Category Archives: E-Commerce

Walmart Partnership to Improve Supplier Product Content — Chain Store Age

Walmart will be adopting a content platform that allows suppliers to optimize their product descriptions and media: “Suppliers have access to a platform that enables them to scale content for Walmart’s catalog, and catalogs of other retailers. Using a product information management (PIM) system, item setup and rich media capabilities, the platform enables Walmart to centralize supplier product data that can be used across its websites, print catalogs, ERP systems, and electronic data feeds between trading partners.” P.S. This presents...

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Walmart Expands Grocery Kiosk Test — RetailDive.com

  Walmart is expanding its test of a kiosk that allows customers to order groceries online and then pick them up at the store without having to wait in line at a counter: “Customers purchase and pay for their groceries online, then Walmart employees shop and pack those orders, and store them in the 11-by-127-foot kiosk attached to the store. When customers arrive, they scan their barcode and retrieve their groceries within one minute. There is no cost to pick up...

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Boxed Introduces Hot-Weather Chocolate Shipping — RetailWire.com

There some items that just aren’t suited to e-commerce. For a long time, one of them has been chocolate, at least during summer months. Now, however, upstart online retailer Boxed has introduced new packaging that promises to insulate consumer’s creamy candies so that they arrive in perfect condition: “Boxed, the online seller of groceries in bulk, says consumers can now eat as much chocolate as they wish regardless of how high the temperature climbs as it has come up with a...

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Walmart Ramps Up Driver Recruitment — Bloomberg

Walmart is feeling the truck driver pinch and is ramping up its efforts to recruit new drivers: “The retailer, whose private fleet of 6,500 trucks is one of the largest in the nation, will offer referral bonuses of up to $1,500, shorten the on-boarding process for new hires by more than a month and broadcast its first national TV ad focused on its 7,500 truckers. The program, which coincides with National Truck Driver Appreciation Week beginning Monday, aims to fill...

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Outdoor Gear Sales Trigger Controversy — RetailWire.com

Walmart’s decision to offer an outdoor store on its website has been a source of controversy. Some brands aren’t happy about their products being sold in such a venue: “Outdoor retailers have continually complained about seeing brands sold by third-party sellers on Amazon.com below MAP (minimum advertising prices). Walmart claims to be offering more control over third-party sellers on its online marketplace.” P.S. Many suppliers are concerned about protecting their brand and maintaining some control over pricing. If this concern...

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Walmart Pickup a Success — RetailDive.com

A new report shows that Walmart’s in-store pickup option for online shoppers is a success: “A report by Packaged Facts found that Walmart’s pickup strategy has surpassed competition, largely driven by its combination of curbside pickup and towers. Among click-and-collect consumers, about 42% identified Walmart as the pickup location for their last order — three times the amount that cited Target, which came in second.” P.S. All supplier businesses need an e-commerce strategy. Get in touch with us today to...

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Investors Bullish on Digital Lock Company — SupplyChainDrive.com

Delivering e-commerce goods to apartment buildings can be a significant challenge. Retailers, delivery services and third-party businesses alike have tried to address the problems of package theft and the need for repeated delivery attempts. A digital lock company has raised funds to offer a solution: “Latch, a digital lock company, raised $70 million in a Series B funding round for its technology. The tech is designed to make receiving goods and services easier for apartment dwellers, with the side benefit...

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Destination Curated by Moosejaw Opens on Walmart.com — Walmart.com

Recent Walmart acquisition Moosejaw is launching an outdoor collection on Walmart.com: “So what IS Moosejaw Madness? If you’ve spent any time on Moosejaw.com or in a Moosejaw store you know that we like to have fun. Whether it’s helping our customers break-up with their BF/GF or creating our latest, goofy Test Lab Videos, our goal is to offer the very best outdoor stuff and have the most fun doing it. We’re even working with Walmart’s technology incubator, Store No 8,...

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Target Reports Strong Sales — Bloomberg

Target is another big box retailer reporting strong sales for Q2. Store redesign and the introduction of popular private brands has helped Walmart’s competitor in its quest to stay relevant: “The big-box retailer reported that comparable sales increased 6.5 percent in the second quarter over a year earlier, its biggest growth on this measure in 13 years. Its digital sales were up 41 percent over a year earlier, and the performance overall led the company to bump up its adjusted...

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Walmart and Kobo Launch Walmart eBooks, Including an Audiobook Subscription for $9.99 — Walmart.com

Summer is almost over, which means there are only a few more weeks left to soak up the sun and enjoy one of the beach reads all of your friends have been talking about. Today, we’re making it easier than ever to check out the latest new releases with the launch of Walmart eBooks by Rakuten Kobo, Walmart’s partnership with Kobo to offer an all-new digital books catalog in stores and online. Walmart eBooks will complement our vast physical book assortment and...

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