Walmart layoffs to hit about 500 jobs

While it recently announced it was boosting its hourly wage, Walmart is slashing 400 to 500 jobs at its headquarters, according to a Fortune report. The cuts are being made in a range of internal divisions, from finance to human...

Walmart taps Judith McKenna to lead international unit

Come Feb. 1, Judith McKenna, now Walmart's COO of domestic operations, will take the helm of the retailer's international unit, according to a Bloomberg report. McKenna will succeed David Cheesewrigh, 55, who has held the job since 2013, according to...

Walmart chief: Retail is about change, customer experience a team sport

Walmart chief: Retail is about change, customer experience a team sport

Walmart CEO/President Doug McMillon says the top brick-and-mortar retailer can't afford to get comfortable as it has a lot of work to do and remains committed to founder Sam Walton's vision and philosophy when it comes to the customer experience.

JD.com debuts first store in new high-tech supermarket chain

Chinese ecommerce player JD.com is opening the first of what will be a chain of high-tech supermarkets in Beijing. A Bloomberg report stated the strategy is JD.com's move to battle Alibaba Group Holding in the physical retail segment. The stores,...

Why Amazon may lose its influencer title in 2018

Why Amazon may lose its influencer title in 2018

While the ecommerce retailer won top shopping destination this past holiday season, and dozens of headlines related its innovations, Amazon is not immune to fail as industry watchers see more than a few weak spots in its influencer armor.

2017 retail influencer: Amazon

2017 retail influencer: Amazon

Customer experience is the dominant strategy in retail, and Amazon dominated in 2017 by innovating on everything from supply chain to faster delivery to expanding its reach via traditional brands to paving new roads in consumer purchase.

Walmart testing new personal shopping experience

Walmart is reportedly tapping text to provide a new personalized shopping experience for the wealthy busy mom. The mega retailer, according to a Recode report, is beta testing a new service that will give shoppers item recommendations and allow purchase...

2017 in review: Walmart, Buffet, Target led top read news

2017 in review: Walmart, Buffet, Target led top read news

The top five news items on Retail Customer Experience in 2017 focused primarily on big brand retail news and insight offered by big names.

Target buys Shipt to shore up delivery strategy

Target is buying Shipt, a same-day delivery platform, for $550 million in cash in its strategy to boost fulfillment efforts. The news comes as retailers race to meet customer expectations now that they value speedy delivery over price, as Retail...

Walmart digital signage delivers broken content

Walmart digital signage delivers broken content

Digital Signage Today Editor Bradley Cooper encounters a Walmart shelf-edge display that failed to get its message across. Instead of a heartwarming holiday video, it delivered a buffering, stuttering mess.

Target adds mobile pay Wallet feature to REDcard

Target adds mobile pay Wallet feature to REDcard

The retailer officially becomes the latest to add an in-store, mobile-payment feature to its app in a move that also combines its digital coupon program into a single scan at checkout.

Walmart, Kohl's, Amazon, Dollar Tree cited as big Black Friday winners

When it comes to in-store traffic and digital consumer spend, the big retail winners this Black Friday into Cyber Monday weekend were big names: Kohl's, Amazon, Walmart and Dollar Tree, according to Gordon Haskett research. The analyst firm reported 65...

2018 will bring Lord & Taylor to Walmart.com shoppers

Walmart.com and Lord & Taylor are teaming up to launch a flagship store on Walmart's e-commerce site come Spring 2018. The collaborative brand store will provide a "specialized online experience," according to a press release. "Our goal is to create...

JustFab, Sephora, Walmart tops in customer experience personalization

When it comes to personalizing the customer experience, Walmart, JustFab and Sephora are doing the best job, according to the first annual Retail Personalization Index from Sailthru. The index ranks 100 brands on the quality and degree of personalization and...

Kagan: Will Walmart win with Jet.com private label?

Kagan: Will Walmart win with Jet.com private label?

Jeff Kagan wants Walmart and Walmart.com to be successful, but he believes the level of success will come from respect for the customer. The big question is this: Are they up to the task?

Walmart grabs up small NY warehouse

In its quest to provide same-day delivery on par with its ecommerce arm, Jet.com, Walmart has bought a New York City delivery company boasting a warehouse. The Brooklyn-based Parcel, according to an AP report in Newsday, already knows how to...

Walmart's Jet.com prepping private label brand

Jet.com, now an ecommerce arm of Walmart, is getting ready to launch a private label product line boasting over 60 household and food items. The move comes as competition is increasing dramatically in the omnichannel retail space.

Walmart readying same-day delivery for NYC customers

Free, same-day delivery will soon be offered by Walmart in the New York City area. The delivery move will put the retailer in sync with its acquired ecommerce arm, Jet.com, which already offers city residents such service, according to a...

New Walmart headquarters to bring in natural light

Walmart plans to do away with the "inefficient" current campus of its corporate headquarters — a sprawling collection of more than 20 buildings in Bentonville, Ark. — and replace it with new facilities that will encourage a more efficient business....

Former Sam's Club CEO takes on COO title at Starbucks

Starbucks has appointed Rosalind Brewer as group president and chief operating officer, effective Oct. 2.

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