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Walmart Looks to Blockchain for Retail Product Resales

“The document, released last Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, outlines a blockchain ledger which would track the items that stores sell to a particular customer. It’s the latest example of an intellectual property play by Walmart, which has filed a number of related applications and has also piloted the tech for tracking food […]
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Walmart Seeking $15 Billion Stake in Indian E-Commerce Giant Flipkart

“Walmart Inc.’s WMT +0.42% battle with Amazon.com Inc. is heading to India. Walmart is near a deal to invest around $15 billion for a roughly 75% stake in Flipkart Group, India’s largest e-commerce company, according to a person familiar with the matter. It would be a big bet by Walmart that India will be a source of growth at a time […]
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Microsoft Reportedly Working On Rival Amazon Go Tech For Cashier-Free Stores

“Microsoft is reportedly working on technology that could be used to power check-out free retail stores. Reuters reports that the software giant has been talking to Walmart about using the tech, which will rival Amazon’s own Go initiative. Amazon first launched its cashier-free convenience store in the company’s hometown in Seattle last year. Shoppers can simply grab items and leave, […]
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Walmart Said To Weigh Bids From Capital One, Synchrony For Its Credit-Card Business

“Walmart has narrowed the competition for its credit card business to bids from two lenders, Capital One and its current card partner Synchrony Financial, according to a report by Bloomberg on Thursday. The retail giant wants its credit card partner to support its aspirations for Walmart Pay, with a substantial part of that being an expansion in its offering of mobile […]
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Synchrony Lost Walmart Card Deal In Battle With Capital One

“Synchrony Financial said its credit-card deal with Walmart Inc. won’t be renewed and will expire next year. The largest issuer of store cards said Thursday that it’s evaluating whether to sell the $10 billion in balances or retain the portfolio and convert qualifying customers to general purpose credit cards. Capital One Financial Corp.will take over as issuer of the […]
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Walmart Acquiring Shopify Is No Longer A Laughable Idea

“The fundamental difference between Walmart and Shopify is that the former is a marketplace while the latter is an e-commerce platform. It is hard for a seller with no distinct brand identity to differentiate herself on a marketplace unlike on a platform. As revenue channels, they are both necessary for a merchant’s omnichannel strategy. While […]
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Walmart Changes E-Commerce System

“Implementing a new system, Walmart’s e-commerce strategy is in for a big change. Online shoppers may find that certain household items they wish to place in their cart will be “out of stock.” These items—considered too far away from a customer’s shipping address—will then be unavailable for purchase. The move stems from the retailer’s attempt […]