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Gatik trucks deliver goods from a Walmart fulfillment center to a Neighborhood Market in Bentonville, which are about 2 miles apart. The trip, though, covers 7 miles because the truck takes only right-hand turns for safety reasons.
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Gatik Trucks Go RightLock Icon

Gatik and Walmart Inc. of Bentonville have partnered for nearly three years on an autonomous truck pilot program. read more >
An autonomous truck makes a delivery for J.B. Hunt Transport & Logistics.
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Walmart, J.B. Hunt Take Lead in Driverless TechnologyLock Icon

Autonomous trucks — sometimes called driverless trucks — are just another advance in the evolution of the supply chain. read more >
The former home of Maumelle's Walmart Neighborhood Market at 117 Audubon Drive/
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Former Walmart Neighborhood Market Sold for $2.5MLock Icon

The million-dollar transactions this week make a clockwise circuit from Maumelle to North Little Rock to east Pulaski County to west Little Rock. read more >
North Little Rock businessman Norman Clifton brings a salvager’s mindset to his real estate investing.
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Norman Clifton Mines Property for Hidden ValueLock Icon

From battered autos to bruised real estate, North Little Rock businessman Norman Clifton has made a lifelong career out of the reclamation business. read more >
Wal-Mart began paying its workers at least $9 an hour last year.
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No Surprise: Higher Pay Helps Attract, Retain Employees

All industries, from health care to manufacturing, have faced a shortage of workers. Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, says increasing pay would be the first action she would suggest when companies can’t find the right workers to fill positions. read more >
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LR’s Midtown Center Leads List of Recent Seven-Digit Deals

A retail project in Little Rock, a grocery store in Maumelle, a fast-food outlet in west Little Rock, two Little Rock homes and a pair of residential properties involved in an intrafamily swap compose our magnificent seven real estate transactions this week. read more >
Outlet malls are now popular for developers. The Outlets of Little Rock opened in October and is doing “better than anybody anticipated,” said its developer Tommy Hodges.
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Retail Construction Projects Fall in Arkansas

Even though fewer retail projects are under construction in Arkansas this year compared with last, retail developers aren’t worried. They’re busy working on retail projects for next year. read more >
Doug McMillon, CEO of Wal-Mart, said the retailer will close stores that should be closed. 
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Retail Analysts Say Wal-Mart’s Become Too Big to Manage

For Wal-Mart’s annual revenue to grow by just 1 percent, the retailer would need to add the revenue of a Fortune 500 company. But some retail watchers wonder whether Wal-Mart’s massive size has made it too big to manage. read more >
A Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.
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Wal-Mart Expands Online Grocery Pickup in NWA

Wal-Mart is expanding its online grocery pickup test in the northwest Arkansas area to include five Neighborhood Market stores in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. read more >
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Supermarket Scouts Sniff Out Sherwood Sites

Harps Food Stores Inc. of Springdale had the idea first, but its long delay in getting a store out of the ground on Highway 107 in north Pulaski County has encouraged competitors to start sniffing around. read more >
Prairie Grove’s 14,000-SF Walmart Express was one of the 154 stores across the country that Wal-Mart closed last month.  The Bentonville retailer closed  all of its 102 Express stores.
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Wal-Mart Going Small in Small-Town Arkansas

When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville announced a few years ago it planned to open a prototype 13,700-SF Express store in Gentry, Mayor Kevin Johnston said concerned citizens feared that the coming of the retail giant would crush competitive commerce in the city. Johnston said there were town meetings with small-business leaders to discuss the situation. read more >
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Fayetteville Site Draws Starbucks (NWA Real Deals)

The word that Starbucks is coming to Wedington Drive in west Fayetteville is now official, and the coffee shop is bringing some dental care, too. read more >
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Wal-Mart on Neighborhood Watch After Land Buys in Cabot

The world’s largest retailer is developing a new project in Cabot after four buys totaling $1.38 million. read more >