Business, Logistics, Top 100

Walmart Expands Private Fleet Delivery, Adds New Intermodal Service

Walmart Walmart Inc.

Walmart has begun expanding the scope and capabilities of its private fleet, taking over store distribution from dedicated contract carriers at facilities in Maine, Indiana and Ohio, while also adding a new intermodal service using a proprietary container design and company drivers to provide drayage service.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
February 27, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Walmart Slips as Yet Another Overseas Obstacle Materializes

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In India, an unfavorable e-commerce ruling is likely to crimp the growth for Walmart Inc. In China, the retailer says an economic slowdown has shoppers tightening their purse strings. And now in the U.K., a deal to reduce Walmart’s exposure to the slowing market there is on life support.

Matt Townsend and Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
February 20, 2019
Business, Logistics

Walmart Surges After Reporting Best Holiday Quarter Since 2009

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Walmart Inc. finally gave the U.S. retail sector some good news. The company brushed off the industry’s disappointing December sales with its best holiday quarter in at least a decade, soothing concerns about the sector’s outlook for 2019. Comparable sales for Walmart stores in the United States — a key performance barometer — rose 4.2% in the quarter that included Christmas, beating analysts’ estimates by a full percentage point.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
February 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Top 100

Walmart Wants to Expand Reach in Online Advertising

Walmart Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Walmart Inc. is big in almost every way — 4,755 stores, 1.5 million employees and $380 billion in revenue in the United States alone. But one part of the world’s largest retailer remains minuscule. “We have a tiny ad business,” CEO Doug McMillon told investors in October. “It could be bigger.”

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Amazon Cuts Deal to Unfreeze Suspended Product Listings in India

Warehouse Ruhani Kaur/Bloomberg News resurrected thousands of suspended product listings in India by selling much of its stake in top local venture partner Cloudtail, a hastily arranged deal intended to comply with stringent new e-commerce regulations that upended the market.

Saritha Rai | Bloomberg News
February 7, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon, Walmart Reel as India Curbs Plunge Market Into Chaos

Amazon Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News’s and Walmart Inc.’s grand plans for India were thrown into chaos Feb. 1 after the country implemented new e-commerce regulations, which could cut their growth in the market by as much as half this year.

Saritha Rai | Bloomberg News
February 1, 2019
Business, Safety

Walmart Revamps Employee Sick-Leave Policy

Walmart worker Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Walmart Inc. is making sweeping changes to its employment policies this month, granting paid sick leave to hourly workers in the United States, and, at the same time, possibly making it easier to fire those who miss too many shifts.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
February 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Google’s Bid to Battle Amazon Suffers Blow As Walmart Withdraws

Walmart Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Walmart Inc. has quietly withdrawn from one of Google’s marquee efforts to challenge in e-commerce.

Matthew Boyle and Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
January 25, 2019
Business, Safety, TCA

Walmart Says It Needs 900 More Truckers This Year, Hikes Pay

Walmart A Walmart truck. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Walmart is raising trucker salaries in its push to hire 900 more drivers this year across the United States, including Texas, where it has a big concentration of large distribution centers where empty trucks get filled.

Maria Halkias | The Dallas Morning News
January 23, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

India Crackdown on Amazon, Walmart Seen Hurting Online Shoppers

India An employee uses a laptop computer while packages move along a conveyor belt at the fulfillment center in Hyderabad. (Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg News)

India’s new rules for foreign e-commerce platforms may be designed to protect local companies from and Walmart Inc., but consumers are likely to suffer the collateral damage.

Nupur Acharya and Shruti Srivastava | Bloomberg News
December 28, 2018