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·         Walmart service to deliver groceries inside customers' refrigerators

·         Walmart Set to Deliver Groceries Into Your Home

·         Walmart CFO: Here's how our associates save the company millions

·         Walmart's Robots Don't Appear to Be Going Over So Great With All of Its Workers

·         Walmart to release new modern vests. Here’s how they're different

·         Walmart has more than 120 ultra-fast EV charging stations in 34 states




Walmart service to deliver groceries inside customers' refrigerators


By: Associated Press

via WXYZ Detroit - Jun 07, 2019


NEW YORK (AP) — The online delivery wars are heating up inside shoppers' homes.


Walmart is now offering to have one of its employees deliver fresh groceries and put them in your refrigerator when you're not home.


The nation's largest grocer said Friday that it will be offering the service this fall for more than one million customers in three cities: Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Missouri, and Vero Beach, Florida. Later this year, the service, called InHome Delivery, will also accept returns for items purchased on


Two years ago, Walmart tested a similar service in the Silicon Valley area but teamed up with delivery startup Deliv and worked with August Home, makers of smart locks and smart home accessories. That test has since been stopped.


The new service is part of Walmart's drive to expand its shopping options that include curbside pickup and online grocery delivery.


Amazon offers a similar service in certain cities, dropping off packages inside homes, garages or car trunks. But the service is not for groceries.


With Walmart's new service, customers place a grocery delivery order online and then select InHome Delivery and a delivery day at checkout.


Walmart workers will use smart entry technology and a proprietary wearable camera to access the customer's home. That allows shoppers to control access into their home and give them the ability to watch the delivery remotely.


Walmart said that the workers will go through an extensive training program that would prepare them for things like...





Walmart Set to Deliver Groceries Into Your Home


By Phil Wahba, Fortune

June 7, 2019


Attention Walmart food shoppers: soon, a Walmart (wmt, +0.66%) worker will be able to deliver groceries right to your fridge or basement even if you aren’t home.


The retailer, which is the largest U.S. grocer with 2018 food sales of $184.2 billion, will announce later on Friday that InHome Delivery, as the service will be called, will be available to customers in Kansas City, Mo., Pittsburgh, and Vero Beach, Fla., in the fall, with an expansion to more markets later on very likely.


During the online ordering process, customers will choose a delivery date (as early as the following day). Once the order is ready to ship, the delivery person will enter the home using smart entry technology that will include a camera so the customer can supervise the delivery remotely.


The initiative, codenamed “Project Franklin” and led by serial tech entrepreneur Bart Stein, who joined Walmart in February, will go live roughly two years after Walmart first announced its plan to offer an in-home delivery service. But contrary to its initial testing, which outsourced deliveries to Deliv, InHome will use only Walmart staff dedicated specifically to that service.


The project is the latest maneuver in Walmart’s grocery delivery war with (amzn, +0.80%)In its most recent quarter, Walmart reported U.S. e-commerce revenue rose 37% so it is looking to leverage the tool that gives it its biggest edge over Amazon, whose overall U.S. e-commerce sales are eight times greater than Walmart’s, according to eMarketer: Walmart’s thousands of stores. They serve as nodes in a network for grocery delivery that Amazon has yet to match...


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Walmart CFO: Here's how our associates save the company millions


Julia La Roche, Yahoo Finance

June 6, 2019


Walmart (WMT) relies on its more than 2 million associates worldwide to keep prices low.


"It's really difficult to have 'everyday low price' if you don't have 'everyday low cost.' That math doesn't work if you don't do both of them, and Walmart's always been known as having a cost culture," CFO Brett Biggs told Yahoo Finance, in an interview at the retailer's Shareholders and Associates Week.


The world's largest retailer encourages associates to find ways to cut down on costs, and it frequently recognizes those who do.


For example, at an associate's suggestion, Walmart switched the type of floor wax it used across its fleet of stores that helped save tens of millions of dollars.


Back at the company’s investment community meeting in October, Biggs noted that "not only is the new wax cheaper, it's also sturdier. It doesn't need to be buffed as often, resulting in less spend on the actual buffing as well as fuel for the machines.


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Walmart's Robots Don't Appear to Be Going Over So Great With All of Its Workers


Catie Keck, Gizmodo

June 6, 2019


Retail giants are increasingly turning over jobs and tasks performed in the past by human workers to a growing workforce of robots. A new report on this automation of jobs by Walmart says it’s led to a greater sense of tedium and unease among some human employees, even as the company insists that its robots are meant to benefit them.


The Washington Post reported Thursday that while some Walmart employees working at the roughly 1,500 locations where these robots have been introduced described them as helpful, others claimed the robots made their jobs less enjoyable and made them feel undervalued by the company. These employees described to the paper an increasingly monotonous work environment in which they are effectively tending to and training the robots, and felt limited by the work of performing tasks delegated by machines.


Walmart claims that its robots—whose tasks include everything from cleaning floors to scanning shelves and sorting inventory—are meant to “minimize the time an associate spends on the more mundane and repetitive tasks” and allow its workers “more of an opportunity to do what they’re uniquely qualified for:


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Walmart to release new modern vests. Here’s how they're different

Walmart announced the changes during an annual shareholders meeting.


By Herb Scribner, Deseret News

June 6, 2019


SALT LAKE CITY — Walmart employees will no longer wear the traditional blue vests.


Walmart will be replacing the blue vests with gray ones. The new vests will have neon blue, green or pink trims, which offer a bit of pep and pop to the redesign.


"Our new vests have a modernized style that takes advantage of trim detail and screen printing to introduce color in an eye-catching way," Walmart said in its press release.


Walmart announced the changes during an annual shareholders meeting.


The new Walmart vests will be made with the help of recycled bottles. They will also include larger pockets than previous vests.


The neon color trims actually have meaning, too. Most employees will wear the bright blue trim. But employees who work at the Neighborhood Market stores will wear the green-trimmed vests. Anyone who helps with the self-checkout stations will wear the yellow trim.


Pink won’t be associated with any type of worker yet, but they could be available in the future.


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Walmart has more than 120 ultra-fast EV charging stations in 34 states

Electrify America promises that more are on the way.


Jon Fingas, Engadget

June 6, 2019


Walmart has come a long way since it unveiled plans to add Electrify America chargers to its stores. The big-box retailer now has over 120 of the VW-backed fast EV charging stations across its stores, giving drivers in 34 states a way to top up while they're shopping. There are plans to continue expanding, too. Neither partner said how many more stations were coming, but Reuters sources claimed that 180 more stations were coming before the end of 2019.


Most of the existing stations are placed at stores near key highways, although there are "dozens" more due near large urban areas. As before, the chargers range in power from 150kW to 350kW, offering enough speed for both the latest EVs as well as upcoming models that can take advantage of higher charging rates.


Both Electrify America and Walmart have clear incentives to bring chargers to as many stores as possible. For Electrify America, it's about laying the groundwork for a deluge of VW group EVs that will need a fast charging infrastructure. This is also one more step in mending VW's bruised image...


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