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• In Arkansas, the Morning News reports that Bill Simon, Walmart US executive vice president/COO, recently told an analysts meeting that the company is reducing its inventory and changing layouts to emphasize a “fast, friendly, clean” message.

The inventory reductions – while not said to be part of a broader effort to reduce national brands in favor of its revised Great Value private label – is part of the company’s broader goal to make it easier to stock shelves and maintain the flow of product through the supply chain. The layout changes are aimed at reducing clutter in the stores and make it easier for customers to find the items they want.

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