CEI has been a Walmart Civil Engineering Consultant (CEC) since the early 1980s. In fact, we helped Walmart establish the CEC program. Having our headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, and working directly with Walmart founder Sam Walton helped us become a Walmart CEC, but it was our commitment to the program early on, when Walmart began expanding rapidly, that allowed us to become the one of the retailers main consultants.
The Walmart new store program put CEI on the map, figuratively and literally. From our Bentonville office, we helped Walmart grow around the country, which led to the opening of multiple CEI satellite offices. Since the beginning, CEI has helped Walmart open more than 1,000 stores, including the first Hypermart USA store, a program for which CEI not only served as the original CEC but also helped Walmart roll out. At one point, Walmart used CEI exclusively to prepare all Real Estate Committee (REC) packages, whether or not CEI was the official CEC for the project. Today, CEI is filling a similar role for the Walmart backfill fueling station program. While the new store program has been a big part of our growth with the world’s #1 retailer, CEI has assisted on several other Walmart programs, including:
Over the years, Walmart has turned to CEI for help in starting many new programs. When Walmart started the Sam’s Club expansion work, CEI was the only CEC selected for the program. A more recent example would be our work on the company’s Online Grocery Pickup (OGP) program. Our first OGP project, located in Bentonville, is the only stand-alone pickup facility, i.e. no attached or adjacent supercenter or neighborhood market store. This project was especially challenging, as there were no standards in place for such a facility, and CEI had to coordinate closely with Walmart personnel and other consultants to make the project come together quickly. Soon after the grocery pickup facility was underway, Walmart turned to CEI to help establish prototype plans for OGP facilities attached to stores as well as OGP concept plans for stores in Alabama, Arizona and Colorado—states in which CEI did not have offices.
CEI has always looked for ways to help Walmart save money. Whether it’s value engineering to save costs on an individual project or assisting Walmart in streamlining a process, Walmart has called on CEI for more than 30 years, and we intend on being a trusted partner for many years to come.