A former online bookseller and one of the largest brick-and-mortar chains will soon battle it out for e-commerce supremacy. Amazon and Walmart are about to go toe-to-toe to see who reigns supreme. According to an article on Forbes, Walmart clearly dominates in the retail arena, but pales in comparison to Amazon when it comes to the web. Does that give Amazon an advantage when it comes to e-commerce? It might not at the moment, but it could soon.
Starting this summer, Walmart employees will be able to see real-time updates of inventory levels on their store shelves with the help of a new mobile app. According to RIS News, the tablet-enabled app allows employees to do everything from ensuring displays are set up correctly to printing missing labels.
From their Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting on Monday, Walmart reinforced their commitment to creating more sustainable stores and infrastructures. According to Chain Store Age, Walmart has their eyes set on being 100% energy independent.
Walmart will install 10,000 self-checkout lanes in its stores this year. The reason? Every second lost at the register costs the company tens of millions of dollars, a hole in the dam they are hoping to plug. While technology is not going to replace all jobs, the truth of the matter is that it eventually will completely replace some.
What originally began in 70 stores will now be expanded to a total of 200 in the near future. According to an article on RIS News, shoppers scan items on their iPhone as they are shopping, seeing a tally of their total purchase, and are able to bypass the checkout line when they are through shopping.
The mega-retailer is working on ways to improve the customer experience on both a macro and micro level. From the in-store experience to managing global supply chains, they are rethinking the entire process.
Effective March 1, the retailer is implementing a “zero tolerance” policy for any supplier who subcontracts work to factories without the company’s knowledge, the Associated Press reported. Previously, Wal-Mart gave suppliers three chances to correct mistakes.
Walmart on Tuesday updated its plans for its Canadian division, saying that it plans to complete at least 37 supercenter projects in the country during the company’s next fiscal year (February 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014). The announcement comes a couple of months before Target Corp.’s spring launch of its stores in Canada.
In his keynote session address, “A Job to Do: Retail’s Role in an American Renewal,” Simon will make the case that today more than ever, the industry’s leadership is needed on critical issues such as the U.S. (and by extension the global) economy and job creation.
Are your stockings hung by the chimney with care? Hope so, because the holiday shopping season has begun everywhere. While consumers hit the shops – and the Internet – The Harris Poll has been hard at work checking on some of the top issues facing retailers and shoppers alike this holiday season.
The world’s largest retailer is dramatically increasing its investment in self-checkout technology, with plans to add 10,000 NCR SelfServ Checkout lanes in 1,200 Walmart stores next year. Walmart already uses self-checkout in 1,600 of its stores, and the company recently increased the number of Sam’s Club stores with the devices, from 80 earlier this year to 300.
The DIARY OF A WIMPY KID franchise is anything but wimpy. In preparation for the latest theatrical release – DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS – on August 3, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products has launched a national retail campaign with Walmart, making the world’s largest retailer a “One Stop WIMPY Shop.”