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Bill Simon’s Plane Parachuting on Pickup Prompts ComplaintLock Icon

Who knew that an airplane parachuting onto a pickup truck in Fayetteville traffic could cause such a fuss? read more >
A Cirrus SR 22T airplane, the same make and model as the one Bill Simon parachuted in a 2015 emergency landing in Fayetteville.
Insurance / Legal / Manufacturing

Fayetteville Plane Crash Subject of Court CaseLock Icon

Starstone National Insurance Co. alleges that negligence and defects caused a 2015 accident in which former Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon parachuted his single-engine plane onto a pickup truck on MLK Jr. Boulevard. read more >
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Transportation

Update: Plane Flown by Former Walmart Exec Bill Simon Lands on Highway

A small plane that made an emergency landing along an Arkansas highway was piloted by the former CEO of Wal-Mart's U.S. stores. read more >
Headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville
Investments / Public Companies / Retail

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon Gets $19.4M Pay Package

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. President and CEO C. Douglas McMillon saw his total compensation fall 24.2 percent to $19.4 million for the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31 compared with the previous year. read more >
Martha Shoffner, ex-State Treasurer, walked away from a plea deal in favor of taking her bribery case to trial. (Photo by Mauren Kennedy)
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The Top 10 Business Stories of 2014

Politics, white-collar crime, banking acquisitions, Turner Grain and more. Arkansas Business recaps the top 10 stories from the year that was 2014. read more >
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Public Companies / Retail

Bill Simon Stepping Down As Leader of Wal-Mart’s U.S. Stores

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville says Bill Simon, president and CEO of its U.S. stores, is leaving the company. The retailer named Greg Foran, 53, as his successor. Simon had been the leader of Wal-Mart's domestic operations since June 2010. Foran takes over on Aug. 9. read more >
Bill Simon, speaking at Friday's Wal-Mart annual meeting in Fayetteville.
Investments / Public Companies / Retail

Update: Wal-Mart Executives Focus On Small Stores, Online

Same-store sales continue to drop for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, but U.S. stores division CEO Bill Simon seemed to shrug off concerns Thursday during question-and-answer session with reporters. read more >
Headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville
Public Companies / Retail

Wal-Mart Faces Big Hurdles As Shareholders Converge in Fayetteville

The world's largest retailer faces new challenges at a time when low prices and one-stop shopping can be a few clicks away on a tablet computer or mobile phone. Wal-Mart's annual shareholders' meeting on Friday could offer clues as to how Doug McMillon, who became Wal-Mart's CEO in February, plans to deal with the biggest issues Wal-Mart faces. read more >
Wal-Mart's board of directors has elected Doug McMillon as the company's next CEO.
Investments / Public Companies / Retail

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon Gets $25.6M Pay Package

C. Douglas McMillon, who became the president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville on Feb. 1, saw his total compensation skyrocket 168 percent to $25.6 million for the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31 as compared with the previous year. read more >
Burt Hanna, CEO of Hanna’s Candle, said Wal-Mart’s orders increased from $4 million in 2012 to $30 million in 2013. By 2017, Wal-Mart is expected to buy $45 million worth of merchandise from his company that manufactures scented candles in Fayetteville. (Photo by Brooke McNeely Galligan)
Manufacturing / Public Companies / Retail / Small Business

Wal-Mart’s Manufacturing Pledge Met With Hope, Skepticism

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s announcement in January 2013 that it would help resuscitate the U.S. manufacturing industry by buying an additional $50 billion worth of American-made items during the next decade has been met with skepticism and cheers. read more >
Bill Simon at Wal-Mart's October launch of a pilot program for same-day delivery. 
Business Services / Manufacturing / Public Companies / Retail

Wal-Mart to Launch $10M Innovation Fund for U.S. Manufacturing

The five-year program will launch in March and provide grants to innovators in the manufacturing sector. read more >
Bill Simon at Wal-Mart's October launch of a pilot program for same-day delivery. 
Public Companies / Retail

Amid Criticism, Wal-Mart Gives Promotions to 25k Employees

Wal-Mart Stores, faced with criticism about worker pay, is making public a round of promotions of about 25,000 U.S. store employees to help send a message that it offers economic security and opportunity. read more >
Headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville
Manufacturing / Public Companies / Retail

Wal-Mart Supplier Redman & Associates to Open Plant, Hire 74 in Rogers

A company that makes battery-operated toys that children can ride on says it will open a manufacturing plant at Rogers and hire 74 workers who will build products exclusively for Wal-Mart. read more >
Headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville
Public Companies / Retail

At Summit, Wal-Mart Pushes ‘Made in America’

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spearheaded an effort Thursday to bring together retailers, suppliers and government officials so they can figure out how to bring more manufacturing jobs to the United States. read more >
Manufacturing / Public Companies / Retail

Having Inked Deal With Wal-Mart, GE Will Add 150 Jobs

General Electric Corp. announces a new agreement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. -- part of the retailer's $50 billion domestic manufacturing commitment to bring more American-made products to consumers. read more >
Government & Politics / Retail / Small Business

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

Wal-Mart continues to grow its efforts in e-commerce, but the retailer has no current plans to expand its domestic online operations for grocery. Also: Within the first 10 days of Wal-Mart’s initiative to hire veterans, about 13,000 applications were submitted. read more >
Bill Simon at Wal-Mart's October launch of a pilot program for same-day delivery. 
Education / Public Companies / Retail

Wal-Mart President, CEO Bill Simon to Speak at Harding University

Bill Simon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s U.S. stores division, will speak Thursday at Harding University in Searcy. read more >
Investments / Public Companies / Retail

Update: Quick Facts From Wal-Mart’s Raymond James Investor Presentation

Some interesting tibits from today's Raymond James Institutional Investors Conference, where Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Bill Simon is giving a presentation. read more >