Walmart Canada on the Lookout for European Innovations at IFA 2018
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 410 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 600,000 customers daily. We asked Peter Vivona, Senior Category Manager for appliances online to tell us more about the business.
With more than 85,000 employees, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy programme is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart Canada has raised and donated more than €230 million to Canadian charities.
Can you tell us about your role?
I am the category manager responsible for assortment, financial performance, driving growth and innovation, merchandising, and pricing for all appliances, small to commercial, for Walmart.ca, Walmart Canada’s e-commerce site. Previously, I was the category manager for appliances for Walmart Canada’s 400+ stores from coast-to-coast.
We continue to make significant investments in e-commerce to be able to deliver a superb customer experience and to provide online innovations to give our customers a unique shopping experience. We also invest to be nimble. Speed to market online is also hugely important as the customer is always changing and decisions are made swiftly with a click or tap of a button.
This is your first time attending IFA; what are you looking to see in Berlin?
I am very excited. I am looking for great European innovations, brands, and designs to help me select the best products to bring to Walmart Canada. I am interested in learning more about the latest and, in my opinion, the strongest trends in Europe, especially connected home, voice command, robotics and AI.
I am a huge fan of trade shows. I love to meet entrepreneurs and designers and to test the newest and greatest products being introduced to the market. They are also great to build relationships and future partnerships.