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.
Due in large part to inventory management issues around the critical holiday period, Walmart reported a serious slowdown in its booming ecommerce growth during the fourth quarter, which increased 23% compared to a 50% gain a year earlier. See what these challenges were for Walmart and what it meant for sales in the fourth quarter.
In the kind of move that many industry observers have talked about, Walmart said it plans to close 63 Sam’s Club stores, while converting 12 of them into ecommerce fulfillment centers. The facilities will close over the next few weeks, the company said. Here is what Walmart has planned for these locations and what it could mean for its ecommerce business.