After beefing up its grocery delivery chops here, including automated kiosks and crowdsourcing, Walmart is now testing same-day grocery delivery to customers in China through a hookup with WeChat and delivery service Dada. This is separate from Walmart’s partnership with JD.com, although both have invested in Dada.
Five major U.S. retailers who sell on Alibaba’s Tmall marketplace have reportedly run into headwinds when they refuse to sign exclusive agreements with the Chinese ecommerce giant. See what this dustup means for the parties involved, and how rival JD.com has been making hay over merchant issues with Alibaba.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is investing $2.9 billion in China’s largest “hyper-market” or superstore company, Sun Art Retail Group, in a move there against Walmart and its partnership with Alibaba rival JD.com. This is yet another chapter in the growing “clicks-to-bricks” trend, including Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition.