Groups in Dallas, Atlanta and Phoenix participated in the first multi-city town hall Tuesday, through video conference. The quarterly meetings give Walmart a chance to update associates on the state of the business, but with Black Friday just around the corner, wanted to get a perspective on holiday preps from people out in the field.
David Tovar, Vice President of Communications says the shopping holiday is the Super Bowl of retail, and Walmart has been planning since the day after last Thanksgiving.
This year, individual store managers will have a chance to pick their own specials, because the retailer realizes people in the field know the needs of a community better than anyone.
"The team is always stronger when you can share information and work together, as a team and really unlock the power of all of our associates across the country,” Tovar says. “They're really what makes it happen for us."
In a surprise move, all 350 employees that joined the meeting by video conference where given on the spot promotions during the event. Tovar says the company is on track to promote 160,000 associates this year, including more than 25,000 people over the next three months.