Walmart news 

15 January 2022
Janey Whiteside, chief customer officer, and Scott McCall, chief merchandising officer, are leaving their roles at Walmart US. Customer-centric approach The departure of these two key executives was announced in an internal memo, as reported by Talk Business and Politics. Janey Whiteside joined the business in 2018 as the retailer’s first chief customer officer. Over the last four years she...
12 January 2022
Following a test of the service with Walmart last year, HomeValet’s smart boxes are being made available for purchase for the first time. This will support the expansion of the retailer’s InHome delivery service. Roll-out starting in Florida Last year, HomeValet partnered with Walmart to pilot online grocery deliveries directly into smart boxes located outside customers’ homes. The smart bo...
05 January 2022
Walmart plans to recruit 3,000 associates as delivery drivers to support the expansion of its InHome delivery programme. Scaling the service Launched in 2019, Walmart’s InHome service enables customers to have their online grocery deliveries delivered directly into their homes. This includes their kitchen or garage refrigerator. With the service currently available to 6m households, the...
04 January 2022
In December 2021, Walmex (Walmart Mexico) opened its first gas station stores in Mexico. These small units are built adjacent to its Walmart and Bodega Aurrera (Walmex’s discount banner) gas stations.    The launch of Bodega Aurrera Gas Walmex’s first Bodega Aurrera Gas store is located in Celaya, central Mexico. The 60 sq. m store is built adjacent to a Bodega gas station. Source: ...
09 December 2021
Walmart is partnering with HSBC and CPD to provide suppliers that with early payment on their invoices based on their sustainability efforts. This is designed to help them unlock investment in sustainability initiatives linked to the retailer’s Project Gigaton. Financing linked to progress on sustainability goals Through Walmart’s Sustainable Supply Chain Finance programme (SSCF), which was...
30 November 2021
Walmart Canada is acquiring Foodmaestro to deliver a more personalised online shopping experience and help shoppers discover more relevant products aligned with their health and dietary needs. Why this deal is important? It reinforces Walmart's strategic focus on health and wellness It highlights its commitment to be the omnichannel leader in Canada and needs to have the best online experi...
28 November 2021
Data from Adobe Analytics reveals that online sales on Black Friday fell marginally this year to $8.9bn, compared to $9bn in 2020. We look at what’s behind this dip. Strong performance compared to 2019 This year’s sales performance has to be put into context. Last year’s sales was a record high for Black Friday, increasing 21.6% compared to 2019, when sales hit $7.4bn. This was driven by re...
23 November 2021
Walmart is partnering with Twitter to host livestream shopping as part of a broad programme of similar events this holiday season. The retailer is the first partner for the social media platform in the US for this type of event. Kick-off to Cyber Week This event will feature singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo and will mark the launch of Walmart’s Cyber Week. This is a major sales ev...
16 November 2021
After a strong performance in the third quarter, the retailer has raised its outlook for sales and profit growth for the full year. With momentum heading into the key trading period, what can we expect to see from Walmart? Walmart's Q3 key numbers Walmart's total revenue in Q3 increased by 4.3% to $140.5bn, representing an additional $8.8bn in sales Sales in its US stores increased by...
08 November 2021
Walmart has taken its driverless pilot with Gatik to the next level by removing safety drivers from its vehicles. Could this solve the profit challenge of grocery ecommerce? Innovating with the middle-mile Walmart first worked with autonomous vehicle company, Gatik, in 2019 in Bentonville, Arkansas. The retailer has been using Gatik’s ‘Autonomous Box Trucks’ to move customer orders on a two...