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Wal Mart Associates Deliver to Your Home

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Touch the Soil News #720 (feature photo – CC SA 2.0) To survive amidst heavy competition, Wal Mart is experimenting with having employees deliver on-line orders to customers on their way home. A Wal Mart store in New Jersey and one in Arkansas are now engaged in testing employee (associates) delivery after they get off work. The program is voluntary and customers are to receive their orders on the day after making the order. Wal Mart says it is already having trucks move online orders from fulfillment centers to stores for pick-up. The idea of engaging employees for the last mile delivery could save the company many dollars. Wal Mart…

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Walmart’s Sustainability Agenda

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Touch the Soil News #540 (feature photo – solar panels on the roof of a Walmart supercenter (photo courtesy of Walmart CC 2.0). It’s hard to wrap one’s mind around Walmart having a sustainability agenda. Nonetheless, that is exactly what Walmart CEO Doug McMillon announced recently. Among McMillon’s visions are the following:   Doubling the sales of locally grown produce in the United States. Sustainably sourcing 20 key commodities including bananas, coffee and tea. Implementing a new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Be supplied by 50 percent renewable energy by 2025. Empower associates (employees) through career advancement and training. Goal is to be a preferred employer in the U.S.…

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Wal-Mart Spawns New Test Kitchen

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Touch the Soil News #467 (Feature Photo courtesy of Wal-Mart) To keep sales up, Wal-Mart just opened a new test kitchen at its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Called the Culinary and Innovation Center, the 12,000 square foot facility features 10 kitchens including replicas of the bakery and deli-kitchens found in Wal-Mart Stores. The whole idea behind the test kitchens is to develop new foods, new packaging and upscale products not previously available. Wal-Mart teams test thousands of items a year, a process the test kitchens will help with in the ongoing search for new product ideas. Will the anticipation of new products like deep fried Twinkies or new organic frozen…

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