David Walker currently serves as the Buyer for Bakery at Sam’s Club, which is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. In his current role, he is responsible for the procurement of more than 140 products, the prediction of future bakery trends, as well as developing items to capitalize on restaurant and retail trends. He leads the Sam’s Club sustainable palm oil initiative, which ensures all palm oil used in private brand items is sustainably sourced, and he was instrumental in incorporating Fair Trade Certified ingredients into a variety of baked goods.
David joined Sam’s Club in 2003 as an Inventory Specialist for frozen food before transitioning to the replenishment division to serve as a Replenishment Manager for Gourmet Deli. Next, he was promoted to Inventory Coordinator for Produce and then to Assistant Buyer for Gourmet Deli. Since joining Sam’s Club, he has received numerous awards, including: 2011 Sam’s Club Sustainability Award – Achievement in Sustainability, Sam’s Club Sustainability Award for fourth quarter in 2011, and Sam’s Club Food Division Sustainability Award for second quarter and fourth quarter in 2011.
Prior to joining Sam’s Club, he served for eight years as the Warehouse Inventory Manager for Geoff Penney Pty Ltd in Kings Park, Australia.