Walmart news 

04 November 2020
Following updates from South Africa-based Woolworths and Walmart-owned Massmart, we round up news from the retailers. Woolworths SA invests in prices… Woolworths is to invest ZAR1.0 bn (US$61.4m) in prices over the next two to three years. ZAR750m (US$46.0m) will be invested in its food business and ZAR250m (US$15.3m) in its fashion business. In the first phase Woolworths will invest ZAR500...
03 November 2020
We look at why Walmart’s making the shift away from using in-store inventory scanners, often referred to as shelf-scanning robots. Technology push The Wall Street Journal has reported that Walmart is ending its use of using shelf-scanning robots within its US stores. Last April, the retailer announced that it was deploying a further 300 of the Auto-S shelf scanners to its stores, with aro...
03 November 2020
Walmart Canada’s new store in Vaughan, Ontario, showcases how the retailer is evolving its large store format to support its fast-growing ecommerce business. Most modern omnichannel store Earlier this year, Walmart Canada outlined a $3.5bn investment plan , focused on its stores, supply chain and technology. As part of this, it is investing $110m this year in store renovations and tech...
29 October 2020
Walmart is piloting a new store concept that is designed to serve the needs of in-store and online shoppers. Creating the perfect omnichannel store Walmart has several projects and roll-outs underway centred on reinventing its physical stores. These include a new concept Supercenter and a new-look front-end . This latest test is designed to help the retailer find solutions that h...
23 October 2020
South Africa-based, Walmart-owned Massmart has reported sales for the first nine months of its financial year. The retailer said the easing of COVID-19 related trading restrictions had led to ‘ slightly better trading conditions for the… quarter ’. Total sales fall 8.9% in first nine months of 2020 In the quarter Massmart said it had seen an improvement in trading conditions, which led to ...
22 October 2020
The retailer is launching a new virtual shopping experience based on an iconic movie home. The familiarity of a known location The retailer has adopted a creative approach to launch this initiative, creating the Sam’s Club National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation holiday shopping experience. This enables its members to visit a reimagined Christmas vacation home that was a key part of a Christm...
16 October 2020
We look at how Walmart has evolved its plans for Black Friday this year, with a focus on providing customers with a safer and more convenient shopping experience. A COVID-19 holiday season Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Walmart is planning for a different holiday shopping experience this year. Last month, it announced that its stores would be closed on Thanksgiving Day, a day which the retai...
16 October 2020
The hypermarket channel is perceived to be struggling to grow, whether it is in store terms or sales. However, this is far from reality on a global basis. Retailers are finding ways to achieve incremental increases in basket size and are developing their proposition to attract shoppers back to store. We have selected three retailers investing in their largest stores and implementing new strategie...
13 October 2020
Following the success of its drive-in movie initiative and summer camp programme, Walmart is launching three new events for the fall, including store and virtual Halloween activities. Halloween ‘spooky street’ Over the summer months, Walmart hosted drive-in movies at 160 stores , repurposing its large car parks. Building on this, it will transform 100 of its car parks into ‘spooky stre...
02 October 2020
With Walmart confirming the sale of its UK-business, Asda, to the Issa Brothers and TDR Capital, we look at what the deal means for the retailer. 1. Opportunity to benefit from business improvement This transaction follows on from a similar move in Brazil in 2018, when the retailer divested an 80% majority stake of its operations in the country to private equity firm, Advent Internati...