Today’s Top Talk

  1. John Furner, former Sam’s Club CEO, will take the reins as president and CEO of Walmart effective November 1st. Furner will partner with Walmart U.S. e-commerce CEO Marc Lore to deliver a seamless omnichannel experience for Walmart’s U.S. customers.
  2. Levi’s plans to open 100 more company-owned stores as wholesale declines to only 30% of sales. The company is also moving to partner with more “premium” retailers, expand its customization offerings, and update its digital approach.

Source: Walmart promotes Sam’s Club head to run U.S. business | Chain Store Age

Source: Levi’s opening 100 more stores as wholesale declines | 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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