Comments on: Wal-Mart has long unicorn ride in Amazon chase http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/08/04/wal-mart-has-long-unicorn-ride-in-amazon-chase/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: DanielPayne http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/08/04/wal-mart-has-long-unicorn-ride-in-amazon-chase/comment-page-1/#comment-19487 Sun, 07 Aug 2016 15:52:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/?p=37399#comment-19487 Walmart’s only hurtle to online sales is a dysfunctional and outmoded consumer front end. They have the prices and selection to compete. They even have same day pick-up which Amazon will never have. The problem is Walmart’s entire technology is actually a barrier between the consumer and inventory. Walmart has never been a tech savvy company and they refuse to get the talent necessary to fix the problem. It’s a lack of market and consumer experience awareness.

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By: RRassendyll http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/08/04/wal-mart-has-long-unicorn-ride-in-amazon-chase/comment-page-1/#comment-19485 Sat, 06 Aug 2016 19:19:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/?p=37399#comment-19485 Well, yes. Maybe. When I lived in Tribeca, I bought more stuff from Amazon than I do now. When I retired, moved to the country (trust me, NY’s “Capital District” is freaking rural, right out of a Thomas Hardy novel), I bought a fair amount of stuff through Amazon (never books, though…).

Then I discovered Walmart. I had never been in Walmart — had avoided such places, generally. Now, I have two more or less in the ‘hood (ten minutes away) from which to choose — big and bigger. And the assortment of merchandise is thrilling. And I don’t have to worry about Amazon’s fast-only-at-extra-cost fulfillment system. Good grocery store (Walmart stocks red currant jelly, of which I am inordinately fond; most places don’t). I can get a pair of jeans, then hit the auto parts area or the small-electronics area, do some grocery shopping — while my wife is stocking up on stuff for her current hobby and getting stuff from the pharmacy. One trip, less time wasted.

The only real problem: I do tend to lose track of my wife in such a large place — and she is not good at answering her mobile phone….

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