By Greg Tarr on Jan 8 2013 - 11:09pm


Walmart Expands Vudu UltraViolet Service

With the virtual content locker system known as UltraViolet scheduled to pop up in various companies’ announcements throughout this week’s International CES, discount store chain Walmart got the jump on the crowd by revealing that its Vudu movie streaming service is expanding its UltraViolet- enabled Disc-to-Digital activations from at home.

Walmart also said it will be launching a new Facebook app that will give people access to exclusive movie content.

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Walmart Tops In Customer Retention: Study

Walmart Tops In Customer Retention: Study

By Alan Wolf On Dec 28 2012 - 12:44pm

Of the 25 retailers included in the study, only one other merchant besides Walma
Of the 25 retailers included in the study, only one other merchant besides Walmart — sister chain Sam’s Club — retained at least 80 percent of its customer base, the market research firm said.


Charleston, S.C. – Walmart had the highest level of customer retention over the holidays while Barnes & Noble had the worst, a new retail survey shows.

According to a poll of 1,000 shoppers conducted Dec. 22-23 by America’s Research Group (ARG), Walmart retained 93 percent of its customer base while Barnes & Noble lost nearly 48 percent of its customers.

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Cyber Monday Tops For Walmart.com

Cyber Monday Tops For Walmart.com

By Alan Wolf On Nov 28 2012 - 10:56am

Walmart reported its best ever Cyber Monday.
Walmart reported its best ever Cyber Monday.


San Francisco – Walmart.com reported its best day ever on Cyber Monday (Nov. 26).

Top sellers included Double Power’s T-711 touchscreen tablet with Wi-Fi, Garmin’s Nuvi 50 5-inch portable GPS portable navigation device, and an Element-branded 32-inch, 1080p LCD TV, the company said.

Walmart also received a big boost from mobile customers, with online traffic from its mobile apps rising 280 percent year over year.

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Hisense K366-Series TVs Hit Walmart Stores

Hisense K366-Series TVs Hit Walmart Stores

By Greg Tarr On Nov 27 2012 - 5:18pm




Suwanee, Ga. — Hisense USA said Tuesday its K366-series standard 2D LCD TVs with smart-TV functionality are now available at Walmart stores.

The series includes models in the 40- and 50-inch screen sizes.

The K366 series builds on the 2D features of Hisense’s K360 series, adding smart-TV functionality, with social media networking, movie and TV streaming, music streaming, photos and other multimedia applications into any room.

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Walmart Downplays Black Friday Protests

Walmart Downplays Black Friday Protests

By Alan Wolf On Nov 26 2012 - 11:48am

Walmart workers and supporters protested outside a Paramount, Calif., store on B
Walmart workers and supporters protested outside a Paramount, Calif., store on Black Friday.


Bentonville, Ark. – Organized protests by Walmart workers nationwide on Black Friday did little to dampen Thanksgiving period sales, the discount chain said.

Walmart reported 22 million customer visits on Thursday, more than last year, with many shoppers responding to a 10 p.m. CE sale Thanksgiving night. That promotion guaranteed in-stocks on three doorbusters – an iPad 2, Emerson 32-inch LCD TV and an LG Blu-ray player – and garnered an “amazing” turnout, the retailer said.

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Wal-Mart Q3 Profits Up 9%

Wal-Mart Q3 Profits Up 9%

By Alan Wolf On Nov 15 2012 - 11:20am




Bentonville, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores said cost reductions and productivity improvements contributed to a 9 percent increase in its fiscal third-quarter profits.

Earnings topped $3.6 billion for the three months ended Oct. 31, while net sales increased 3.4 percent to $113.2 billion, including a $1.7 billion negative impact from unfavorable currency exchange rates.

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Walmart Posts Black Friday Promos

Walmart Posts Black Friday Promos

By Alan Wolf On Nov 8 2012 - 4:55pm

Walmart's Black Friday ad
Walmart's Black Friday ad


Bentonville, Ark. – Walmart has revealed its Black Friday plans which, like last year, include a phased rollout of post-Thanksgiving promotions.

CE will be the focus of its own special one-hour sale, which will commence at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening.

But unlike past Black Fridays, which garnered notoriety when customers and staff were injured and even killed by deal-seeking throngs, Walmart is guaranteeing availability of select CE doorbusters to customers who are on in-store queues during the electronics sales event.

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Wal-Mart To Carry Boxee TV

Wal-Mart To Carry Boxee TV

By Greg Tarr On Oct 31 2012 - 4:43pm




New York — Boxee’s new $99 Boxee TV device will go on sale at more than 3,000 Wal-Mart Stores starting Thursday.

The web-connected Boxee TV device was designed to bring live television and online video together for home users.

Wal-Mart will carry the device exclusively during the holiday season, the companies said.

Wal-Mart plans to promote the unit both with in-store point of purchase materials in outside stores through circulars.

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