{"content":[{"Id":"683","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/12_Things_You_Might_Not_Know_About_the_Walmart_Museum/","Category":"Features","Title":"12 Things You Might Not Know About the Walmart Museum","Date":"\/Date(1452274324197)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/pin_display.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":["Ol’ Roy","Sam’s pickup","Wedding dress","Shareholders","Ice cream"],"SummaryText":"Even the most frequent visitor to The Walmart Museum during our 25th anniversary this month can’t know everything there is to know. Whether you make a trip there often or never have, here’s some trivia about the historic museum that shares the history of Walmart.","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cem\u003eEven the\nmost frequent visitor to The Walmart Museum during our 25th anniversary this\nmonth can’t know everything there is to know. Whether you make a trip there\noften or never have, here’s some trivia about the historic museum that shares\nthe history of Walmart.\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e1. \u003c/strong\u003eTeeth marks from Ol’ Roy, Sam Walton’s dog, can be seen on the\nsteering wheel of \u003ca href=\"http://walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/search/query/pickup/artifact/27917292351\" title=\"Link: http://walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/search/query/pickup/artifact/27917292351\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eSam’s pickup\u003c/a\u003e on\ndisplay in the museum.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/teeth_marks.jpg\" alt=\"teeth_marks\" title=\"teeth_marks\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e2. \u003c/strong\u003eThe\ngalleries of the museum were designed by \u003ca href=\"http://www.raany.com/\" title=\"Link: http://www.raany.com/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eRalph Appelbaum Associates\u003c/a\u003e,\nwho also did the \u003ca href=\"https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-presidential-center\" title=\"Link: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-presidential-center\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eClinton Presidential\nCenter\u003c/a\u003e, the \u003ca href=\"http://www.ushmm.org/\" title=\"Link: http://www.ushmm.org/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eU.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum\u003c/a\u003e, the\u003ca href=\"http://www.newseum.org/\" title=\"Link: http://www.newseum.org/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eNewseum\u003c/a\u003e, and many other top museums.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e3. \u003c/strong\u003eThe\npainting in Sam’s office does not hang straight despite numerous attempts at\nadjusting it. It was, by the way, hanging crooked on the day Sam left his\noffice for the last time.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/past_current_leaders.jpg\" alt=\"past_current_leaders\" title=\"past_current_leaders\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e4. \u003c/strong\u003eA\nsparrow once made its way into Sam’s hermetically sealed office exhibit. All\nvents, filters, joints, and fittings were inspected and found to be in\nmuseum-quality condition: airtight with no damage.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e5. \u003c/strong\u003eIn\n2014, former President George W. Bush came by the museum for a meeting.\n He had visited once before years earlier.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e6. \u003c/strong\u003eThe\nflowers in the exhibit case displaying Helen Walton’s wedding dress are changed\nevery Feb. 14 to honor \u003ca href=\"http://walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/search/query/helen/artifact/27917287971\" title=\"Link: http://walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/search/query/helen/artifact/27917287971\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eSam and Helen’s marriage\u003c/a\u003e.\n(They were married on Valentine\u0027s Day.)\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/wedding_dress.jpg\" alt=\"wedding_dress\" title=\"wedding_dress\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e7. \u003c/strong\u003eSince\n1990, approximately 2 million people have visited the museum. The visitor count\nincreased from approximately 60,000 per year to a high of 330,000 last year\nalone. Each year, approximately 7,000 associates visit the Museum during the\nfour days of \u003ca href=\"http://news.walmart.com/events/walmart-shareholders-meeting-2015\" title=\"Link: http://news.walmart.com/events/walmart-shareholders-meeting-2015\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eShareholders week\u003c/a\u003e.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e8. \u003c/strong\u003eIn\n2014, \u003ca href=\"http://walmartmuseum.com/visit/spark/\" title=\"Link: http://walmartmuseum.com/visit/spark/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eThe Walmart Museum’s Spark Café\u003c/a\u003e served\n12,417 gallons of ice cream – that’s 529,792 scoops! 46,720 of those scoops\nwere Spark Cream ice cream, an exclusive flavor developed just for The Walmart\nMuseum. The Spark Café serves\u003ca href=\"http://www.yarnells.com/\" title=\"Link: http://www.yarnells.com/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eYarnell’s ice cream\u003c/a\u003e, the first brand of ice cream Sam Walton\never sold. His favorite flavor? Butter Pecan.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/ice_cream.jpg\" alt=\"ice_cream\" title=\"ice_cream\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e9. \u003c/strong\u003eThere\nare 1,807 buttons and lapel pins in our \u003ca href=\"http://walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/culture/artifact/27917290433\" title=\"Link: http://walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/culture/artifact/27917290433\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ebutton/lapel pin exhibit\u003c/a\u003e,\nincluding one that has Doug McMillon’s face covered in ketchup.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e10. \u003c/strong\u003eThe\noriginal green and red floor tiles still there today in the 5\u0026amp;10 were\ninstalled in 1951. Many are slightly mismatched because Sam grabbed an\nopportunity to save some money by installing the “off” lot. The start of EDLC?\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e11. \u003c/strong\u003eThe\n1979 Ford F150 pickup parked in front of the 5\u0026amp;10 is a replica but is often\nmistaken for \u003ca href=\"http://walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/search/query/pickup/artifact/27917292351\" title=\"Link: http://walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/search/query/pickup/artifact/27917292351\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eSam’s actual pickup\u003c/a\u003e (which\nis on display inside the museum gallery). The replica is used for parades,\ngrand openings and special events.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e12. \u003c/strong\u003eDuring\nthe renovation in 2010, it was discovered that the century-old roof timbers of\nWalton’s 5\u0026amp;10 needed to be replaced. The timbers were saved and are used to\ncreate handcrafted pens often used as awards and gifts by those who purchase\nthem at The Walmart Museum.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eThis\npost 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\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e","NumViews":155}, {"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/first_ad.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":4}, {"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":149}],"numResults":13,"nextPage":""}