Industry News & Expert Views: Walmart

Walmart Adds Shopify Sellers to Its Online Marketplace

By Sheridan Fifer

Walmart has made the growth of its online marketplace a “strategic priority.” Towards that end, Walmart has partnered with Shopify. Approved Shopify sellers will now have the opportunity to list their products on Walmart.com, expanding their reach while giving Walmart.com customers more assortment to choose from. Walmart is looking for sellers who have a product range complementary to Walmart’s own, as well as excellent customer service.

 The partnership is a direct shot at Amazon, which today promises third-party sellers the ability to reach more than 300 million customers worldwide and even offers help with shipping, returns and customer service by way of Fulfillment by Amazon.

Read the full story at TechCrunch.

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Walmart Says One Coronavirus Change Is Here to Stay

By Sheridan Fifer

In March, as the coronavirus began to spread in the U.S., Walmart introduced temporary safety measures. Among them were reduced store hours and a special senior shopping hour. Now, the retailer has announced that the senior shopping hour, which is the hour before the stores open to the rest of the public, will remain in effect indefinitely, allowing shoppers over the age of sixty to shop in cleaner, less crowded stores. The response to the measure has not been entirely positive, with some senior shoppers saying that the 6 to 7 AM window is too early.

“As for operating hours, right now our priority is making additional services available (auto care center, vision center, etc.) as it is safe to do so,” Walmart said. “After that we’ll decide the best approach to expanding hours.”

Read the full story at Inc.

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