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Wal-Mart’s New Style: Out With Kathie Lee, In With Trendier Looks

Wal-Mart is bidding adieu to its Kathie Lee label, marking the end of an era and the start of a new apparel department. Here are the details.

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"You get all the support you need at Wal-Mart. The resources are world-class," observed Clancy. "But energy is required."

In fact, Wal-Mart gears up for each and every weekend as if it were the Super Bowl. And when management comes in Monday morning, they pounce on the data pouring off the Retail Link internal database. Buyers spend most of the day combing over data, checking in with replenishment managers and grilling store department heads about customer traffic, said girls’ activewear buyer Dee Dee Cole.

Saturday meetings — a Sam Walton tradition that also begins early and gets rowdy with enthusiasm — are renowned for bringing in celebrities in the retail, financial, literary and sports worlds. Clancy has seen Warren Buffett and Crate & Barrel founder Gordon Segal speak, but took most personal counsel from the musings of Richard Carlson, author of "Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff."

"That was a lesson for me on personal balance," she said, smiling.
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