Wal-Mart E-Commerce Growth Won't Include Grocery; Veterans Program Sees 13,000 Applicants In 10 Days

by Chris Bahn  on Thursday, Jun. 6, 2013 9:58 pm  

Wal-Mart has pledged to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years. Veterans can choose to apply through “find a job now” or “find a career now” programs.

Kristin Oliver, executive vice president of people, said approximately two-thirds of the early applications have been submitted for the jobs program. Career applicants face a longer screening process because the positions are in management.

“We intend to flow them as quickly as we can,” Oliver said.

New hires and current employees who have served in the military will be identifiable in stores through a new badge.

Tough Times
Small businesses are very much a part of the customer base for Sam’s Club. Officials with the bulk retail operation recently completed a round of visits with key small business customers in some markets and found that owners are still battling economic struggles.

Todd Harbaugh, executive vice president of operations for Sam’s Club, recalled visiting a restaurant in Texas that was buying supplies each night based on the money it made during the lunch shift.

“They’re so tight on what they do that the sales they have for lunch, they use that money and come in afternoon to restock,” Harbaugh said. “Our business members are under so much pressure they are really living meal-to-meal.”

Despite customer struggles, revenue for Sam’s Club eclipsed $50 billion last year. That number, if broken out from Wal-Mart, would make Sam’s Club the eight largest retailer nationally. CEO Ros Brewer reiterated on Thursday that the goal is for Sam’s to be a $100 billion operation.

Brewer said Sam’s Club would open 15-20 new stores this year, a significant increase from previous years. Those new stores, increased member fees and the addition of “exciting” brands and products are expected to fuel growth.



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