Archive for the 'Technology' 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 […]

ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO ALWAYS PAY CASH…

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

One of the ways that thieves exploit the electronic economy is by using simple devices that look like ATM/Debit card readers at cash machines and retail checkout card readers to collect both account numbers and pin numbers. (This is one of the reasons why I never have more money in my debit card account than […]

CAN HIGH TECH SAVE EVERYDAY LOW PRICES…?

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

In terms of operating costs, virtual trumps bricks-and-mortar. Walmart has invested in, and fought long hard battles for, actual locations where customers have to travel to to buy merchandise. These fixed costs—maintenance, light, heat, employees—add up and are nearly impossible to eliminate. Walmart’s principle competitor, Amazon, has avoided nearly all of these costs by staying […]

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 […]

REPLACING THE DRONES WITH, UM DRONES…?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

As if working for Walmart didn’t suck hard enough, the company is looking to replace human drones with actual robotic drones. Writing in Walmart applies to test drones for home delivery for The Guardian, Reuters reports: Walmart Stores Inc applied Monday to US regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickup and […]

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 SHRUGS…?

Monday, July 20th, 2015

In reading about Walmart Labs—Igor not included—I discovered the tidbit that Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Jeremy King is a fan of Objectivist and Libertarians’ sociopathic pixie dream girl, Ayn Rand. Matt Weinberger, writing in How Wal-Mart hired 2,200 developers and made ‘magic’ for Business Insider tell us that: Walmart.com sees “millions of […]

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 […]