Two Northwest Arkansas companies have formed a partnership to offer products and services for suppliers who do business with Walmart Inc.
SupplyPike Inc., a tech company based in Fayetteville, and Bentonville-based 8th & Walton, a local business nicknamed “the destination for Walmart Supplier education,” are partners in the venture. It will provide both software and professional training and guidance for small- and medium-sized retail suppliers to help them grow their business with Walmart.
The offerings will include:
- Cloud Software that leverages AI to enable suppliers to gain meaningful insights.
- Reviews that keep suppliers informed on their performance and educating them on how to address root cause issues.
- Education around preparation for important meetings with Walmart, like Line Reviews.
SupplyPike develops a suite of applications that helps consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies manage their supply chain and retail analytics. It was launched in 2017 as a division of CaseStack, a cloud-based supply chain management business based in Fayetteville.
“Machine learning is one of the most transformative technologies of this age and SupplyPike has worked hard to bring its applications to the CPG-retail space,” said TJ Sangam, SupplyPike’s president and CTO. “Our partnership with 8th & Walton allows for merging of machine intelligence with the experience and ingenuity of Walmart veterans. Together we hope to provide a new way of educating, improving efficiency and increasing sales for Walmart suppliers.”
8th & Walton offers custom training and advisory services, including classes for RetailLink, Walmart’s proprietary platform that provides vendors with up-to-date information on sales and inventory levels.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with SupplyPike, but the big winner will be the Walmart supplier,” 8th & Walton President and CEO Jeff Clapper said. “SupplyPike’s software takes the burden of pulling and formatting reports off the supplier. Our team takes that data and presents the supplier with easy-to-understand analysis and forecasting.”