• Bloomberg reports that Walmart plans to begin offering free, same-day delivery in the New York City market, building upon two-day shipping that it has been offering there.
Walmart, which does not have stores in Manhattan, has been heavily promoting its online capabilities through signs like the one at left, at Madison Square Garden.
The Bloomberg story points out that “Wal-Mart and Jet have offered free two-day shipping for orders of $35 or more, an attempt to blunt the popularity of Amazon.com Inc.’s two-day guarantee for members of its Prime program. Rival Target Corp. offers same-day delivery for in-store purchases to parts of New York City for a fee, and will broaden that offering to more cities next year. Earlier this month, electronics retailer Best Buy Co. expanded its same-day delivery from 13 to 27 cities.”
• USA Today reports that Walmart has announced its intention to expand its Parents Choice private label baby products line, “adding nearly 120 new items and upgrading roughly 100 more … The products include eco-conscious wipes, spill-proof sippy cups, a new 53-piece bedding collection and an expanded menu featuring organic baby food.”
The story goes on: “Enhancing its baby-product line could give Walmart an edge at attracting younger consumers just as they are starting families, an important consideration as the chain seeks to woo Millennials. The move also comes a week after a major competitor, Toys R Us, a leader in baby products with its Babies R Us sub-chain, filed for bankruptcy reorganization.”
• Bloomberg reports that Walmart “is expanding its program to clean up the products it sells, setting a 2022 target for reducing potentially harmful substances and widening the list of chemicals it wants to avoid,” aiming “to reduce the chemicals in products such as household cleaners, cosmetics, skin care and infant items by 10 percent by then, according to a company statement Wednesday
“The new goal is the latest in the retailer’s efforts to respond to consumers seeking greener products and more information about what’s in them.”
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