{"content":[{"Id":"34359738707","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/Help_When_It_s_Needed_Most/","Category":"Features","Title":"Help When It\u0027s Needed Most","Date":"\/Date(1495654545270)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/disaster_header.JPG","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"34359738613","AuthorData":{"Name":"The Walmart Museum Exhibit Team","JobTitle":"","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":""},"ContentTags":["Special Exhibits","Disaster Relief","Emergency Operations Center","Hurricane Katrina","Transportation","Aid","Preparedness"],"SummaryText":"","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/marion_picture.jpg\" alt=\"marion\" title=\"marion\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMarion, Illinois\u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e1982\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e On May 29, 1982, a tornado hit Marion, Illinois, killing 10 people and destroying over 300 homes and 50 businesses. Due to the work of manager Harold Robinson,  all customers and associates were in the middle of the store, where they suffered  only minor injuries. Lee Scott, former CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., said that “Walmart’s role in solving problems in society goes back … to a tornado that occurred in Illinois back in the early 1980s … Sam Walton looked at that store, gone, and the tent, and he gave instructions to lower the prices on Spic-and-Span and mops and sponges and buckets … everything you needed to get your life back in order as a homeowner in that town.”\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/convoy3.jpg\" alt=\"convoy\" title=\"convoy\" /\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHurricane Katrina\u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e2005\u003c/p\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cp\u003e On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina swept across the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in southeast Louisiana, devastating communities along the coast. As these people worked to rebuild their homes and lives in the aftermath of the storm, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation \u003ca href=\"https://www.walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/timeline/artifact/27917294255\" title=\"worked together\"\u003eworked together\u003c/a\u003e to deliver the water, food, and clothing they needed.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eFormer Walmart CEO Lee Scott said that he “saw a company utilize its people resources and scale to make a big and positive difference in people’s lives … This was Walmart at its best.”\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eDoug McMillon said of Walmart’s response, \u003cstrong\u003e“\u003c/strong\u003eAs always, our associates made the difference. They did not have to study what the community needed– they \u003cem\u003eknew \u003c/em\u003ewhat their families and friends needed. And they did what was right.\u003cstrong\u003e” \u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eIn 2015, for the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon announced a $25 million donation by Walmart to support global disaster response efforts over the next five years.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/InfoGraphics_42x42_Page_1.jpg\" alt=\"relief_efforts1\" title=\"relief_efforts1\" align=\"left\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 300px;\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/InfoGraphics_42x42_Page_2.jpg\" alt=\"relief_efforts2\" title=\"relief_efforts2\" align=\"right\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 300px;\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/relief_int2.JPG\" alt=\"relief_int2\" title=\"relief_int2\" align=\"right\" width=\"267\" height=\"200\" style=\"width: 267px; height: 200px;\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eInternational Disaster Relief \u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e2004 - Today\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eIn 2004 and 2005, Walmart’s disaster relief program ventured outside the United States for the first time. To help those suffering after the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, the company collected $7.3 million in donations from customers and associates around the world. Additionally, the Walmart Foundation donated $2 million to the International Red Cross. Former President Bill Clinton, then the UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Relief, said “I am so grateful to Wal-Mart, its customers and associates for their generosity towards the victims of the devastating tsunami that tore apart so many families and communities in December…It sends a signal of concern that will itself provide hope to those who are still struggling to rebuild their lives. I’m proud that this global company from Arkansas is helping so many people who live so far away.”\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eSince 2004, Walmart has been involved in relief efforts for many international disasters, including the 2011 Japan earthquake, 2012 flooding in Argentina, and the African Ebola epidemic.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/katrina_montage.JPG\" alt=\"katrina_montage\" title=\"katrina_montage\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReflections on Walmart’s Response to Katrina \u003c/strong\u003e \u003cbr /\u003eBy Lee Scott, Walmart CEO, retired\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eFor several years prior to Hurricane Katrina, the Walmart\nleadership team had been struggling with the challenges that came with being\nsuch a large company. Every mistake seemed to be magnified. Every misstep a new\nopportunity for our detractors to criticize Walmart. We became defensive and\nmounted an aggressive outreach program. But the truth is we were not very\neffective; as always, it took our associates to show us the way forward. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eHurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S., and our\nassociates took action. They bulldozed through destroyed stores to reach needed\nmedicine for customers. They swam across flooded canals to open stores for\nemergency workers, dispensing boots and under garments to tired and dirty early\nresponders. They also loaded trucks with water, food, and first aid supplies\nand arrived in New Orleans and elsewhere before any government action was even\ncontemplated. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/relief_trucks_people.JPG\" alt=\"relief_trucks_people\" title=\"relief_trucks_people\" align=\"left\" width=\"400\" height=\"300\" style=\"width: 400px; height: 300px;\" /\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003e\"Our Size Allowed Us to Make a Difference\"\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eWhat these associates really did, though, was show the\ncompany and the world that Walmart’s size was in fact a positive. Our size\nallowed us to make a difference when a difference most needed to be made. Their\nactions caused management to ask: “How can we be that Walmart, the Walmart we\nwere during Katrina, all of the time?” \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eThat question led us to our efforts in sustainability. Our\nsize was an advantage. Our relationships with our suppliers an unmatched asset.\nWe knew that Walmart could make a difference. We could make our products and\nour stores more sustainable and do so without making our associates choose\nbetween the environment and their pocketbook. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eA Journey That Started with Associates\u003c/strong\u003e \u003c/em\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eWhat a wonderful journey this has been for the company and\nthe associates. All started by associates who knew that at Walmart we have both\nthe freedom and the responsibility to do what is right for their customers and\ntheir communities.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003c/div\u003e","NumViews":37}, {"Id":"34359738721","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/Respect_for_All/","Category":"Features","Title":"Respect for All","Date":"\/Date(1495660742340)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/Respect_header4.jpg","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"34359738613","AuthorData":{"Name":"The Walmart Museum Exhibit Team","JobTitle":"","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":""},"ContentTags":["Special Exhibits","Women\u0027s Empowerment","Diversity ","Inclusion"],"SummaryText":"","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eWomen Driving Change: A Brief History of Inclusion at\nWalmart\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e“We’re all working together. That’s the secret.”\u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/em\u003e—Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRespect for the\nIndividual\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eOf the four core\nvalues that comprise the foundation of Walmart culture, “Respect for the\nIndividual” forms the bedrock for the company’s belief in and support of\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/timeline/artifact/34359738691\" title=\"diversity, inclusion, and women’s empowerment\"\u003ediversity, inclusion, and women’s empowerment\u003c/a\u003e. These principles are visible in\nWalmart stores, offices, distribution centers, on the road—everywhere Walmart\nserves its customers.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eA Reflection of the Communities Walmart\nServes\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eA microcosm of the\ncommunities in which it saves people money so they can live better, Walmart\noffers employment opportunities to the widest spectrum of candidates possible.\nWalmart customers are reflected in the associates that serve them. Walmart\nstores are prime examples of diversity in customers’ towns and cities across\nthe globe.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e“Our commitment\nto diversity is our commitment to our customers: to treat them fairly and\nrespectfully, to be their advocates, to be sensitive to their causes, to serve\nthem better than our competitors serve them.”\u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/em\u003e—David Glass, former\nPresident and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 1988-2000\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/respect_montage2.jpg\" alt=\"respect_montage2\" title=\"respect_montage2\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIn the Beginning: Helen Walton\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eFrom the start, Sam Walton’s wife Helen – the “First Lady of Walmart” –\nwas a vital source of encouragement as she led the way for women to be\nrecognized and included more and more within the ranks of Walmart management.\nIt was back in 1975 that Helen urged Sam to bring a woman into store\nmanagement; Merle King was then promoted to become the first female assistant\nmanager in the company’s history.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/respect_notable_women_combo.jpg?n=2681\" alt=\"respect_notable_woman\" title=\"respect_notable_woman\" /\u003e  \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eEveryone\nIncluded\u003c/strong\u003e  \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003cem\u003e“We will continue\nto build a diverse and inclusive company that allows all associates – regardless\nof gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, or other characteristics – to\nbring their whole selves to work, so they can contribute at their best.”\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e—Doug\nMcMillon, President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2014 –Present\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/respect_montage.jpg?n=4446\" alt=\"respect_montage\" title=\"respect_montage\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eUpward Mobility\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eWalmart advances the causes of diversity and inclusion for all\nassociates, and, in so doing, serves as a role model throughout the business\nworld when it comes to the upward mobility of women and every class of\nminority.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eOne of the primary channels for promoting diversity and inclusion are\nWalmart’s seven associate resource groups (ARGs). ARGs increase cultural\nawareness and create a greater sense of community among diverse associates\nthrough programs, events, and mentoring. For example, the Women’s Resource\nCouncil, one of these ARGs, sponsors Pay It Forward Mentoring Circles, where\nwomen form small groups designed for sharing ideas and practices that will help\nthem advance their careers.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/respect_args.jpg\" alt=\"respect_args\" title=\"respect_args\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eInclusion\nGlobally\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e“Inclusion is\ncritical to our success. It will help us maximize our business, but at the same\ntime, it makes us better as a company.” \u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/em\u003e—Rosalind\nBrewer, former President and CEO of Sam’s Club, 2012–2016\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003c/em\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/respect_global.jpg\" alt=\"respect_global\" title=\"respect_global\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eA Global\nImperative\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eWalmart’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and women’s empowerment\nis global. Launched in September 2011, its Global Women’s Economic Empowerment\nInitiative leverages the company’s size and scale to source products from\nwomen-owned businesses (WOBs), train more than one million women around the\nworld, and help increase women’s economic mobility.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eRaising awareness for the importance of sourcing from WOBs remains a\ngoal for the company. In March of 2017, Walmart announced it would be one of\nnine major corporations joining in a unified front to track and report sourcing\nfrom self-identified and certified WOBs over the next five years.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSupporting\nSupplier Diversity\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eAt Walmart, supplier diversity means delivering better products and a\nbroader selection to the communities served by each store. Through supplier\ndiversity’s effort, Walmart is able to increase sourcing from businesses owned\nby people of diverse backgrounds, including minorities, women, people with\ndisabilities, and veterans.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eThe most recent tracking shows that Walmart spent $14.7 Billion with\ndiverse suppliers through our direct and indirect purchasing\nrelationships, including $4.4 Billion with women-owned businesses.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/respect_suppliers.jpg\" alt=\"respect_suppliers\" title=\"respect_suppliers\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWomen Leading\nWalmart\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e“The foundation\nof our company is strong. We have dedicated, talented, and creative people, and\nwe have the resources to become even stronger.”\u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/em\u003e—Doug\nMcMillon, President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2014-Present\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/respect_leadership1.jpg\" alt=\"respect_leadership1\" title=\"respect_leadership1\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe Women of\nWalmart’s Workforce\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eIn the U.S., women now represent 55% of our total workforce. Over the\npast decade, great strides have been made in diversifying not only the makeup\nof our workforce but also that of our corporate leaders. Women currently\ncomprise 31% of Walmart’s corporate officers, which is higher than the S\u0026amp;P\n500 average of 25%. Walmart also outpaces the reported S\u0026amp;P 500 average for\nthe number of females serving on its board of directors. And the company is\npoised to continue increasing these numbers at all levels.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/respect_board.jpg\" alt=\"respect_board\" title=\"respect_board\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003eThe women featured here have had key parts to play in the advancement of opportunities for women at Walmart. They represent role models who embody “Respect for All.” This is by no means a complete and exhaustive list; Walmart is full of unsung heroes that have championed equality and thousands who continue to do so every day.  \u003c/p\u003e","NumViews":124}, {"Id":"34359738725","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/museum_minute_jan17/","Category":"Features","Title":"The Walmart Museum Minute - the Heritage Archives","Date":"\/Date(1495831160563)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Tour/Videos/Museum_Minute_Archives.JPG?n=9370","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"34359738613","AuthorData":{"Name":"The Walmart Museum Exhibit Team","JobTitle":"","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":""},"ContentTags":["Walmart Museum Minute","Archives","Walmart World","Advertisements"],"SummaryText":"","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/minute_circular.JPG\" alt=\"circular_minute\" title=\"circular_minute\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eOur collection is larger than what we display in the galleries. Learn more about our artifacts, plus enjoy an appearance by our archivist, with a trip through our heritage archives in this \u003ca href=\"https://www.walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/timeline/artifact/34359738602\" title=\"our heritage archives\"\u003eWalmart Museum Minute\u003c/a\u003e.\u003c/p\u003e","NumViews":158}, {"Id":"34359738726","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/museum_minute_transportation/","Category":"Features","Title":"The Walmart Museum Minute - Delivering Savings","Date":"\/Date(1495835324120)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Tour/Videos/WMM_Minute_Truck.JPG?n=6455","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"34359738613","AuthorData":{"Name":"The Walmart Museum Exhibit Team","JobTitle":"","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":""},"ContentTags":["Walmart Museum Minute","Transportation","Delivering Savings","Drivers",""],"SummaryText":"","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/transportation_seventies.JPG\" alt=\"transportation_seventies\" title=\"transportation_seventies\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eWalmart\u0027s Transportation Department has long contributed to the company\u0027s success, with early store growth being based on proximity to distribution centers. Sam also loved spending time with the drivers, often delivering breakfast to them before they set off to deliver merchandise. Learn more with this \u003ca href=\"https://www.walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/timeline/artifact/34359738605\" title=\"Walmart Museum Minute\"\u003eWalmart Museum Minute\u003c/a\u003e.\u003c/p\u003e","NumViews":152}, {"Id":"34359738727","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/museum_minute_2016review/","Category":"Features","Title":"The Walmart Museum Minute - A Look Back at 2016","Date":"\/Date(1496076415460)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Tour/Videos/Museum_Minute_Year_Review.JPG?n=6334","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"34359738613","AuthorData":{"Name":"The Walmart Museum Exhibit Team","JobTitle":"","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":""},"ContentTags":["Walmart Museum Minute","Oral History","Spark Shop",""],"SummaryText":"","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/ice_cream_scoop.JPG\" alt=\"wmm_minute_scoop\" title=\"wmm_minute_scoop\" /\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e2016 was a big year for The Walmart Museum. Can you guess how many scoops of delicious ice cream we served up in the Spark Cafe? Learn the answer to that and more with \u003ca href=\"https://www.walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/timeline/artifact/34359738607\" title=\"the Walmart Museum Minute\"\u003ethe Walmart Museum Minute\u003c/a\u003e.\u003c/p\u003e","NumViews":144}, {"Id":"34359738728","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/museum_minute_medal/","Category":"Features","Title":"The Walmart Museum Minute - The Medal of Freedom","Date":"\/Date(1496077625773)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/freedom_ceremony_header.JPG","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"34359738613","AuthorData":{"Name":"The Walmart Museum Exhibit Team","JobTitle":"","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":""},"ContentTags":["Walmart Museum Minute","Medal of Freedom","George H.W. Bush","Bentonville"],"SummaryText":"","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(29, 33, 41); font-size: 14px;\"\u003e\u003cfont face=\"Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif\"\u003eTwenty-five years ago, President George H.W. Bush visited Bentonville, Arkansas, to present Sam Walton with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Normally, recipients of the award travel to Washington D.C. to receive the medal, but Sam wanted to share his moment with Bentonville and the people who helped Walmart achieve its success. Learn more in this \u003ca href=\"https://www.walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/timeline/artifact/34359738655\"\u003eWalmart Museum Minute\u003c/a\u003e. \u003c/font\u003e\u003c/span\u003e","NumViews":129}, {"Id":"34359738742","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/museum_minute_entrepreneur2017/","Category":"Features","Title":"The Walmart Museum Minute - The Sam Walton Entrepreneur of the Year Award","Date":"\/Date(1496872248657)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/entrepreneur_bust.JPG","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"34359738613","AuthorData":{"Name":"The Walmart Museum Exhibit Team","JobTitle":"","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":""},"ContentTags":["Walmart Museum Minute","Entrepreneurship","Sam Walton Entrepreneur Award"],"SummaryText":"","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"Every year at the shareholders meeting, an associate or team receives the Sam Walton Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Sam always encouraged his associates to innovate and take risks and this award recognizes those who do just that. Alice Walton and Alan Dranow explain more in this \u003ca href=\"https://www.walmartmuseum.com/explore/#/timeline/artifact/34359738738\" title=\"Walmart Museum Minute\"\u003eWalmart Museum Minute\u003c/a\u003e.","NumViews":125}, {"Id":"34359738790","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/1945__Sam_Walton_Buys_His_First_Store/","Category":"Features","Title":"1945: Sam Walton Buys His First Store","Date":"\/Date(1503101720397)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/Newport_store_undated.jpg","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"34359738408","AuthorData":{"Name":"Nicholas Graves","JobTitle":"Archivist for The Walmart Museum","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":"For him, the best exhibit in the museum is Every Day Low Prices because every day low prices are great for business and customers, and part of what makes Walmart Walmart."},"ContentTags":["Newport","Ben Franklin","Bill of Sale"],"SummaryText":"","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cp\u003eAfter\nSam Walton left the Army at the end of the Second World War, he considered\npurchasing a Federated department store franchise in St. Louis with Tom Bates,\na former college roommate. Sam’s wife, Helen, was opposed to living in a large\ncity like St. Louis, and preferred to live in a smaller place like her\nhometown, Claremore, Oklahoma. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e As\nSam wanted to keep his bride happy, he went to Butler Brothers, the\nChicago-based retailer that owned Federated Department Stores, as well as a\nchain of franchised variety stores, Ben Franklin. After requesting a franchise\nin a small town, Butler Brothers told him that the Ben Franklin franchise in\nNewport, Arkansas, was available.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e Sam\npurchased that store—the\nname, the fixtures, the merchandise—from\nSt. Louis native George Scharlott and his wife Katherine. Mr. Scharlott was\ndisappointed with the sales at the store, and wanted to leave the small town\nand head back to St. Louis. Upon purchasing the store, Sam also signed a\nfive-year lease on the building, which was owned by a local department store\nowner, P. K. Holmes, Sr.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/Newport Ben Franklin 1945(1).jpg\" alt=\"newport_45\" title=\"newport_45\" /\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eSam\ndiligently served his Newport customers and grew annual sales at his store from\n$72,000 to $250,000 over the course of his five years in the town. It became the top-performing Ben\nFranklin franchise in the region in both sales and profit, despite being in a\nsmall town.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e At the end of the five\nyears, though, P. K. Holmes decided not to renew the lease. He did offer to\npurchase the Ben Franklin franchise (including merchandise and fixtures) at a\nfair price for his son Douglas to begin his retail career. Sam Walton and his\nfamily left Newport and settled in northwest Arkansas. He opened another Ben\nFranklin franchise, Walton’s 5 \u0026amp;10, on the square in Bentonville on March\n9, 1950.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e The Holmes family\ngraciously donated this Bill of Sale from that Newport Ben Franklin store to\nThe Walmart Museum. We are proud to now display the document that marks the\nbeginning of Sam Walton’s career in retail entrepreneurship.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/Bill1.JPG\" alt=\"bill1\" title=\"bill1\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003cspan style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c/span\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/bill2.JPG\" alt=\"bill2\" title=\"bill2\" style=\"text-align: center;\" /\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/bill3.v2.JPG\" alt=\"bill3.v2\" title=\"bill3.v2\" /\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e","NumViews":138}],"numResults":24,"nextPage":"/api/blog/items.aspx?p=2&n=9"}