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The research is anchored in Walmart’s efforts to address the needs of our business, including preparing our workforce for the future. We are committed to helping strengthen the systems on which our success depends: a sustainable workforce, strong local talent development, and thriving communities with a solid customer base. Ninety percent of Americans live within 10 miles of a Walmart store.
We partnered with McKinsey & Company to develop the fact base for the report, using methodologies and data from the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey’s extensive research into workforce transitions and work in the public sector, along with our
knowledge of human capital development and experience from Walmart Giving’s Retail Opportunity Program. We’ve also sought feedback and insight from many external stakeholders, including the American Enterprise Institute, the Aspen Institute, the National Association of Counties, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association, the National League of Cities, the National Skills Coalition, New America, members of the Retail Opportunity Network and the United States Conference of Mayors.
Together, we have produced perspectives on responses to automation trends that can help policy makers, employers, educational institutions, community leaders, and others plan for the future.
Collaboration often happens least in the communities that need it most. Our hope is that America at Work: A National Mosaic and Roadmap for Tomorrow inspires dialogue and action to secure a bright economic future for hardworking Americans across the country.