Category Archives: Walmart News

Walmart vs Target

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart and rival Target are both important retailers. But which is more powerful? There have been quite a few recent explorations in the media pitting the two against each other. Business Insider compared the two on multiple metrics: Target came out ahead on several fronts, but Walmart was the clear winner. Investopedia made a comparison on some other fronts recently and…

Walmart… A Technology Company?

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart CIO Karenann Terrell spoke at the SAP SAPPHIRE conference in Orlando, Florida, earlier this year. “Any technology company not focused on speed,” she was quoted as saying in Chain Store Age, “will be disrupted from its position. Walmart as a technology company and innovator will be a tale told on speed.” Walmart is the largest brick and mortar retailer in…

Walmart Simple Text

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart has been investing heavily in associates, raising wages, increasing training, and opening the door to greater job mobility. But analysts and commenters continue to report that Walmart customers aren’t finding Walmart associates helpful. It’s not just Walmart, actually. For several years now, shoppers’ valuation of the helpfulness of store associates has been slipping. Consumers in general now say that store…

How Walmart Made Their App Indispensable

Author: 8th and Walton

Apps are popular among brands and retailers. Being part of the “There’s an App for That!” movement feels like a good choice — doesn’t everybody love apps? Sure. But consumers can only have so many apps on their smartphone home screen. They’re going to have instant messaging of some kind, their tunes, Evernote, their camera, maps, Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,…

Walmart’s New Terms

Author: 8th and Walton

Some suppliers are facing changes in their relationship with Walmart. The two most significant changes: Some suppliers will be paid every 90 to 120 days instead of every 20 to 30 days. More suppliers will be paying warehousing and handling fees, about 1%. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Deisha Barnett was quoted by Bloomberg as saying, “It isn’t going to always be easy for…

Walmart Layaway Starts Even Earlier

Author: 8th and Walton

Walmart is launching 2015’s holiday layaway today, two weeks earlier than last year. The minimum price for layaway items is $10 — down from $15 last year — and shoppers will have 90 days rather than 60 days to pay. The minimum basket size is $50.00, and items can be picked up as late as December 14th. Walmart’s efforts to make…

Walmart and the Minimum Wage

Author: 8th and Walton

Headlines are blaring, “Is Wal-Mart just the first victim of rising wages?” and “Wal-Mart stock drops 3% on impact of wage hike” but the portrayal of Walmart as a victim of labor costs is inaccurate. First, they’re looking at the wrong things. Sure, people who already earned more than minimum wage didn’t receive a raise as their entry-level colleagues did, and…

Walmart’s Changing Demographic

Author: 8th and Walton

John Zogby has been following specific segments of America since 2000. One group is what he calls “Walmart Weekly Shoppers” — the people who head to Walmart once a week to stock up on groceries and household needs. 15 years ago, these people were predictably white, conservative, members of Evangelical Christian churches, and rural. They voted Republican and they shopped at…

Walmart’s India Freeze Is Over

Author: 8th and Walton

For four years, Walmart had a freeze on its business in India, but that has ended with the opening of a new store in Agra. The enormous Indian market — India Brand Equity Foundation reports $57 billion in retail spending in 2014 —  has been tough for foreign retailers to penetrate. The current administration, however, is highly motivated to make it…

Amazon vs. Walmart Strategy

Author: 8th and Walton

Amazon has surpassed Walmart in market value, Amazon’s market value was recently estimated at about $264 billion, while Walmart’s was around $233 billion. Walmart is no longer the largest retailer in the world. Sure, Walmart is still the largest in many ways. Walmart is the largest private employer in the country — and not just among retailers. Walmart has the largest…