Archive for the 'Internet' Category

WALMART’S ONLINE STRUGGLES CONTINUE…

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Two stories popped up this morning that relate to Walmart’s continuing battle to figure out how to transform dominance in bricks-and-mortar retail sales to the same kind of crush-the-competition success in the virtual world of online sales. First up is this report by Madeleine Johnson headlined Walmart’s Unoriginal ShippingPass is Still No Match for Amazon […]

IS FLORIDA BECOMING THE CENTER OF HELL…?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Earlier this week I speculated that Walmart’s decision to build eight new distribution centers directly purposed for the expansion of the Bentonvile Behemoths online competition with Amazon was like adding eight rings to Dante’s Inferno. This morning I read the news from Brevard County, Florida, that the county commissioners there voted a $3.74 million tax […]

WALMART BUILDING EIGHT RINGS OF HELL…?

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Over the last few days the news feed has been filled with stories regarding Walmart’s decision to offer a two-day shipping subscription service in the Bentonvile Behemoth’s quest to take down Amazon. This morning, reading Here’s How Walmart Plans To Take On Amazon Prime I came up short at the first sentence of the second […]

WOULD YOU TAKE A WAL-JOB FOR $149,000…?

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Forbes contributor Panos Mourdoukoutas, writing in Who Earns $149,000 In Walmart? answers the question: techies. Walmart has a reputation for paying very little money to its low-skill floor employees. But it pays big money to recruit and retain talent for its eCommerce division, where starting salaries can be as high as $149,000 a year, according […]

IS THEIR PROFIT IN CURBSIDE SERVICE…?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Back on Friday I considered the rationals behind Walmart’s expansion to curbside and pickup services for customers who shop on line. Fortune contributor Neil Stern, writing in For CVS And Walmart, Curbside Pickup May Be A Great Idea That Customers Don’t Want asks the most basic question for any business: is there money in the […]

WALMART VS. AMAZON VS. JET; WHO WINS…?

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

There is nothing Nature, or business, hates more than two of anything. Monopolies are the gold standard, but having just two entities, going head-to-head, is an abomination. So, that a third company would challenge Walmart and Amazon in what I think is the future of retailing, was to be expected. Sarah Halzack decided to do […]

JET CHASING AMAZON (AND WALMART)…

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Back on 21 July I noted the entrance of Jet in the online brawl that is Walmart and Amazon. While media are focused on Amazon, Walmart is the business elephant in the fight. My sense is that Amazon and Jet are already focused on a more upscale base, one that can afford to subscribe to […]

ANALYZING THE WALMART V. AMAZON WAR…

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

When the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 retailers butt heads, Wall Street pays attention. We may be witnessing a tipping point here but I’m not willing to predict which way the market will fall because the of the bricks-and-mortar vs. shipping costs equation is not yet decided. How the government finally settle the issues […]

WALMART SWALLOWS E-SELLER YIHAODIAN…

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

People who might not be caught dead walking into a Walmart store may choose to shop at Walmart online because no one but their postal worker would ever know. As Amazon has shown, bricks and mortar are no longer the path to retail riches and in the world’s most populace nation, Walmart has secured a […]

WALMART AND AMAZON DESERVE EACH OTHER…

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

If there is a company I dislike as much as Walmart then the winner of that distinction is Amazon. So, I take perverse delight when the two monsters face off in grudge matches. Wal-Mart is the biggest retailer in the world with $482 billion in annual sales, making it five times as large as its […]

WALMART, THE GOOD AND THE BAD, DISCUSS

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Kipp Pietrantonio earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Dakota and now works for the Counseling and Consultation Service of Ohio State University (I refuse, as a proud Bobcat, to add a pretentious article to the school’s name). Pietrantonio’s buddy Keith Mcintosh holds a master’s in sociology. Together the make a stab […]

WHY IS WALMART ONLINE CHEAPER…?

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Recently the world of techogeekdom took notice of Walmart and added a discussion forum to the popular Reddit website. The very first question posed was this: Why is it cheaper for me to order something on Wal-Mart’s website and pickup the same item in the same store VS me going to the same store and […]

WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO POSSIBLY SAY…?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Well, Fortune did have this question: Why this sweet-looking horse is a major headache for Wal-Mart? and this from Business Insider: Wal-Mart is reportedly furious over this hilarious website and wants to shut it down. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

COULD THE END OF WALMART BE IN SIGHT…?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Yesterday I wrote about Walmart’s falling customer satisfaction numbers. Are Walmart shoppers a. too poor to keep shopping at Walmart; b. too disaffected to keep shopping at Walmart; or possibly c. simply over Walmart? New Walmart CEO Doug McMillon may have a very short tenure if he doesn’t discover a way to restore shareholder value. […]

GOOGLE, WALMART, PORN AND MALWARE…

Monday, January 19th, 2015

I run several Google alerts to stay on top of specific interests. For The Writing On The Wal I run a simple search for the tags Walmart and Wal-Mart. Since the first of the year, when I returned to more serious blogging about the Bentonvile Behemoth, I’ve noticed a heavy concentration—about 30 percent—of the alerts […]