Small Changes By Walmart Lead to Hundreds of Millions in Savings

Small Changes By Walmart Lead to Hundreds of Millions in Savings

March 11, 2020

Walmart is leveraging small cost savings projects to save major dollars across the supply chain.  The company plans to save $60 million by changing the way it buys shopping bags. By using recycled materials, Walmart has reported 15% savings on the cost of vests worn by workers.

Additional savings: $100 million annually by centralizing how it maintains equipment in its stores thru energy efficiency, and a whopping $200 million by changing the light bulbs in stores and parking lots.

These are just a few of the savings Walmart has identified. The company is improving its bottom line by finding ways to be more efficient with a special emphasis on sustainability.


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This post is based on the CNBC article, Walmart changed the way it buys shopping bags and saved $60 million – and that’s just one way it cut costs, by Lauren Thomas, February 18, 2020, and the YouTube videos featured in the Video Spotlight. Image source: SEG – ALL.

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Keeping an Eye on Supply Chain Trends in 2020

Keeping an Eye on Supply Chain Trends in 2020

February 6, 2020

The growth of online shopping has exerted new pressures on supply chain managers.  The outlook in 2020 is the increased application of technology to achieve faster and smarter performance in the supply chain.  This must be accomplished without raising costs or reducing variety and, at the same time, address the growing pressure for greener methods.


Video Spotlight: The Future of Supply Chain


This post is based on the Supply Chain Brief article, Top Five Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2020, by Joe Harris, January 7, 2020; the Fortune article and video, Delivery Is Getting More Complex, but Will Soon Be Faster and Cheaper, by Hamid Moghadam, September 1, 2017; and the YouTube video, The Future of Supply Chain, by KPMG US, August 22, 2019. Image source: Design Pics / Kelly Redinger.

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1. What role will technology play in the years ahead, in improving supply chain performance?

Guidance: Technology will play multiple roles, including automating warehouse functions, artificial intelligence for warehouse planning and design, developing pre-fill order solutions to accelerate delivery, and designing packaging for material reduction, reuse and/or recyclability.

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