Ideal for the new Walmart supplier!

In six days, you will learn Retail Link®, Walmart’s supply chain, and how to create and analyze valuable reports.

Save $468 when you purchase the suite instead of individual classes.


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New to your job? You can become productive immediately.

Learn Retail Link® and supply chain in depth — from experts with decades of experience as Walmart suppliers themselves.

Learn how to navigate Retail Link®, create and analyze queries, and organize your time for maximum productivity.

Learn how to get the right amount of inventory in the right place at the right time. SQEP, ITIF, ASN, packaging — you’ll learn all this and more.

Because these are live interactive Zoom classes, your questions are answered as they occur — so you end each session with greater mastery and more confidence.

  • Don’t wait for a busy colleague to find time to teach you.
  • DON’T learn your job piecemeal with no sense of the big picture.
  • DON’T learn Walmart’s procedures blindly, not knowing the reasons behind them.
  • DON’T learn outdated procedures that invite errors and lead to penalties.
  • DO learn immediately and accurately what you need to know to succeed.
    It’s all in 8th & Walton’s START STRONG TRAINING SUITE!
    Who should take this training:
    One-man-bands, those new to Walmart or supply chain, managers in small or mid-size supplier businesses.
    NOTE: 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®

    • How to make your way around Retail Link®, use its most important scorecards and reports, get more out of it immediately, and
      create and successfully retrieve queries.

    Day Two:
    Retail Link® Intermediate Decision Support (DSS)

    • How to correctly and efficiently use Retail Link® Decision Support: New and how to create and retrieve valuable reports like Sales by Item, PO Tracking, Current Instock and Pipeline, and 9 additional reports.

    Day Three:
    Retail Link® Advanced Decision Support (DSS)

    • How to create and analyze 6 valuable reports, find answers to your most perplexing issues, analyze data, run comparative reports, and communicate better with your Walmart buyer.

      Day Four:
      How to Navigate Walmart’s Supply Chain

      • SQEP and defects, fines, and invoicing; ASN shipping (Advance Ship Notification); FIXit; packaging, labeling, and shipping; requirements for pallets and bagged items when shipping to Walmart; DC types; when/when not to do a Lead Time Audit.

      Day Five:
      Forecasting – Replenishment
      With Retail Link® Data

      • Replenishment overview; demand forecast; introduction to NOVA; fulfillment best practices; Optimization and Economic Order Quantity (EOQ); truck load optimization; how to work well with Walmart’s replenishment team; how to create and use these reports: Supply Plan Item, Supply Plan Item/DC, and Out of Stock Root Cause Dashboard.

      Day Six:
      OTIF 22 & NOVA

      • NOVA; Walmart’s goals and expectations regarding OTIF; the details of arrival compliance; difference between system-generated and manual orders; penalties and timing of charges; roles and responsibilities for Walmart and for suppliers; OTIF Scorecard and three valuable reports; e-commerce and OTIF; TSCP; OTIF Checklist and OTIF Action Plan; flowcharts to fix MABD and Fill Rate Issues.

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

        PRICE: $3,432



      • 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 REGARDING NOVA: Access to NOVA is not a requirement, but some suppliers get it so they can more fully appreciate the class. Once you register, we will send you the steps you need to take if you wish to have access to NOVA.
        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.

          Heather Reid worked for Walmart Canada for 22 years prior to joining Canada’s 8th & Walton in 2016. While at Walmart, she organized and facilitated its Retail Link® and various system-training programs for both internal and external Walmart customers. She also facilitated a four-day supplier training session on a bi-weekly basis, teaching over 2,000 suppliers. She has a vast knowledge of Replenishment (GRS) and is an expert in Retail Link® and in Accounting for both Walmart Canada and Walmart US. In addition to her deep knowledge of retail systems, Heather is an extraordinary teacher. She holds a diploma in Human Resources, Marketing, and Accounting and has held the Canadian Human Resource Leader (CHRL) designation.

          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.

          Enroll Today!