Arkansas Business Hall of Fame 2012: Jack Shewmaker

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 12:00 am  

Jack ShewmakerFormer President/COO, Walmart1938-2010

Shewmaker had a love of systems and organization that Walmart needed. He committed to spending millions on satellite communications so that the general office in Bentonville, the distribution centers and the stores could quickly send data back and forth. By the end of that day, Walmart was on its way to having a communications system that would deliver information about inventory and sales in what in those days was the blink of an eye. This initiative set Walmart up for decades of skyrocketing growth.

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