Walmart Study Finds Back-to-School Season Marks the New Year for Moms

Retailer Introduces “Classrooms by Walmart” Online Tool and Additional New Products to Help Moms Keep their New School Year Resolutions

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., July 18, 2012 – Walmart today announced the results of the “Walmart Class of 2012 Back-to-School Survey,” which revealed that 76 percent of moms with children in kindergarten to 12th grade consider back-to-school a time for a fresh start over Jan. 11 – in fact, nine out of ten moms make back-to-school “resolutions” in preparation for the year ahead.2 With 78 percent of moms planning to get organized3 this new school year, Walmart today launched classrooms.walmart.com, an online compilation of thousands of classroom supply lists representing schools in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., making it easier for moms to get their back-to-school supplies online and in Walmart stores.

Classrooms by Walmart, the latest innovation to come from @WalmartLabs, enables moms to find their students’ classroom supply lists and purchase the items on Walmart.com or at their local Walmart store. Walmart is the first major retailer to digitize thousands of school supply lists from across the country with additional lists to be added daily throughout the summer. Local school supply lists will also be available in Walmart stores.

“For the moms who shop our stores, back-to-school isn’t just about checking items off their lists. It’s about a fresh start, changing routines and getting children ready with products that match their personalities and budgets,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. “We’re committed to setting our customers up for success this back-to-school season by sticking to our plan – offering everyday low prices and the broadest assortment of the right merchandise their families need.”

The “Walmart Class of 2012 Back-to-School Survey” also revealed that saving money and eating healthier topped moms’ “new school year” resolutions, and uncovered moms’ most important purchases for the season:

  • Save Money. Seventy-five percent of moms surveyed anticipate that trying to save more money will be among their top resolutions this year4 . This year, Walmart will offer more than 100 back-to-school items for teachers and students at 88 cents including pencil pouches, lunch totes, notebooks, gel pens, dry erase boards and more. The retailer will also offer a large selection of back-to-school supplies to accommodate every list at low prices all season long – from everyday basic supplies such as crayons and pencils to a broad assortment of notebooks styled to fit any personality.
  • Eat Healthier. When surveyed, 61 percent of moms said they plan to get their families to eat more healthfully during the new school year;5 however, nearly half felt their biggest challenge to accomplishing this is the cost of healthy foods.6 Walmart doesn’t believe customers should have to choose between food that is good for them and food they can afford. The retailer is making it easier to make healthier food choices with the Great for You seal which customers will begin to see on healthy and affordable Great Value and Marketside items in Walmart stores beginning this September.
  • Back-to-School Looks for Less. Moms identified back-to-school clothes, shoes and backpacks as their children's three most important purchases for the new school year.7 Walmart offers a vast assortment of quality and affordable basics and fashion basics from top brands for kids of all ages. Walmart’s Back to School Closet Creator online resource, launching in late July on Walmart.com, will help families mix and match outfits on a budget. Customers can also feel confident in their children's new back-to-school outfits with the retailer’s Satisfaction Guarantee8 – customers can bring back any apparel item with a receipt within 90 days for a full refund.

For more information on Walmart’s back-to-school offerings, please visit www.walmart.com/backtoschool.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 10,300 retail units under 69 different banners in 27 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of approximately $444 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://walmartstores.com, and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

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1Moms were asked which day is more of a fresh start – Jan. 1 or back-to-school. Seventy-six percent of moms surveyed said they view the new school year – not Jan. 1 – as a fresh start.
Source: Global Customer Insights and Analytics (GCIA) Survey, June 2012 conducted by Walmart Insights, interviewing more than 1000 moms
2Moms were asked if families were making conscious changes this new school year- less than 10 percent of moms said they are making no behavioral changes this new school year.
Source: Global Customer Insights and Analytics (GCIA) Survey, June 2012 conducted by Walmart Insights, interviewing more than 1000 moms
3When asked about their anticipated changes, 78 percent of moms selected organizational behaviors.
Source: Global Customer Insights and Analytics (GCIA) Survey, June 2012 conducted by Walmart Insights, interviewing more than 1000 moms
4When asked about their anticipated changes, 75 percent of moms selected saving money behaviors.
Source: Global Customer Insights and Analytics (GCIA) Survey, June 2012 conducted by Walmart Insights, interviewing more than 1000 moms
5When prompted, 61 percent of moms’ top anticipated back-to-school changes included “eating healthier.”
Source: Global Customer Insights and Analytics (GCIA) Survey, June 2012 conducted by Walmart Insights, interviewing more than 1000 moms
6Forty-six percent of moms’ reported that “the cost of fresh produce and other healthy foods” was one of the “biggest challenges” with getting their families to eat more healthfully during the school year.
Source: Global Customer Insights and Analytics (GCIA) Survey, June 2012 conducted by Walmart Insights, interviewing more than 1000 moms
7Moms identified back-to-school clothes, shoes and backpacks as their children's top three most important purchases for the new school year.
Source: Global Customer Insights and Analytics (GCIA) Survey, June 2012 conducted by Walmart Insights, interviewing more than 1000 moms
8Bring item back with receipt within 90 days for a full refund. See associate for details.