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Walmart Canada and the Future of Retail in a Post-Pandemic Canada

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Retail is changing.  No one knows this better than Haio Barbeito, President and CEO of Walmart Canada.

To help retailers better understand how they can prepare their leaders and associates for what is ahead, Haio will discuss the future of retail with Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada at RCC’s In Conversation with Retail Leaders in Canada, a virtual event hosted November 9th from 1:00 pm – 2:00pm ET.

Talent

Walmart Canada is looking at the many ways they can support retail talent – at all levels of the organization, from CEO to retail associates and their partners – to help them thrive. With a focus on cross-training, associates throughout the Walmart organization are supported so they can grow, regardless of their intended career path, and meet the shift in critical skills needed today and in the future.

Culture

Walmart Canada also believes strongly in the importance of wellbeing and exemplary leadership. To help their managers model and encourage wellbeing practices, Walmart has partnered with Arianna Huffington to equip Walmart’s leaders and associates with tools and practices embodied in the Thrive Wellbeing Journey, an initiative that helps identify and address stress triggers before they become symptoms.  Walmart Canada strongly believes that a commitment to wellness will not just help shape the company’s culture but that the impact will be much broader – it will also positively affect the lives of Walmart employees, their families, and the communities in which they serve.

Technology

Walmart Canada also recognizes that one of the changes underway in retail is that the role of the associate is both tech enabled AND customer centric. Haio will also share how Walmart Canada has focused on innovation that engages its associates and encourages business growth. He will discuss Walmart’s responsive omni channel platform that incorporates agile technologies, modular architecture, and consumer-driven insights to create a seamless, consistent experience from desktop, tablet, or mobile device.

Regeneration

In addition, Walmart Canada is passionate about moving beyond sustainability towards regeneration.  In 2020, they set a goal to place nature and humanity at the center of their business practices.  Now, as Walmart works to go beyond sustainability to restore, renew, replenish, and preserve our planet, it is working across its business to tackle issues related to climate, nature, waste, and people in our supply chains.  In the next steps of this journey, Walmart has several new goals to support their efforts, including achieving a 15% absolute reduction of their virgin plastic footprint by 2025, sourcing 100% more sustainable cotton, and 50% recycled polyester for private brand apparel and soft home textile products by 2025, and so much more.

Don’t miss what is sure to be an insightful conversation on November 9th between Haio Barbeito, President and CEO of Walmart Canada and RCC President and CEO Diane J. Brisebois.

To buy tickets go to https://www.retailcouncil.org/webinars/in-conversation-with-haio-barbeito-of-walmart/.

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