On Tuesday of this week (November 1, 2011), Walmart visited the UA campus and presented at our weekly AIMS meeting. Walmart, the largest employer in the world, is currently ranked number one on the Fortune 500 and operates out of Bentonville, Arkansas. Founded by the legendary Sam Walton in 1962, Walmart’s mission is saving people money so they can live better.
This week’s presenters David Kilgo, Jeff Butler, Tom Brooks, Staci Cochran, Corey Johnson, Akilah Givens, Nick Givens, Levey Williams, and Freda Joiner began by sharing how this mission, as well as Walmart’s 3 basic beliefs (respect for the individual, service to the customer, and striving for excellence), guide the direction of the company and help associates provide their customers with great service. Following this introduction, we learned about many recent initiatives undertaken by Walmart to provide a better life for people across the globe. For instance, in regards to sustainability, Walmart has established a goal to be supplied 100% by renewable energy and create zero waste. Not stopping there, in an effort to make medications cheaper for its customers, Walmart has partnered with Humana to offer a low cost prescription drug plan. These are just a few of many inspiring stories that were shared with the group on Tuesday night.
Concluding the meeting, Walmart informed everyone in attendance about the numerous internship opportunities available this upcoming summer in its Information Systems Division (ISD). The speakers then opened the floor for questions, and provided excellent feedback on the numerous inquiries from students anxious for a chance to travel to Arkansas and utilize their skills at the nation’s largest retailer.