Category Archives: E-Commerce

Lord & Taylor Is Up For Sale — RetailWire.com

Walmart e-commerce partner Lord & Taylor is up for sale: “The chain, which currently operates more than 40 stores in the northeastern U.S. and the mid-Atlantic states, has struggled to keep its business on the right path since before Federated Department Stores sold it to NRDC Equity Partners in 2006. NRDC later acquired Hudson’s Bay Co., now HBC, in 2008.” P.S. Analysts are speculating on potential buyers for this venerable retailer. Regardless, Lord & Taylor’s willingness to work with Walmart.com...

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More on Gen-Z and Retail — Forbes.com

More on how Gen Z likes to shop. . .and yes, the younger generation does like physical stores! “They may not have reached full maturity yet, but in a lot of ways, Gen Z is already the cultural pacesetter. Commerce is no exception. How (and how soon) retailers and technology companies respond to those catalyzing trends and shopping preferences are going to be sensational to watch over the next five to 10 years as Gen Z comes into its own.”...

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Walmart Leads in Five CPG Categories — EMarketer.com

Walmart’s investment in e-commerce, tech, and its own stores is paying off as it begins to lead in several CPG categories: “But food isn’t the only CPG category with substantial growth this year. Sales growth in the beauty, personal care and household essentials categories can be attributed to Walmart’s 2016 acquisition of Jet.com and its large brick-and-mortar presence, which positions the retailer ahead of Amazon for its more-efficient shipping capabilities.” P.S. Are your products on Walmart.com or SamsClub.com? If not,...

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Report: Is Walmart “Hinting” at Free One-Day Shipping? — ECommerceBytes.com

ECommerceBytes.com reports that a tweet last week hinted that Walmart may be willing to counter Amazon’s new one-day Prime shipping offer: “Walmart isn’t taking the news of Amazon 1-day Free Prime Shipping lying down. It hinted in a Tweet that it would do the same – but without requiring a membership fee.” P.S. Another move in the ongoing chess game between Walmart and Amazon. If Walmart follows suit on one-day shipping, suppliers will need to become even more nimble with...

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Walmart Plans Polymorph Labs Tech and Assets Acquisition — Walmart.com

Walmart announced its plans to acquire the assets and technology of Polymorph Labs in hopes of enhancing Walmart’s in-house ads technology: “Today, we’re excited to announce our plans to acquire technology and assets of Polymorph Labs, a Silicon Valley-based advertising startup that will help take our advertising business to the next level.“ P.S. This is another tech-based acquisition that demonstrates Walmart’s commitment to dominating online and offline marketing and sales. Learn how you can keep up with omnichannel changes in...

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Gen Z Loves Brick & Mortar — Mediapost.com

Gen-Z shoppers enjoy the brick & mortar shopping experience: “Gen Z are ‘more traditional shoppers than millennials,’ said Katherine Cullen, director of retail and consumer insights for NRF.  ‘They are killing the idea that online and offline are separate. They’re really intertwining the digital and physical worlds and balancing digital experience with what they expect in the physical environment.’” P.S. Speaking of Gen-Z, you may well have some interns and new graduates working for you this summer. Our Supplier Boot...

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Walmart Suppliers, Item Creation has Changed!

  Just when you were comfortable going through the item setup process, Walmart revolutionizes! Like everything else, there’s an adjustment period, but it will be worth it for your business. Joel Graham has been teaching and helping suppliers with the new process. This week on the podcast, we discuss some of the questions suppliers have been asking and best practices for learning the new process. Also, we want you to remember no matter what issue you’re facing with the new...

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Katie Finnegan to Leave Walmart — Retail Dive

Katie Finnegan, head of Store No. 8, has announced her departure from the company. “Katie Finnegan, principal of Walmart’s incubation arm, Store No. 8, and CEO of video commerce company Spatialand, which was acquired by Store No. 8, will be leaving those companies, a Walmart spokesperson confirmed to Retail Dive via email. Her last day will be June 7.” P.S. While the cast and crew at Walmart may change over time, the company’s commitment to serving its customers has not....

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Analyst: Amazon Plans to Beat Walmart on Price — CNBC

Business analyst and television show host Jim Cramer believes that Amazon’s next move in the retail chess-game will be to beat Walmart on price: “Cramer, the host of ‘Mad Money,’ said his sources at Amazon indicate to him that ‘whatever Walmart is doing’ on prices, Jeff Bezos’ e-commerce giant ‘will come under’ it.” P.S. Keeping costs down is critical to delivering on price. What are you doing to improve productivity and lower costs? Our experts can help. Schedule an appointment...

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Click & Collect Gives Walmart a Major Boost — The Detroit News

Walmart’s grocery pickup option is keeping the retailer competitive against arch-nemesis Amazon: “Both Walmart and Target say their net promoter scores a key measure of customer satisfaction are especially high for curbside services. And the click-and collect push is making a difference. Cowen analysts estimate that Walmart grocery pickup is contributing significantly to the retailer’s overall U.S. comparable sales growth. They forecast Walmart’s U.S. comparable sales will increase 2.8 percent for the current fiscal year from the prior year,and that...

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