Walmart, Google Enter Voice-Shopping Fray


Walmart and Google, two of Amazon’s biggest rivals, on Wednesday announced a partnership that will let customers use Google’s Home speaker and a number of voice-assisted mobile devices to shop online at Walmart. Their mutual goal is to eat away at Amazon’s dominant share in the e-commerce shopping space and the smart speaker space, in order to curb the growth of its giant ecosystem, which threatens to smother competition in both industries. The partnership is an indication of just how powerful a rival Amazon has become.

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N-word used on Walmart website to describe product color

Walmart was apologizing on Monday after an appalling description of a product by a third-party vendor made its way onto the retail giant’s website.

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Walmart Delivers E-Commerce Stunner


Walmart on Thursday reported soaring e-commerce growth during its fiscal first quarter, along with strong organic sales figures. Online sales grew a stunning 63 percent during the quarter, perhaps in response to the company’s newly introduced free two-day shipping and its upgraded mobile app. “We’re moving faster to combine our digital and physical assets to make shopping more enjoyable and faster for customers, but we also see plenty of room to improve,” CEO Doug McMillon said during the company’s quarterly conference call.

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Walmart Launches 'Store No. 8' E-Commerce Venture


Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart eCommerce U.S., on Tuesday discussed the company’s plans to launch a new venture, called “Store No. 8,” which will operate as a Silicon Valley incubator for new online stores. The move reflects Walmart’s ambition to catch up to Amazon in the e-commerce retail space. Lore unveiled the plans at the annual Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas. Lore took the helm of Walmart’s e-commerce business after Walmart acquired Jet.com, the company he cofounded. ore Walmart acquisitions are in the works, he said.

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Walmart wants to deploy in-store drones

Tired of searching far-flung corners of a big box retail store for that item you want? Walmart may have a high-tech solution – the retail giant has filed a patent to use drones within its stores.

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Walmart's going to war with Amazon with free 2-day shipping for everyone

The fight between Walmart and Amazon for control of the nation’s internet shopping habit isn’t going to be over any time soon.

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Walmart Pursues Amazon at Jet Speed


Walmart on Monday announced that it plans to acquire Jet.com, paying $3 billion in cash and another $300 million worth of Walmart shares. With the acquisition, “Walmart.com will grow faster, the seamless shopping experience we’re pursuing will happen quicker, and w”ll enable the Jet brand to be even more successful in a shorter period of time,” McMillion said. The announcement of the deal comes about three months after Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told investors that the company’s global e-commerce sales growth was too slow to satisfy internal goals.

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Amazon, Walmart Gear Up for Summer E-Commerce Throwdown


It’s summer, and Walmart and Amazon are celebrating by escalating their e-commerce competition. Amazon on Thursday announced it would hold its second annual Prime Day on July 12. A shopping day for Amazon Prime members worldwide, it is billed as the biggest global Amazon event ever. The company will offer more than 100,000 bargains, with new deals popping up at five minute intervals throughout the day. Last year’s Prime Day was a bigger day for sales than the biggest Black Friday ever, up to that point, Amazon pointed out.

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Walmart Tests 2-Day Subscription Shipping


Walmart on Thursday began testing a two-day unlimited shipping service priced at $49 a year. Subscribers will get more than a million items, including the most commonly purchased items on Walmart.com, delivered to their door in two days or fewer, Walmart spokesperson Bao Nguyen said. “Customers will continue to enjoy their two favorite features — no minimum order requirements and free returns online and in stores.” The service, called “ShippingPass,” launched last year as a three-day shipping pilot program with a $50 annual subscription fee.

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Retailers Will Keep the Lights Burning on Christmas Eve


Target, Walmart and other large U.S. retailers have extended their hours on Christmas Eve in an effort to snag last-minute holiday shoppers. It’s a wider net for consumers during a season in which about 17 percent of shoppers last week said they hadn’t starting buying gifts, in a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Walmart will stay open until 8 p.m. Sam’s Club will keep the lights on until 8:30 p.m., Toys ‘R’ Us will go until 9 p.m., and Target’s staff will await gift givers until 11 p.m.

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Walmart Jumps Into Mobile Pay Fray


Walmart on Thursday introduced its own mobile payments solution to let customers make in-store purchases with an Android or iOS smartphone. The move will make it the only retailer to compete with third-party mobile payment systems. Walmart currently is rolling out the feature through its Walmart mobile app in select stores in the northwest Arkansas area. It will expand to stores across the country by the first half of 2016, according to company spokesperson Danit Marquardt.

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Walmart launches QR code mobile payment system to rival Apple Pay

Article Image Walmart on Wednesday announced it will be entering the mobile payments business with a branded system called Walmart Pay, a direct competitor to existing solutions from the likes of Apple, Alphabet and Samsung.

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Stop stores and airports from tracking your movements

Did you know that for several months Wal-Mart tested a facial recognition system that can pick an individual out of a crowd and track them automatically through a store? It’s true. Wal-Mart was mainly using the system to spot known shoplifters, but I’m sure you can think of more worrying purposes.

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