Two Strategic Issues Currently Confronting Walmart’s Supply Chain

  • Optimizing cost to serve in an Omni Channel World. How do we approach channel decision making to serve our customers and make their lives easier. Understanding cost to serve through different channels and in real time, becomes increasingly more complex as the combination of nodes, delivery methods and inventory assortment scales rapidly across our network
  • The need for automation has escalated as the competition for labor drives pressure on wages. Finance plays a key role in understanding the business case for automation and benefits across different parts of the Supply Chain

William J. (Bill) Mines
SVP Finance and Strategy, Supply Chain

Bill joined Walmart in October 2014 and is currently Senior Vice President Finance and Strategy, Supply Chain. Bill is responsible for FP&A, Decision Support, and Data and Analytics for a network of over 150 distribution centers and transportation, including both the private fleet and third-party carriers.

Bill came to Walmart from Diageo plc., where he served in various senior executive roles, including Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Global Duty Free and Middle East; Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, North America; Senior Vice President of Finance, Americas Supply; Vice President of Finance, Decision Support; and Vice President of Business Risk and Audit.

Prior to his extensive career with Diageo, Bill also held senior leadership roles with PepsiCo, Cargill and Deloitte.

Education and Professional Associations

Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees from Magdalene College, Cambridge, in England
Fellow of the UK Institute of Chartered Accountants.