and are ready to answer your questions as they come up. You will walk out of class ready for business!

Who should take this training:
Someone new to Walmart, new to retail, or expecting to get a YES from Walmart soon; new executives as well as those new to doing hands-on work for Walmart.

Content was updated for Retail Link® 1 on 5/24/22 and for How to Navigate Walmart’s Supply Chain on 5/11/22.
8th & Walton classes are exclusively for Walmart suppliers; only a supplier who works directly with Walmart may register.

You Will Learn

Day One:
Retail Link® 1:

    How to make your way around Retail Link®
  • Retail Link® basic navigation
  • How the homepage is set up
  • The most valuable functions, apps and docs
  • How to maximize the Walmart homepage
    • How to use its most important scorecards and reports
    • The Supplier Performance Scorecard
    • The Quick Item Information Report
    • The Company Summary Report
    • The Store Detail Report
    • How to share reports
    • Where dotcom reports are located
      • How to get more out of Retail Link® immediately
      • How to customize your dashboard
      • How to best use its important apps and docs
      • How to save time and reduce frustration
      • Where to find definitions quickly
        • How to create and successfully retrieve a query
        • The basics of Retail Link® Decision Support – New
        • The elements of building and retrieving a query
        • The difference between AND and OR when building a query

Day Two:
How to Navigate Walmart’s Supply Chain

    SQEP (Supplier Quality Excellence Program)
  • Overview and portal
  • Defects, fines, and invoicing
  • ASN (Advance Shipment Notification)
  • FIXit
    • What you must know about packaging, labeling, shipping
    • Case markings and labels
    • Inner pack
    • Meat and poultry cases
    • ASN shipping
    • Shipping labels LTL
    • Shipping labels for cases and pallets
      • Requirements for pallets and bagged items shipping to Walmart
        • Types of cases (configurations)
        • Hazmat label requirements
          • DC types
          • Automated RDCs
          • CenterPoint Consolidation
            • Lead Time Audit: When to do one and when not to do one

9:00 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M.CENTRAL TIME.

PRICE: $1,250



  • Each student must register; one participant per registration.
  • Each student must use his/her camera throughout class.
  • Register using your supplier email address.
  • Have authorized access to Retail Link®.
  • Have your Retail Link® ID and password.
  • Have Excel ready to use.

  • NOTE FOR NEW WALMART SUPPLIERS: In order to produce valid reports, your company should be shipping to Walmart prior to taking this class. Since our classes do not use dummy data, if you are not shipping to Walmart, you will have no data with which to produce reports.

      Meet Your Teachers

      Lori Carter has had a remarkable breadth of experience in her 24 year retail career. It began at Walmart and Sam’s Club where she became a Retail Link® analyst and replenishment specialist. As a supplier and working on behalf of suppliers, Lori has managed e-commerce accounts, analyzed data, improved OTIF scores, and resolved transportation issues. Lori also serves as an administrator of the Walmart Supplier Support Group on FaceBook. Here she answers suppliers’ questions, an experience that has given her a deep understanding of the current needs of the Walmart supplier.

      Joel Graham is a seasoned leader with 34 years of retail experience, 28 of them with Walmart and Sam’s Club. He led the Sam’s Club UPC/Item File Team for 10 years and worked in Walmart’s buying, replenishment, and operations areas as well as in its frozen, candy, HBA, OTC, pets, and dry grocery categories. An expert facilitator and advisor with over 15 years of presentation experience, Joel’s specialties include item file creation and management; packaging; accounting; compliance, including WERCS and factory disclosure; GTIN/GS1/Data Sync/GDSN; and all aspects of Retail Link®, DSS reporting, supply chain, and e-commerce.

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