Walmart to Start Black Friday Deals Earlier Than Ever
November 8, 2012

Walmart will kick off its holiday sales rush at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, its earliest start ever, and will guarantee that those who line up can buy a trio of gadgets as it places a big bet that shoppers are ready to spend this holiday season.

The holiday season is critical for Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer, and its Walmart U.S. division. More than a quarter of its annual sales come during the holiday season.

"We bought deep, very deep, and we bought deep on items that matter

Walmart to Sell Boxee TV Exclusively
October 31, 2012

Bloomberg has the news that, starting tomorrow, Walmart will be offering D-Link's new $99 Boxee TV exclusively. There's a little bit of ambiguity in that word, "exclusively." Does it mean that Boxee TV will only be available at Walmart, or that Walmart will sell Boxee TV only instead of the alternatives? My guess, based on the evidence, is that, at the very least, Boxee's distribution will be through Walmart alone, at least for a while, because as of right now, both Roku and Apple TV are available for store delivery through Walmart.com.

Walmart, Amazon, eBay: Who's the Speed King of Retail?
October 12, 2012

Is real-time purchase-to-delivery about to hit the living room?

EBay, Walmart, and Amazon are lining up for the first stages of that race, and regardless of who wins, the competition is triggering the next big wave of significant change in retailing and customer engagement.

It's an ideal to which the retail world has long aspired: a few years ago, Walgreen's launched a series of playful but compelling TV ads that depicted store employees, replete in their classic blue vests, functioning within consumers' homes as invisible, real-time supply-chain agents.

Same-Day Delivery Test At Walmart
October 9, 2012

Walmart Stores kicked Amazon out of its 4,000 stores last month when it discontinued Kindle tablets and e-readers. Now, the retailer is poised to use those stores against its online rival once again - this time aiming for the heart of Amazon's retail model.

Walmart said Tuesday it had begun testing same-day delivery for online purchases in a handful of cities across the country.

The near-instant delivery is possible because the merchandise is being shipped from Walmart stores.

Kindle Withstands Major Retail Hits
October 2, 2012

The Amazon Kindle is proving resilient even as two of the nation's largest retailers throw at it their hardest punches.

Following the example Target set in May, Wal-Mart announced earlier this month that it would no longer sell the Kindle e-reader. Though Wal-Mart has not specified why it will no longer carry the Kindle, the retailer will continue to sell tablet and e-reader devices from Apple (iPad), Barnes & Noble (Nook), and Samsung (Galaxy).  This move has been widely read as an attempted blow to Amazon, whose expanded success threatens the brick-and-mortar

Amazon's Showrooming Effect And Quick Growth Threaten Wal-Mart
September 27, 2012

Due to the heightened competition between online and physical retailers, Walmart has decided to stop selling Amazon's private label Kindle Fire tablets. However, it will continue to sell similar electronics from other brands such as Google and Apple. It appears that the decision was mainly inspired by the launch of Amazon's mobile app for its customers to compare the price of the products at the retail stores with Amazon's price using bar code scanning. This gave way to "showrooming" -a situation where the customers check the products in the store and then buy

Walmart Set to Hire Thousands for Holiday Rush
September 21, 2012

Walmart Stores said on Friday that it plans to give current workers the chance to work more hours, and will hire more than 50,000 seasonal employees as it gets ready for the winter holiday season, its busiest time of year.

It was not immediately clear how many people the world's largest retailer hired to handle last year's holiday rush. Retailers typically add seasonal staff in the weeks leading up to the holiday shopping season in order to work in stores and to help in other areas, such as distribution and fulfilling online orders.

Walmart Stops Selling Amazon Kindles
September 20, 2012

Wal-Mart Stores Inc will no longer sell Amazon.com Inc's Kindle products, making it the second major chain to stop selling Amazon's devices, as the world's largest retailer makes a bet that consumers are more interested in other gadgets.

"We have recently made the business decision to not carry Amazon tablets and eReaders beyond our existing inventory and purchase commitments," Wal-Mart said in a memo sent to store managers dated Wednesday. "This includes all Amazon Kindle models current and recently announced."