Walmart

  • 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

  • How Your Social Data Will Power Walmart’s E-Commerce Revolution

    How Your Social Data Will Power Walmart’s E-Commerce Revolution

    Walmart is planning to launch several new projects this holiday season based on the technology it acquired from the social media startup Kosmix back in April. Kosmix’s platform previously powered multiple services, including a Twitter search site called TweetBeat, a health vertical called RightHealth and a homepage where users could search the Web by topic. But the core of what Kosmix… Read More

  • Watch Out, Netflix. Walmart Now Streaming Vudu Video On Demand On Walmart.com

    Watch Out, Netflix. Walmart Now Streaming Vudu Video On Demand On Walmart.com

    Netflix just got some more competition. Walmart launched its video streaming service today and don’t just write it off as a “me too” service. This is a serious offering. Walmart bought Vudu 18 months ago and has slowly evolved the business. Vudu, like Netflix, is available on a number of set-top boxes, gaming systems, and media streamers. Users have access to 20,000… Read More

  • Roku XD Now Available In Walmart Stores Nationwide

    Roku is slowly entering the wide world of retail. The middle tier XD model hit Best Buy retail stores a few months back and now the same model is available in Walmart stores. Roku just made it official with a press release although the streamer has been available from Walmart.com for over a month now. Pricing is slightly lower with the XD model going for $78 rather than the $79 on Roku.com. A… Read More

  • Walmart Invests In Yihaodian, A Massive Chinese E-Commerce Company

    Wal-Mart this morning announced that it intends to acquire a minority stake in the holding company of Yihaodian, a massive B2C ecommerce company based in China. The transaction is expected to close within 60 days, the retail giant says. Launched in July 2008, Yihaodian offers more than 75,000 products ranging from clothing to grocery to consumer electronics. Less than 3 years after launch… Read More