Does your supplier team have a competitive culture?  Does your team pride itself on success both at the shelf AND against your competitors?  Would you like to put one of your top rivals in a battleship and sink them?  Well, talk is cheap.  Time to prove it.  On May 12, 2017, the...


How competitive is your Walmart / Sam's Club supplier team?

by Tim Whitaker


Does your supplier team have a competitive culture? Does your team pride itself on success both at the shelf AND against your competitors? Would you like to put one of your top rivals in a battleship and sink them? Well, talk is cheap. Time to prove it.


Team Kellogg 2016 Corporate Games Winner

On May 12, 2017 the Corporate Games, one of Northwest Arkansas' best team building events for suppliers, will return to the Jones Center in Springdale. Last year saw Kellogg's take home the trophy. Was their success derived from the Frosted Flakes or Kashi they had for breakfast? We may never know. Regardless, this could be your team's year to take home the trophy.


Last year's teams (in alphabetical order):

  • Arvest Bank
  • Camp War Eagle
  • Chobani
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Kellogg's (2016 winner)
  • Northwest Health
  • Pepsi Co
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Reckitt Benckiser (2 teams)
  • Spectrum Brands
  • Unilever
  • Multi-Craft Contractors

Throughout my years in CPG, too many team building events consisted of sitting in a restaurant eating and drinking, doing a 1-2 hour activity like bowling, or sitting around a conference table in a non-descript hotel or conference center looking out the window thinking how nice it must be outside. Sometimes, we were lucky enough to get some "yard time" for a scavenger hunt or ropes course. Yeah, I know you feel me. They should have a support group for team building events turned business meetings. #BeenThereDoneThat


In all seriousness, the Corporate Games is truly one of the best team building events in the Northwest Arkansas area. What better way to help a team bond than to work together and win one of eight different events against some of the world's most powerful brands. These activities help build employee morale and self-confidence while doing something challenging yet insanely fun. Trust me, brand equity and shelf space won't be able to help the big brands here! Only brains and brawn will matter in the end.


Field Relay Fun...

The Corporate Games Event List include:

  • Dodgeball - is Patches O'Houlihan available for hire?
  • Curling - Join a small group of people south of Niagara Falls to have done this.
  • Laser Tag - Don't shoot your own team leader in the back, again, and again.
  • Wiffleball - that was a "wicked hahd" curve ball!
  • Battleship - yes, you will sink WITH the boat if you don't win this event.
  • Volleyball - have your team lead wear REAL volleyball shorts for extra points.
  • Field Relay Races - Jeep owners without doors that have a 13.1, 26.2, or crossfit sticker receive a 10 point deduction.
  • Broomball - another unknown Canadian pastime where ice is involved.


See a video of past teams in action.

Broomball at its finest!

The entry fee for each ENTIRE team is $900 per team and includes a shirt, lunch, and practice time. My thoughts exactly...are you kidding me? Everyone in the supplier world knows how much offsite meeting and team building can cost, and this event is beyond inexpensive. I have paid $1,500 per person per day for excel training for my team before. A hotel for 10-15 people will run $3,000+ before the meeting even starts. $900 is so inexpensive, how could you not submit more than one team? The biggest challenge for most teams will be avoiding procrastination in the registration process because the event is only a few weeks away and the Corporate Games has maximum number of teams allowed. My advice, register ASAP and get ready to have a blast whether you are a competitor or spectator!


For registration, please call Michael Kirk, the Director of Recreation, today at (479) 756-8090 ext. 2243 or email him at mkirk@jonesnet.org



Team Arvest - 2016 Corporate Games


Tim Whitaker, Entrepreneur, CPG Leader, and Full-stack Developer. Creator ofSupplierLife.com and FamilyLifeNWA.com





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