{"content":[{"Id":"34359738441","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/Sery_Kone/","Category":"Features","Title":"Sery Kone: Freeing Children Through Free Enterprise","Date":"\/Date(1461163900763)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/SeryKone.jpg","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"635","AuthorData":{"Name":"Rich Cromwell","JobTitle":"Production Manager for The Walmart Museum","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":"As a believer in Sam’s maxim that you should never take yourself too seriously, Rich’s favorite part of the museum is the picture of Sam dancing the hula on Wall Street as it brings that statement to life."},"ContentTags":["Sery Kone","Enactus","Ivory Coast","cocoa"],"SummaryText":"Sery Kone used his experience as a child slave and education to help other children live better. ","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eEnslaving Children to Harvest Cocoa Beans\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\nWhen Sery Kone was a young child in Africa’s Ivory Coast,  his father\nabandoned him in a small village, where he was forced to work on a cocoa\nfarm.  He would work ten hours a day – often more –harvesting cocoa beans\nwith a machete.  \u003cbr /\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHuman Kindness Meets Inhumanity\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\nIt was on a farm several years later when a young boy working beside him, also\na slave, fainted from the heat and exhaustion. Sery took on the boy’s work to\nhelp him rest. When the cocoa farmer discovered them,he beat the two children mercilessly. It was then that Sery\nKone knew:  he had to escape. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eTwo long years\nlater, he saw his chance and took it, running away and making his way to Ivory\nCoast’s largest city, Abidjan.  There, he worked on the streets carrying baskets for women while living in\nan orphanage, until he was miraculously found by his uncle who recognized him\ndespite not having seen him for years. Sery’s uncle put him through high\nschool and, eventually, helped him to enroll in college at Brigham Young\nUniversity in Hawaii.\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSery Kone and Enactus: Facing Slavery Head On\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\nAt BYU, Sery yearned to return to Ivory Coast and help the child slaves who\nwere not as “fortunate” as he had been. It was in college that he discovered\nEnactus and the organization’s purpose of creating a better world through\nentrepreneurial action. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eKone and Enactus focused on one village at a time. \nAstonishing as it is, Sery met with the cocoa farmer that had enslaved him as a\nchild and asked him what it would take for him to release the children on his\nland. The answer was simple: The children were there to meet production needs;\nif he could meet the same needs without the children, he would set them free.\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe Answer to Freedom Was There All Along\u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/strong\u003eWorking relentlessly, Sery and his team discovered was that the answer was\nright at their feet.  By adding to the chemical fertilizer mulch\ncontaining the cocoa husks discarded during harvesting, cocoa yield was\nincreased by 40% and costs were cut in half.  This increased productivity\nenabled the cocoa farmers to release the children from their work. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eThe team wasn’t content simply to free them; they also looked to the children’s\nfuture and built a school for those children recently freed from working in the\ncocoa fields. To pay for the school’s books and supplies and provide and second\nincome, they developed a self-sustaining microfinance program for the women in\nthe village. \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eDuring the\ntime that the BYU–Hawaii Enactus team was working on their project, five\nchildren in the village died from malaria. In an attempt to find a sustainable\nsolution to the malaria problem, they realized one method of reducing malaria\ncould also be a source of income. Tilapia fish eat mosquito larvae, which\nprevents the carriers of malaria from being born. By cutting off all other\nwater sources and building a pond with tilapia, they were able to reduce the\nrate of infection by 94% as well as provide a source of income for the village.\nSince implementing the program, no children have died of malaria in the\nvillage.\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eChampions Championing a Just Cause\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\nThrough his involvement in Enactus, Kone was able to lead the BYU–Hawaii team\nto become Enactus USA champions and to a second place finish at the 2015\nEnactus World Cup. After presenting their work at a Walmart Saturday Morning\nMeeting in Bentonville, Sery Kone was offered a job at the Walmart Home Office.\nSery continues to work on freeing children in tandem with the WELL Africa\norganization. To date, over 500 children have been set free, but 2 million more\nremain.\u003c/p\u003e","NumViews":654}, {"Id":"34359738477","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/Standing-Firm-Disaster/","Category":"Features","Title":"Standing Firm in the Face of Disaster","Date":"\/Date(1472746210747)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/Hammond_LA_DC.jpg","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"34359738475","AuthorData":{"Name":"Rhonda Rathje","JobTitle":"Director, Walmart Internal Communications","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":"Rhonda\u0027s favorite exhibit, the interesting returns customers have brought in over the years, is just one example in the museum of the fact that the customer is always number one at Walmart. "},"ContentTags":["teamwork","",""],"SummaryText":"When the rains came, four associates refused to leave their distribution center.","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eWhen the rains came, four associates refused to leave their distribution center.  \u003c/em\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e“They stood firm,” says Kevin Arbaugh, General Manager, Distribution Center (DC) #6057 in Hammond, Louisiana. “I told them to leave the building. ‘We know what we have to do. We’re volunteering to do this,’ they told me.”  (Hammond is approximately 45 miles southeast of Baton Rouge – and that entire area was under water).\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cbr /\u003eIt was Friday night, Aug. 12.  “We had absolute downpours of rain. We were receiving reports the roads were being closed and overtaken by water,” Kevin recalls. “So we filled the most important commodities – meat and produce.”\n\u003cbr /\u003e\u003cbr /\u003eThe roads worsened as the night progressed. By early Saturday, the roads surrounding the DC became unsurpassable. “We had one way out of the building,” says Kevin. “And that one way started to go. It went from no water to 2 ½ feet of water in 15 minutes.”\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eStaffing decreased to about 25 associates as associates left to take care of their families and homes.\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eEvacuation was necessary.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe Four Who Stayed Behind to Help. \u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eYet, four associates raised their hands after already working eight-hour shifts. They knew they would be locked in with no way out. Each one volunteered for a ‘post.’\n\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eEd Allen, Maintenance Operations Manager, and Steve Holcomb, Energy Center Manager, monitored  the energy center to ensure the DC remained functional – ensuring the generators worked when the power did eventually stop.\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e“If they hadn’t stayed, we would have lost several million dollars’ worth of freight,” Kevin notes.\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eChristie Smith, Area Manager, secured the front of the building. She also communicated with the DC associates to ensure they made it home safely and to help find hotel accommodations for others.\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eTyron Tillis, Asset Protection (AP) Associate, ran point on security and watched over 20 stranded truck drivers. (This just in: Tryon was just promoted to AP Area Manager).\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eAnd, when the National Guard came knocking in the middle of the night, they provided provisions for victims stranded on Interstate 12 and local shelters.\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\"A selfless act.\"\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eIt was thirty hours later – about mid-day Sunday – before the water receded and DC leadership could get through the water and back to work.\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eHeroic is the word that Kevin uses to describe Ed, Steve, Christie and Tyron.  “They knew they would be trapped in the building. Their actions are humbling, and it was a selfless act.  They did it for the betterment of the community and for those drivers.”\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eSlowly, the DC is getting back to the work of ensuring the delivery of groceries to stores and Sam’s Club in the region. In addition, about 50 truckloads of food, water and supplies have been delivered to Baton Rouge and other local organizations. Also, the DC has supported volunteers who have cooked and served almost 300,000 meals to the flood victims and volunteers during the past few weeks.\n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRebuilding, together.\u003c/strong\u003e \n\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eAnd, yet, up to 200 DC associates were personally affected – nearly 100 associates lost their homes; another 100 have partial losses.  When the DC workers complete their shifts, they help each other. Associates, whose homes aren’t affected, volunteer to run shifts so that others can start their rebuilding efforts.  \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\n“I’m blessed to be a part of this team,” Kevin concludes.  “Their values are in the right place.  They take care of the community and each other.”\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003ePhoto, L – R: Ed Allen, Maintenance Operations Manager; Steve Holcombe, Energy\nCenter Manager; Christie Smith, Receiving Manager: and Tyron Tillis, Asset\nProtection Manager.\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e","NumViews":514}, {"Id":"34359738674","Permalink":"/Blog/Posts/Features/A_Promise_and_a_Smile/","Category":"Features","Title":"A Promise and a Smile","Date":"\/Date(1495055298663)\/","HeaderImage":"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/smiley_header3.jpg","IsFeatured":"false","Author":"34359738613","AuthorData":{"Name":"The Walmart Museum Exhibit Team","JobTitle":"","ProfilePicture":"","Biography":""},"ContentTags":["Smiley","Rollbacks","Special Exhibits","EDLP"],"SummaryText":"","BodyText":null,"BodyTextString":"\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cspan title=\"temporary space, click here to type\"\u003e\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003ch2\u003e\u003cspan title=\"temporary space, click here to type\"\u003e\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eHow Smiley Changed the Face of Savings\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan title=\"temporary space, click here to type\"\u003e \u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/Smiley_exhibit1.2.jpg\" alt=\"smiley_exhibit1\" title=\"smiley_exhibit1\" align=\"left\" /\u003e\u003cspan title=\"temporary space, click here to type\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr /\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan title=\"temporary space, click here to type\"\u003e\u003cspan title=\"temporary space, click here to type\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan title=\"temporary space, click here to type\"\u003e\u003cspan title=\"temporary space, click here to type\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIt All Started With Kids\u003c/strong\u003e \u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cp\u003eAs a store manager at the Whiteville, North Carolina, Walmart store in 1989, Henry Jordan observed the relationship between people greeters and the children that came in with their parents.\u003c/p\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cp\u003eKnowing that these children might be the key to bringing their parents to Walmart over competitors, Jordan and his wife designed the “Wal-Mart Lil Shopper” Smiley sticker and had a few hundred of the stickers printed.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSam Walton Instantly \"Got It\"\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eThe stickers were so successful that several nearby Walmart stores began giving out the stickers. Henry presented the idea to Sam Walton in a letter, and within a few months, the program was introduced to the entire company with the Smiley sticker as a standard order item. \u003cstrong\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSmiley the TV Star\u003c/strong\u003e  \u003c/p\u003e\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cp\u003e In 1996, under Chief Marketing Officer Paul Higham’s leadership, Smiley was integrated into Walmart’s advertising as a champion of Rollbacks. According to a February 1999 Walmart World article: “Rollbacks are a fantastic tool to complement our Every Day Low Prices pricing program. Buyers work with our vendors on a consistent basis to get better prices for our customers. When we get a great value, we do our best to pass it on to our customers.\" \u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eAfter a few years, Smiley began to appear in different costumes for different campaigns, including a cowboy, Zorro, Sunshine Smiley, Robin Hood, a construction worker, and an international spy.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eRetirement Didn’t Agree With Smiley \u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003eSmiley first retired in 2006, but his passion for recognizing associates for great customer service and lowering prices never faded. He longed to return. Now, he’s back as part of the new “Happy to Help” program, recognizing associates for demonstrating exceptional customer service.\u003cspan style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e \u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003cspan title=\"temporary space, click here to type\" style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c/span\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/smiley_combo3.jpg\" alt=\"smiley_combo3\" title=\"smiley_combo3\" style=\"text-align: center;\" /\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cstrong style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003eWelcome Back, Old Friend\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e  \u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cp\u003eWalmart U.S. Chief Operating Officer Judith McKenna announced the triumphant return of Smiley during 2016’s Shareholder’s week with Chief Marketing Officer Tony Rogers explaining why it was time for Smiley to roll back into Walmart.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e“Back in the day, Smiley was the face of rollbacks, said Rogers. “Today, he represents all low prices. Whether we’re talking about great Every Day Low Prices or a new rollback, Smiley’s our man.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eEarly in Smiley’s career, he represented Rollbacks in all media – in-store, TV, print, and online. Pictured here are some of Smiley’s work in early in-store signage.\u003c/p\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cp\u003eWhat Exactly Is a Rollback? It’s when Walmart lowers a price on an item as part of its mission to save people money so they can live better. A Rollback tag highlights such a reduction in price and lets the customers know exactly how much they’re saving.\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eToday, he stands for low prices, not just Rollbacks.   \u003c/p\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv\u003e \u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/uploadedImages/Content/Blog/Posts/Features/smiley_combo.2.jpg\" alt=\"smiley_double\" title=\"smiley_double\" /\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cstyle type=\"text/css\"\u003e\np.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.7px; line-height: 23.3px; font: 22.0px \u0027Myriad Pro\u0027; color: #ffbc00}\np.p2 {margin: 1.3px 0.0px 0.0px 0.7px; line-height: 21.3px; font: 18.5px \u0027Myriad Pro Condensed\u0027; color: #ffffff}\np.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 10.0px; font: 10.0px \u0027Times New Roman\u0027; min-height: 11.0px}\np.p4 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.7px; line-height: 21.3px; font: 18.5px \u0027Myriad Pro Condensed\u0027; color: #ffffff}\np.p5 {margin: 1.9px 0.0px 0.0px 0.7px; font: 22.0px \u0027Myriad Pro\u0027; color: #ffbc00}\np.p6 {margin: 5.0px 0.0px 0.0px 9.6px; text-indent: -3.8px; line-height: 21.3px; font: 18.5px \u0027Myriad Pro Condensed\u0027; color: #ffffff}\np.p7 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.7px; font: 18.5px \u0027Myriad Pro Condensed\u0027; color: #ffffff}\nspan.s1 {font-kerning: none}\n\u003c/style\u003e\u003cstyle type=\"text/css\"\u003e\np.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 55.0px Helvetica; color: #ffffff}\n\u003c/style\u003e","NumViews":282}, {"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":289}, {"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":310}, {"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":313}, {"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":296}, {"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":286}, {"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":472}],"numResults":22,"nextPage":"/api/blog/items.aspx?p=2&n=9&s=p"}