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June 14, 2017

Walmart staff deliver, Heineken takeover challenged, and Nordstrom family to buy out

Walmart staff deliver

Family business giant Walmart encouraging staff to make online-order deliveries on their way home is a “win-win-win” for workers, customers and the business.

The retailer is attempting to head off competition from Amazon and pitched the idea as a way for staff to make extra money, while the business cuts costs.

May 25, 2017

Walmart reports huge jump in US online sales, next-generation family member joins Vedanta board, and GIIN survey says big financial firms bring mixed blessings for impact investing  

Walmart reports huge jump in US online sales

The family-owned retail giant Walmart has reported a modest rise in total revenues and a much larger increase in US online sales.

As it looks to take on e-commerce behemoths such as Amazon, the US-based retailer achieved a 63% rise in US online sales in the first quarter of this year.

Walmart’s online ambitions were demonstrated last year by its $3.3 billion acquisition of the internet retailer Jet.com.

January 17, 2017

The Walton family grew American retail chain Walmart into the largest retailer in the world and became the richest family in the US in the process. CampdenFB takes a look at the people behind the brand. 

The Walton family grew American retail chain Walmart into the largest retailer in the world and became the richest family in the US in the process. CampdenFB takes a look at the people behind the brand. 

July 21, 2016

Five of the world’s largest family businesses in the top 20 of the new Fortune Global 500 have seen their combined revenues slump by more than $74.5 billion compared to last year.

Five of the world’s largest family businesses in the top 20 of the new Fortune Global 500 have seen their combined revenues slump by more than $74.5 billion compared to last year.

The 2015 fiscal year impacted the bottom lines of Volkswagen, Toyota Motor, Samsung Electronics, and EXOR Group by almost 6% with not even Walmart, controlled by the Walton family, immune from sales falling for the first time, Fortune reported.

Berkshire Hathaway was the exception to the rule, with revenue up by more than 7%.

April 23, 2015

Investor sentiment and family reputation could be driving the Walton family’s announcement that it intends to cap its stake in US hypermarket chain Walmart at 50%, according to a business academic from Arkansas, where the company is headquartered.

Investor sentiment and family reputation could be driving the Walton family’s announcement that it intends to cap its stake in US hypermarket chain Walmart at 50%, according to a business academic from Arkansas, where the company is headquartered.

Share buyback programmes have caused the family’s stake to rise above the threshold, and it has consequently announced it will rid itself of shares “from time to time” to stop this.

June 9, 2014

Walmart second-gen Rob Walton has appointed son-in-law Greg Penner to vice chairman of the family business, putting him in line to gain control of the multinational corporation. 

Walmart second-gen Rob Walton has appointed son-in-law Greg Penner to vice chairman of the family business, putting him in line to gain control of the multinational corporation.

Speaking at the annual shareholders meeting in Arkansas on Friday, Walton revealed Penner, a board member since 2008, would act as chairman during periods of absence and use his expertise in technology and e-commerce to develop a range of smaller stores.

December 5, 2013

Walmart’s attempt to make a quick buck off anti-capitalist images by street artist Banksy has backfired, with the artist’s publicist asking to have the items removed.

Walmart’s attempt to make a quick buck off anti-capitalist images by street artist Banksy has backfired, with the artist’s publicist asking to have the items removed.

The retailer, controlled by the Waltons, had been selling canvases and t-shirts bearing the artist’s stenciled images through its website.

One image included a street vendor selling a t-shirt emblazoned with the words ‘Destroy Capitalism’.

November 19, 2013

A US environmental group has accused family-controlled retail giant Walmart of leaving some of its most polluting activities off its annual sustainability report.

A US environmental group has accused family-controlled retail giant Walmart of leaving some of its most polluting activities off its annual sustainability report.

In 2005, the hypermarket chain, controlled by the Walton family, launched a much-publicised sustainability campaign. It says since then its greenhouse gas emissions have risen only 14%.

August 21, 2013

A group of disgruntled Walmart employees have taken aim at the expensive hobby of its second-gen chairman, in a protest to point out the pay discrepancy between the family business’s minimum wage workers and its top-level executives.

A group of disgruntled Walmart employees have taken aim at the expensive hobby of its second-gen chairman, in a protest to point out the pay discrepancy between the family business’s minimum wage workers and its top-level executives.

S. Robson Walton, 68, was targeted while taking part in a racing event in California with his collection of luxury cars, including a Maserati and a Ferrari, valued at an estimated $16 million.

Two separate protests were staged – one in front of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the other at a nearby Walmart store.

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