Walmart is taking supplier accuracy seriously with its Supplier Quality Excellence Program (SQEP). Understand what each of its four phases means to you so you can avoid penalties.

This seminar is for everyone who needs to understand SQEP fundamentals and repercussions. Our experts (with your best interests at heart) walk you through the basics.

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Be prepared! Walmart’s readiness phase for its Supplier Quality Excellence Program (SQEP) is over. Walmart expects greater accuracy now. This seminar gives you an overview to minimize your SQEP penalties and maximize your profitability. You’ll learn fundamental information and get answers to your broader questions.

Whatever your interface with SQEP (operations, item creation, supply chain, sales, accounting, inbound quality), you will see the big picture more clearly — giving you a start on improving your performance and avoiding fines.

8th & Walton has both this seminar and classes on SQEP. The seminar is an overview of SQEP; the classes are hands-on lessons in working through SQEP successfully.

This seminar is currently available only as a webinar. 8th & Walton webinars are live, Zoom meetings. 

You Will Learn

    How SQEP benefits suppliers
    SQEP Timeline and Dashboard
    PO Accuracy
  • PO defects and their definitions
  • Plan of action
    • Fines/Invoicing
    • How a fine is built
    • The significance of the invoicing schedule
      • High Radius
      • Required information
      • What is/what is not applicable
        • Advance Shipment Notification (ASN)
        • The purpose of ASN
        • Steps in the ASN process
        • Impact of using/not using ASN
        • Plan of action
          • Phase II – Barcodes & Labeling
          • Tools to help you
          • Value of the relevant system-generated email
          • List of common defects
          • Compliant/non-compliant examples
            • Phase III – Packaging, Pallets, and Load Quality
            • Compliant/non-compliant examples
            • Cost comparison of making/not making corrections
              • Plan of action for Phases II, II and IV


    PRICE: $495
    Ask about special pricing for groups of 5+.




    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.

    Terry Clear was at Walmart for nearly 10 years, five of which were on the GRS project, starting with pre go-live foundational work, later working with the database to migrate external data into the Walmart data warehouse. While on the GRS project, Terry earned a supply chain patent for process improvement for perishable product in the Walmart Express stores. Later, Terry moved to the Walmart Transportation/Logistics Division as a Senior Manager of Merchandise Logistics for Consumables, Health and Wellness. As Merchandising Logistics Manager, Terry was responsible for solving supply chain challenges including ship point alignments, prepaid or collect analyses, new supplier transportation onboarding, pack analyses, and optimization of the supply chain for multi-supplier private label products.

    Custom Training on Retail Link® is also available for your team. 8th & Walton experts will develop a customized curriculum specifically for your needs and will teach your group privately, using your own data. Click HERE to speak with a Retail Link® expert to find out if this is a good option for you.



    • Register using your supplier or 3PL email address


    • Access to and use of a web camera in computer

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    Very informative. I took a wealth of notes to share with my colleagues.

    Deni – Shipping Coordinator – 4.6.21










    Excellent class! All classes I have taken with them are excellent! I always leave with no questions left behind! Very one on one level of customer service and they are very knowledgeable in every aspect of the business.

    Ami- Replenishment Manager – 3.11.21

    I enjoyed the pace of the seminar and the content. Very knowledgeable team.

    Judith- Business Analyst – 3.11.21

    The issue we had was challenging. We were supported with patience and determination to solve the problem.

    Annette – Director of Customer Services – 2.17.21
    Seminar was excellent. Very informative.

    Cindi – 2.17.21