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· Walmart opens cashierless store in Florida
… featuring online grocery
pickup, same-day delivery and its Check Out With Me program…
· Walmart expands its robotic workforce to 650 additional stores
· India Orders Antitrust Probe of Amazon, Walmart's Flipkart
· Walmart beefs up Angus supply chain
· Walmart sacks 56 executives in India as part of restructuring
Walmart opens cashierless store in Florida
Lauren Stine, Grocery Dive
Jan. 13, 2020
· Walmart opened a cashierless Neighborhood Market store last week in Coral Way, Florida, featuring online grocery pickup, same-day delivery and its Check Out With Me program, according to a company blog post.
· Its self-checkout will offer expanded lanes for large baskets, and an employee will be on hand to assist as needed. The company noted in its blog post that it tested a prototype store in Arkansas with success.
· The Check Out With Me option lets staffers check out a shopper anywhere in the store using a handheld device.
Walmart has faced some challenges with its Neighborhood Market format, shuttering a number of locations during the past few years, including eight closures in 2019. At the time Walmart cited the stores' financial performance as one of the reasons for its closures. By reducing dependence on cashiers in its latest opening in Florida, the retail giant could cut down on labor costs and potentially boost margins...
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Walmart expands its robotic workforce to 650 additional stores
Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg
via San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Jan. 13, 2020
Walmart Inc.'s robot army is growing.
The world's largest retailer will add shelf-scanning robots to 650 more U.S. stores by the end of the summer, bringing its fleet to 1,000. The six-foot-tall Bossa Nova devices, equipped with 15 cameras each, roam aisles and send alerts to store employees' handheld devices when items are out of stock, helping to solve a vexing problem that costs retailers nearly a trillion dollars annually, according to researcher IHL Group.
The new robots, designed by San Francisco-based Bossa Nova Robotics Inc., join the ranks of Walmart's increasingly automated workforce which also includes devices to scrub floors, unload trucks and gather online-grocery orders. They're part of Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon's push to reduce costs, improve store performance and gain credibility as a technology innovator as it battles Amazon.com. Walmart says the shelf-scanners can reduce tasks that once took as long as two weeks into a twice-daily routine.
"It speeds up the entire cycle," John Crecelius, Walmart's senior president of store innovations, said in an interview.
Customers gawked when Walmart put the first Bossa Nova robot in a store in rural Pennsylvania...
India Orders Antitrust Probe of Amazon, Walmart's Flipkart
via The New York Times (NYT) - Jan. 13, 2020
NEW DELHI — India ordered an investigation of Amazon.com Inc and Walmart's Flipkart on Monday over alleged violations of competition law in the latest setback for U.S. e-commerce giants operating in the country.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) said it was ordering a wider probe following a review of allegations that Amazon and Flipkart were promoting some "preferred sellers" and in turn hurting business for other, smaller sellers.
Flipkart is "fully compliant" with all laws and is currently reviewing the CCI order, Senior Vice President Rajneesh Kumar said.
Amazon did not respond to a request for immediate comment. Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is expected to visit India for potential meetings with government officials this week.
Walmart beefs up Angus supply chain
By Dan Berthiaume, Chain Store Age
Walmart is opening a new case-ready facility to support its young Angus beef business.
The discount giant’s 201,000-sq.-ft. facility, located in Thomasville, Ga., and operated by FPL Foods, will distribute a selection of Angus beef cuts, such as steaks and roasts, from the its supply chain to 500 Walmart stores in the southeast, including Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.
Walmart first launched its proprietary Angus beef supply chain in April 2019. Working with what it calls “best-in-class” cattle ranchers, feeders, processors, and packagers, Walmart is promising to create an end-to-end supply chain that will provide full visibility at every step from source to shelf and be transparent to customers.
Walmart began construction on the facility in August 2018. It is expected to bring more than 200 jobs to Georgia.
“Our new Angus beef supply chain is a perfect example of Walmart’s dedication to bringing customers high-quality food at a great price,” said Scott Neal, senior VP, meat, Walmart U.S. “By enlisting a number of top companies to take part in our Angus beef supply chain, including FLP Foods, which operates the facility, we’re proud to open today we’ll be able to provide customers with unprecedented transparency throughout the supply chain and leverage the learning we gain across our business.”
In addition to FPL Foods, Walmart...
Walmart sacks 56 executives in India as part of restructuring
By Aftab Ahmed and Aditya Kalra, Reuters
via WSAU (WI) - January 12, 2020
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Walmart Inc, the world's largest retailer, has fired 56 of its executives in India as it restructures in the country.
The move underscores the challenges Walmart has faced in expanding its wholesale business in India. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company currently operates 28 wholesale stores in the Asian country where it sells goods to small shopkeepers, and not to retail consumers.
Reuters reported the firings earlier on Monday, citing three people with direct knowledge of the matter, adding the move had mostly affected executives in Walmart's real estate division, which takes care of store expansion, as the wholesale business model did not bring in expected growth.
Eight of the 56 executives fired were in "senior management" roles and the rest from middle or lower management, Krish Iyer, President and CEO of Walmart India said in a statement...