See How This Store Manager Traveled a Path to Success

Here’s the path Jeremy B. is traveling to learn as much as he can about running a store and how retail works, readying himself to succeed in the #SparkGoals he set. This approach has defined his career at Walmart. 

As a high school wrestling coach, Jeremy B., store manager, Store 2649, Longview, Wash.,  knows about setting and achieving goals.

 

“My kids would tell me their goal was to win the state championship,” he says. “That’s a great goal, but I told them what they need to do is master the position they’re in now. Work hard where you’re at and learn it 100%. That way, when there’s an opportunity put in front of you, you’re ready to move forward.”

The Beginning: Defining Your Goal

Jeremy started out as an unloader. “I saw there were things that could be done differently that would make big improvements in our productivity,” he says. “But I knew I wouldn’t be able to
implement those changes unless I was in charge.”

 

So Jeremy set a goal: to be in charge.

CAP2 -> APM: Focusing on Learning

Thanks to his diligence and hard work, Jeremy was promoted to CAP2 supervisor, starting his journey upward. Once he felt he’d mastered that role, he set a goal to become an asset protection manager. Jeremy interviewed for the position eight times.

“I knew I had some good ideas, and eventually my persistence paid off,” he says.

 

As APM, Jeremy was able to reduce shrink by learning the ins and outs of different parts of the store. “The majority of our shrink used to come through daily processes in the backroom, so I decided I needed to understand the processes going on in the store to find out where losses were coming from. If I didn’t know what was happening in an area, I went there to learn it.” 

APM -> Co-Manager: Innovating & Leading

Jeremy’s success propelled him to a co-manager position. “I had the opportunity to work at the largest store in our region, which was a great learning opportunity,” Jeremy says.


“They had such high volume that you really had to focus on efficiency to keep things running successfully.”

 

He helped the meat department cut their pallet breakdown time in half by implementing a new method for processing the meat pallets—left to right rather than by product. The new solution gave the team time to follow through with labeling and the One Best Way routines that had fallen through the cracks before.

Co-Manager -> Store Manager: Achieving the Goal

Throughout his career, Jeremy has constantly been moving forward, and now that he’s reached his goal of becoming a store manager, that’s not about to stop.

 

“My goal now is to make this store the best it can be, and then I’ll work on my next step, possibly a bigger store. I am always looking for a chance to make a big impact.”

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