Walmart, Barnes & Noble take advantage of Amazon-Hachette fight with big book discounts

Walmart and Barnes & Noble are taking advantage of Amazon’s contract dispute with the Hachette Book Group. While Hachette and Amazon are currently locked in a stalemate over pricing and profit margins for e-books, Walmart is offering big discounts on books written by authors like James Patterson, David Baldacci and Robert Galbraith, all of whom publish with Hachette. CNN… Read More


Walmart acquires Seattle-based Yumprint to add recipe tech to grocery delivery

@WalmartLabs, which operates as the tech brains behind the big-box retailer, has acquired Yumprint of Seattle. Walmart plans to use the company’s recipe technology for its grocery delivery efforts on and Walmart To Go. Yumprint founders Wes Dyer and Chris Crittenden will join the @WalmartLabs team, and move to the lab’s headquarters in San Bruno,… Read More


Target wants to eliminate showrooming by matching Amazon prices

Target Corp. introduced an online price-matching program just for the holiday season, but now it looks like it’s permanent. The Minneapolis-based retailer announced today that it will allow customers to use Amazon prices for its products on year-round basis. The company will do the same for prices from Best Buy, Walmart and Toys R Us, but Amazon… Read More


Chart: The most visited retail sites on Thanksgiving Day

Americans not only chowed down on turkey and dressing on Thanksgiving Day. They also visited their favorite online retailers. According to a new study by Hitwise, total visits to the top 500 retail Web sites increased by nine percent on Thanksgiving Day to 176 million visits. Walmart received 24.8 million visits, making it the most… Read More


Are Wal-Mart and Amazon on a collision course?

Two developments this past week signal that Wal-Mart is getting more serious about the online world, and could very well have in its crosshairs. On Saturday, Wal-Mart began testing a new home grocery delivery service in San Jose, California called Walmart to Go. As many Seattleites already know, has been developing its own… Read More