Walmart acts to minimize supply chain disruption for the holidays


Dan Berthiaume, Chain Store Age



Walmart is following a multi-faceted strategy to make sure it meets customer demand for holiday products.


In a corporate blog post, the discount giant details multiple steps it is taking to overcome supply chain challenges such as port delays, increased consumer demand, and holiday season forecasting.


These steps include working with suppliers to source holiday merchandise earlier than usual and finding ways to move those products inside its supply chain network as quickly as possible. Walmart reported higher inventory in the second quarter of 2021 than a year earlier.


In addition, Walmart is hiring 20,000 new supply chain positions to help move products through its facilities as quickly as possible, as well as 150,000 U.S. store associates for the holiday season and beyond.


The company has also brought automation to its regional distribution centers...


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