Walmart is rolling out a new staff app to simplify certain daily tasks and to improve service. All 740,000 store employees will receive a new Samsung smartphone for free before the end of the year.
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Americans are in the mood again, Walmart concludes after a better-than-expected first quarter. The hypermarket giant is getting ready for "catch-up demand" as people are coming out and are shopping again.
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Discounters and online players are on the rise in the charts of the world's largest retailers, and so are retail companies based in the Asian region. Noteworthy, however, is the strong performance of one Benelux player.
Asda is trialling a new delivery system which it can use for when customers are away from home. The groceries will get delivered in a purpose-built storage box that is placed outside the customer's home.
Dirk Van den Berghe, CEO of Walmart Asia and former CEO of Delhaize, has left the world's largest retail group and is returning to Europe.
Carrefour has reached an agreement with Advent International and Walmart to acquire Grupo BIG, the third largest food retailer in Brazil. The retailer sees considerable potential for synergy and growth.
Walmart recorded a strong increase in sales during the Covid crisis, but unfortunately, it was unable to convert this growth into profit. The American retailer also worries about a meagre 2021, when the Covid measures are expected to phase out.
This year, food retailers are bringing the out-of-home experience into homes, making e-commerce profitable, and helping customers to be healthier. At least that is what research firm IGD predicts for 2021.
Walmart has partnered with smart box manufacturer HomeValet to facilitate the delivery of perishable food items. The system offers great advantages for both the consumer and the supermarket chain.
California has given the go-ahead for a commercial delivery service with self-driving vehicles. Robotics start-up Nuro plans to start deliveries as early as next year, without a driver.
As early as next year, Walmart will be using self-driving lorries for deliveries in two American states. The American hypermarket group strongly believes in the future of autonomous vehicles.
Walmart sells Japanese retailer Seiyu to investment company KKR and e-commerce company Rakuten. The company, which is headed by the Belgian Lionel Desclée, has been for sale for some time now.
Walmart has ended its collaboration with Bossa Nova Robotics. This means, among other things, that the supermarket chain is abandoning its plans to use robots on a large scale to scan shelves and track inventory.
Walmart is turning four of its hypermarkets into laboratories, which are investigating how to make better use of the retailer's physical stores for e-commerce. The chain is testing different technologies there.
The acquisition of Asda by service station group EG and investor TDR Capital is a fact. Owner Walmart will receive 6.8 billion pounds (7.5 billion euros) for the British supermarket group.
British supermarket chain Asda may come into the hands of petrol station operator EG Group. With the support of investor TDR Capital, the acquisition candidate will offer 6.5 billion pounds for the third largest food retailer in the United Kingdom.