New to supply chain? New to Walmart? Get the supply chain knowledge needed to succeed in OTIF, forecasting, and replenishment in this 3-day training course.

Save $195 when you purchase the suite instead of individual classes.

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Master supply chain in 3 days. Discover all the steps in Walmart’s supply chain as well as the reasons behind them. Learn GRS Demand Forecasting, GRS Fulfillment, OTIF, and Load Quality from experienced facilitators using the most up-to-date information available. Outstanding training for the new team member who needs to get up to speed quickly and for the veteran eager to master Walmart’s recent supply chain changes.

Pre-requisites: Knowledge of Retail Link® navigation and ability to create a report. You will learn both in the Retail Link® 1: Basics class.

This suite is currently available only as a webinar. 8th & Walton webinars are live, Zoom meetings with a maximum of 10 participants. 

You Will Learn

Day One:
How to Navigate Walmart’s Supply Chain

  • Shipping and labeling — from the basics to the finer points
  • To package your product so it’s correctly received by Walmart
  • How to fill out a Lead Time Audit
  • A new Retail Link® tool to route orders
  • Why freight factor is important and how to calculate it
  • How a ladder plan works
  • How to improve inventory flow
  • Ways to work with Walmart to improve OTIF and OTF
  • How to use the OOS Report to address supply chain issues
  • How to assure that your product meets load quality requirements
  • How to prepare for upcoming changes in load quality
  • How to maximize Supply Plan

Day Two:
Forecasting & Replenishment With Retail Link® Data

  • Introduction to Replenishment
  • Basic Item Information Query
  • Replenishment Pyramid
  • GRS Overview
  • GRS Forecast Process
  • Demand Workbench
  • Initial Mean
  • New Item Locations
  • New Item Promotions
  • Retail Link® Reporting
  • Sales & Demand Forecast Reporting
  • Forecast Adjustments Corporate Level
  • Forecast Adjustments DC Level
  • SWAS/CWAC Exception Reporting
  • Supplier View Instock Tool (SVIST)
  • Future Valid Item/Stores

Day Three:
OTIF 2021

    NEW: Revised OTIF Requirements
    NEW: SQEP (Supplier Quality Excellence Program)


  • OTIF fundamentals
  • Who is responsible for what regarding OTIF
  • Details of Arrival Compliance
  • Differences between system generated and manual orders
  • Walmart’s expectations for On Time and In Full shipments
  • How OTIF utilizes Must Arrive By Date to show exceptions
  • How to navigate your OTIF Scorecard to identify recurring exceptions
  • How to build an OTIF Action Plan
  • Overview of E-Commerce OTIF
  • The Transportation Portal
  • How and when to do a Lead Time Audit
  • Inbound Quality Portal overview
  • SQEP overview

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.

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

PRICE: $1,755


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 email address
  • Have authorized access to Retail Link®
  • Have your Retail Link® ID and password
  • You will need a laptop with wireless internet and Microsoft Excel


  • Access to and use of a web camera in computer



  • 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.


  • Dual monitors (one for the webinar, one for reports)
  • Log in 15 minutes prior to class starting time to assure both audio and video are functioning.

Enroll Today!



These classes are a must in order to become a high performance supplier for Walmart.

Talone- VMI Replenishment Manager – 4.20.21