Walmart news 

19 January 2020
Walmart has made a series of leadership changes at its US stores and Sam’s Club operations, including appointing a new chief merchandising officer for its core domestic business. Scott McCall becomes chief merchandising officer As reported by Talk Business and Politics, Scott McCall is appointed as the retailer’s new chief merchandising officer. Steve Bratspies, who has held the role for th...
16 January 2020
Rakuten and Walmart's Seiyu are planning to open a new logistics site in Yokohama, Japan, later this year. New site to service growing online sales The new logistics site will service growing online sales from Rakuten Seiyu Netsuper. The platform recorded a 30% sales increase year-on-year between late October and end of December. High delivery and logistical costs in Japan have historica...
16 January 2020
Asda has joined forces with some of the UK leading brand owners to launch its first ‘test and learn’ sustainability store with a mission to find new ways to reduce plastic and encourage customers to reuse and refill. Three month refill station trial From May, Asda's Middleton superstore in Leeds will become the retailer's first location to offer refill stations for dispensing loose products...
15 January 2020
South Africa-based, Walmart-owned Massmart has said it has recently completed a store optimisation project. It noted the process ‘ highlighted a number of underperforming stores in its portfolio ’, which could lead to their potential closure. Closures would focus on non-grocery banners… Massmart said the store optimisation project had led to a potential store closure consultation process. I...
14 January 2020
Walmart India is undergoing a major restructure of the business, beginning with changes in personnel. Looking to drive more efficient operations Eight of the 56 executives that have been let go were in senior management roles and the rest from middle or lower management. Reuters reported that the move had mostly affected executives in Walmart’s real estate division, which mainly looks after...
11 January 2020
Walmart has opened a Neighborhood Market in Miami, Florida which features only self-checkouts. Aiming to improve checkout speed This new development is a first for Walmart in the US, although last year it opened a store in Chile, under the Lider Express banner which was also comprised of self-checkouts only. Walmart plans on assessing the impact on the customer experience, including checkou...
09 January 2020
Following a pilot launch phase last year, Walmart has gone fully operational with its test of Alert Innovation’s Alphabot technology, its automated micro-fulfillment solution. Automating grocery ecommerce picking Walmart initially announced in 2018 that it would partner with Alert Innovation to pilot an in-store robotic picking system for grocery ecommerce orders. The Alphabot technology, w...
08 January 2020
Walmart’s digital marketing arm, Walmart Media Group, has launched a new programme which provides advertisers with expanded access to their ‘Sponsored Products’ campaigns. Increasing visibility with shoppers Walmart Advertising Partners is a bidded auction-based marketplace which is designed to provide advertisers with greater transparency and control over their ads. Through the initiative,...
23 December 2019
Press reports have outlined several ways in how Walmart plans to re-position its network of Supercentres to drive sales growth and invest in new income streams. Structural challenges Walmart’s network of over 3,500 Supercenters, most of which are in excess of 15,000 SQ M, is often considered to be a future-challenge for the business. The on-going shift of its general merchandise business on...
17 December 2019
Asda has reportedly launched a search for a new director as it continues preparations for a future flotation. Search agency hired According to the Sunday Times, the Walmart-owned business has hired headhunters Heidrick & Struggles to find a suitable candidate to strengthen the exec team. The move comes less than 18 months after Rob McWilliam took up the position  on a fixed term contract. H...