Today’s Top Talk

  1. Walmart is testing healthcare programs paired with technology to provide better care for employees and reduce costs. One program dubbed “Featured Providers” uses data analysis to curate high rated health care providers across eight main specialties. In another pilot, a “Personal Healthcare Assistant” would be available to help employees on billing, appointments, finding providers, understanding diagnoses, and resolving other questions.
  2. According to a report from Reis, mall vacancies have reached an eight-year high. This year retailers have closed over 7,000 stores and the average mall vacancy is at 9.4% with rent up an average of 0.6% year to date.

Source: Walmart to test tech-infused health-care programs for employees | Chain Store Age

Source: Mall vacancy rate at 8-year high | Retail Dive

Chris Walton is an accomplished Senior Executive with nearly 20 years of success within the retail and retail technology industries. He is well-versed in merchandising, store operations, inventory management, product design, forecasting, e-commerce, pricing and promotions, and tech product development.

Chris was most recently a Vice President with Target, where he led the retailer’s Store of the Future project and also ran the Target’s home furnishing division for e-commerce. He previously worked for GAP, Inc., as a Distribution Analyst and Manager.

Chris holds a BA in Economics and History from Stanford University, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

He likes to dress as Darth Vader for Halloween, and his wife also frequently asks him to ask Alexa, "to turn off the music."

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