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Walmart Forum

Don’t miss our eighth annual Walmart Forum at the Embassy Suites in Bentonville where we will come together will our supplier partners to discuss the current state of Walmart’s business and what to expect in 2020. You will be among over 200 attendees from a wide range of supplier companies and categories that are looking to find the right formula to capture growth at Walmart and the overall retail channel.

CRC will share key takeaways from Walmart’s management team and most importantly our perspective on how to strategically position your business to respond to the company’s forward-looking strategies and initiatives.

The Harvest Group will be joining us again for this year’s event to present on Walmart omni-channel.  Director of Digital Commerce, Mark Stamps, and Digital Commerce Lead, Michael Turner will present the latest developments and best practices on digital placements, WMG staffing, CPG team structures, and more across the ever-changing Walmart eCommerce ecosystem.

The goal of the Forum is to answer your strategic and tactical questions that will better equip your Walmart team across all functions heading into 2020 (sales, marketing, analytics, insights, finance, supply chain). In addition to attending the presentations, attendees will also have the chance to network with your peers and the experts that we have brought together.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Cocktail Reception


Thursday, October 17, 2019
7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast & Registration
8:00 am – 8:30 am CRC Introduction & Macroeconomic Overview
8:30 am – 9:15 am Overview of the Retail Landscape – Insights on Walmart’s Key Competitors
Rusty Wilson, Senior Analyst, CRC
9:15 am – 9:30 am Break
9:30 am – 10:30 am Walmart State of the Business & Outlook
Scott Bender, Senior Analyst, CRC
10:30 am – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 11:30 am Harvest Group on Winning with Walmart.com / Omnichannel
Mark Stamps, Director of Digital Commerce, Harvest GroupMichael Turner, Digital Commerce Lead, Harvest Group
11:30 am – 11:45 am CRC Wrap Up 
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Networking Lunch 


Click here to download the printable event agenda.

Hotel Accommodations

Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas 
3303 S Pinnacle Hills Pkwy
Rogers, AR 72758
(479) 254-8400

Walmart Forum Presenters

Rusty Wilson
Senior Analyst, Cleveland Research Company

Rusty is a Senior Research Analyst at Cleveland Research covering softlines retail including department stores, off-price, mass/club, sporting goods, specialty and online channels. Prior to his current role, Rusty started his career at Saks Fifth Avenue as an Executive Trainee and an associate in retail planning and financial forecasting.

Rusty graduated from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) charterholder. He currently resides in Cleveland with his wife.

Scott Bender
Senior Research Analyst, Cleveland Research Company

Scott is the Senior Research Analyst covering the grocery, mass, club and dollar channels at Cleveland Research, in addition to Amazon. He has a background in finance/economics and leads the company’s Equity Research function for the channels described previously (catering to institutional investor clients). This includes channel research, report writing, financial modeling and client marketing. Scott also plays a role in the Market Research business, helping with product and presentations.

He has been with Cleveland Research since the company’s founding in 2006 and is a Partner in the company. Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from John Carroll University.

Mark Stamps
Director of Digital Commerce, The Harvest Group

Mark Stamps is Director of Digital Commerce & Advanced Analytics at Harvest Group – a leading omni-channel agency that provides full-service management teams & consulting services for consumer packaged goods companies at the world’s largest retailers.

Mark began his career leading merchandising systems development for Walmart and Sam’s Club before launching his CPG career by joining Procter & Gamble – where he ended up delivering record sales across P&G’s expansive brand portfolio on Walmart’s Global eCommerce platforms. Mark has also worked for Mars-Wrigley Confectionery and Philips Personal Health brands.

Michael Turner
Digital Commerce Lead, The Harvest Group

Michael Turner is the Digital Commerce Lead at Harvest Group – a leading omni-channel agency that provides full-service management teams & consulting services for consumer packaged goods companies at the world’s largest retailers.

Michael started his retail journey in Walmart brick & mortar, pursuing technical innovation in supply chain management. From there, he jumped into the evolving space of Walmart digital commerce, bringing together the store and online experiences. Michael is also experienced in software development, advanced analytics, and Amazon marketplace selling.



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Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas
Oct 17, 2019
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas
3303 Pinnacles Hills Parkway
Rogers, AR 72758 United States

Cleveland Research Company

1375 E 9th St #2700
Cleveland, OH 44114