Matthew Boyle

Business, Logistics

Amazon, Target Waive Minimum Purchase for Free Holiday Shipping

Amazon Package Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News and Target Corp. have opened the floodgates on free shipping. Recent moves by the retailers to eliminate minimum-purchase amounts for free shipping have boosted the share of online orders that get delivered gratis, according to data from retail analytics company DynamicAction.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2018
Business, Logistics

Walmart Surpasses Amazon as Online Shoppers’ Most Popular Grocer

Walmart Storefront Alan Diaz/Associated Press

Look out, Amazon: Walmart is coming to steal your lunch — and maybe dinner too. The world’s largest retailer has surpassed the e-commerce giant in a survey of online food shoppers, more of whom said they most recently visited Walmart’s site for groceries.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
November 6, 2018
Business, Logistics

Target Expands Free Delivery to Seize Market Share Opportunity

Target store Paul Sakuma/Associated Press

Target Corp. is expanding perks like free two-day delivery to snag as much as possible of the $100 billion in sales the company sees up for grabs from retailers that have gone under.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
October 23, 2018
Business, Logistics

Walmart Unveils High-Tech Grocery Warehouse

Walmart worker Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Walmart Inc. is building a high-speed grocery warehouse to solidify its position as the nation’s biggest grocer.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
October 18, 2018
Business, Technology

Walmart Gives Facelift With Eye on Urban Shoppers

Urban Shoppers Employees at the fulfillment center in Kansas City, Kan. (Daniel Acker/ Bloomberg News)

Walmart Inc. has refurbished its site to cater even more to the city dwellers who make up the bulk of its shoppers.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
September 13, 2018

Walmart Doubles Spending in Battle for Truckers

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Walmart Inc., pinched by the worsening shortage of truckers, plans to double its spending on attracting and retaining drivers by year-end.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
September 10, 2018

Walmart Bounces Back With Best Sales in More Than a Decade

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Walmart Inc. bounced back from a lackluster start to the year with the strongest sales gain in more than a decade fueled by its grocery business, brightening the outlook for the overall retail sector. The stock jumped as much as 11%, the most intraday since October 2008.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
August 16, 2018
Business, Safety

Walmart Relaxes Deadlines for Some Deliveries Amid Driver Crunch

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Walmart Inc. has relaxed deadlines for some supplier deliveries just months after tightening them, easing pressure on manufacturers who are grappling with a driver shortage.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
April 11, 2018
Business, Logistics

Target Acquires Software Firm Grand Junction With Sights Set on Amazon

Target sign Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News

Target Corp. agreed to acquire a software company that manages local and same-day deliveries in a bid to keep pace with Amazon and Wal-Mart.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
August 15, 2017

Wal-Mart Will Punish Its Suppliers for Delivering Early

Wal-mart trailers George Frey/Bloomberg News

Long known for squeezing its vast network of suppliers, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is about to step up the pressure. The focus this time is delivery scheduling, and the company’s not messing around. Two days late? That’ll earn you a fine. One day early? That’s a fine, too. Right on-time but goods aren’t packed properly? You guessed it — fined.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
July 12, 2017