Supply Chain Updates

Stay up-to-date with news and information related to the novel coronavirus and the impact on supply chain.

News and Resources

April 10, 2020

Supply Chain Best Practices During A Quarantine

Many suppliers are seeing the COVID-19 pandemic as a “black swan” event. Times are tough, so we’ve gathered some guidelines to help your supply chain get back on track during these challenging times.
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April 9, 2020

Your Courage on the Front Lines

Walmart, Inc. President and CEO, Doug McMillon shares his appreciation of Walmart associates as they stand on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus, and continue to provide essential items to those in need.
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April 3, 2020

Changes to Our Shopping Process to Encourage Social Distancing

To promote health, safety, and consistency for associates and customers, Walmart will be taking some further steps for US stores, including regulating store entry and changing shopping processes within the store.
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April 3, 2020

Walmart shareholders week events canceled, meetings to be virtual

Walmart said Friday (April 3) that its annual shareholder’s business meeting will be held virtually this year, and no physical meetings will take place. The virtual meetings will be held June 3 and details for watching online can found on their website.
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April 1, 2020

Walmart Told to Halt In-Store Sales of Non-Essentials in Vermont

Vermont on Tuesday ordered Walmart Inc. and other big-box retailers to halt the sale of “non-essential” products in their brick-and-mortar locations to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus.
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March 31, 2020

Additional Steps We’re Taking for the Health and Safety of Our Associates

Walmart will begin taking the temperatures of associates as they report to work, as well as asking them basic health screening questions. Walmart will also make masks and gloves available — as supplies permit — for associates who want to wear them.
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We're Making Our Replenishment Tools Free

We started SupplyPike to help suppliers and we are remaining dedicated to that cause during these challenging times. To support you heroes in retail, we're making our data tools available for FREE to qualifying suppliers.

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Live COVID-19 and Supply Chain Map

This map was developed in-house by our Machine Learning team. Here you will see a live map of Walmart stores overlaid with a heatmap of reported coronavirus spread.

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5 Key Metrics for Monitoring the Impact of Panic Buying on your Supply Chain

1. Replenishable Instock %

Replenishable instock shows the percentage of stores that currently have inventory vs. stores that should have inventory. In general, suppliers should try to keep this above the 98.5% goal. Due to panic buying and increased demand, many CPGs are slipping below this goal.

2. Forecast and Forecast Variance

To keep up with the current volatility, retailers are tweaking the "event forecast" frequently. It's a good idea to check your forecast multiple times throughout the week.

3. Supply Plan

The Supply Plan metric provides Walmart's best guess on how many units they expect to order from a supplier. If this isn’t something you normally utilize, this is a great time to start as it will help you plan for increased demand. Don’t get surprised with an order for 10,000 units when they normally order only 1,000 per week.

4. Deductions due to Partial POs

Walmart deductions can quickly add up and become overwhelming. While supply is low, CPGs will want to make sure they are not sending partial Purchase Orders while invoicing Walmart for the full PO amount. As a best practice, it is recommended that you request an updated PO for the amount you are currently able to fill.

5. Prepaid on Time % and In Full

If your supply chain is struggling to keep up with orders, it’s a good idea to pay extra attention to your OTIF scores. If you’re not able to keep up with demand, be sure that you are editing or cancelling PO lines with the correct reason codes to avoid OTIF accountability.

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