#FiveThingsFriday: Bananas for Online Grocery Shopping

By Erica Jones
January 27, 2017
Patti LaBelle Banana Pudding

ICYMI: Here’s some sweet news: Patti is back with a brand-new dessert. It’s perfect for enjoying while you’re watching the Academy Awards … why, you ask, is that relevant? We explain below.

The Future of Fridge-Stocking
Hey, we’re all busy. What if I told you that checking off your grocery list was as easy as driving up to a Walmart and never getting out of your car? Well, in many of our markets across the U.S., our online grocery pickup service makes it that way. This week, The Shreveport Times spoke with a few local customers who’ve embraced this new convenience. Check it out, and then check to see if there’s a market near you at walmart.com/grocery.

Care for Some Pudding?
Patti LaBelle is at it again! You’ve had the sweet potato pie, the caramel cake, the cobblers? Well now you can have banana pudding, too. Patti LaBelle’s Banana Pudding is the latest treat in her line of Walmart-exclusive desserts to hit shelves. I’ve tried it, and it’s pretty darn good. Can’t wait to see what she whips up next. May I suggest cheesecake?

Lights, Camera, Receipt!
While many of you are gearing up for the big game, my big game happens at the end of February: the 89th Academy Awards. And this year I’ll be paying special attention to the commercials. We’ve asked Antoine Fuqua, Marc Forster, and producing partners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to create three short films that tell a story based on a Walmart receipt with six items: bananas, paper towels, batteries, a scooter, wrapping paper and a video baby monitor. This is our first year sponsoring the Oscars, and we’ve also donated $250,000 to the Academy Grants Program for FilmCraft, an educational program that identifies and empowers future filmmakers from nontraditional backgrounds. See you on the red carpet!

Sew Very Innovative
When it comes to our daily routines, it’s easy to take some stuff for granted. For instance, have you ever thought about all the work that went into making your favorite shirt or dress from scratch? Helping to make that process more efficient and cost-effective is a key goal of the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund, which recently awarded nearly $3 million in grants to six leading research and academic institutions. Congrats to Washington State University, North Carolina State University, Clemson University, Oregon State University, Texas Tech University and University of Massachussetts Lowell, who all earned funding for their work to help make it more feasible, sustainable and competitive to make consumer goods in the U.S.

Relief When it’s Needed Most
When a community is recovering from a tragic event, like the tornadoes that hit Mississippi this past week, there are many needs that have to be addressed for life to start returning to a semblance of normal. And it’s not just cleaning and rebuilding – it’s also daily luxuries like laundry. Tide’s Loads of Hope program began in response to Hurricane Katrina and has helped tens of thousands of families since then. This week, they were at our Hattiesburg store to help families impacted by the storms. We were honored to host them there – and also to support other organizations helping with relief in Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida.