{"content":[{"Id":"676","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/6_Walmart_Artifacts_to_See_at_the_Smithsonian/","Category":"Features","Title":"6 Walmart Artifacts to See at the Smithsonian","Date":"\/Date(1452273879467)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/sams_hat.jpg","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"643","AuthorData":{"Name":"Alan Dranow","JobTitle":"Senior Director for the Walmart Heritage Group","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":"His favorite artifact is one that is a tangible and iconic symbol of the truly humble man that was Sam Walton – his red Ford pickup truck."},"ContentTags":["Smithsonian","Sam’s caps","Rosalind Brewer","Valeda Snyder","Organic"],"SummaryText":"The beginning of July is always a great time to reflect back on Walmart history. After all, it was July 2, 1962, when Sam Walton opened his very first Walmart discount store in Rogers, Arkansas.","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cem\u003eThe\nbeginning of July is always a great time to reflect back on Walmart history.\nAfter all, it was July 2, 1962, when Sam Walton opened his very first Walmart\ndiscount store in Rogers, Arkansas.\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eThis year, the \u003ca href=\"http://www.si.edu/\" title=\"Link: http://www.si.edu/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eSmithsonian\u003c/a\u003e has a special birthday present for\nWalmart: Inclusion in the \u003ca href=\"http://americanhistory.si.edu/american-enterprise\" title=\"Link: http://americanhistory.si.edu/american-enterprise\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eAmerican Enterprise\u003c/em\u003e exhibit\u003c/a\u003e at\nthe \u003ca href=\"http://www.si.edu/Museums/american-history-museum\" title=\"Link: http://www.si.edu/Museums/american-history-museum\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eNational Museum of American History\u003c/a\u003e in Washington,\nD.C. Open July 1, the exhibition “chronicles the tumultuous interaction of\ncapitalism and democracy that resulted in the continual remaking of American\nbusiness – and American life.”    \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eThe exhibition is an 8,000-square-foot space\n“focused on the role of business and innovation from the mid-1700s to the\npresent.”  So if you’re heading to our nation’s capital\nthis summer, take a look at where our country’s curators see Walmart’s place in\nAmerican history.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \n\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/exhibit_entrance.jpg\" alt=\"exhibit_entrance\" title=\"exhibit_entrance\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \n\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eBefore you visit, here\nare a few things to know:\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e1.     \u003cstrong\u003eSam’s Walton’s\nCap\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\nThis iconic piece of headgear is now on display in the Smithsonian. According\nto Peter Liebhold, Chair and Curator, Division of Work and Industry, if an\nartifact is in the Smithsonian archives, it’s officially in America’s\ncollective memory. Of the more than 3 million artifacts in the archives, only\nabout 1% are ever on display at one time. Sam’s cap is part of that 1%.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eOne other identical cap that’s been confirmed\nto have been worn by Sam in his final days is located in his office, on display\nat \u003ca href=\"http://walmartmuseum.com/\" title=\"Link: http://walmartmuseum.com/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eThe Walmart Museum\u003c/a\u003e. \u003ca href=\"http://corporate.walmart.com/our-story/leadership/board-of-directors/rob-walton/\" title=\"Link: http://corporate.walmart.com/our-story/leadership/board-of-directors/rob-walton/\"\u003eRob Walton\u003c/a\u003e donned\nit at \u003ca href=\"http://corporate.walmart.com/walmart-shareholders-meeting-2015-internal\" title=\"Link: http://corporate.walmart.com/walmart-shareholders-meeting-2015-internal\"\u003eWalmart’s shareholders meeting\u003c/a\u003e last month.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \n\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e2.     \u003cstrong\u003ePhoto of\nSam\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\nThe photo of Sam Walton that accompanies the display of Sam’s trucker ball cap\nis one that had been selected by associates in a \u003ca href=\"https://us.walmartone.com/en/walmart/news/walmart-world/\" title=\"Link: https://us.walmartone.com/en/walmart/news/walmart-world/\"\u003eWalmart World\u003c/a\u003e poll\nto be their favorite. While in the photo he’s not wearing the hat that’s on\ndisplay, it was selected because of the disarming warmth the photo\nexudes. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \n\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/Image_of_Sam.jpg\" alt=\"Image_of_Sam\" title=\"Image_of_Sam\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \n\n \n\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e3.     \u003cstrong\u003eRosalind\nBrewer, “Game Changer”\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\nAlso part of the \u003cem\u003eAmerican Enterprise\u003c/em\u003e exhibit is a video\nof \u003ca href=\"http://corporate.walmart.com/our-story/leadership/executive-management/rosalind-brewer/\" title=\"Link: http://corporate.walmart.com/our-story/leadership/executive-management/rosalind-brewer/\"\u003eSam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer\u003c/a\u003e. In this particular display, visitors select from a gallery of\nbusiness leaders that the Smithsonian’s curators deem “Game Changers.” For good\nreason, Roz Brewer is included in the gallery, having been recognized\nrepeatedly as one of the world’s most influential businesspersons.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \n\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/Rosalind_Brewer.jpg\" alt=\"Rosalind_Brewer\" title=\"Rosalind_Brewer\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \n\n \n\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e4.     \u003cstrong\u003eValeda\nSnyder\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\nWalmart’s very first 50-year associate is featured in a timeline along with\nother retail and industry employees out there on the front lines. Sadly, Valeda\npassed away in 2012 in her hometown of Lebanon, Missouri, before her inclusion\nin the Smithsonian.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \n\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e5.     \u003cstrong\u003eSave money.\nLive better.\u003c/strong\u003e \u003cbr /\u003e\nIn its section on marketing and advertising, the \u003cem\u003eAmerican Enterprise\u003c/em\u003e exhibit\nincludes the best-known and most important taglines and slogans in the history\nof the industry. Of all of them, SMLB stands out because of its simplicity and\nits origin: Sam Walton. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \n\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/tagline.jpg\" alt=\"tagline\" title=\"tagline\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \n\n \n\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e6.     \u003cstrong\u003eWalmart\nOrganic Produce\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\nIn the “Green Business” section of the exhibit, a colorful and vibrant photo of\norganic produce is on display as part of the story of the greening of American\ngrocery.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \n\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/organics.jpg\" alt=\"organics\" title=\"organics\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \n\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eCan’t make it this\nsummer? No worries. \u003ca href=\"http://americanhistory.si.edu/american-enterprise\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eAmerican Enterprise\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/a\u003e is a permanent\nexhibition set to be open to the public for at least the next 20 years. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eThis post originally appeared on the Walmart Corporate blog, \u003ca href=\"http://blog.walmart.com/topics/heritage\" title=\"Walmart Today\"\u003eWalmart Today\u003c/a\u003e. \u003c/em\u003e\u003c/p\u003e","NumViews":0}, {"Id":"691","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/6_Ways_Walmart_Made_its_Mark_in_Retail_History/","Category":"Features","Title":"6 Ways Walmart Made its Mark in Retail History","Date":"\/Date(1452274791100)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/store1_opening3.jpg","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"643","AuthorData":{"Name":"Alan Dranow","JobTitle":"Senior Director for the Walmart Heritage Group","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":"His favorite artifact is one that is a tangible and iconic symbol of the truly humble man that was Sam Walton – his red Ford pickup truck."},"ContentTags":["UPC","Bar codes","Logistics","Transportation","Grocery delivery","Sustainability"],"SummaryText":"Today, 95 Walmart associates in Greenbrier, Arkansas, marked an incredible milestone: the grand opening of our 5,000th U.S. location, a Neighborhood Market.","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c/strong\u003eToday, 95 Walmart\nassociates in Greenbrier, Arkansas, marked an incredible milestone: the grand\nopening of our 5,000th U.S. location, a Neighborhood Market. Since our first\nstore opening in 1962, associates just like these have not only helped us serve\ncustomers all across America – they’ve also driven innovations and\naccomplishments that have helped us grow. Here’s a look back at a few of the\nmoments they made possible.    \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e1. Making UPCs … universal. \u003c/strong\u003eIn 1983, we began using Universal Product Codes (aka bar codes)\nat our checkouts, allowing us to better manage inventory. Today, we’ve\ntaken that technology to a new level through innovations like \u003ca href=\"https://savingscatcher.walmart.com/?\u0026amp;search_redirect=true\" title=\"Link: https://savingscatcher.walmart.com/?\u0026amp;search_redirect=true\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eSavings Catcher\u003c/a\u003e,\nwhich allows you to use your smartphone to scan the bar code on a Walmart\nreceipt and make sure you’re getting the best price.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/savingscatcher.gif\" alt=\"savingscatcher\" title=\"savingscatcher\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e2. Driving our own logistics\u003c/strong\u003e. Walmart’s private fleet and distribution\nnetwork began with just three tractor-trailers and our founder’s idea to\nefficiently transport freight. Today, \u003ca href=\"http://corporate.walmart.com/our-story/our-business/logistics\" title=\"Link: http://corporate.walmart.com/our-story/our-business/logistics\"\u003eour transportation\noperation\u003c/a\u003e is one of the\nlargest around the globe, with each distribution center using more than 5 miles\nof conveyor belts to keep products moving to stores – and to you – 24 hours a\nday.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/logistics.gif\" alt=\"logistics\" title=\"logistics\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e3. Getting creative with convenience.\u003c/strong\u003e The first supercenter opened\nin 1988 in Washington, Missouri, offering one-stop shopping for groceries and\ngeneral merchandise. Today, we’re using technology to let you shop when and\nwhere it’s most convenient, whether it’s stocking up at a Sam’s Club, using\nour \u003ca href=\"http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/15/walmart-expands-same-day-grocery-delivery-to-denver/\" title=\"Link: http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/15/walmart-expands-same-day-grocery-delivery-to-denver/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003egrocery delivery service\nin Denver or San Francisco\u003c/a\u003e, or stopping by a Neighborhood Market\nlocation that’s perfect for families on the go.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/delivery.gif\" alt=\"delivery\" title=\"delivery\" /\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\n4. Jobs that work.\u003c/strong\u003e In 1980, we had\njust 276 stores and employed 21,000 associates. Today, we provide the means for\nbuilding a career to 1.3 million associates in the U.S.  – one great\nexample being our \u003ca href=\"http://corporate.walmart.com/our-story/leadership/executive-management/doug-mcmillon/\" title=\"Link: http://corporate.walmart.com/our-story/leadership/executive-management/doug-mcmillon/\"\u003eCEO, Doug McMillon\u003c/a\u003e, who began his time at Walmart more than 30 years ago as an\nhourly summer associate in a distribution center. At Walmart, there’s truly no\nlimit to success. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/jobs.gif\" alt=\"jobs\" title=\"jobs\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e5. Aiming for the greener good. \u003c/strong\u003eIn 2005, then-Walmart CEO Lee Scott\nput us on an aggressive course toward environmental sustainability, using the\nsize and scale of our company to set goals in three areas: energy, waste and\nproducts. Today, we’ve made progress in all three areas, such as keeping 81% of\nour global waste out of the landfill and \u003ca href=\"http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/top30onsite.htm\" title=\"Link: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/top30onsite.htm\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ebeing recognized\u003cstrong\u003e \u003c/strong\u003eas\nthe largest on-site green power generator in the U.S.\u003c/a\u003e for the\nthird year in a row. What does that mean for you? We’re cutting our energy\ncosts so we can pass those savings back through everyday low prices, all while\ndoing the right thing for the environment. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/greener_good.gif\" alt=\"greener_good\" title=\"greener_good\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e6. Moving forward with our $4 plan.\u003c/strong\u003e In 2006, we introduced\nour \u003ca href=\"http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2006/09/21/wal-mart-cuts-generic-prescription-medicines-to-4\" title=\"Link: http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2006/09/21/wal-mart-cuts-generic-prescription-medicines-to-4\"\u003e$4 prescription program\u003c/a\u003e, which not only drove down the price of hundreds of generic\nmedicines – it influenced the competitive landscape. Today, we’re still\noffering innovative health and wellness solutions for our customers, such as\nCare Clinics in select locations, an \u003ca href=\"http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/10/06/walmart-works-with-directhealthcom-to-introduce-comprehensive-health-insurance-program\" title=\"Link: http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/10/06/walmart-works-with-directhealthcom-to-introduce-comprehensive-health-insurance-program\"\u003ein-store insurance\ncomparison service,\u003c/a\u003e and even working to\nmake healthier food options like fresh produce more affordable and accessible.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/pharmacy.gif\" alt=\"pharmacy\" title=\"pharmacy\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\nFrom our first store in 1962 to our 5,000th in 2014, everything we do at\nWalmart and Sam’s Club is focused on our promise of offering everyday low\nprices on the broadest assortment of products – and making shopping easier and\nmore convenient for our customers. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e","NumViews":12}, {"Id":"693","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/A_Special_Bond_Between_Walmart_and_Associates/","Category":"Features","Title":"A Special Bond Between Walmart and Associates","Date":"\/Date(1452274991603)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/statue_photo.jpg","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"643","AuthorData":{"Name":"Alan Dranow","JobTitle":"Senior Director for the Walmart Heritage Group","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":"His favorite artifact is one that is a tangible and iconic symbol of the truly humble man that was Sam Walton – his red Ford pickup truck."},"ContentTags":["Walmart World","Shareholders","Hurricane Katrina"],"SummaryText":"I met Dina and Joanne under the awning of Walton’s 5\u002610 last week. \n\nTogether, Dina and her daughter Joanne had driven to Bentonville, Arkansas, “on their own dime” to experience the wonder of Associate Week and the Shareholders Meeting.","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c/strong\u003eI met Dina and Joanne\nunder the awning of Walton’s 5\u0026amp;10 last week.  \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eTogether, Dina and her\ndaughter Joanne had driven to Bentonville, Arkansas, “on their own dime” to\nexperience the wonder of Associate Week and the Shareholders Meeting. \nThey made the journey because visiting Walton’s 5\u0026amp;10 was on Dina’s bucket\nlist.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eDina said that someone\nhad told her she wouldn’t have a good time if she wasn’t an associate selected\nby the store to represent them at the meeting. Dina didn’t listen. She didn’t\ntake this journey off her bucket list. She came anyway – and was having the\ntime of her life.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e“Let’s give you a real\ngood story to bring back,“ I offered. And so Dina and her daughter got a\nglimpse of The Walmart World Room during the space’s rare down time.  It’s\na unique room above Walton’s Five and Dime where special events take place with\nviews of the Bentonville Square.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eTears came to Dina’s eyes as she told them how\nbeing in Bentonville and part of Shareholders was “so wonderful, it’s like a\ndream.”\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eA meeting of the Walmart\nWorld magazine team was in session one floor below us.  And so, as we made\nour way to the second floor, Dina remarked how her visit was even better than\nshe expected.  Interrupting the meeting, I introduced Dina to the team.\nThe team, of course, was delighted to meet her.  Tears came to Dina’s eyes\nas she told them how being in Bentonville and part of Shareholders was “so\nwonderful, it’s like a dream.” Turning her head, she apologized for being so\nsentimental. But no apology was needed; we’ve all been there before.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAmanda Recalls Hurricane Katrina\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eDown in the gallery,\nAmanda from New Orleans watched the video of how Walmart responded to Hurricane\nKatrina. “Walmart was there for me,” she said. “I lost everything and Walmart\nhelped me through it, every step of the way. I know people often say we’re like\na big family, but we really are.” And then the tears welled up in her eyes and\nshe remarked how much it all meant to her.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eA Special Bond\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eThere’s something about our company that moves\neven the most stoic among us.  It’s always been there and is as strong as\never. It’s part of our company’s DNA. That something is a bond we all feel,\nbelonging to and caring for something more than just our selves, knowing that\nwe’re not alone in this world and that Walmart makes a difference in our own\nlives and in the lives of others.   \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eThis post originally appeared on the Walmart Corporate blog,\u003ca href=\"http://blog.walmart.com/topics/heritage\" title=\" Walmart Today\"\u003e Walmart Today\u003c/a\u003e. \u003c/em\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e","NumViews":0}],"numResults":14,"nextPage":""}