Category Archives: Walmart/Sam’s Club

Walmart to “Hire” Floor Mopping Robots — Bloomberg

Walmart will start using robotic floor mops in early 2019: “The world’s largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it said in a joint statement with Brain Corp., which makes the machines. The autonomous janitors can clean floors on their own even when customers are around, according to the San Diego-based startup.” P.S. The future is here for Walmart. How are things looking for...

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Walmart’s Turn-Around — AdAge

Some analysts once thought that Walmart might go the way of Sears. But leadership changes and a willingness to invest in associates and technology has paid off big for Walmart: “CEO Doug McMillon, who worked with legendary founder Sam Walton, has been willing to rewrite Walton’s playbook by investing heavily (and losing money) to compete with Amazon in e-commerce. But he also began fixing basics of store operations—like checkout wait times and out-of-stocks—with help from Walmart U.S. CEO Greg Foran,...

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Gift-Givers Praise Walmart Ads — Fast Company

Consumers praise Walmart’s ad campaigns as an aid to making gift choices: “A new survey of 1,000-plus American consumers found that 64% said Walmart offers the best advertising to help them decide which gifts to buy, which is slightly better than the 61% who said the same of Amazon. That’s a pretty key sales skill at a time when consumers are faced with endless choices. Target, Best Buy, and Macy’s rounded out the top five retailers on the survey.” P.S. As...

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CEO of Walmart’s Parcel Steps Down — Progressive Grocer

Last year, Walmart acquired Parcel, a last-mile delivery service in New York. Jesse Kaplan, the company’s CEO, recently announced his departure: “Jesse Kaplan, CEO of Parcel, which launched in 2013 and Walmart bought in September 2017, decided “this was a natural point” to step down, the news outlet reported, citing a spokesperson for Walmart ecommerce arm Jet. Replacing him is Parcel COO Jackson Fratesi, who will report to Hany Elkordy, Walmart’s VP of logistics and last-mile delivery, who recently joined...

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Walmart’s ELOQUII Opens Holiday Pop-Up Store in SoHo — RetailDive.com

Walmart’s recent e-commerce fashion acquisition, ELOQUII,  has opened a pop-up store in SoHo: “The brand first announced a brick-and-mortar strategy last year and is likely benefiting from the wealth of new parent Walmart to further it. Its first store, in an empty The Limited location following that retailer’s bankruptcy and closure, was opened amid the buzz of a “retail apocalypse” that has mostly died down as retail sales have rebounded.” P.S.  Are you keeping up with Walmart’s ventures into fashion...

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Walmart Hosts In-Store Toy and Fortnite Events — Walmart.com

Walmart is hosting in-store events for kids and families in December: Toys will be available to try out and Fortnite events will keep customers engaged with their favorite game: “On Saturday, all Supercenters and Walmart Stores will be taking select toys out of their boxes, and letting kids try them out. Walmart will be hosting in-store demos for this year’s popular toys like Polly Pocket, Really Rad Robots, Legos, Sharper Image Flip Stunt Rally, Yellies, and more. America’s Best Toy...

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Strong Boundaries are Key Part of Walmart’s Online Strategy — DigiDay.com

Walmart has been operating many of its e-commerce acquisitions as separate businesses, and for good reason. Maintaining boundaries between brands allows Walmart to better understand how e-commerce works: “While Walmart’s acquisition tear may yield questions as to whether the e-commerce brands will inevitably be swallowed up by the larger behemoth, Onvural said keeping Bonobos separate from Walmart serves two key objectives. It lets Bonobos benefit from Walmart’s scale and resources, and it allows Walmart to learn about how digitally native...

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FDA Hires Walmart VP to Address Food Safety — NBCNews.com

Federal regulators are looking to blockchain and retailer expertise to prevent food supply contamination issues: “The FDA has hired Walmart’s vice president of food safety, Frank Yiannas, as deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine. Gottlieb hopes Yiannas can help persuade the U.S. food industry to adopt a computerized system that keeps track of each head of lettuce, or box of mangoes, or package of chicken parts, along each step of the way from farm to store or restaurant.” P.S....

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Walmart China Tests Same-Day Delivery — MultiChannelMerchant.com

Walmart China is testing same-day fresh grocery delivery in one of its stores: “According to TechCrunch, WeChat customers can choose from 8,000 SKUs and receive orders in as little as one hour. Items available on the service include fresh produce, condiments, snacks, baby, personal care and home care items, products from Walmart’s Great Value brand and imported products sourced from around the world.” P.S. Grocery delivery and an expansion of its Chinese operations are two priorities for Walmart right now....

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AMA Wants High-Sugar Labels on Foods — FoodDive.com

The AMA is asking the Food and Drug Administration to require labeling of foods with high levels of added sugar: “Albert J. Osbahr III, a medical doctor and a member of the AMA board of trustees, said in a release that food packaging should include more transparent information about its contents so the healthy choice can be easier. ‘When consumers have access to the amount of sugar they are consuming, they may choose foods with less sugar — which can...

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