Walmart news 

06 July 2021
North America’s grocery retailers* added over $100bn in sales last year as the pandemic caused a surge in demand and a shift from out-of-home to at-home dining. We compare this to previous years and identify some of the key winners in 2020. More growth than the previous three years combined Combined sales of over 40 of the region’s largest retailers increased by $103.6bn last year. This i...
02 July 2021
Walmart and Kraft Heinz have partnered to launch 11 episodes focused on healthy, convenient meal solutions, across its shoppable interactive video hub, Walmart Cookshop. Walmart initially partnered with tech company eko in 2018 to develop original, interactive content to help the retailer develop more frequent and deeper engagement with its customers. The technology enables a new level of pers...
02 July 2021
Walmart-owned Flipkart has launched Shopsy, a new social commerce platform.  It can benefit individuals and small businesses who can now resell products in their own networks, through social messaging apps such as WhatsApp. Free for individuals & small businesses, who earn a commission for selling Shopsy is a social commerce platform that will allow budding entrepreneurs to register on the ...
23 June 2021
Pride month is observed across many markets in Asia, although it is not as huge as the celebration in Europe and the Americas.  COVID-19 restrictions have hindered plans to have physical gatherings for Pride month, but the pandemic has not stopped some retailers in Asia to launch virtual campaigns for this occasion. Philippines: Alibaba-owned Lazada recognises the LGBTQIA+ stigma  Man...
17 June 2021
Building on an existing partnership with DroneUp, Walmart is investing in the company to support its work in developing a scalable last-mile delivery solution. Earlier this year, it invested in self-driving company, Cruise. Flights over people and moving vehicles Walmart and DroneUp partnered last year to launch trial deliveries of at-home COVID-19 self-collection kits. Since the launch, se...
16 June 2021
Walmart is converting its Supercentre hypermarket in Terrace, BC to a cashier-free model, using different configurations of self-checkouts. US trial The store in Terrace has been selected due to its high self-checkout use. The store will be remodelled to feature traditional self-checkouts and larger self-checkouts for bigger baskets and carts, with store associates available to support cust...
09 June 2021
With the retailer adding a new pharmacy benefit to Walmart+, we look at what this could mean for the membership programme’s progress. Suite of benefits Walmart+ launched last September offering range of benefits. For an annual fee of $98 a year, or $12.95 per month, members have access to unlimited free delivery from stores across fresh groceries, household essentials, tech and toys and, fr...
07 June 2021
Speaking at the DbAccess Global Consumer Conference, Judith McKenna, President and CEO, Walmart International, outlined how Walmart adopts best practice technologies between various markets to activate its ‘Strong local businesses, powered by Walmart’ strategy. Refining its global footprint Over the last year, Walmart  has continued to refine its international operations, ensuring a st...
03 June 2021
We look at why Walmart is distributing 740,000 smartphones to its store associates and the features they’ll be able to access. Access to the latest technology Over recent years, Walmart has developed a suite of apps for its store teams, accessible either through their own devices or handheld units in-store. However, to enable its associates to have access to the latest technology, it will b...
02 June 2021
Walmart’s Sam’s Club operation is bringing back its sampling and demo programme, Taste & Tips. This was paused last year for health and safety reasons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Key element of the club model The programme will initially return in a limited way, available at weekends only and in limited quantities. New safety measures will be in place, such as sealed samples. Samp...