Now, for some progressives, it is the ecommerce player to root for - and against Amazon.
The memory is vivid of The New York Times' expose of how Amazon treats its employees.
And that might still be the situation since those employees don't feel as good about their minimum wage going up to $15 an hour as Jeff Bezos does. Also, who isn't enjoying that Bezos lost about $12 billion yesterday.
Walmart admittedly had a clunky start in ecommerce. Its site was cluttered and the supposed selling captions didn't capture.
But now it is making progress. Recently it purchased women plus-size marketer Eloquii. That should pull in a lot of new kinds of customers, from all generations. Millennials are experiencing the same obesity problems as older women. As far as I know, Amazon isn't in that niche.
Also, Walmart is piloting Click & Collect. That's a service even lower income shoppers might pop for.
Who doesn't hate actually roaming the aisles, filling the shopping cart, and then having each item checked out. Since few read any more, there is not even the expected diversion of flipping through the print magazines and gossip tabloids when standing in line.
Chick & Collect could be a homerun. Walmart's edge in that niche is that its signature is low-cost. That means folks won't be afraid to look into it. Purchasing habits are usually hard to break but that one might not be.
Of course, those who own stock in Amazon will be rooting for that startup which mutated into an empire. But those of us whose portfolio took a major hit yesterday know to stick with Walmart. We may be locked into that low-price paradise for the near future.
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