Wal-Mart Exec Discusses Store Layout Challenges As Online Retail Grows

Big box stores like Wal-Mart spend a lot of time planning and tweaking physical store layouts to compete with smaller discount chains like Lidl and Aldi as well as strong grocery competitors such as Kroger or H-E-B.

David Scogin, vice president of store layout for Walmart U.S., said his team of around 340 people work on the details around story layouts from design, footprints and new prototypes while also looking to optimize category and department spaces. Scogin spoke to about 150 suppliers on this topic Thursday at the Wal-Street Breakfast event held at Sam’s Club headquarters in Bentonville, and hosted by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce.

As more sales in some categories gravitate online, Scogin said Wal-Mart is looking how to configure space. In 2015 when he returned to the U.S. business from China he walked a store with Walmart U.S. CEO Greg Foran who wanted to see the backroom of the deli department.    MORE

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