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Walmart Extends Streak of Sales Growth

“While some retailers have closed or seen sales sputter in recent years with the rise of online shopping, quarterly comparable sales have risen consistently in Walmart’s primary U.S. business for over four years. Walmart has shifted strategies, significantly reducing spending on building new stores in favor of growing online, lowering prices and adding more services […]
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Walmart Unveils Voice-Activated, Google-Powered Grocery Shopping

“Beginning this month, Walmart shoppers can add items directly to their online shopping carts by saying “Hey Google, talk to Walmart.” Information from prior purchases will help identify the correct brand and size — like whether you drink 1 percent or skim milk without having to specify, according to Tom Ward, Walmart’s senior vice president […]
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The Value Chain Constraint

“Walmart was able to integrate wholesale purchasing with an expansive network of stores; this provided a moat of sustainably lower prices for customer driven by purchasing power over suppliers. Amazon, though, thanks to technological innovation — specifically, the Internet — was able to build a different integration in the value chain:”

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Affirm and Walmart Announce Omnichannel Partnership

“Affirm, Inc., the financial technology company that provides transparent and consumer-friendly payment alternatives to cash and traditional credit, today announced a partnership with Walmart that will give shoppers the option of using Affirm to pay for their purchases over time at nearly 4,000 Supercenters nationwide. Walmart will begin to integrate Affirm as a payment option […]
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