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Michelle
Michelle
6/30/2017 | 7:55:44 PM
Re: hmm...
I haven't looked into it, but I do wonder how Walmart ensures merchants are providing good service. I haven't ordered from a merchant on walmart myself...
maryam@impact
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6/30/2017 | 2:48:23 PM
Re: hmm...
Yes, it's staggering and the issue is can you manage all those merchants to the service level that doesn't negatively impact your brand!
Michelle
Michelle
6/29/2017 | 1:59:55 PM
Re: hmm...
VERY interesting! That does point to a lack of direction. They are trying to be more like Amazon with online sales -- have you seen how many merchants are selling on walmart.com?
maryam@impact
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6/29/2017 | 1:37:16 PM
Re: hmm...
Agreed Michelle but they seem to want to blur their image they were looking at selling high-end names like Patagonia online earlier this year. I am not sure that they have a crystallized strategy and understanding of their core consumer.
Michelle
Michelle
6/28/2017 | 1:57:38 PM
Re: hmm...
Yeah? I didn't realize. I'm sure there are plenty of other examples Walmart should consider before digging in on this one.
kq4ym
kq4ym
6/28/2017 | 12:47:55 PM
Re: hmm...
It does seem that Walmart does have a history of heavy handed dealing with it's vendors. Getting them in a room in Bentonville and explaining the facts of life to reps wanting to sell through Walmart has been written previously as a daunting experience as Walmart squeezes that last penny out of a deal with those vendors. So I would not be surprised of anti-AWS talk going on in those closed room discussions.
mhhfive
mhhfive
6/26/2017 | 11:08:33 PM
Re: hmm...
Even Apple has Samsung making iPhone components in a competitive bidding process!
Michelle
Michelle
6/26/2017 | 10:51:34 PM
Re: hmm...
@mhhfive I've thought a lot about the Netflix-AWS relationship. You make an excellent point about Walmart's unwillingness to work with AWS.
mhhfive
mhhfive
6/26/2017 | 8:04:17 PM
Re: hmm...
I think Walmart's heavy handedness may be misplaced. Netflix uses AWS for its datacenters, and Amazon is a direct competitor! Walmart should stick to the philosophy of getting things done as efficiently as possible -- even if it means using competitive services along the way.
danielcawrey
danielcawrey
6/26/2017 | 7:58:40 PM
Re: Walmart isn't interested in Whole Foods
This isn't really surprising. 

Walmart has long bullied suppliers. It's how the company has gotten to where it is. The problem with this approach is that this is much harder to do in technology. Suppliers often don't have choices. Technology companies have many more options at their disposal. 
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