Black Friday, Behind the Scenes: How Walmart Associates Pull it Off

By Elizabeth Walker, Walmart Corporate Affairs This past Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S., in addition to enjoying meals with family, shoppers all over the country poured into stores — and logged on to websites — to score great deals on gifts. Many of those Americans turned to Walmart. At the same time customers were transitioning from the family dinner table to holiday wish lists, Walmart stores were changing, too. Early on, they were up front with Thanksgiving groceries, but behind the scenes, associates were preparing for a rapid shift to Black Friday. This kind of agility is something Walmart is proud of. So what all goes into pulling off this transformation? We visited a Walmart Supercenter in Secaucus, New Jersey, to capture a few behind-the-scenes snapshots.Wednesday, November 21, 20185:52 a.m. Josh Strudl is running. Well, technically he is walking…briskly. So briskly, in fact, the members of his management team must hurry to keep pace with the slender, energetic store manager.With 36 hours until the Black Friday event at his Supercenter in Secaucus, NJ, Josh and his team don’t have a second to spare. “Stock food. Stock food. Stock food,” Josh tells the assistant managers. It’s clear Josh has 73 different things on his mind – at least one for each department – as he gets his store ready for Thanksgiving weekend.Thanksgiving is Walmart’s biggest food holiday. As America’s largest grocer, Walmart is responsible for helping shoppers get what they need to host holiday gatherings. But while Secaucus customers stream in

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