Walmart CEO Doug McMillon to Keynote CES 2024

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon to Keynote CES 2024

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that Walmart CEO Doug McMillon will deliver a keynote at CES 2024. The opening-day keynote at the tech event will explore the digital transformation spearheaded by Walmart.

McMillon speaks at 2 p.m. PST on Jan. 9, 2024, in the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian.

Walmart has led retail innovation for decades, according to the CTA release. From popularizing use of the now ubiquitous UPC product barcode to building one of the first private satellite-communication systems at scale, Walmart has consistently modeled how early adoption of technology drives industry success. McMillon will bring Walmart’s people-led, tech-powered vision to life, highlighting how Walmart improves lives, communities and the planet, the CTA announced. He also will offer a view of what’s next for Walmart as the company uses technology, combined with deep retail and human insights, to exceed customer expectations as they move across platforms and places to discover goods and get inspired, according to the CTA.

“Like CES, Walmart is all on using agility and creativity to push the boundaries of tech that improves outcomes for customers and associates,” said Kinsey Fabrizio, CTA SVP for CES and membership, in a statement. “Doug’s compelling story of how Walmart is enabling the next generation of retail will reflect on their people culture, beyond the advances powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning.”

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“Great tech disappears behind great experiences,” said Dan Bartlett, EVP, corporate affairs at Walmart, in a statement. “As the world becomes more digital, we are thinking ahead on how we design and build technology that will usher in the next generation of retail. Doug’s keynote, plus compelling experiences on the CES show floor, will show how we’re using technology to make our customers’ lives easier, enable our associates to build satisfying careers and make our business even stronger.”  

McMillon delivered a mainstage address at CES 2021, while other Walmart leaders addressed sustainability and brand management via appearances at C Space. Walmart joins L’Oréal as CES 2024 keynotes, with more announcements to come.

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