Interview with Walmart's Travis Johnson at
Cirtuo Procurement Forum 2023

At Cirtuo Procurement Forum 2023, we sat down with Travis Johnson, Sr. Director International Procurement & Tech Enablement at Walmart, to discuss how Walmart leverages Guided Strategy Creation as a central element in their Procurement digitalization strategy. Hear from him how they increased the consistency of strategies, became faster at developing strategies, increased the consistency, and improved their onboarding and knowledge sharing.

Walmart Case study

Cirtuo enables greater procurement professionalism as Walmart acquires the capacity to advance the organization’s maturity with Category Strategy driving a top-down approach to working on the right initiatives for that category. As a result, Walmart has more confidence in attracting top sourcing talent as new hires enter a company with quality processes and advanced technologies.

Digital procurement solutions that deliver

Category strategies help Procurement align business requirements with market realities to leverage market opportunities, mitigate risks, and increase supply chain resilience. The methodical approach for building category strategies aims to help companies assess and plan how to best acquire goods or services for their business under given market realities. We have explored the ‘internal analysis as foundation for holistic category strategies’ in our recent blog, stating that the process of managing a category strategically is perpetual.
Do you remember the last time you took the wrong ramp onto the highway and how it made you feel? Most people instantly know that they took a wrong turn and hope that the next exit is not too far off. Unfortunately, our brain doesn’t experience the same stress when taking the wrong turn in developing category strategies. Category strategies in Procurement are a methodical approach for defining the best way to buy goods or services for their business. Done right, they help companies align business requirements with market realities to leverage market opportunities and mitigate risks. Done wrong, they might lead us down the wrong road.