START STRONG SUITE
Ideal for the new Walmart supplier!
In six days, you will learn Retail Link®, Walmart’s supply chain, and how to create reports and uncover valuable findings.
Save $468 when you purchase the suite instead of individual classes.
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 interpret 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- DON’T learn outdated procedures that invite errors and lead to penalties.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 SUITE!
Who should take this training: One-man-bands, those new to Walmart or supply chain, managers in small or mid-size supplier businesses.
Content for these classes is revised frequently — whenever changes or updates occur.
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.
8th & Walton classes are exclusively for Walmart suppliers; only a supplier who works directly with Walmart may register.
If you are a broker interested in our Retail Link® classes, email [email protected].
You Will Learn
Retail Link® Basics
How to make your way around Retail Link®, use its most important scorecards and reports, get more out of it immediately, and create queries and correctly interpret their data.
Retail Link® Intermediate DSS
How to correctly and efficiently use Retail Link® Decision Support: New and how to create and interpret valuable reports like Sales by Item, PO Tracking, Current Instock and Pipeline, and 9 additional reports. Knowing this will prepare you for decision support in Walmart Luminate.
Retail Link® Advanced DSS
How to create and interpret 6 valuable reports, find answers to your most perplexing issues, analyze data, run comparative reports, and communicate better with your Walmart buyer.
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, Freight Factor, how to find the root cause of out of stocks, TSCP.
Forecasting & Replenishment
With Retail Link® Data
Replenishment overview; demand forecast; 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; introduction to 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.
THIS SUITE IS 6 CLASSES.
EACH IS A LIVE ZOOM MEETING WITH A MAXIMUM OF 10 PARTICIPANTS/INSTRUCTOR.
DAYS ONE, TWO, THREE, AND FIVE RUN 9:00 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. CENTRAL TIME.
DAY FOUR RUNS 9:00 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M. CENTRAL TIME, AND DAY SIX RUNS 9:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M. CENTRAL TIME.
CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR WISH TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR CLASS DATES.
YOU WILL SAVE $390 BY PURCHASING THE SUITE INSTEAD OF INDIVIDUAL CLASSES
Registration closes at 3 P.M. Central Time on the last business day prior to the first class in the suite. Please register using your supplier email address.
Each student must register; one participant per registration.
Meet Your Teachers
Lori Carter has had a remarkable breadth of experience in her 28 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.