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·         Walmart is raising prices online to draw shoppers to stores

·         Wal-Mart raising prices online shows the difference between it and Amazon, strategists say

·         Drive-thru groceries? Walmart is starting

·         Walmart just struck another deal that confirms the death of America's middle class as we know it

·         Amazon or Walmart? Some retailers are choosing alliances

 

 

Walmart is raising prices online to draw shoppers to stores

 

Christopher Matthews, Axios

Nov 13, 2017

 

Walmart is experimenting with a new pricing system that is sometimes resulting in higher prices for goods sold online, the Wall Street Journal reports. "It simply costs less to sell some items in stores. Customers can access those store prices online when they choose to pick up the item in store," a Walmart spokesperson told the Journal.

 

Why it matters: Walmart is walking a tightrope, trying to protect sales at its highly profitable brick-and-mortar locations while expanding its online footprint. While the firm has greatly increased e-commerce sales in recent quarters, it has come at the cost of shrinking profit margins.

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Wal-Mart raising prices online shows the difference between it and Amazon, strategists say

 

    Wal-Mart has started making some items more expensive online than in stores to try to drive people into stores, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    Wal-Mart displays online prices and in-store prices for some items on its website and gives customers the option to shop online and pick up in-store with the less expensive price.

    That's the tension between the two, Pro4ma founder and CEO Liz Dunn said: Amazon is focused on topline growth, and Wal-Mart needs to make money.

 

Angelica LaVito, CNBC         

Nov 13, 2017

 

Wal-Mart raising prices online shows how the retailer is different from Amazon, strategists say.

 

Wal-Mart has started making some items more expensive online than in stores to try to drive people into stores, The Wall Street Journal reports. The strategy could help the retailer stop losing money on sales that weren't profitable in the first place, said Avery Sheffield, Brandywine Global portfolio manager.

 

That's the tension between the two, Pro4ma founder and CEO Liz Dunn said: Amazon is focused on topline growth, and Wal-Mart needs to make money.

 

"I think Amazon will continue to take market share because they are kind of playing by their own rules and I think that digital will continue to take market share from stores. Amazon will get an outsize portion of that share, and I think Wal-Mart needs to make money," Dunn said...

 

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Drive-thru groceries? Walmart is starting

 

By WWLTV

via WDBJ (VA) - Nov 13, 2017

 

NEW ORLEANS - A local real estate company has partnered with retail giant Walmart to bring the New Orleans area its first drive-thru grocery pickup.

 

The standalone grocery pickup is planned for the 600 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie, at the former Whitney Bank location.

 

The developers, Stirling Properties, said construction is set to end soon, with the two-story facility anticipated to open by the end of 2017.

 

How Wal-Mart grocery pickup currently works is customers order groceries online or a mobile app. When their order is ready, they are directed to a certain parking spot at the pickup store, where an attendant puts the groceries in their vehicle.

 

Developers said the new standalone site would add an extra location to customers for grocery pickup in Metairie, along with the store in the 8900 block of Veterans Boulevard...

 

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Walmart just struck another deal that confirms the death of America's middle class as we know it

 

    Walmart is adding Lord & Taylor and its many designer brands to its website.

    The company says it wants to make Walmart.com a "premium fashion destination."

    It's the latest in a series of moves by Walmart designed to attract high-income shoppers.

 

Hayley Peterson, Business Insider

Nov 13, 2017

 

Walmart is adding Lord & Taylor and its many designer fashion brands to its website, the companies announced Monday.

 

The deal is the latest in a series of moves by Walmart designed to target wealthy shoppers, which the retail giant has historically ignored in favor of customers at the opposite end of the income spectrum.

 

"We see customers on our site searching for higher-end items, and we are expanding our business online to focus on adding specialized and premium shopping experiences, starting with fashion," Denise Incandela, the head of fashion for Walmart US e-commerce, said in a statement.

 

Walmart wants to turn its website into a "premium fashion destination," she said.

 

The new Lord & Taylor site will launch on Walmart.com in spring 2018. Customers may be able to pick up and return Lord & Taylor items at Walmart stores as part of the deal, according to the Wall Street Journal. Lord & Taylor will also continue to operate its own site separate from Walmart.

 

Walmart's race for higher-income shoppers began last year with its $3 billion acquisition of Jet.com...

 

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Amazon or Walmart? Some retailers are choosing alliances

 

By Anne D'Innocenzio | The Associated Press

via The Denver Post | November 13, 2017

 

NEW YORK — Store chains feeling the upheaval in retail are making strategic alliances — and that can mean picking sides.

 

Kohl’s shoppers can find Amazon devices at some stores, and return items they bought from the online retailer. Nike has made some of its sneakers available through Amazon. The owner of Sears is selling Kenmore-branded appliances on Amazon in some markets. And Best Buy is teaming up with Amazon for voice shopping.

 

Meanwhile, Walmart, which has the most store locations, is assembling a coalition of its own: buying smaller online brands and becoming the highest-profile partner to Google in voice shopping. And the discount chain that touts low prices announced a web partnership Monday with high-end department store Lord & Taylor.

 

“When you are in an historic uncharted chaotic situation, you often see these strange bedfellows,” said Joel Bines, co-head of AlixPartners’ retail practice and a managing director at the firm.

 

Since the beginning of the year, several retailers have filed for bankruptcy protection, including well-known names like Toys R Us. And retailers have announced thousands of store closings, with more expected. Analysts say some brands realize they might not succeed alone.

 

“You have to be challenging accepted norms. So you might find partners that you normally wouldn’t have considered,” said Wendy Liebmann, CEO of WSL Strategic Retail. “This has exploded because of the urgency to change. You look at retailers who are closing or struggling.”

 

So as Amazon moves even further into fashion, home electronics and grocery stores, and cements shopper loyalty with its $99-a-year Prime membership, stores are developing partnerships with the online retailer to increase customer traffic or expand their offerings online...

 

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