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Fresh update on "walmart" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Ten 41, and it's the last chance for Maryland drivers who have unpaid video tolls to catch a break on late fees. If you want to save some money, now is the time to check whether you have any unpaid video tolls on your record in Maryland. The state has been allowing drivers who have late fees on their unpaid tolls to pay the tolls without having to pay the late fees, but that deal ends at the end of the day tomorrow, so if you wait until Thursday, you will have to face those late fees. It's just continuing the escalation of unpaid tolls and civil penalties through November 30th. Maryland transportation secretary James port says drivers have been given a break in order to help people who faced late fees on tolls that accrued during the height of the pandemic. Nikai nelli WTO news. We're certainly seeing data indicating that Black Friday was a big hit with online shoppers. Turns out it was also a big day for gun buyers, ranking as the third best day for gun sales ever. The Washington examiner says the FBI recorded nearly a 193,000 background checks. The only two days when more gun purchases were black Fridays of 2017 and 2019. A candlelight vigil was held in Chesapeake, Virginia last night to remember the victims of last week's mass shooting at the Walmart supercenter. 6 store employees were killed and 6 others wounded by a store supervisor one week ago. Those who were killed ranged in age from 16 to 70. Virginia governor Glenn youngkin spoke at the vigil saying more needs to be done to address what he calls a nationwide mental health and a behavioral health crisis. We will work together to chart a path forward
Sen. Chris Murphy: Cut Funding for Police Not Enforcing Gun Laws
"Democrat Chris Murphy. This Connecticut Democrat, once these guys bang this drum all the time, here he was over the weekend after these terrible shootings in Colorado Springs, and if the Walmart, here was Chris Murphy, poster boy. For anti Second Amendment, anti constitutional rights for law abiding American citizens. You don't think they're coming for your guns? Think again. The majority of counties in this country have declared that they are not going to enforce state and federal gun laws. They have decided that they are going to essentially refuse to implement laws that are on the books. That is a growing problem in this country. And I think we're going to have to have a conversation about that in the United States Senate. Do we want to continue to supply funding to law enforcement in counties that refuse to implement state and federal gun laws? Red flag laws are wildly popular, right? You just temporarily take guns away from people. So you want to withhold money for law enforcement? I think we have to have a conversation about whether we can continue to fund law enforcement in states where they are refusing to implement these gun laws. Nuts. These people are back crap crazy.
Fresh update on "walmart" discussed on Clark Howard Show
"I paid $398 for my electric bike when it was on sale. It was a Walmart when they don't have them at three 98 right now. That's when I paid. It's low risk. And nobody stole one my bike, I guess, because they're going to try to steal a fancy electric bike mine doesn't look fancy at all. You put less money into it. It's not as likely a target for theft, and it will give you an opportunity to see if writing an electric bike really is going to work for your lifestyle. You will see electric bikes priced as low as what I paid, but a lot $600 or less. I have to admit something embarrassing. When I was in college, I got this nice mountain bike, and I locked it up at night in front of my dorm, and it was stolen because I put the lock around the front tire, and they just flipped the things and took it without the front tire. Oh, I know. Don't do that. Okay. I'm sorry. It's fine. It's just funny. It's a little, it was just one of those moments where I was like, oh, okay. Tim and Texas says, I'm 51. I've never been good with money. I don't have anything safe for retirement. I just started a pool service business. I'm bringing in ten to $13,000 monthly. Wow. Yeah, I was considering opening a sep IRA, but quickly realized I don't have the time now to build enough to fund a decent retirement. And I would be locking up that money until I'm 65 or older. What do you recommend for someone my age? I've considered saving up for the next few years and investing into a short term rental, perhaps I could accumulate two to 5 short term rentals in the next 5 to 8 years. I know I can not work like this for the next 30 years. I want to invest in something that can replace my current income. So Tim, first of all, don't give up on yourself. Getting savings done. Two, that is a wonderful revenue stream. You're generating so far with your business. Three, you obviously have a
The Numbers Don't Look Good...
"Let's turn to the overall economy right now because as we get more and more earnings in, I don't think it's looking so hot. I mean, I've been watching this market and you know I've been watching it with a ton of skepticism because since October, we've been watching it just go up up and away. I think up about 13% on the S&P 500. But what happens once the panacea that investors are planning for doesn't actually pan out. Then what do we do? And I don't know if it's going to pan out. I just want to point out, we're looking at basically the slowest earnings growth for the third quarter sends 2020. I mean, in 2020, it was really, really bad. Corporate earnings are just not coming in. And we've got, well, nearly 95% of companies reporting already. And so I would just say, if it's that bad in the third, what happens in the fourth, when you get those numbers in? What are people really going to say? I do know this week are going to be watching a few biggies. We get Dollar General coming out with get Salesforce. We've got Kroger, the grocery store. And what we're looking for here is whether or not we're starting to see much in the way of pullback on behalf of consumers. One of the good things about companies like Dollar General is that sometimes you see a trade down effect when things get kind of tough. People start trading down to the walmarts to the dollar generals, so we'll be watching all of this to see what the consumer trends really are. I would just say a lot of companies having reported and this is all according to facts at which trax and for the third quarter we really are looking at a pretty miserable showing. So unless things somehow turn around, big time in the final three months of the year and we'll get those reports of course in 2023. I would think that a slowdown in consumer spending coupled with a Federal Reserve that even if they're not doing 75 basis points is still trying to come through with 50 basis points each time I would think that you are going to start to see some softening. I would point out that the stocks are trading right now around 17 times earnings. It's a little bit higher than their historical ten year average. Not as crazy as it was. I mean, I think we're up around 21, 22 times earnings before. So we're back in a more normal range, but still in a very bullish optimistic range. And
Fresh update on "walmart" discussed on Rollye James
"Session at the university of Idaho after a quadruple killing two weeks ago, but as news nations brought in reports, campus is noticeably quieter. Many students opting not to return to campus since the killer who stabbed students Ethan Chapin, Madison, Xander canola, and Kayleigh Gonzalez is still on the runs. It's unclear what neighbors near the house where the murders happened have told police or if police have suspect information that they are not sharing with the public. Investigators acknowledge the sense of fear and the small community and say since the murders they've received 78 calls for unusual circumstances. The victims of last week's Walmart shooting in Virginia are being remembered with a candlelight vigil. To the families and friends, we mourn with you, we grieve with you, and we pray that our lord's peace will comfort you. Governor Glenn youngkin spoke at Monday's event in Chesapeake saying the act of senseless violence fills the community's hearts with unspeakable sadness, shock and anger. He also named an honored each of the 6 victims who were killed. Republican officials in a rural Arizona county have refused to certify the 2022 election despite no evidence of anything wrong with the count. The decision Monday was quickly challenged in court by the state's top election official, the refusal to certify by cochise county in southeastern Arizona comes from a pressure from prominent Republicans to reject results showing Democrats winning top races. New Twitter owner Elon Musk says Apple has stopped most of its advertising on the social media platform on Monday he accused the tech giant of censorship and asked if they quote hate free speech in America. Musk says the site has seen a massive drop in revenue since his $44 billion buyout and blames
Emboldened Biden, Dems push ban on so-called assault weapons
"President Biden raged the idea of trying to pass an assault weapons ban after two mass shootings in a week, but he'll likely face an uphill battle in Congress. It was Thanksgiving Day after 6 people were gunned down in a Walmart and 5 killed at a Colorado Springs gay bar. I'm gonna try to get rid of a subway. On NBC's meet the press, Colorado governor Jared polis, says something needs to be done. It's about mental health. Of course, it's about gun policy. Of course, it's about anti LGBTQ rhetoric. But the Democrat says it can be done without invoking a ban. Where you need an additional license or background check for some of the most high powered weapons. Also on the show, Kentucky Republican congressman James comer. Cities that have the most strict gun laws like Washington, D.C., Chicago, these are the cities with the highest rate of crimes comer says he'd support legislation aimed at improving mental health access and boosting law enforcement. Jackie Quinn, Washington
Fresh update on "walmart" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Companies and foreign unions have stalled over healthcare benefits and time off policies. Houston, Texas remains under a boil water advisory after a power outage at the city's water purification plant. Reporter Chris Fox has the latest details. The power outage was caused when a primary and backup transformer failed at the eastside water treatment plant Houston public works director Carol haddock. The failure was inside the plant that was between the supply side and getting to our treatment facility. Mayor Sylvester Turner says the problem was fixed in a couple of hours, but they went ahead with the boil water notice. I have to look at the data, working in collaboration with TCH and a partners out of an abundance of caution to the decision was made to do it. They hope to lift the boil water notice late Monday or early Tuesday. Chris Fox for CBS News, Austin. A self described white supremacist who killed ten black people at a Buffalo New York supermarket in May pleads guilty to multiple counts of murder and a hate motivated terrorism charge. CBS tarika Duncan reports the gunman will likely spend the rest of his life behind him. Prosecutors say the killer spent months researching his intended target because of the number of black people living in the neighborhood and court one prosecutor repeated the phrase because they were black several times after referring to each person who died. Meantime, people gathered in Chesapeake, Virginia, to remember the 6 people killed last week in a shooting at a Walmart break room. Governor Glenn youngkin described the difficult morning process. When yet another act of senseless violence fills our hearts with unspeakable sadness, shock and anger to move forward without fear without trouble has become for many an arduous task. The White House says President Biden is monitoring the largest Chinese protests in decades, CBS Ed O'Keefe explains how the rare public dissent in China is growing. Outrage was originally
Walmart shooter left 'death note,' bought gun day of killing
"New details have emerged about the Walmart shooter in Chesapeake, Virginia. Investigators say the Walmart supervisor who shot and killed 6 coworkers left behind what he called a death note. Andre Bing blamed others for mocking him and said he wishes his parents would have paid closer attention to his social deficits. Bing also said he did not plan the shooting, but that, quote, things just fell in place like I was led by the Satan. Coworkers who survived the shooting say was known for being difficult and for being hostile with employees. Police say Bing legally purchased a 9 millimeter gun he used, the day of the killings. He had no criminal record. Bing died at the scene of an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. I'm Mike Hempen.
Fresh update on "walmart" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"52 in roslyn 52° at farragut square and 51° in Laurel. At 6 41 now in WTO, a candlelight vigil is happening right now in Chesapeake, Virginia, as a way to honor the lives lost in that mass shooting at a Chesapeake Walmart last week. Meantime, the Chesapeake city council this evening has voted on an emergency measure to free up funding for recovery. Motion to approve the resolution as presented as adopted by an 8 O vote. That city Clark Sandra Madison announcing that vote 6 people were killed when a gunman, a manager at the store, opened fire back on November 22nd, he then shot and killed himself. A Texas woman who disappeared as a toddler more than 50 years ago was found by her family this week. Melissa highsmith was kidnapped by a babysitter from her Fort Worth home in 1971. She was just 22 months old. Her family and police never gave up the search but in the end, a DNA test from 23andMe connected Melissa's children with her parents and siblings. Melissa, who was raised in Fort Worth, never knew anyone was looking for her after the family contacted her, Melissa confronted the woman who raised her and got confirmation she was in fact stolen from her family as a baby. She has been living under the name Melanie Walden, but says she's changing it back to Melissa. President Biden is expected to flip the switch to light
Inflation hovers over shoppers heading into Black Friday
"Retailers are anxious to see if inflation will curb spending for Black Friday shoppers, rising prices for food, rent, gasoline, and other household costs have taken a toll on shoppers, and many are reluctant to spend unless there's a big sale. There are also more selective about what they buy. Some shoppers are also dipping into their savings and are turning increasingly to buy now pay later services, such as after pay and PayPal's 6 months no interest, some pandemic habits are sticking around, major retailers including Walmart and target again close their stores on Thanksgiving Day, and many moved away from door busters, the deeply marked down items offered for a limited time that drew crowds, instead the discounted items are available throughout the month on Black Friday or the holiday weekend. I'm Donna warder
Biden brings Thanksgiving pies to Nantucket first responders
"President Biden vacationing in Nantucket for the Thanksgiving holiday, spoke out against a recent spate of mass shootings in the country and calls on Congress to do more to limit assault weapons. 6 people killed in a southeast Virginia Walmart 5 dead in Colorado Springs in just a week and President Biden says more must be done to prevent these killings from taking place. The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. It's just sick. He tells reporters he'll take it to Congress, even though the sessions almost over and Democrats soon lose control of the House. Meanwhile, the president reached out to the owners of club Q in Colorado Springs, offering support and condolences, while a worker at the Virginia Walmart, whose life was spared, says she doesn't think the victims were randomly chosen. He was going hunting. He was looking, he was picking people out. Jesse will chesky on the job just 5 days, says the gunman who apparently killed himself aimed at her and then told her to run. I'm Jackie Quinn
NYPD: No known threats to Macy's parade, but tight security
"Police in New York say their planning tight security around the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Virginia. Police say there is no known credible threat to the event, but they say they'll deploy additional resources to ensure the festivities across the city are safe for all. The parade comes just two days after a manager at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, shot to death 6 people, and then himself, and four days after 5 people were shot to death at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Macy's is promising that the parade will be bigger and better this year than ever before, and the event is starting at 8 45 a.m. this year instead of 9 to accommodate all the balloons, floats, marching bands, and other participants. I'm Donna water
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Walmart Shooting: Manager Kills Six at Virginia Store
"Authorities in Chesapeake Virginia released an image Wednesday of the suspected shooter, they say gunned down 6 people inside of a Walmart where he was employed and injured several more in a deadly rampage authorities have identified the gunman as 31 year old, dumb, dumb, McDonnell DOM, Walmart previously told Fox digital that this dude was an overnight team lead and he's been employed with us since 2010. Chesapeake police responded to the Walmart on Tuesday night amid reports of an active shooter just before ten, 15 p.m. once inside officers began to evacuate the big box store, at least 50 people were inside, the building, according to police, three people, including his fool, were found dead, and an employee break room, another found dead, I need the front of the store, three other victims were taken to the hospital where they later died in total 6 people were killed and several others were wounded, employee, Breonna Taylor, said that overnight stock team of about 15 to 20 people had just gathered in a break room to go over the morning plans when shots rang out. She said, meeting was about to start and her team lead said, all right guys, we have late night ahead of us. When her manager turned around and opened fire on the staff, that's which is crazy. How many God dang? He was just shooting all throughout the room. She said, it didn't matter who he hit. He didn't say anything. He didn't look at anybody and he's specific type of way, a witness also told the news that she heard the suspect laughing at one point and that she believed that the shooting was planned.
Walmart manager opens fire in break room, killing 6
"A Walmart manager opened fire on coworkers in the break room of a Chesapeake, Virginia store, killing 6 people last night at leaving several others wounded. Walmart employee Brianna Tyler says she was standing in the break room with 15 to 20 other coworkers, starting the night restocking shift when her manager just walked in and started shooting. He just opened fire on everybody in the break room, and it is by the grace of God that a bullet missed me, not gonna lie. I literally looked at him, I saw the smoke leaving the gun and I literally watched bodies drop. Chesapeake police say he used a pistol then apparently killed himself their investigating motive, Tyler says he had issues with almost everyone. He was already kind of rocky with people, but to this extent I would have never, yeah, I would have never guessed this. Walmart identified the gunman as Andre Bing and says he's been with the store since 2010. I'm Julie Walker.
Police: 6 people and assailant dead in Walmart shooting
"Another mass shooting in America, this one last night at a Walmart in Virginia where 7 people, including the shooter, are dead according to police. Police say the shooter went into the Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia around 10 p.m. and opened fire officer Leo Kaczynski says they're investigating that person's connection with the store. We're looking into the relationships and all that. He says, when police went into Walmart, they found the shooter dead along with the victims and the injured. It's sad, you know, we're a couple of days before the Thanksgiving holiday. I mean, anytime it's a set of it's just a bad time all around. You know, it just for everybody involved. Especially the victims. This is horrible. That audio courtesy wvc, there have been 40 mass killings in the U.S. so far this year, according to a database by the AP USA Today and northeastern university. I'm Julie Walker
Police: 6 people, assailant dead in Walmart shooting
"Police in Chesapeake, Virginia say a gunman walked into a Walmart Tuesday night and began firing, killing 6 people. Police say they believe the gunman stopped shooting when officers arrived at the scene. They say the gunman is also dead, and that they don't believe officers fired any shots, a spokesman forced centaur a healthcare, says in a text message at 5 patients from the Walmart store or being treated at Norfolk general hospital, their conditions are not known. Walmart tweeted a statement saying we are shocked at this tragic event at our Chesapeake, Virginia store, were praying for those impacted the community and our associates. I'm Donna water
Virginia police: Multiple people killed in Walmart shooting
"Police in Chesapeake, Virginia say there are multiple dead and injured after a shooter walked into a Walmart Tuesday night and began firing. Police say officers entered the Walmart store and found several dead and wounded, and that the shooter is among the dead, Chesapeake police say they believe the shooter stopped firing when officers arrived. They haven't said whether the shooter is dead from a self inflicted gunshot. Walmart tweeted a statement saying we are shocked at this tragic event and our Chesapeake Virginia store, where praying for those impacted the community and our associates were working closely with law enforcement, and we are focused on supporting our associates. I'm John water
Over 20 Shoplifters Still on the Run After Storming Local Walmart
"By the way, last night, a Memphis Tennessee. Our war torn city that is controlled by Democrats 2022 or 25. They had almost two dozen thugs armed with guns and they stormed the Walmart on Elvis Presley boulevard. And they stole all these TVs and electronics. If it wasn't bolted down, it got taken. And the police say the guy's escaped in 20 different cars. A lot of them were infinities. I know, no surprise there. So we'll keep you updated on it. I'm telling you folks, Black Friday, black, Friday is already started. The shopping is already started. At least in Memphis, Tennessee.
Rising food costs take a bite out of Thanksgiving dinner
"Americans embracing for a costly Thanksgiving this year with double digit percent increases in the price of turkey potato stuffing and other Staples of the holiday Lower production and higher costs are only part of the reason that Thanksgiving meal is going up disease rough weather and even the war in Ukraine are also contributors Turkey supplies are at their lowest point since 1986 after a deadly avian flu and prices are up about 28% but not everywhere says Walmart's CEO Doug McMillan The Walmart U.S. team has set the retail prices for a typical Thanksgiving meal the same as last year We're removing inflation on a basket of traditional Thanksgiving food items including whole turkeys for under a dollar per pound Stores like lidl and Aldi also offering deals and target as advertising 99 cents per pound on select frozen turkeys Julie Walker New York
Malcolm Nance: Bravo to Generation Z for Leading the Nation
"Bravo, to Generation Z for the youth to turn out the vote and to understand what was at stake, you know? That grandma and grandpa, you know, in many parts of America, apparently, are doing meth. And have decided that, you know, a bloated orange billionaire is their only Salvation and destroying the entire social welfare network is the American way. These kids saw better. And they're leading us now. You know, the David hoggs, all the rest of you. You know, God bless you for taking care of, you know, for essentially taking care of people like me who think, you know, the Walmart shoppers who think Donald Trump is a living God. And that, you know, that there were was going to become law that they would take away all rights from the other 65% of America. They really saved this day. More importantly, we have instilled into the minds of many people now that you have to vote every time.
US retail sales rose 1.3% last month, a sign of resilience
"The commerce department reports that Americans stepped up their spending last month The government says U.S. retail sales rose 1.3% in October after a flat reading in September the increase was led by restaurants car sales at higher gas prices but even excluding those retail spending rose 0.9% It's a sign of consumer resilience as the holiday shopping season gets underway Economists pointed to Amazon's prime day promotion and inflation relief checks sent out in California last month which may have boosted consumer spending The government's solid report contrast with today's gloomy figures from retail giant target which announced unexpectedly weak profits while yesterday on the third quarter results call Walmart executives said even higher income shoppers are seeking out cheaper groceries and that customers are trading down to cheaper brands in some categories like baby items and baking goods I'm Jennifer King
"walmart" Discussed on AdExchanger Talks
"Yeah, it's interesting. I feel like having covered the space for a while, one of the things that I heard was always that like with a retailer, you've got to go, you want to work with Walmart, like you're off to Arkansas, like target, like even if you were like in the agency with target, like you had to be in Minneapolis. So yeah, and in a sense, like in the past couple of years, everyone's sort of like loosen those rules, you know, I think you've seen a lot more places, little hotbeds pop up. Yeah, James, this was when we started this thing a couple of years ago, this is a big topic of conversation. And I was a big proponent of the fact that if we're going to build a world class advertising platform driven organization, it has to be if we're going to bring in the right talent because we're competing with the googles and facebooks and everybody else for the meta for the talent. We need to be in those areas primarily. Now, one of the things that we work on is there has to be at Walmart Bentonville is headquarters, and that is sort of the mothership, if you will, for Walmart. So we do travel. We do have strong connections with the merchant organization and with the business there. But from a hiring perspective, like I said, the majority of the majority of our teams are coastal, if you will. Gotcha. And I guess I'll say maybe as a plug here, but we can not hire fast enough. We still, you know, we have a ton of seats that we have to fill to meet the growth of this business. The business is growing faster than we can hire. And I guess I would just say, you know, I know it's tough time for a lot of people in the industry who are experiencing layoffs. But I guess I feel I'll say I feel fortunate that we're able to actually kind of open the doors for folks who are looking to make a move into the retail media space. Yeah, I do think that even compared to the serious belt tightening in 2020 and the recession before that where it was really just like jobs across the board being hosed now it is more like there are lots of places that are doing sort of like big, big cost cutting and layoffs, but lots of places are still hiring. It does seem like a very different dynamic where people are just sort of sloshing around as opposed to just cuts across the board. Yeah. I mean, Walmart connect is foundational. Like I said at the beginning, we were sort of an incubator three or four or 5 years ago just to see if we could get this thing rolling. We've proven that we can and now we're at we're actually at a stage where Walmart connect is being called out in earnings calls that we are we are driving meaningful bottom line revenue and helping drive top line as well, but really driving a lot of bottom line revenue to help scale the business and it has increasingly becoming a priority top down.
"walmart" Discussed on AdExchanger Talks
"Want to get your thoughts on the third party cookie extension yet again. I feel like, you know, really everyone I talk to, everyone's always talking about, you know, we're only thinking about the post cookie world, but everyone is just gleeful every time it gets punted. And I think probably retailers are really the only examples of people who are like, yeah, let's actually get this show on the road. So yeah, curious your thoughts on what's going on there. Well, I guess I'd start by saying, I'm not surprised that it's continues to be delayed. It's complex. And we've got whatever the digital ad industry, $500 billion industry that's primarily been built on the cookie. For many, maybe most, specifically third party cookies. It's just going to take some time to turn the ship. And I just don't think the industry and this giant industry is ready for a flip the switch to a cookie world. A lot of the, in my opinion, a lot of the larger ad tech and specifically like the programmatic media world that they just rely so heavily on cookies to target and measure campaigns. And if I was a platform that was built on third party cookies, I'd be dragging my feet a little bit too, especially because there just doesn't yet seem to be consensus on what a cookie less world is going to look like. And to be honest, you know, this, it's actually an opportunity for companies like Walmart connect because advertisers are looking to reduce their reliance on third party data. They're shifting their strategies to start focusing on partners that have massive first party datasets. And I think it's one of the reasons, as you just mentioned, it's one of the reasons that you're seeing the rise of retail media. I can leave it at that. Yeah. And another topic I want to get into and really I like to bring this up with every sort of retail exec, I talked to is talent and retention. You're getting into ad tech advertising.
"walmart" Discussed on AdExchanger Talks
"We're just getting these platforms in place, or just building out the sales organization, the marketing organization, the product platforms, et cetera, that we need to continue to continue growing the business, right? We are just scratching the surface on what I think Walmart connect can do. Well, in terms of in terms of what you can do and I think the Walmart deal with the trade desk is unique and I think Walmart is aside from Amazon probably clearly going to be like the next and maybe only other example for a long time of this company that's applying retail media across the web programmatically as opposed to simply on their own sort of sites and through retail media networks. So where is that business line within the sort of overall Walmart? Is that Walmart connect? Is that still sort of marginal, but exciting, hypothetical? Like what's going on there? So the way today, I'd say we have, when I think about our products and platforms, we have obviously have our sponsored search platform. I think we all know what that is and how it works. It's sort of the foundation of retail media. We have our display, I almost hesitate to call it display because it has such a negative connotation, but our display network and that display that display network, we've been focused on our O and O properties, and we have an entire infrastructure built to power that. And then we partnered with the trade desk to build out the Walmart DSP because we want to help, like I said earlier, we want to be able to help our advertisers our suppliers, large and small to be able to engage with and influence the buying patterns of Walmart shoppers. And as we all know, Walmart shoppers do a lot more than just shop on Walmart. And so on Walmart dot com. So the idea is to help our advertisers through
"walmart" Discussed on Mike Gallagher Podcast
"So angry and saddened, I've spent a lot of time in Walmart. I like Walmart. Walmart doesn't have they always make fun of Walmart shoppers. Yeah, we're schlubby and we're trashy and Walmart was one of the last holdouts of the big box stores to keep supporting and selling my pillow products. Now make no mistake. Big box stores sell my pillow products because they make money. My pillow is one of the most successful products at Walmart. Everybody knows it. But you know, when Mike lindell went to The White House and shed from the rose garden, it's a good time to pray for our country. It's a good time to open your Bible. It's a good time to turn to God. The beast was injured. The beast went nuts. And they turned on him. They turned on him with an intensity that I've never seen. And the activists, the anti religion activists, were then further infuriated by Mike's insistence that the November 2020 election was tainted. And that we've got to focus on election integrity. Well, they doubled down. They went after Bed Bath & Beyond in coals. All the big box stores that carried my pillow products and they would email them and they would call them and they blitzed them. With demands that they stopped selling my pillow because they wanted to destroy Mike lindell and the company that Mike lindell founded. My pillow. Walmart has been a holdout. As I saw a week or two ago, I noticed there were my pillow products in Walmart. And I asked my friends at my pillow, my contacts over there says, yeah, Walmart's still sells my pillow.
"walmart" Discussed on The Business of Esports
"Something in the game is overpowered or something it's like too good that the character or this gun is broken. That's what you say. Gamers say, it's broken. And it was like, we are not. The PR nightmare had its own. I can see how that didn't go over well with Walmart's. I think it's sick though. Still love it. In some ways, like Tyler, I love it too, but that's still not your audience, right? The audience to me was you guys got it spot on with the branding because to me, that's what would have appealed. Again, it's mom and dad who are buying 8 year old Timmy, something for Christmas. And they're at Walmart and this just makes sense. I will not let overpower die the way that people have assumed it's dead. So me personally I'm going to bring it back. And we learned a lot, obviously the things that we had picked out ten 80s, we picked out the CPUs who picked out the power supplies. They picked out some cooling and all sorts of stuff. But what we didn't really focus on was the type of motherboard. As long as the motherboard handled what we had PCI PCIe slots and things like that. And I was like, okay, cool. And then also the type of ram that was used. And that's where, you know, when you get this stuff built, the distributors, things like that. Everyone wants to make money, obviously. And so you cut corners in certain ways. And I think that I want to say cut corners of negative way, but I want to say that because it wasn't called out because it wasn't focused on go for the option that makes the most money. And you know, you can sell it at the lowest price. And I think that that was something that was overthought or oversaw it on our part and yeah. Once those bad few bad videos came out, we just could not bounce back. We really could not bounce back. But I'm happy to hear that you have the laptop because I actually love the laptop. Yeah, we use a bunch of them on a bunch of them and just bothers me. Because the game, the gamer responds to me is so disingenuous in some ways. The industry loves to ban the around the idea of gaming's all about accessibility. We need to be accessible. We need, right? It's making it more accessible. And then here you have a machine being sold at Walmart, great value. Okay, again, it's not no one was expecting the Walmart machine to be judged against top of the line custom PCs to then sort of poo poo it to me goes against the whole. Hey, we want the industry to be more accessible. Because being able for a parent to go buy a sub $1000 laptop for their kid to play games on to me was major. Well, I'm very happy you see it that way. That's how we felt. That's how we felt too. It was one of those things that like, man, this is fantastic because you think of the Walmart shopper. They're probably gaming on a switch or they're gaming on an Xbox, and an old Xbox. And now they're watching ninja, who's playing on this awesome PC. Mom, I want to game on a PC..
"walmart" Discussed on The Business of Esports
"So that's really how series Z and apex legend started was just because EA was willing to work with us on all fronts. So in that sense it allows us to dive into a game that not only we believed into and extend as far as the battle Royale genre goes, but also allowed us to engage that community on a higher scale than we would be able to do with something like Fortnite or Call of Duty because of limitations we have with those titles due to game developers. Yeah, the game developers unfortunately hold a lot of cards. And you want to play nice with them because you don't want to play me with them because they can't be me. I would say the most anticipated thing that I'm looking forward to is we've been a reactionary business for so long. It's like Fortnite was very popular. Oh, great, let's focus on a Fortnite tournament developed something really quick and then get some bunch of people in our arena so they could play Fortnite together. I'm looking forward to the day that we're in hundreds of locations, not too much Marcus saturation, obviously, so we don't want to go too far. But we've got a distribution that a game developer, a young game developer. I want the next pubg. That to me is I think obviously H one Z one did what they did and armor and all that sort of stuff. But when pubg had like big dollar amounts to really develop a new genre and really be a pioneer in a new genre, they probably really wanted like a great distribution. Obviously they had ton people downloaded things like that right out the gates. And it's actually one of my favorite games that I played. Along with here's a storm since I started this company. Luke told me to throw that one in there. I'm a huge chill out of Maine. Oh, my God. Is this a joke? I told you. You guys are your memeing, right? I'm the only game I currently play. I'm like, I'm like the biggest heroes of the storm fan of all time. See, this is the whole thing. I think this game has a secret following in the industry. People said it does. I wouldn't mind actually no games. The most. Let's do the handshake. Let's do that. Old man, that's bold. But I have a player said she got buffed because she had some strong times in the matter of skins always amazing. Anyway, I'm actually greatly auric too. Like the one that halo two is like the one game I'm good at. You're like, you're like the good at the two games I'm good at. So yes, we have the newcomer question and now it's like Joanna man you flipped out. So yeah, you're right. We should gain more. Does can we talk about just a bit of a deeper dive on one of the integrations or activations you guys did with Walmart specifically the overpowered laptops? Come on now. I thought it was not a list of do not ask questions. But I will say I bought one and I thought it was decent. I thought it was a good machine. And it was good value. And one of my editors is using it now. It's seen a lot of use and a lot of legs. I'm curious, what happened there? For whatever as much as you can talk to it, right? If you can't talk to it, that's okay too, but you know, I thought it was a clever integration and I liked Walmart sort of throwing their hat in the hardware ring. Again, Walmart's a great mainstream brand, trusted brand and for a family looking for the parents looking to buy their kid a gaming laptop..
"walmart" Discussed on The Business of Esports
"That was so much strenuous on our staff. And so with these smaller Walmart stores, it's like this could actually scale. This could do really well here. And we're still providing this high level competitive experience when it comes to eSports and gaming that is just inside a Walmart. So it's not like it's different. You're still getting that community vibe, you're going there with the like minded people that you want to compete against. It just makes us more accessible. Walmart has a massive parking lot. If you're hungry, then go to the subway or McDonald's. That's literally right next to where it was. If you need to finish some shopping for the week, then just walk out on the floor, buy whatever you need. And then you're still there for competing in the game that you love. So we opened up those stores and did pretty well, Walmart and I decided that we would open up more. So then we decided to open up a total of 18 more and run those tests and then obviously with COVID, we were going gangbusters before opened up like 12 or 13 in like February and March of 2020. And so we were in Philly big loop was in Florida. And we were essentially being like, we all got to go back home. And so then we showed everything down. And then but during that time, I should actually probably talk about series Z because that's I think the most creative thing this company has ever thought of. We had a lot of brands reaching out to us like Pringles Intel. Razer obviously. Et cetera is a partner now. Visits partner now mobile one. All these brands were basically saying, hey, Walmart, what are you doing with these ports? We really like this. And can we get involved? Because think about it, the end user who's our end user is, again, that an attractive clientele. It's the 20 to 30 year old male with disposable income that what you would want to market to. And what better way to market to them than literally in person? And so with Walmart, we were able to get a lot of these brands attention because we're such a unique concept inside a Walmart store. That a lot of these brands are saying, hey, how can we get involved? And so we had come up with this concept to say like, well, what if the brands or the teams? And so we could find these teams. How is these teams? And then have them be team Pringles, team Intel. Team et cetera, team vizio, team mobil one, things.
"walmart" Discussed on Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms Type 1 Diabetes
"A new agreement with novo Nordisk means Walmart is selling its own branded version of novolog. Real sense of fried for us at Walmart to hear the great feedback our pharmacists and pharmacy teams are very excited about the product and how they can help support patients. That's Michael Burke, director of brand pharmacy merchandising for Walmart. We'll talk about who can get this how much it costs. Why now? And what's next? This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your healthcare provider. Welcome to another week of the show, I am your host, Stacey Sims. And we aim to educate and inspire about diabetes with a focus on people who use insulin. My son was diagnosed right before he turned to back in 2006 and my husband.
"walmart" Discussed on The Breakdown with NLW
"What the signals were that. Something was fishy. The first is the obvious one. I mentioned before that. There's just basically a snowball's chance in hell that any major retailer is going to work with light coin in twenty twenty one. The second i believe is in the content itself. Some of these are pretty subtle but as someone who's written a fair number of press releases. I think they're worth noting. I supposed quote from walmart. Ceo has a strange phrase. We will enable shoppers to experience a very smooth checkout experience with near instant transaction. Confirmation that i just don't know any firm who had let that sort of phrase go through but admittedly that's the most minor of my quibbles. The second and more egregious is that charlie lee is not the ceo of the light coin foundation because the light coin foundation doesn't have a ceo has directors of which he is managing director. That's a pretty big one third. There are some phrases that make me think this was not written by a native english language speaker for example now with this partnership walmart will offer their shoppers to use light coin to benefit from the features of the crypto currency. It's just super awkward. Phrasing that anyone who's paid for a living to write press copy wouldn't use and finally. There's the two paragraphs of awkwardly phrased pitch for light coin rather than anything about walmart's innovation walmart's creativity walmart's blazing the trail for other companies to follow suit. Which is what would be at the end of a press release if it was really walmart pushing it. The last line isn't something like with this new partnership walmart cements. Its place as one of the world's most innovative retailers but instead is light coin also processes financial transactions. A lot quicker now. Those things might not see major you but we have to remember that. What we're discussing is the fact that mainstream media outlets reported this as true and they're used to reading these sort of press releases. These are the sort of context clues that it's not just me but people in newsroom should have and frankly have even better than i do. But i'm still burying the lead here. These like i said are all context clues for people who are used to reading press releases. But they're not the really big things. So what were those well first of all. While this press release was distributed through a wire service it was not shared via walmart's official press cite kind of a big thing usually when a press release goes out from a corporation that has a press cite. It goes out simultaneous to that press. Release being on their site because people want to be linking back to their corporate site and not just the press release homepage. Second if one reversed search the account of the company that published the wire walmart inc on the database of global news wire who's pushed through you've found that they never published anything else. Okay weird so we've got nothing on walmart site plus no track record of other press.
"walmart" Discussed on CoinDesk Podcast Network
"What the signals were that. Something was fishy. The first is the obvious. One i mentioned before. There's just basically a snowball's chance in hell that any major retailer is going to work with light coin in twenty twenty one. The second i believe is in the content itself. Some of these are pretty subtle but as someone who's written a fair number of press releases. I think they're worth noting. I supposed quote from walmart. Ceo has a strange phrase. We will enable shoppers to experience a very smooth checkout experience with near instant transaction. Confirmation that i just don't know any firm who had let that sort of phrase go through but admittedly that's the most minor of my quibbles. The second and more egregious is that charlie lee is not the ceo of the light coin foundation because the light coin foundation doesn't have a ceo has directors of which he is managing director. That's a pretty big one third. There are some phrases that make me think this was not written by a native english language speaker for example now with this partnership walmart will offer their shoppers to use light coin to benefit from the features of the crypto currency. It's just super awkward. Phrasing that anyone who's paid for a living to write press copy wouldn't use and finally. There's the two paragraphs of awkwardly phrased pitch for light coin rather than anything about walmart's innovation walmart's creativity walmart's blazing the trail for other companies to follow suit. Which is what would be at the end of a press release if it was really walmart pushing it. The last line isn't something like with this new partnership walmart cements. Its place as one of the world's most innovative retailers but instead is light coin also processes financial transactions. A lot quicker now. Those things might not see major you but we have to remember that. What we're discussing is the fact that mainstream media outlets reported this as true and they're used to reading these sort of press releases. These are the sort of context clues that it's not just me but people in newsroom should have and frankly have even better than i do. But i'm still burying the lead here. These like i said are all context clues for people who are used to reading press releases. But they're not the really big things. So what were those well first of all. While this press release was distributed through a wire service it was not shared via walmart's official press cite kind of a big thing usually when a press release goes out from a corporation that has a press cite. It goes out simultaneous to that press. Release being on their site because people want to be linking back to their corporate site and not just the press release homepage. Second if one reversed search the account of the company that published the wire walmart inc on the database of global news wire who's pushed through you've found that they never published anything else. Okay weird so we've got nothing on walmart site plus no track record of other press releases with this wire service global news wire..
"walmart" Discussed on the NewsWorthy
"You'll have to keep wearing masks on planes trains and buses for a while longer. The tsa has extended the federal mask mandate until at least mid january. It was originally supposed to expire next month but federal officials say mass are still necessary while cove nineteen is still spreading those mask. Requirements have made travel a lot more tensely though the faa has received more than thirty eight hundred reports of unruly passengers this year which is a record and it says almost twenty eight hundred of them involved people who were refusing to wear a mask. It's another sign of the world. Moving online amazon outsold walmart last year for the first time in history. The new york times cited new corporate and industry data that shows in the last year people spent more than six hundred ten billion dollars on amazon. That's about forty four billion dollars more than what walmart reported. This is the first time. Walmart has been outsold by anyone in the us since. Nineteen ninety when it passed up sears as the country's biggest retailer but the pandemic was huge for amazon since they had homeowners and quarantines force people to buy more products than ever online walmart saw growth in the last year as well just not as much as amazon worldwide another online giant is on top chinese retailer. Alibaba is the top global seller. Neither amazon nor walmart is dominant in china. By the way it looks like americans are starting to cut back on their spending. In general the us commerce department says overall retail sales. Were down last month. As compared to the month the biggest drops were at stores that sell clothing furniture and sporting goods. Whoever spending at restaurants and bars is still going up. He economists say the shows. Americans are shifting their priorities from.
"walmart" Discussed on Mojo In The Morning
"No good deed goes unpunished Mike was trying to do the right thing he truly was it's mojo in the morning. How're you doing michael. I'm good how are you good. So what happened to you mike. So i was. I was going. I was going grocery shopping. And i will let me let me give you the back story. Real quick i got caught. Oh god hold on a sec. We're going to be here until twelve o'clock now. He's going to give us the backstory. All right so i was caught stealing one time in my entire life. I always stole. Let me rephrase it. I only stole in was caught stealing one time in my entire life. It was an a. k. mart. That tells you how long ago was. And it was a fabulous edited cd. I was mad more about that. Got caught stealing an edited. Cd that i wasn't. I got caught at the time but it was embarrassed. Rapper fabulous. Yeah yeah it was embarrassed and it was. I learned my lesson at that point. So i obviously don't steal now but i went to a. I went to a store and went grocery shopping and picked up a pair of sunglasses and then went through the self-checkout line or whatever pay for my groceries and put everything in the car will at some point in that i. I don't know if i forgot or you just couldn't see the sunglasses in those blue carts. Like i couldn't see the actual pair sunglasses so when i walked out like the alarm went off and i'm like i have no idea so. They grabbed my receipt and they go to look through all my stuff and they don't know either and i'm like all right. Well it's weird but okay cool sunglasses. I know they said okay. No yeah i completely forgot about and then couldn't see them in the cart and so we walk out. I walked to the and i start loading stuff into the car. And i realized that though sunglasses are there and i'm like aw man and so now you have to make a choice. Do i bring it back in. Or do i just go. You know what if i bring this back in. I'm gonna look like at the point. I'm like if i bring this back. I'm gonna look like a whole like. I just had a guy stole them in just didn't want. It felt bad about it. Or whatever or do i just you know what these were like. Ten pairs ten dollar pair of sunglasses. Walk out in chocolate up as a as a you will make it look. You wouldn't look bad if they're not saying i would. If i made it clear. I think that they would be surprised that you act like somebody actually like admitted to to doing that now. Now let's see now. Let's see what is honest man did what did you do i of course i bought them back up like i would guilty. Yeah oh yes. Yeah yeah brought them back up. I walked in. And i had the receipt in my hand and i walked up to her and i said you know what i forgot. These were even in here. I so sorry. She worked Okay and then. So i go. Yeah judgy way. Oh very incredibly judgy way like yeah right okay. So i walked back and she goes. Oh you forgot. You bought sunglasses and i. Yes yes well. I actually didn't yet. I walk into the self-checkout line. And i scan them and i make sure you know i pay for them. Everything's good. I walk out with them in my hand and then the new receipt in my hand and i walk up to her and i go. Yeah loops my fault. She goes now. I'm gonna need you to see a receipt just in case so you did. You did the right thing. Yes yeah of course i did. She's and she shaming you. Yes she made me feel like an a-hole bringing it back like oh she's like oh i i need to. She had to go through my receipt again to make sure that i wasn't stealing them for a second time. If your weight so she was thinking. I don't get i don't get it. I don't understand maybe somebody will tell us where where it why she was thinking this. I would think that she would commend you and say to you and obviously it's i. I know i know what store you're saying 'cause i know that you're you're a big fan of frequent shopper. There in the cards. But i know you don't want to say the name because they're an advertiser and you don't want to know you're committing felonies in there on a regular basis but but i think that that's that's kind of a crazy thing that she thought that way. I expect a metal. You know what i mean. I expect like a big hug. They said oh my gosh. You're such a good person but like pat on the back. Maybe maybe i guess but don't look at you like you are a criminal even though you look like a criminal and they get treated like a criminal more after i i walk out after you could see me from the self-checkout line. You saw me. You know you if you watch me walking in and we we had a whole conversation you knew you probably should watch me to see if i'm gonna go pay for this now like i get that part of it but now you've seen me paid for it. You watch me grabbed the receipt. And then i've walked past you and make like. Oh yeah. I'll take care of now and then you go well now. I need to see your receipt. And and the interesting thing is one of their people. One of her coworkers messed up screwed up too because they didn't see sunglasses inside the cart. Even though the sensor alarm actually did its job pointed out the way now that you brought them back in the store you no longer stole them. They're back in the store. Oh i didn't even think of that i. I don't know what the thinking is on the on that and by the way you. I commend you for being honest like that because i would have predicted that you did not bring those things back. The only reason. I had a long conversation about it way. Why would you think that i just because i think majority of people even spike said sped set it like i wouldn't wanna bring it back but you know i already got to my car and be like at that point in my in you already scott stopped right and yeah and nobody knew like if my kids knew i had to take him back because the right thing but if it was really a dollar pair of sunglasses car. I'm like big corporations not only do the right thing. When you're in front of your kids. You're saying i i don't know i think a lot of people probably would do the opposite of what you did. A lot of people would do exactly what spike saying was there would be like. Oh it's ten dollar item base based on how much it cost now. If that were a hundred and fifty dollar pair of ray bans you know in. You're walking out of the sunglass hut. Whatever the heck it is then. You're more than likely going to go. Oh okay i don't know why. Which one are you going to do. Are you going to say why. It's you gonna shannon. You're maybe right you made. It seem obvious that people would turn around and go back. But i wonder if that would propel people to be like. I just got sure. That's a lot of money. Jerry what do you think about what happened to. Mike are arguing. Let mike know happens. I feel water from walmart. All the time. Pallets of what could you put it underneath the car guitar about it and you wanna get up. I want to get out of there. They're supposed to look at cart but you do versus slim. Used to be on our show would do that. Never even talk about it but he would do that on purpose. No he would be like. Oh my god honor. You said he'd do it all the time so. Obviously you're at a conscious decision right now. Probably i probably stopped while jerry is not an accident. It's not you're going. Oh crap. I like slim did where slim then has go to the store and say i got the water. Maybe the first time for jerry was an accident and then he realized how easy it was to get that water. Share your water. Save you. Save our man we have to. We have to do man..
"walmart" Discussed on All Markets Summit
"What has been walmart's role throughout the social unrest. We've seen in. Recent months was a company as you. Probably know from following so closely. We've been working on diversity equity inclusion forever. And when george floyd was murdered it served as a moment for everybody. I think and inside the company the conversations that we're having escalated and we started trying to figure out. Okay what more can we do. Clearly there are inequities here and too. Many of our systems are generating those inequities. The numbers speak for themselves. If black and african americans could participate in our economy at the same level that others do. It'd be a boost to gdp growth. What what has to happen underneath all of this police. In reform and things related to criminal justice but the financial system the education system healthcare. What has to change in those complex systems. And what's the what are the underlying routes that we can get at that will create more equity on the other side and at walmart. What we've done is create four different teams that are led by african american officers focused on those systems that i just mentioned in parallel business roundtable. The ceo's decided to do the same thing. So we had a of ceos mary. Barra craig arnold jamie dimon and many others. They got involved in understanding what these systems look like learning from experts and coming back with changes that we can make inside of our companies or policies that we can recommend to government that would create more equity on the other side in addition to that walmart did set up one hundred million dollar center for racial equity. That'll help support some of this change. But the core systems work reminds us of the environmental sustainability. Work that we've done if you can find ways with our purchase orders. Think.
"walmart" Discussed on All Markets Summit
"In oracle not walmart. We're focused on the front end. And how users might be able to interact with tiktok and when they see something they want to buy. Do it in a simple fund seamless way and have a good back and experience because of our fulfillment capabilities. So that's an interesting relationship that could end up impacting more than just the united states. Now it's pretty cool. When would a new form of marketplace. When would that the live is that within the year. Can you bill de quickly. But there are forms of social commerce. That are happening already around the world. You can see that maybe most prominently in china but whether it's tiktok or facebook instagram. In some ways google the digital front ends that exists in our case. We have one with our app. In addition to the ways that we interact with others will become kind of seamless people as they want to buy merchandise and have that experience. So i think you can start to see some of the signs of that today with marketplaces that are being built in. What with what. We're building. But i think it will progress. It'll become more pronounced across various channels and become more pronounced geographically as it grows. So how has it been worth it to go through all this Walmart's been the headlines has been dragged through the mud a little bit With regards to tiktok but just listening to you it sounds like that is okay because the longer run opportunities still pretty big yeah. I think there's been criticism of the deal and it's been complicated in some ways because the governments are involved but i don't have any concern about the way that we've been treated our our focus here is i. Described earlier is really simple. We wanna play any commerce role in help users and hopefully something can be worked out. Let's switch gears here again. Some social issues. What has been walmart's role throughout the social unrest. We've seen in. Recent months was a company as you. Probably know from following so closely. We've been working on.
"walmart" Discussed on All Markets Summit
"The pandemic as if it wasn't hard enough to manage that you're also have made a play for tiktok along with oracle. What's the latest on that we've had an ongoing conversation with bytedance for a while. Now and basically what we would love to do is to play. A role in the e commerce fulfillment payment and some to some degree advertising aspects of that relationship so the national security concerns in the us and china. Those will be resolved by government officials in oracle not walmart. We're focused on the front end. And how users might be able to interact with tiktok and when they see something they want to buy. Do it in a simple fund seamless way and have a good back and experience because of our fulfillment capabilities. So that's an interesting relationship that could end up impacting more than just the united states. Now it's pretty cool. When would a new form of marketplace. When would that the live is that within the year. Can you bill de quickly. But there are forms of social commerce. That are happening already around the world. You can see that maybe most prominently in china but whether it's tiktok or facebook instagram. In some ways google the digital front ends that exists in our case. We have one with our app. In addition to the ways that we interact with others will become kind of seamless people as they want to buy merchandise and have that experience. So i think you can start to see some of the signs of that today with marketplaces that are being built in. What with what. We're building. But i think it will progress. It'll become more pronounced across various channels and become more pronounced geographically as it grows.
"walmart" Discussed on All Markets Summit
"Follow you on instagram. And i have for for some time. What are you telling employees. You have just following your account. You're still you've been going to stores talking with employees. What have you told them about their interactions with with consumers. I imagine they've been scared to get up close and personal with consumers. I think the steps that they are taking and that we've taken as a company of helped social distancing wearing facial coverings using plexiglas washing hands. All those things. It's a combination of things that have to be done to keep people safe and our associates have done a great job in that respect. And when i'm visiting stores and clubs and distribution centers during this period of time i'm basically maybe just two things one is. Thank you there being so courageous so dedicated really do have a heart to serve other people on those that need to take leave because they may have a pre existing condition or need to take care of their family. The company has lee policies. That enable people to do that so quite a few of our folks have gone out on leave but the vast majority of them are coming to work. And making it happen. We've also hired quite a few people during the course of the year Globally last number. We shared publicly is that we've hired over half a million people vast majority of those being the united states to help offset the demand pressure that we're feeling and take the place of those walmart associates at have gone out on leave so the first thing i'm doing is saying thank you and the second thing is asking. What do you need. A what more can we do to help. Keep you safe help. Keep customers safe and serve them effectively and the number one answer getting back right now is help us within stock. We need more inventory back to your original question but as it relates to safety people feel like we've done everything we can think of to do at this moment. Now we'll keep learning and if there's something more we can do to help keep people safe. We'll do it
"walmart" Discussed on NPR's Business Story of the Day
"An npr investigation has found that pharmacists. Working for walmart tried for years to raise the alarm about the company's sale of highly addictive opioids. walmart says it broke no laws and acted responsibly. The company faces lawsuits including a complaint. By the justice department. Walmart has been an npr underwriter which we cover like other company and npr addiction correspondent. Brian man has the story to understand. The rule pharmacists and pharmacy chains like walmart played in the opioid crisis. It helps to look at one walmart. Customer a woman named christina dine. She was in her twenties when a doctor ohio prescribed her. Large doses of powerful opioids at the highest. I was prescribed three thirty milligram. Oxy code on a day with two fifteen milligram. Koto kind of thrown in there for quote unquote breakthrough pain. Dine had been diagnosed with bositis painful but not the sort of ailment were a highly addictive narcotic is generally recommended under federal law after a doctor writes the prescription especially one like dines that poses a serious risk of addiction. The pharmacist is also required to play an important gatekeeper role. It's a big part of their job to make sure powerful drugs are only dispensed when there's a legitimate medical purpose dine. Says she had her. Opioid prescriptions filled repeatedly for two years at a number of pharmacies including her local walmart. No one warned her about the danger. I never once had a pharmacist or any other pharmacy staff question. It questioned me. Ask me any questions whatsoever. Dine became addicted to pain pills and later heroin. This was twenty twelve and at first she didn't realize she was part of an opioid epidemic. Already killing tens of thousands of people year by the time dine fell into addiction. Walmart was doing business shipping. Hundreds of millions of opioid pills every year to its chain of pharmacies. The country a shawnee sheeran is a pharmacist. Who saw this happening in walmart. Stores where he worked in rural michigan. He says there were often lines of people. When the store opened waiting to buy opioids i see that bishops. Fifteen to twenty are already lined up to get their prescriptions. Filled cheering told npr. He saw things that scared people who looked healthy. We're getting a lot of pain pills. They were traveling hundreds of miles to fill their prescriptions at his walmart store when he tried to call doctors to find out what was happening. He often couldn't get them on the phone. He was so troubled. He sent warnings to walmart's corporate headquarters in arkansas. So i send the email to walmart executive levels. And i explain them that. Their large number of controlled substance and the narcotics dispensed not for genuine purpose. Which are for distribution on the street. Cheering says nothing happened to fix the problem. And that made him angry so he kept trying warning warnings managers at walmart. Pharmacies seemed to be feeding a black market for opioid pills. They told me. Do not reach out to the da or do not. Call the police if you're going to do so your employment. Going to be terminated immediately records show sheer did contact local police and the drug enforcement administration. He was suspended by walmart. And later fired. He sued the company under a federal whistleblower. Statute a case still pending. Npr tried to ask wal mart about this. The company declined repeated interview requests and didn't respond to a list. Detailed questions it turns out sheeran wasn't the only pharmacist. Raising alarms internal company documents made public in lawsuits against walmart. Show pharmacists all over. The country kept warning. Company executives about opioids and about pill mill doctors sending patients to walmart. There was no oversight from a top of out the over dispensing of controlled substances. This is a pharmacist. Who worked for walmart in the south. Who says he left a couple of years ago voluntarily take another job. Npr agreed not to use his name because he fears a family member. Still employed by walmart. Could face retribution. He says walmart pharmacies kept doing business with doctors. Even when there were clear signs. Things weren't right. They were primary care doctors. They weren't like paint management doctors. They weren't oncologists and they were prescribing. Large amounts of opiates now again as part of their gatekeeper role. All pharmacists have the authority to reject suspicious. Prescriptions and walmart points out in public statements. This does happen at its pharmacies but as walmart shipped and sold hundreds of millions of pills a year industry experts in the pharmacists. Npr interviewed said. There was enormous pressure at walmart to say yes to dispense opioid pills quickly. You know they the walmart didn't make it so that it was easy for you to say no or to do the right thing. Another thing. we've learned from court documents filed in lawsuits against walmart. Is that pharmacists. Weren't the only ones raising alarms. Federal regulators also kept telling walmart it system for managing opioids and keeping patients. Safe wasn't good enough under pressure from the. Da walmart signed an agreement. Way back in twenty eleven promising national reforms the pharmacist. We talked who said things never improved. Again walmart declined. Npr's interview requests but the company has created a public campaign to explain. its opioid practices. This video posted last year. On walmart's website. We all have a responsibility to dispense opioid appropriately. And so when somebody comes star pharmacy and we're going to dispense them a medication we're gonna do it responsibly. We wanna make sure that they're safe and legal filings. Walmart attorneys acknowledged the. Da warned the company about red flags patterns of prescribing behavior. That could mean opioid prescriptions. Were unsafe or illegal. Walmart's has those advisories work legally binding and says government guidance on opioids was often confusing and contradictory. The company also argues. It was the government's job not walmart's to crack down on dangerous pill mill doctors. These arguments will be tested in courts around the country as lawsuits against walmart and other pharmacy chains move. People like christina. Dine will be watching. After filling her first prescription for oxy codeine pills back in twenty twelve dina says it took years to put her life back together. I i got sober and two thousand fifteen. After my daughter's father overdosed died. A kind of went in and out. I struggled for a bitch but <hes>. I've been sober. Since two thousand seventeen dine is doing better now working as a recovery nurse helping others with addiction but more than two hundred and thirty thousand americans have died from overdoses. Linked directly to prescription opioids. Brian man npr news.