Walmart

  • Sorry Amazon, Walmart Is Done Selling Your E-Readers For You

    Sorry Amazon, Walmart Is Done Selling Your E-Readers For You

    Once again, the list of places where you can buy one of Amazon’s Kindles has gotten shorter. According to a new report from Reuters, low-cost retail titan Walmart has completely dropped Amazon’s full line of Kindle e-readers from its online and brick-and-mortar stores. Don’t hold your breath for your local Wally World to stock new models like Kindle Fire HD or the Kindle… Read More

  • In Battle With Amazon, Walmart Unveils Polaris, A Semantic Search Engine For Products

    In Battle With Amazon, Walmart Unveils Polaris, A Semantic Search Engine For Products

    Walmart is today unveiling a new search engine named “Polaris” which now powers Walmart.com, as well as the company’s mobile web and mobile apps, and offers a 10%-15% increased likelihood that a customer will complete their purchase, the company claims. The engine was built by a small team of fifteen engineers within Walmart’s @WalmartLabs division, an internal group… Read More

  • @WalmartLabs’ Crowdsourced Product Selection Contest Wraps, Charitable Bottled Water Wins

    @WalmartLabs’ Crowdsourced Product Selection Contest Wraps, Charitable Bottled Water Wins

    Walmart’s attempt at crowdsourcing product selection has come to a close. The company has announced the winners of its Get on the Shelf contest, which was launched out of @WalmartLabs, the digital technology division of the retailer, earlier this year. You may know of @WalmartLabs as the startup-like group within Walmart which is now home to a number of acquired startups itself… Read More

  • Walmart Adds “Pay With Cash” For Online Shoppers At Walmart.com

    Walmart Adds “Pay With Cash” For Online Shoppers At Walmart.com

    Walmart.com is launching a new way to checkout, targeting customers who don’t have credit or debit cards…or money in the bank for that matter. The company is now allowing customers to buy online and pay with cash. The change reflects the current economic conditions in the U.S., as Walmart states (citing FDIC figures) that one in four U.S. households is “unbanked” or… Read More

  • Walmart Ups Its Investment In Chinese E-Commerce Giant Yihaodian

    Walmart Ups Its Investment In Chinese E-Commerce Giant Yihaodian

    Walmart is announcing this evening that it has upped its investment in Yihaodian, a massive B2C e-commerce company based in China. Walmart, which originally funded the retail giant last year, has made another undisclosed investment in Yihaodian to bring Walmart’s total ownership stake to approximately 51 percent. Closing of the transaction is subject to Chinese government regulatory… Read More

  • @WalmartLabs Crowdsources Walmart’s Product Selection With New  “Get On The Shelf” Contest

    @WalmartLabs Crowdsources Walmart’s Product Selection With New “Get On The Shelf” Contest

    @WalmartLabs, the digital technology division of the world’s largest retailer, is launching a contest today which uses crowdsourcing techniques to determine which items the company should stock in its stores and on its website. The contest, called Get on the Shelf, will be heavily promoted by all of Walmart’s social media presences, including Facebook, Google+ and, most… Read More

  • @WalmartLabs Acquires Mobile Agency Small Society

    @WalmartLabs Acquires Mobile Agency Small Society

    @WalmartLabs, the retailer’s digital technology division, has acquired Portland-based mobile agency Small Society. The company helped businesses create, develop and launch iOS applications, and has served a number of high-profile clients, including DoubleTree, Starbucks (the original app), Amazon (the Amazon Deals app),  Whole Foods, the Democratic National Convention, WordPress… Read More

  • Walmart Launches Shopycat, A Social Gift Finder Built On Top Of Facebook

    Walmart Launches Shopycat, A Social Gift Finder Built On Top Of Facebook

    Retailing giant Walmart is launching its first-ever social gifting platform tonight, dubbed “Shopycat.” The service, previously in beta, is initially available as a Facebook application where it will also be promoted to the nearly 11 million Facebook users who have “liked” Walmart’s fan page. The app, which suggests gifts for friends based on their Facebook use… Read More

  • Walmart’s Early Christmas Gift To The HealthTech Community

    Walmart’s Early Christmas Gift To The HealthTech Community

    Startups thrive on discontinuities and disruption. NPR and Kaiser Health News broke a major story that Walmart intends to become the largest provider of primary care in the country. While Walmart backed away from some of what was reported in their Request for Information, there’s enough wiggle room in their statement to drive a truck through. In my view, this is the biggest news in… Read More

  • Walmart Goes Mobile With New Apps For iPhone & iPad

    Walmart Goes Mobile With New Apps For iPhone & iPad

    Walmart is launching an updated iPhone application and a new iPad app, in an effort to better connect customers’ offline and online shopping experiences. The iPhone app in particular brings a number of new features, including voice-enabled shopping list creation, barcode scanning and integrated manufacturers’ coupons, while the iPad app offers the ability to find items both online… Read More

  • Walmart And T-Mobile Team Up For No-Contract 4G Phone Plan

    Walmart And T-Mobile Team Up For No-Contract 4G Phone Plan

    If you’re the kind of person who would much rather text or email someone rather than actually talk to them, Walmart and T-Mobile would like to have a word with you. The two companies have announced Monday morning that T-Mobile will introduce a new no-contract 4G rate plan exclusively at Walmart. Read More