That’s it? Dividend hike leaves investors wanting more

Under normal circumstances a dividend increase of 9% would be regarded as pretty solid, but Walmart has spoiled its investors in recent years, so when it boosted its annual dividend to $1.59 from $1.46 this week the increase was viewed as puny.

Save the date: SHOP conference a go for May 10

The Center for Retail Excellence at the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business is scheduled to hold its second annual SHOP conference on May 1 with Walmart’s head of global consumer insights recently confirmed as a guest speaker.

Pleasant weather warms up sales in February

Retailers across the board saw increased sales in February, thanks to unseasonably warm weather and increased consumer confidence that got shoppers out of their house and into the store

Walmart puts automotive, wireless safety in SGS' hands

Consumers trust retailers will provide them with safe, effective products -- no easy task when one considers the numerous items any given company can sell. This is especially true for such retailers as Wal-Mart Stores, which has approved a partnership with SGS for safety and compliance testing for all wireless and automotive products sold through Walmart and Sam's Club, both in store and online, for the U.S. market. CEO joins OrderGroove board

Former CEO, Raul Vazquez has joined the advisory board of OrderGroove, a subscription commerce program that helps brands identify and interact with their most valuable customers.

Shopper marketing gets a tune-up at Daytona

There’s a lot going this week at the Daytona, Fla., area Walmart stores as NASCAR gears up for the start of its season with the Daytona 500. Between special activities in store parking lots and promotions involving NASCAR merchandise, Walmart has effectively positioned itself as the one-stop destination for race fans. While the Daytona 500 is a big deal, it’s really just a warm up act for Walmart.