Walmart’s First Drone Deliveries Take off in Arkansas

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According to multiple media accounts, the world’s largest retailer was set to begin offering deliveries by air using drones to customers in Arkansas living near a base store in the town of Farmington, starting on Monday (Nov. Delivery delivery grocery News Retail walmart What's Hot

Arkansas credit union taps mobile video banking to reach more customers

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River Valley Community Federal Credit Union serves 7,200 members out of just two branches in southern Arkansas. Operations & Best Practices Premium Retail Banking Arkansas Celent credit unions POPio River ValleySince its membership is spread out across the state and sometimes live as far away as 50 miles from a branch, it rolled out a video banking tool earlier this month to add a more human touch. The […]. Daily Post 2 Exclusive Experience & Design?

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Walmart Stays True To Arkansas

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While Amazon is auditioning potential host cities in something that has turned into commercial real estate’s version of “The Bachelor,” Walmart has more quietly announced news that its new headquarters will stick with the firm’s historical home of Bentonville, Arkansas. Walmart’s current Arkansas headquarters was originally built in the early 1970s by founder Sam Walton. Retail Arkansas Bentonville Doug McMillon News walmart Walmart Headquarters What's Hot

Walmart Pay Launches in Texas, Arkansas

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Walmart Pay, the mega-retailer's mobile wallet, has gone live at its stores in Texas and Arkansas in anticipation of a national rollout. mobile technology

Arkansas: The South’s Unexpected Bastion Of Growth

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Arkansas is an easily forgotten state in the Deep South. Landlocked and geographically smaller than some of its surrounding states, Arkansas tends to be better defined by the political personalities it produces. Which is not entirely unfair — Arkansas has produced some very interesting politicians. But Arkansas has also produced a pretty interesting store front business climate and perhaps a stronger one than most might expect.

Details Revealed About New Walmart HQ In Arkansas

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We are striving to attract and retain the best talent in order to win the future of retail and the key component of that is the work environment that we are creating,” Bartlett said. Retail Amazon Apple Arkansas corporate headquarters News walmart What's HotNew details have emerged about Walmart’s planned new corporate campus in Bentonville, Ark., where the company is based, according to a report by Reuters.

AMZN vs. WMT Weekly: Amazon Poised to Take Top Retailer Spot From Walmart

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After three quarters in a row of lagging behind Amazon in the race for consumers’ retail spending, it’s all but assured that 2021 will prove to be the first year in decades that Walmart is not the largest retailer in the U.S. share of consumer retail spending versus Amazon’s 9.2%

AMZN vs. WMT Weekly: Labor Shortage Could Hold Retail Giants Back During Holidays

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16, but Amazon’s struggles likely don’t bode well for what’s in store when Arkansas-based executives make their report. To be sure, furniture and home furnishings likely aren’t going to make or break the race to be the top retailer in the U.S.

Today In Retail: CarLotz Gets Green Light From Its Investors For Merger; PriceSmart’s Net Merchandise Sales Climb 7.7 Pct

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In today’s top retail news, CarLotz, Inc. Plus, Family Video said this week that its closing all of its physical retail locations. Family Video opened its first retail location in the late 1970s.

Walmart Tests Store Without Cashiers As COVID-19 Accelerates Change

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Whether cashiers go the way of the horse and buggy could hinge on an experiment Walmart is running in Arkansas. The largest brick-and-mortar retailer in the United States is replacing its traditional, cashier-staffed checkouts with self-checkout registers at its store in Fayetteville, Ark.,

Walmart Forms Company To Sell Insurance Amid Healthcare Push

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The business’ moniker was initially filed late last month in Arkansas with the secretary of state, MedCityNews reported. The retailer has also formed a collaboration with an upstart called Capital Rx that offers current information on prescription prices.

Retail Pulse: Walmart Tests ‘Great Workplace,’ Sainsbury’s Opens Cashierless Store

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Brick-and-mortar retailers are changing the way they manage their workforces in the age of Amazon: Walmart , for instance, is testing multiple versions of a new team structure called the “Great Workplace” in some of its locations. Through the effort, the retailer is reportedly asking department managers as well as assistant store managers to apply for positions centered on managing teams. To keep tabs on the latest retail trends, check next week’s Retail Pulse.

Walmart Seeks Crypto-Expert Product Lead

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Walmart is seeking someone to bring the retail giant into the crypto age. dollar and available for use only at selected retailers or partners. Read more: Amazon, Big Tech Job Postings Hint At Cryptos’ Retail Future.

AMZN vs WMT Weekly: Cashierless Race Picks Up And Alexa Gets New Features

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Walmart this week began testing an all-self-checkout retail location in Plano, Texas, as it tries to keep step with Amazon’s cashierless store ambitions amid an industry-wide labor shortage. percent of consumer retail spend and 3.5

Walmart Adds Workers, Touts In-Stock Affordable Items for Holiday Shopping

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Walmart said its omnichannel approach and investments in technology in recent years have set the retailer up to meet shoppers’ needs this holiday season, with approximately 50,000 new supply chain employees added in the third quarter to keep things moving in the coming weeks.

California Goes Back Under Lockdown

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Cases in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia surged by more than 20 percent in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins. . The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. surpassed 3.3

Walmart Grows Fashion Assortment By Teaming With Tween Brand Justice

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In announcing the new partnership , the Arkansas-based retail giant said the move was timed to coincide with what is expected to be a very busy back-to-school season, while also bringing its customers quality new merchandise that is on-trend, in-style and affordable.

Gatik Partners With Walmart For Autonomous Vehicle Deliveries

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People in Arkansas can now get groceries delivered via a new Walmart pilot with Gatik using self-driving cars that include a human safety driver behind the wheel. Following the state’s new law allowing autonomous vehicles, Palo Alto, California-based Gatik was approved by the Arkansas Highway Commissioner to launch a commercial service with Walmart, Walmart said in a press release. . Walmart has been a pioneer in integrating the latest technology into its retail operations.

JD Sports Purchases California-Based Shoe Palace

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The chain currently has 167 retail locations, most of them operating under the Shoe Palace flag. More than 50 percent of the retail locations are in California, but the retailer has an “established retail presence” in Hawaii, New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Texas.

Walmart Laying Off More Than 1,200 Workers Even As Digital Shopping Booms

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In July , Walmart cut its workforce by laying off hundreds in its logistics, real estate and retail location-planning divisions. “We The retailer confirmed the new round of layoffs to Footwear News on Wednesday (Dec. Retail brick and mortar digital shift jobs News omnichannel walmart

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Walmart Phases Out Standalone Grocery App, Surpasses Amazon In Downloads

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In a few weeks, the world’s largest retailer will phase out its standalone grocery app. In a Q&A sent to customers , the Arkansas-based chain explained that the grocery app is not going away – it’s simply being integrated with Walmart’s original app. Say goodbye to one Walmart app.

Walmart's New Insurance Brokerage To Sell Medicare Plans

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The news comes as Walmart is aiming to take its expertise at developing retail stores and lowering costs and apply it to improving the health sector. The retailer has been slowly entering healthcare services, running low-cost clinics in South Carolina, Georgia and Texas.

AMZN vs WMT Weekly: The Logistics Arms Race Continues, and so Do Grocery Fights

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to help retailers secure local transport needs and meet delivery demands. The amount of technology necessary for Just Walk Out likely requires a significant investment from retailers, which some may balk at unless new construction is already underway.

Whole Paycheck: Walmart And Amazon Have A Food Fight

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New research from PYMNTS into seven key retail categories where Amazon and Walmart compete shows the online giant is closing in on its rival’s lead in auto parts, one of the last segments where Walmart still enjoys a lead — other than food, where it still dominates. retail spending fell to 8.7

Walmart Expands Its InHome Grocery Delivery Service

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That’s according to Bloomberg , which noted that the service still faces a pretty significant hurdle: the question of whether people trust the world’s largest retailer in their homes when they’re not there. Retail delivery grocery InHome News walmart What's Hot

Walmart Reduces Corporate Workforce With Layoffs

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Walmart has reduced its workforce by laying off hundreds in its logistics, real estate and retail location planning divisions as it simplifies its business and reduces its expenses, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed sources.

Walmart Partners With Gatim To Deliver Orders With Self-driving Cars

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People in Arkansas can now get groceries delivered with a new Walmart pilot with Gatik using self-driving cars that include a human safety driver behind the wheel. Following the state’s new law allowing autonomous vehicles, Palo Alto, California-based Gatik was approved by the Arkansas Highway Commissioner to launch a commercial service with Walmart, Walmart said in a press release. . Walmart has been a pioneer in integrating the latest technology into its retail operations.

Podcast: The Girl Banker on Career Advancement and Life Lessons

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Natalie Bartholomew is chief administrative officer at Grand Savings Bank in northwestern Arkansas, but she is probably better known for her popular blog "The Girl Banker," which provides advice on career advancement and work-life balance for women in banking as well as spotlighting female leaders in financial services. ABA Banking Journal Podcast Community Banking Featured Human Resources Retail/Marketing Careers in banking Employee retention Leadership Recruitment Women in banking

Walmart’s New Subscription Service Aims To Compete With Amazon Prime

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And while Walmart claims a larger stake in the grocery business than Amazon, the long-standing Arkansas-based retailer fears that Amazon could encroach on that side of the market as people shift to digital during the pandemic.

Walmart Partners With HomeValet On Smart Box Technology For Fresh Deliveries

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Retail giant Walmart is teaming up with delivery solutions startup HomeValet to launch a test pilot that would bring fresh groceries to people’s homes even if they’re not there. “If The pilot program will launch in the spring in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Today in Restaurant and Grocery Tech: Walmart Goes Driverless; DoorDash Launches Nationwide Shipping

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8) that the autonomous trucking company Gatik has been moving customer orders daily without a safety driver on a route in Bentonville, Arkansas, the first such middle-mile delivery anywhere in the world.

After Moment Of Panic, Walmart Widens The Gap In Groceries

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This, as the Arkansas based company announced first-quarter earnings results that showed its better than expected growth of both its online and in-store sales, after nearly a decade where the retailer’s market share remained relatively flat.

Walmart Plans More Health Clinics In Atlanta Area

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There are already four such clinics, with three in Georgia and one in Arkansas. The retail giant is also looking at opening clinics in the Jacksonville area of Florida, and it will open two clinics in Chicago, which would bring the total number of Walmart clinics to 13.

Demand for Next-Day Delivery Drives Need for Efficient Logistics

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Spiraling consumer demand for same-day delivery of everything has challenged retailers to restructure supply chains and add more routes, trucks and drivers wherever possible. Unsurprisingly, interest in autonomous has been strong from both retailers and investors.

Walmart Revs Up Second Test Program For Drone Delivery

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For the second time in the past week, the retailer has announced a pilot program to test how well drones will pick up and deliver packages. The latest news has Walmart launching a drone delivery operation near the company’s headquarters in Northwest Arkansas.