Walmart

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Walmart heiress, Alice Walton, who established the Whole Health Institute in Bentonville in 2020, plans to open an independent non-profit degree-granting medical school in Northwest Arkansas, with a whole health emphasis.

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The Pea Ridge Planning Comission has approved an auxillary permit for Walmart and its partner company, Zipline, to launch a drove delivery hub at one of the city's neighborhood market locations. The test program is expected to begin for select area customers this spring. 

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The pandemic has changed nearly everything, including back-to-school shopping for students, parents and teachers, so stores like Walmart are trying to find new ways to reach customers to provide items that weren't essential before, but are now.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses Walmat job cuts, trucking industry health and the search for a new director at the Fort Smith Advertising and Promotion Commission.

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Walmart’s legendary supply chain is built to withstand the economic ravages of the global coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to Matt Waller, dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. The world's largest retailer is also supporting  — and expanding — its U.S. workforce during the crisis.

Walmart is behind a new program that matches up potential volunteers with nonprofits in Northwest Arkansas.

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Vermont senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was in Rogers Wednesday to attend the annual Walmart Shareholders Meeting on behalf of protesters and workers seeking higher wages and more representation in the company. Sanders proposed a resolution that would give hourly workers a seat on the Walmart Board of Directors and urged company leadership to raise the minimum wage from $11 an hour to $15.

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Walmart has released a newly designed annual global responsibility progress report which details an array of environmental goals including reducing 1 billion metric tons of carbon emissions from its global supply chains by 2030, an initiative branded Project Gigaton.

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In today's local news roundup, we discuss new headquarters for Walmart, a dip in the unemployment rate in Arkansas and the chairman of the Democratic Party of Arkansas reacts to the impact of trade tariffs on farmers.

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Walmart announced this month that it will expand use of robots in its stores. Company officials say it is part of a move to have associates interact more with customers rather than doing routine tasks like stocking shelves and cleaning floors. We visit one of the stores to see the autonomous machines that some critics say will eventually replace workers.

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