Archive for Walmart

Prices that Walmart and Amazon Can’t Touch

Lidl has opened up its first store in the US. Walmart has a reputation for low cost, Amazon for low cost and a wide assortment. But based on what I’ve seen, they can’t touch Lidl’s prices. There is a supply chain story here.

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Walmart Fights Back Against Amazon

Wall Street believes Amazon is winning the retail war with Walmart. Amazon’s market cap is twice that of Walmart, despite being a much smaller and less profitable company than Walmart. Wall Street values the growth of the ecommerce giant over the size and clout of the world’s largest retailer. In the last few years, Walmart has invested billions to up their multi-channel capabilities. Multi-channel involves the combination of stores and a web/ecommerce presence, the ability […]

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Wall Street Believes Amazon is Winning the War with Walmart

Investors believe Amazon is winning the retail war with Walmart. Amazon’s market cap is twice that of Walmart’s. When it comes to retail, Walmart’s most important retail operations (Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club) are more than four and a half times larger than Amazon’s main retail operations (Amazon North America) and the operating income is almost nine and a half times that of Amazon. Investors clearly value growth over profitability. Amazon’s U.S. retail sales increased […]

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Walmart Executives discuss their Omni-channel Logistics Initiatives

Kevin X. Jones, the Vice President of Inbound Transportation at Walmart, and Sheila Taylor, the Vice President of Logistics at Sam’s Club, discussed Walmart’s approach to omni-channel logistics at the eft (eyefortransport) conference last week. Walmart’s ultimate goal is to understand their customers’ expectations, and yet be able to meet these expectations in a profitable manner.  “We are expected to make a profit,” Kevin said. The task is not trivial.  In the first quarter of […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 22 – 28)

March 24 marked the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound in Alaska. The impact of the oil spill is still being felt today. While the majority of species affected by the spill have recovered to pre-spill levels, and the commercial fishing industry has mostly recovered, federal scientists estimate that between 16,000 and 21,000 gallons of oil remains on beaches in Prince William Sound and up to 450 miles away. […]

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Most Popular Logistics Viewpoints Blogs of 2013

I publish in both Logistics Viewpoints and Forbes.com.  Often, but not always, the blogs appear in both locations. As measured by page views, here are the most popular blogs of the year (I’ve omitted one blog about Conferences to Attend in 2013 because it is no longer relevant). Amazon vs. Walmart: E-Fulfillment vs. Omni-Channel Logistics Logistics Impacts from Widening the Panama Canal What Truck Driver Shortage? Procter & Gamble, General Mills, and Frito-Lay Move to […]

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Guest Commentary: Parcel Shipping Outlook for 2014

As we enter the busy peak season for shipping, it’s amazing to think of the changes and trends that started taking hold in 2013. The buzzword of the year was “omni-channel fulfillment, as retailers attempt to create a superior customer shopping experience across multiple channels, including online, mobile devices, brick-and-mortar, direct mail, and catalog. Retailers are responding to customer demands for better experience, better access, and better choice. Enabling new fulfillment strategies – such as […]

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Amazon vs. Walmart: E-Fulfillment vs. Omni-Channel Logistics

There were two recent stories about Amazon vs. Walmart when WalMart announced it was opening two new distribution centers to fill e-commerce orders. One story, in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), got it mostly wrong (Wal-Mart Builds Warehouse for Web Orders), and a story in USA Today got it mostly right (Retail stores become shipping hubs to battle Amazon). Here are some excerpts from the WSJ article: [Walmart is] building a pair of dedicated warehouses […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 30 – October 4, 2013)

Is it ironic that the U.S. government partially shut down on Tuesday, the same day I was scheduled to give a talk on collaboration? I’m thinking of sending my representatives in Congress a copy of the book Getting to We, written by my friends Kate Vitasek and Jeanette Nyden — and also inviting them and all members of Congress to participate in my upcoming conversation with Kate and Jeanette on Talking Logistics. You never know, […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 23-27, 2013)

Tuesday night, I went to Staples with my daughter to buy some printer ink. She was immediately attracted to a colorful display, which caught my attention too. I took a picture of it and shared it on Twitter, which became my most popular tweet of the week:  3D printer and supplies at #Staples. The future is coming faster and faster. #3DPrinting #SCM #logistics pic.twitter.com/S4tGkRxR5u — Adrian Gonzalez (@talkinlogistics) September 24, 2013 Yes, the future is […]

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