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Walmart taps Kumar as technology chief

Walmart taps Kumar as technology chief

BENTONVILLE, Ark — Walmart has named tech industry veteran Suresh Kumar to a new chief technology officer and chief development officer role position, reporting directly to president and chief executive officer Doug McMillon. Kumar brings more than 25 years of technology leadership experience — including executive positions at Google, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM — to

Walmart unveils site plan for new campus

Walmart unveils site plan for new campus

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart officials said work on a new corporate campus is set to begin here in July. Walmart expects to relocate employees in stages, beginning next year and ending around 2024, when work on the company’s “dream home” is completed. First up is demolition, infrastructure and utility construction at the 350-acre site, which

Walmart strikes back

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart has introduced free next-day deliveries to shoppers in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Southern California, and the retailer said the service would reach approximately 75% of the U.S. population this year, including 40 of the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas. Walmart’s May 14 announcement came three weeks after Amazon said it intends

Barber to oversee O-T-Cs at Walmart

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has transitioned two merchandising executives to new roles: Annie Walker was named the new vice president of merchandising operations for apparel at Walmart U.S., reporting to Kevin Pate, and Julie Barber was appointed the new vice president and divisional merchandise manager of O-T-C merchandising, reporting to Latriece Watkins. The transition, the

Seismic changes recast retail

Already intense, the competition among mass market retailers for the allegiance of omnichannel shoppers is becoming more fierce. Not a week goes by without an announcement from a major retailer about how it intends to improve the customer experience. Although the idea that brick-and-mortar stores are passe and will slowly but surely whither away has

Walmart stores get modernized

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Building on its commitment to save customers time and money, Walmart in a number of states recently unveiled store opening and remodeling plans, including innovative features that will support e-commerce growth. Walmart expects to spend an estimated $145 million this year in California through the opening and remodeling of 21 stores, as

Walmart invites U.S. suppliers to Open Call event

Walmart invites U.S. suppliers to Open Call event

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart on Tuesday invited companies with American-made products to pitch them at its sixth annual Made in the USA Open Call event, scheduled for June 18 and 19. The retail giant urged interested suppliers to apply by April 30 at Walmart-jump.com for a chance to get face-to-face pitch meeting with a Walmart buyer

Walmart chief technology officer to depart

Walmart chief technology officer to depart

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart chief technology officer Jeremy King is leaving the company later this month, according to an internal company memo. While the company seeks a successor, Walmart Labs senior vice president of customer technology Fiona Tan will take on an elevated role, serving as liaison between the company’s technology and other leadership functions.

Walmart to phase out store greeters

Walmart to phase out store greeters

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is eliminating the “people greeter” position at its stores and replacing it with a “customer host” role with such additional duties as handling customer refunds, scanning receipts and checking shopping carts. The change raised concerns that many greeters with disabilities would lose their jobs. Customer hosts need to be able to