National Vision Attends 2017 Walmart Shareholders’ Meeting
Associates from National Vision Inc., who help manage 227 optical stores for Walmart under the name of the Vision Center, recently had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Walmart Shareholders’ Meeting held on June 2, 2017 in the Bud Walton Arena at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The group also had the opportunity to tour Walmart’s hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. Their first stop was to the first store that Walmart founder Sam Walton established in the town, Walton’s Five and Dime, now the Walmart Museum. There they met Troy Almand, the first Walmart associate.
Our associates also visited the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, funded by Walton’s daughter, Alice.
A highlight of the trip was definitely a tour of the Walmart home office and optical lab.
More About the Walmart Shareholders’ Meeting
According to Business Insider, the Walmart Shareholders’ Meeting is an annual meeting where thousands of Walmart employees from around the world travel to Bentonville, Arkansas for an event that includes first looks at how the retailer plans on keeping a competitive edge, tours of its premiere facilities and a concert featuring celebrity musicians.
The 14,000-person celebration started in 1970 when founder Sam Walton held his first shareholders meeting at a coffee shop table. Since 1994 the meeting has taken place at the Bud Walton Arena. Now, with more than 2 million Walmart employees, managers from stores around the world delegate associates to attend the annual meeting.
Business Insider also reports that all of the celebrities that serve either as guest hosts or performers during the event do so without compensation. Their representative companies all have strong relationships with Walmart, and the free appearances act as both promotion and acts of goodwill toward the retailer.
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