2006: Walmart, led by CEO Lee Scott, really starts to push sustainability message and initiatives. Scott goes on big media tour with the message.
2007: With stock price stuck in concrete, Walmart said to be developing super-secret plan under incredible security that might involve spin out of Sam's Club unit and other moves, but nothing ever happens.
2009: Walmart's RFID case tagging initiative is for all intents and purposes dead. Company does later move ahead with (better) plan for item-level tagging of apparel.
2009: Amid deep recession, Walmart starts taking thousands of marginal SKUs off its shelves in in an attempt to reduce store clutter, focus on faster-growing product categories, and improve supply chain efficiencies.
2009: Walmart announces plans for a supplier sustainability index, basically a "green" vendor scorecard, that will be rolled out in three phases. The program is still evolving today.
2010: Walmart announces major plan to take greater control of inbound freight from vendors, but program grows slowly from there amidst much pushback from suppliers.
2010: WalMart announces an ambitious plan to dramatically increase the amount of "local" produce it sources and sells in the US and around the world, says it will invest $1 billion in related logistics improvements for produce/fruit.
2010: Walmart announces a sweeping plan to consolidate its global procurement functions and reduce the use of intermediaries in its global sourcing processes, leading to savings of billions of dollars per year.
2011: Walmart reverses course, says it is bringing 8500 SKUs back to store shelves, as removal blamed in part for slumping same store sales numbers.
2012: Walmart appears caught in scandal of sorts involving alleged bribes in Mexico years before and more importantly alleged cover-ups by top execs, but issue seems to have faded from view.
2012: Walmart stock price reaches all-time high in mid-summer, surging in 2012 after years of flat performance.
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