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.