Category Archives: Walmart/Sam’s Club

Walmart Ends Traditional Price Matching in Minnesota — StarTribune.com

Walmart has been ending its in-store price matching policy around the country. Minnesota stores are the latest to experience the change: “The move is an extension of a test that began last year as the country’s largest retailer quit price-matching in about 800 of its 5,000 U.S. stores. ‘Retailers are learning that the most price-conscious customers cherry-pick where they buy, whether it’s online or in stores,’ said Marshal Cohen, an analyst at the NPD Group. ‘Retail-only consumers are not as...

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Will Target’s Grocery Division Suffer in Walmart – Amazon Battle? — Bloomberg

Is Target going to get squeezed badly in the grocery battle between Amazon and Walmart? “It’s more than bad timing, though: Target’s food business has always paled in comparison to its apparel, beauty, and home decor departments, the so-called signature categories. Cornell’s handpicked grocery chief quit last year after 18 months on the job, and the CEO’s turnaround plan didn’t include any bold ideas for fixing its food business. Some analysts think Target should just outsource its grocery aisles to...

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eBay Announces Price Match Policy — TechCrunch

eBay is now offering to match Walmart and Amazon prices. . .sometimes: “The move is a significant effort on eBay’s part to ensure that it doesn’t lose customers to Amazon, Walmart and other online stores as the market consolidates behind the industry’s major players.“   Supplier Takeaway What do you think of this move? Smart? Or one of desperation? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Are You an On Time In FOOL? Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: Amazon…Whole Foods…Oh, Yeah, We’re Milking...

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Could Walmart Enter a Whole Foods Bidding War? — CNBC

Could Walmart enter a bidding war for Whole Foods? “JPMorgan research analysts said in a note Thursday that Wal-Mart could be drawn to Whole Foods for its relatively wealthier customers and strong brand, not to mention the chance to thwart Amazon’s ambitions. It is in a better position than other retailers such as Kroger, Costco or Target coming in over the top, the analysts said.” Supplier Takeaway This saga is far from over. We’ll keep you posted, but meanwhile, it’s wise...

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Report: Walmart Asks Suppliers to Take Apps off Amazon’s Cloud — CNBC.com

There are reports that Walmart is asking suppliers to take apps off Amazon Web Services: “The big-box retailer is reportedly warning some tech companies that if they want Wal-Mart’s business, they can’t run applications on Amazon’s cloud platform, Amazon Web Services, some tech companies told The Wall Street Journal.” Supplier Takeaway What do you think of these reports? Do you use AWS?   Resources for Walmart Suppliers Are You an On Time In FOOL? Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: Walmart...

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Whole Paycheck No More? — Bloomberg

Amazon has some rebranding in mind for Whole Foods: “Amazon expects to reduce headcount and change inventory to lower prices and make Whole Foods competitive with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other big-box retailers, according to a person with knowledge of the company’s grocery plans. That included potentially using technology to eliminate cashiers. An Amazon spokesman denied any job cuts were planned.“ Supplier Takeaway As Whole Foods undergoes a brand adjustment, new opportunities and challenges for suppliers, and competitors, will emerge....

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The Crux of Amazon Vs. Walmart — TechCrunch

What is the crux of the battle between Walmart and Amazon? TechCrunch offers one view: “Walmart is the only retailer with the size, scale and funds to take on Amazon, and it’s been making aggressive moves to compete with Amazon’s online business for years. Amazon, on the other hand, has been trying to figure out how to merge brick-and-mortar stores into its world of online shopping. The question is, which retailer will figure out the perfect mix of online and...

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Analysts Predict Strong Back-to-School for Walmart — Forbes.com

Analysts are predicting a particularly strong back-to-school season for Walmart: “The Street expects Walmart to report revenues of $495 billion for 2017 (year-on-year growth rate of 2%) while Street expectations for Amazon revenues are in 2017 are $166 billion (expected growth rate 22% year-on-year).“ Supplier Takeaway What are your expectations for the back-to-school season? Do you think this news will be affected by Amazon’s takeover of Whole Foods? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Are You an On Time In FOOL? Courses...

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Kroger Stumbles in Face of Competition — CNN

Kroger is struggling to cope with significant challenges to its traditional grocery business: “Kroger (KR), which also owns the Ralphs, Fry’s and Harris Teeter brands of grocery stores as well as department store and jewelry retail chain Fred Meyer, is being hurt by two big trends: lower food prices due to deflation and increased competition.“ Supplier Takeaway Even the nation’s biggest grocer is feeling the heat of multiple disruptive forces. Stay on top of what’s happening, or your business might...

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Walmart to Acquire Bonobos — Walmart.com

BENTONVILLE, Ark., and NEW YORK (June 16, 2017) — Walmart today announced it has entered an agreement to acquire Bonobos, Inc. (“Bonobos”), one of the leading apparel brands built on the internet, for $310 million in cash. Following the closing, Andy Dunn, founder and CEO of Bonobos will report to Marc Lore, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. eCommerce, and oversee the company’s collection of digitally-native vertical brands. These are brands born online, and owned from design through distribution. The...

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