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Here's How Walmart Will Accept Online Purchase Returns in 35 Seconds

Wal-Mart promises 30-second returns in stores, as Amazon tries to catch up Walmart launches Mobile Express Returns
Theodore Harris | 11 October, 2017, 00:16

Walmart is all about online, anticipating digital sales next fiscal year will rise about 40 percent and that it will double the number of US curbside locations for online grocery shoppers at its stores.

The world's largest retailer is set to post its best annual earnings growth in five years, and its stock could return 15% over the next year, per Barron's. That compares with opening 230 new US stores during fiscal 2016. The retailer expects 2019 net sales to grow close to 3 percent, driven by same-store and ecommerce sales growth. And the company reiterated its profit target for the current year, saying earnings would be $4.18 to $4.28 a share. Foster & Motley Inc.'s holdings in Wal-Mart Stores were worth $11,311,000 as of its most recent SEC filing. Last year, Walmart tapped CEO Marc Lore to head up its USA efforts after online sales growth had slowed under his predecessor. It's been acquiring smaller players like ModCloth, Moosejaw and Bonobos. "Doing so also drives traffic to its stores, increasing the potential to add incremental sales as customers return goods". But it has an eye on expanding on groceries online, an underserved market. Walmart's Mobile Express Returns arrives soon after online retailer Amazon reached a deal with retailer Kohl's in which around 80 Kohl's locations would be able to handle returns for Amazon. The stock now has Monthly Volatility of 1.22% and Weekly Volatility of 1.33%. It is also planning to do the same returns process for items bought from third-party sellers on its site.

The company went live with voice-activated shopping with Google in answer to Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo devices. Walmart wants to cut the time for easy and smooth return for customers.

To get to everyday low prices, you have to have everyday low costs. The company is ready to expose the Mobile Express Returns.

And that partially explains why the company announced plans to reduce wait times for certain items down to 30 seconds.

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Walmart had redoubled its efforts to integrate stores and digital, introducing initiatives such as offering shoppers discounts if they pick up an online order in a store, and introducing express lanes for drug prescription pick-up and merchandise returns. "We're executing our strategy and moving with speed to win with the customer, who is more connected than ever".

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Earlier this year, Amazon acquired the supermarket chain Whole Foods.

At launch next month, only items sold and shipped by will be eligible for the service.

The upbeat guidance triggered Wal-Mart's biggest rally in more than a year, lending evidence to the view that its company-changing bet on e-commerce is beginning to pay off.


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