Walmart Launches More Pickup Towers

| Daniela Forte

Walmart announced the expansion of its pickup program by adding 500 more pickup towers to stores across the country. See what new add-on Walmart is implementing with this expansion.

FedEx Office Opening Branches in 500 Walmart Stores

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart will open FedEx Office branches in 500 U.S. stores that let customers pick up and drop off packages for shipment and access printing services, while boosting foot traffic for the retailer. This follows the opening of 7,500 FedEx branches at Walgreens stores last year and is another Walmart weapon against Amazon.

Marc Lore Says Walmart Q4 Ecommerce Sales Drop Was Planned

| Daniela Forte

Marc Lore, Walmart’s CEO of U.S. Ecommerce, pushed back on critics at ShopTalk by saying the company’s Q4 ecommerce sales falloff was planned, that Walmart doesn’t give quarterly online sales guidance and that the company was taking the opportunity to “create a healthier business.”

Walmart Whistleblower Claims Ecommerce Results Overstated

| Mike O'Brien

A former director of business development for Walmart claims in a lawsuit the company skirted rules and published misleading results that helped to inflate its ecommerce numbers, according to Bloomberg. Walmart denies the claims and said it will vigorously defend itself.

Walmart Launches Four New Private Brands

| Daniela Forte

Walmart announced it is launching four new private brands in the apparel category, two for women and one each for men and children. The company said the new brand rollout is intended to create a one-stop destination for fashion as well as everyday essentials, electronics and the rest of the broad assortment of categories.

Merchants Differentiating in the Last Mile, Returns, Outsourcing

| Mike O'Brien

As merchants search for ways to contend with the behemoth of Amazon – which accounted for about half of ecommerce sales in 2017 – many are focusing on the last mile, returns and outsourcing to battle back. This MCM Outlook report, based on our annual survey of Multichannel Merchant readers, looks at trends and stats in all three areas.

Walmart Enhances Mobile App with Store Assistant Capabilities

| Daniela Forte

Walmart has added features to its mobile app to help customers navigate stores quicker, including making Walmart Pay, the search bar and scanner more accessible and user friendly. See what these enhancements are and the plans why mobile commerce is such an integral part of the shopping experience.