A Sweeping Walmart Change is Occurring in Select U.S. States

Joel Eisenberg

The chain is following several supermarket chains and smaller retailers across the country.

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Author’s Note

This article is based on corporate postings and accredited media reports. Linked information within this article is attributed to the following outlets: GoBankingRates.com, BestLifeOnline.com, and KKTV.com.

Introduction

I write extensively about the Walmart superchain, one of the globe’s highest revenue-generating companies, for NewsBreak. A recent article, “Sweeping Changes Announced by Walmart For 2023,” is particularly relevant to this present piece.

My article excerpted a report from GoBankingRates.com, entitled “7 Changes Walmart Is Making This Fall That You Should Know About,” that detailed those changes. The list included having earlier and more Black Friday sales, trimming excess store inventory, adding extra perks for Walmart+ members, implementing a new content creator program, partnering with Ree Drummond (“The Pioneer Woman”) on her clothing program, parting ways with the Door Dash grocery delivery program, and leaning into the use of electric delivery vans.

Also from the article, referencing their new content creator program as a consumer-driven marketing mechanism: Walmart now has a new content creator platform called Walmart Creator. Creators who sign up can earn revenue and commissions on sales of the Walmart products they promote to their followers — with no cap. The platform is currently in beta stage but will launch fully in 2023.

Further, the article quoted David Guggina, senior vice president of innovation and automation, via a company press release: “Today, the closest Walmart to customers is right in their pockets – it’s the Walmart app. By continuing to expand our last mile delivery fleet in a sustainable way, we’re able to provide customers and Walmart+ members with even more access to same-day deliveries while keeping costs low.”

Indeed, per multiple reports, Walmart is working on making ongoing improvements to all e-sectors.

One “sweeping change,” however, was not included in the article.

Let us explore.

Walmart, 2022

According to a September 12th article from BestLifeOnline.com, “Walmart Is Banning Shoppers From Doing This in 4 States, as of Next Year,” plastic bags look to be on their way to being discontinued chain-wide, beginning with certain states.

As excerpted from the article: Walmart shoppers in Colorado may soon notice a significant change when they checkout with their purchases. According to signs initially posted in the store's Monument location, plastic bags will no longer be available to Walmart customers in the coming months, local ABC affiliate KRDO reports. Originally, signage had announced that the changes would take effect beginning Sept. 15. However, those notices have since been removed from the store, with representatives telling KRDO that the new policy will go into effect at a later date in the coming months.

The article elaborates: But it's not just plastic bags: Walmart's latest decision aligns with the company's commitment to becoming a zero waste operation in the U.S. in Canada by 2025. After announcing the initiative last year, the retailer says it aims to switch to "100 percent recyclable, reusable, or industrially compostable packaging" for its own brands by 2025 while also "aiming to label 100 percent of that packaging with recycling instructions to educate our customers and eliminate non-recyclable packaging by the same time frame."

A September 8th’s KKTV.com report, “Walmarts in Colorado Plan to Eliminate Single-Use Carryout Bags in ‘Early 2023,’ Signs in Several Colorado-Area Walmarts Stating it Would be Earlier to be Removed,” quoted Lauren Willis, Global Communications Director of Western U.S. Walmart Corporate Affairs on the matter: Walmart has been exploring alternatives to single-use carryout bags from our stores since 2021 while prioritizing our customers’ convenience and product safety, including through the Beyond the Bag Consortium. In the U.S., we have transitioned from plastic bags in Vermont, Maine and New Jersey and, starting early 2023, we expect to eliminate single-use carryout bags in Colorado as well—with reusable bags available for purchase at multiple prices. For instore and curbside delivery, we will continue to encourage our customers to bring their own bags and/or purchase reusable bags and will be switching to reusable paper bags for delivery. Walmart remains committed to identifying solutions that are scalable, convenient and sustainable.”

Conclusion

Walmart tends to lead the way in casually-related matters; this time they appear to be following suit.

In the event of further updates, I will share them here on NewsBreak.

Thank you for reading.

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