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Walmart to introduce new food label, with an eye toward reducing food waste

This month, Walmart plans to introduce a new food label that it hopes will help reduce food waste while keeping food prices low.

“With 795 million people in the world reportedly going hungry, food waste is an ugly problem to face,” said Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety for Walmart. “In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that consumers throw away $ 29 billion worth of edible food each year in their homes. Walmart is especially concerned with reducing food waste, not only because we’re the world’s largest grocer, but also as an integral part of our [everyday low cost] philosophy that provides you everyday low prices. Two culprits of food waste are confusion caused by food labels and the tossing of imperfect — but perfectly usable — fresh produce.”

According to Yiannas, current labeling is confusing to consumers as food-safety indicators. “Most of the labels are created based on peak quality,” he said in a recent blog. “Adding to the confusion is the different language used on labels, including ‘best by,’ ‘use by’ and ‘sell by.’ That’s why, in the last year, we started requiring suppliers of nonperishable food products under our Great Value private label to use a standardized date label, ‘Best if used by’.”

The switch will go into full effect this month and involves thousands of products. Yiannas said the change was motivated by the release of a report by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America in 2013.

“My team has been working on a solution since then,” he added. “I expect the standard labels to have an even bigger impact on waste reduction since many of our suppliers sell products under their own labels outside of Walmart. This is significant, as the global economic impact of food wastage comes to about $ 750 billion each year.”

John Forrest Ales, Walmart’s director of corporate communications, spoke with The Produce News in mid-July to talk about the problem of food waste and ways in which the company is addressing the issue. “At the heart of who we are is everyday low cost,” he said. “We take that incredibly seriously.”

Ales said Walmart has developed its own distribution system to source fresh produce on a global basis. “We have a unique supply chain. We have standards beyond the Food and Drug Administration as to what produce should look like,” he said. “Our farmers pack and sort according to these standards.”

Recently, questions have arisen about food waste and what has been termed “ugly” or “wonky” produce. Fresh produce that falls into this category may not look perfect on the outside, but still provide consumers with high-quality fresh produce when consumed because the flaws are cosmetic only. An example, Ales said, is a three-legged carrot growing from a common green top.

“Farmers find alternate uses for these in most cases,” he explained, saying that the volume of product that does not fit with Walmart’s standard is relatively small. “There’s not a lot of that moving through the supply chain. You can’t just create three-legged carrots.”

In some instances, Ales said Walmart works with its network of farmers to move whole lots of produce that may have been affected by weather conditions. Freezes are examples, he said, of more global events that might have an impact upon the quality of fresh produce.

In the meantime, Jordan Figueiredo, a municipal recycling agent in Castro Valley, CA, and food nutritionist Stefanie Sacks are planning to submit a petition to Walmart at its Bentonville, AR, headquarters on July 20 signed by persons who encourage Walmart to address food waste by making produce that is less than perfect cosmetically available at its stores.

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NGA, Wal-Mart Applaud Senate’s Immigration Reform

ARLINGTON, Va. — Peter J. Larkin, president and chief executive officer of the National Grocers Association here, said Thursday NGA applauds passage by the U.S. Senate of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act.

“While no bill is every perfect, this legislation is an important step in the right direction [for] embracing comprehensive reform that addresses the real challenges facing our nation today while ensuring protections for employers acting in good faith.”

Peter Larking, president and CEO, NGALarkin said he urged Congress to “do the right thing” by passing comprehensive immigration reform that encompasses the principles approved by NGA’s board of directors, adding the association will work with the House of Representatives “to do just that.”

In a separate release, Ivan Zapien, vice president, federal government relations, for Wal-Mart Stores, said his company also approved the Senate’s action, “and [we] believe comprehensive immigration reform will have a positive impact on the economy and the customers we serve.”

Read more: Ag Groups Back Senate Immigration Reform Bill

He said Wal-Mart is committed to working with policy makers, employers and consumers “to support this reform that is so desperately needed to our immigration system.  We now encourage members of the House to continue the momentum.”

On Wednesday the Senate amended the immigration bill to include provisions that would double the size of the U.S. Border Patrol along the Mexican border to 40,000 officers; require the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the nation’s southern border; and authorize the use of new radar and unmanned aerial drones to track illegal border crossings — all as a prerequisite for 11 million undocumented immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship.

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Walmart names McKenna U.S. COO

Wal-Mart Stores on Wednesday said that Judith McKenna has been promoted to COO of Walmart U.S., succeeding Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed EVP of Walmart International.

The appointments are effective immediately, and continue the rapid churn at the senior levels of the retailer’s U.S. operations. That division, still struggling to keep up the sales pace of competitors like Costco and Kroger, replaced CEO Bill Simon in August, and last month saw chief merchant Duncan Mac Naughton resign amid a merchandising shakeup.

Judith McKennaMcKenna, who had been serving as chief development officer for Walmart U.S., will report directly to U.S. CEO Greg Foran. McKenna joined Walmart nearly 20 years ago in its Asda division in her native U.K., eventually serving as Asda’s CFO and COO. McKenna also served Walmart International as EVP of strategy and international development.

At Walmart U.S., McKenna’s initiatives included the development of the newly opened Grocery Pickup facility, which was based on Asda’s success operating similar vehicles in the U.K. McKenna joined Walmart nearly 20 years ago as part of its Asda leadership team in the U.K., where she served as the CFO and COO. She moved to Walmart International as EVP of strategy and international development, and most recently served as chief development officer for Walmart U.S. As chief operating officer, McKenna will lead a team of 1.3 million associates. She will also continue to lead Walmart’s small format stores, development of new formats, expansion of Walmart services and the integration of digital commerce into the retailer’s existing U.S. stores.

“At her core and by experience, Judith is a retailer who has made major contributions to our business throughout her career,” Foran said in a statement. “It’s exciting to bring her skills in managing store operations, small format growth, logistics and e-commerce to an expanded role in our U.S. operations. Her knowledge of global best practices and her success in leading our associates around the world will help drive our Walmart U.S. business forward.”

Gisel RuizRuiz started as a management trainee and gained a depth of experience across key roles in labor relations, operations and human resources. Most recently as COO for Walmart U.S., Ruiz led the retailer’s focus on improving operational efficiencies, opened more than 400 new U.S. stores, and increased representation of women and people of color across operations leadership roles. As EVP of Walmart’s International People Division, Ruiz will be a key member of CEO David Cheesewright’s leadership team.


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“Gisel is an inspirational leader who has consistently contributed to Walmart’s growth and success throughout her 22 years with the company. Her proven track record and unwavering commitment to our associates make her the perfect choice for this new role,” said Cheesewright. “The expertise and leadership that Gisel brings are needed as we take our International Division to the next level. I’m looking forward to the impact she’ll have on our associates and business around the world.”

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Walmart, Target report strong online Thanksgiving sales

Big box retailers Walmart and Target reported strong online sales from Thanksgiving and early Black Friday. Target said by 9 a.m. Friday “online sales had already exceeded total sales from the same day last year.”

Walmart said on Friday that its online Thanksgiving sales were record breaking, and second only to its Cyber Monday sales in 2013.

“Throughout the day, we welcomed more than 22 million customers to our stores — that’s more than the number of people who visit Disneyland in an entire year — and our associates served them with pride. During our big events, our cashiers had nearly every register open. And once again, we delivered safer, exciting events for our customers,” said Laura Phillips, Walmart SVP of merchandising, in a statement.

The National Retail Federation said that overall shopper traffic was down 5.2% from last year from Thanksgiving through the weekend.

Cyber Monday sales expected to dip

NRF said that 126.9 million consumers plan to shop on Cyber Monday, down from 131.5 million last year, according to a survey conducted this weekend by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

With good deals extending past Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shoppers may not have urgency to buy right away. Target, for instance, is continuing its deep holiday discounts for a week and waiving shipping fees through Dec. 20.

“For today’s shopper, every day is ‘Cyber Monday,’ and consumers want and expect great deals, especially online, throughout the entire holiday season — and they know retailers will deliver,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay, in a statement.

“Retailers will still offer unique deals exclusive to Cyber Monday, but consumers also know shopping on Cyber Monday won’t be their last chance to find low prices and exclusive promotions.”


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According to the Shop.org eHoliday survey, 97.6% of online retailers are offering special Cyber Monday promotions. More than 19% of shoppers will use their mobile devices to shop Cyber Monday, and almost 85% will use their desktop computers.

The Wall Street Journal reported that brick-and-mortar stores have been cutting prices to compete with online retailers like Amazon.

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Walmart, Target report strong Thanksgiving sales

Big box retailers Walmart and Target reported strong sales from Thanksgiving and early Black Friday. Target said by 9a.m. Friday “online sales had already exceeded total sales from the same day last year.”

Walmart said on Friday that its online Thanksgiving sales were record breaking, and second only to its Cyber Monday sales in 2013.

“Throughout the day, we welcomed more than 22 million customers to our stores — that’s more than the number of people who visit Disneyland in an entire year — and our associates served them with pride. During our big events, our cashiers had nearly every register open. And once again, we delivered safer, exciting events for our customers,” said Laura Phillips, Walmart senior vice president of merchandising, in a statement.

Cyber Monday sales expected to dip

The National Retail Federation said that 126.9 million consumers plan to shop on Cyber Monday, down from 131.5 million last year, according to a survey conducted this weekend by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

With good deals extending past Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shoppers may not have urgency to buy right away. Target, for instance, is continuing its deep holiday discounts for a week and waiving shipping fees through Dec. 20.

“For today’s shopper, every day is ‘Cyber Monday,’ and consumers want and expect great deals, especially online, throughout the entire holiday season — and they know retailers will deliver,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay, in a statement.

“Retailers will still offer unique deals exclusive to Cyber Monday, but consumers also know shopping on Cyber Monday won’t be their last chance to find low prices and exclusive promotions.”

According to the Shop.org eHoliday survey, 97.6% of online retailers are offering special Cyber Monday promotions. More than 19% of shoppers will use their mobile devices to shop Cyber Monday, and almost 85% will use their desktop computers.

The Wall Street Journal reported that brick-and-mortar stores have been cutting prices to compete with online retailers like Amazon.

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Walmart Canada launches Half Your Plate program

Walmart Canada has joined Half Your Plate, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s healthy eating campaign designed to get Canadians of all ages to eat more fruits and veggies to improve their health. After a successful launch on social media this summer, Half Your Plate is now making its way onto produce packaging and into retail stores across Canada.cpma halfyourplate logo 4cl

“We are excited to be the first major retailer to promote Half Your Plate in our stores and flyers,” said Sam Silvestro, senior director of fresh foods for Walmart Canada, said in a press release. “We believe that healthy eating starts with getting enough servings of fruits and vegetables every day, and Half Your Plate provides an easy message for consumers to understand and keep in mind when doing their grocery shopping.”

“Rather than having people count servings or worry about serving size, our messaging is that at every meal, make half your plate fruit and vegetables. By the end of the day, you’ll have your recommended number of servings,” Ron Lemaire, president of CPMA, said in the release. “That also translates when you’re at the grocery store. Half your cart should be fruit and veggies, and having retailers promote the campaign re-emphasizes the importance of making healthier choices at the store.”

Half Your Plate offers a simple, consistent way to help consumers navigate the many different messages they hear each day about healthy eating. “It can be a bit confusing for some consumers to know what makes up a healthy meal,” added Lemaire. “What we hear most from consumers is that they’re struggling with what a serving is in a lot of instances and are looking for ways to make healthy choices fast, easy and affordable.”

Although Canadians are becoming more conscious of what they eat, studies show that the average person only consumes 3.5-4.5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Yet Canada’s Food Guide recommends that adults get seven to 10 servings per day, depending on gender. Half Your Plate encourages people to take it one meal at a time, analyzing the make-up of their plate rather than specific servings that can be confusing to many.

The Half Your Plate campaign was developed in collaboration with health partners the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Public Health Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. More information can be found at www.halfyourplate.ca or by following @halfyourplate on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Other retailers are expected to start using the campaign in the coming months.

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Walmart Canada launches Half Your Plate program

Walmart Canada has joined Half Your Plate, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s healthy eating campaign designed to get Canadians of all ages to eat more fruits and veggies to improve their health. After a successful launch on social media this summer, Half Your Plate is now making its way onto produce packaging and into retail stores across Canada.cpma halfyourplate logo 4cl

“We are excited to be the first major retailer to promote Half Your Plate in our stores and flyers,” said Sam Silvestro, senior director of fresh foods for Walmart Canada, said in a press release. “We believe that healthy eating starts with getting enough servings of fruits and vegetables every day, and Half Your Plate provides an easy message for consumers to understand and keep in mind when doing their grocery shopping.”

“Rather than having people count servings or worry about serving size, our messaging is that at every meal, make half your plate fruit and vegetables. By the end of the day, you’ll have your recommended number of servings,” Ron Lemaire, president of CPMA, said in the release. “That also translates when you’re at the grocery store. Half your cart should be fruit and veggies, and having retailers promote the campaign re-emphasizes the importance of making healthier choices at the store.”

Half Your Plate offers a simple, consistent way to help consumers navigate the many different messages they hear each day about healthy eating. “It can be a bit confusing for some consumers to know what makes up a healthy meal,” added Lemaire. “What we hear most from consumers is that they’re struggling with what a serving is in a lot of instances and are looking for ways to make healthy choices fast, easy and affordable.”

Although Canadians are becoming more conscious of what they eat, studies show that the average person only consumes 3.5-4.5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Yet Canada’s Food Guide recommends that adults get seven to 10 servings per day, depending on gender. Half Your Plate encourages people to take it one meal at a time, analyzing the make-up of their plate rather than specific servings that can be confusing to many.

The Half Your Plate campaign was developed in collaboration with health partners the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Public Health Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. More information can be found at www.halfyourplate.ca or by following @halfyourplate on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Other retailers are expected to start using the campaign in the coming months.

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Video: Walmart ‘doesn’t resonate’ with the middle class, analyst says

Andrew Wolf of BB&T Capital Markets says Walmart hasn’t been able to move its “addressable market” up to middle-income consumers.

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Video: Analyst foresees some Walmart ‘cannibalization’

BB&T Capital’s Andrew Wolf, in this video shot during SN’s 2014 Analysts Roundtable (Part 1), says it’s “too soon to say” how Walmart’s new focus on its Neighborhood Markets will affect the performance of its Supercenters, but he does expect some “cannibalization” to occur. He also discusses Whole Food Market’s move toward more competitive prices, and its increased competition from Mariano’s, Sprouts and others, plus convention retailers with greater emphasis on natural/organic.

Roundtable Part 2: Weighing in on Safeway, Kroger, Walmart

Roundtable Part 3: Natural and organics, Sprouts, Wholesalers

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Video: Analyst foresees some Walmart ‘cannibalization’

BB&T Capital’s Andrew Wolf, in this video shot during SN’s 2014 Analysts Roundtable (Part 1), says it’s “too soon to say” how Walmart’s new focus on its Neighborhood Markets will affect the performance of its Supercenters, but he does expect some “cannibalization” to occur. He also discusses Whole Food Market’s move toward more competitive prices, and its increased competition from Mariano’s, Sprouts and others, plus convention retailers with greater emphasis on natural/organic.

Roundtable Part 2: Weighing in on Safeway, Kroger, Walmart

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Walmart SVP: Collaboration key to sustainable food

As Wal-Mart Stores revealed big plans to accelerate its efforts around food sustainability, it didn’t do so alone.

Food manufacturers and growers, government agencies and other stakeholders are key partners in the retailer’s food sustainability programs, Kathleen McLaughlin, Walmart’s SVP of sustainability, said in an interview with SN following the company’s Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting Monday in Bentonville, Ark.

“What I’m excited about is a real commitment and energy from multiple leaders in the food system that we need to go faster,” McLaughlin said. “This is not just a Walmart thing. We’re happy to play a role, but it’s the suppliers, the environmental agencies like the Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund; bilateral aid agencies like USAID; domestic agencies like the USDA; and even customers, farmers and growers in this together. Everybody is playing a role.”

McLaughlin said Walmart was moving to improve sustainability so as to protect resources of what’s become the retailer’s largest category. The moves also speak to new expectations of food from Walmart customers, according to a blog post by Doug McMillon, Walmart’s CEO.

“YOU — our customer — have told us that in 2014 and beyond, you expect more than just quality food at low prices. You also want to know where your food came from, how it was produced, and what it contains,” McMillon wrote. “You expect more convenient access to affordable, healthier choices. And you expect us to use our strengths to help create a more sustainable food system for the environment and for people.”

Walmart’s sustianability will encompass efforts to use its influence to help suppliers and growers reduce their costs and decrease the environmental impact of agriculture; make healthy eating easier and more accessible; and to improve transparency as to food origins and safety.

Partners in the effort including brands like Kellogg’s and Coca-Cola, and agriculture businesses like Monsanto, applauded the effort:

Walmart in the meantime has begun a campaign highlighting some of its famer-suppliers, including this grape grower:

“We really invite the whole industry to partner in this effort – and that means other retailers, too,” McLaughlin added. “We have had some nice collaboration with Target and some others through the Sustainability Consortium. This can’t just be a Walmart thing —it has to be the whole food system. It’s a call to action for everybody.”

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Walmart launches food sustainability initiative

Wal-Mart Stores on Monday introduced a new commitment to food sustainability, saying the effort would contribute to lowering the “true cost” of food while improving access to healthy food and transparency as to its origins and ingredients.

The initiatives were announced at a summit at the retailer’s Bentonville headquarters.

“The future of food is absolutely critical for both our society and for our business, which means we have a huge opportunity to make a difference here,” Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart, said in a statement. “We’ve learned on our sustainability journey that we’re most successful when our initiatives create social and environmental value and business value at the same time. Food is our number one category worldwide, and we are going to do even more in our grocery business in the years ahead. Paving a sustainable future for food is necessary for society and our business.”

Walmart aligned its sustainability efforts under the following four “pillars”:

• Affordable: Working collaboratively with suppliers, Walmart said it had the opportunity to lower the “true cost” of food – not only by providing everyday low costs for customers, but also by decreasing the environmental impact of agricultural practices. The company said it would launch a Climate Smart Agriculture Platform, designed to provide increasing visibility over the next 10 years to agricultural yields, greenhouse gas emissions, and water usage, while driving adoption of best practices in sustainable agriculture.

• Accessible: Since announcing its “Fighting Hunger Together” commitment in 2010, Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food, surpassing the initial goal of 1.1 billion over five years, a year early. In addition, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will elevate their commitment to accessibility by aiming to provide 4 billion healthier meals to those who need them in the U.S. over the next five years.

• Healthier: Walmart said it was committed to ensuring that eating healthier is easy and affordable. The company has reduced sodium by 13% and sugar levels by 10% in its Great Value and Marketside private label products, and launched its “Great for You” icon to empower consumers to identify healthier food options on store shelves. Walmart said it would provide nutrition education to 4 million U.S. households in 2015.

• Safe and Transparent: Saying that a transparent food chain would foster improved food safety, worker safety, and animal welfare, Walmart said it would will work to provide more information and transparency about the products on its shelves so customers can see where an item came from, how it was made, and decode the ingredient label.

“Grocery is a very personal category – it’s about what you feed your kids and how you take care of yourself,” McMillon said. “It’s about your health and wellbeing. And it all comes down to trust. Customers have to trust us on food. When we focus on food, we are doing right by our customers, our communities, and our planet.”

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Walmart launches food sustainability initiative

Wal-Mart Stores on Monday introduced a new commitment to food sustainability, saying the effort would contribute to lowering the “true cost” of food while improving access to healthy food and transparency as to its origins and ingredients.

The initiatives were announced at a summit at the retailer’s Bentonville headquarters.

“The future of food is absolutely critical for both our society and for our business, which means we have a huge opportunity to make a difference here,” Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart, said in a statement. “We’ve learned on our sustainability journey that we’re most successful when our initiatives create social and environmental value and business value at the same time. Food is our number one category worldwide, and we are going to do even more in our grocery business in the years ahead. Paving a sustainable future for food is necessary for society and our business.”

Walmart aligned its sustainability efforts under the following four “pillars”:

• Affordable: Working collaboratively with suppliers, Walmart said it had the opportunity to lower the “true cost” of food – not only by providing everyday low costs for customers, but also by decreasing the environmental impact of agricultural practices. The company said it would launch a Climate Smart Agriculture Platform, designed to provide increasing visibility over the next 10 years to agricultural yields, greenhouse gas emissions, and water usage, while driving adoption of best practices in sustainable agriculture.

• Accessible: Since announcing its “Fighting Hunger Together” commitment in 2010, Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food, surpassing the initial goal of 1.1 billion over five years, a year early. In addition, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will elevate their commitment to accessibility by aiming to provide 4 billion healthier meals to those who need them in the U.S. over the next five years.

• Healthier: Walmart said it was committed to ensuring that eating healthier is easy and affordable. The company has reduced sodium by 13% and sugar levels by 10% in its Great Value and Marketside private label products, and launched its “Great for You” icon to empower consumers to identify healthier food options on store shelves. Walmart said it would provide nutrition education to 4 million U.S. households in 2015.

• Safe and Transparent: Saying that a transparent food chain would foster improved food safety, worker safety, and animal welfare, Walmart said it would will work to provide more information and transparency about the products on its shelves so customers can see where an item came from, how it was made, and decode the ingredient label.

“Grocery is a very personal category – it’s about what you feed your kids and how you take care of yourself,” McMillon said. “It’s about your health and wellbeing. And it all comes down to trust. Customers have to trust us on food. When we focus on food, we are doing right by our customers, our communities, and our planet.”

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SN Price Check: Walmart wins in Windy City

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SN Price Check: Walmart wins in Windy City

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SN Price Check: Walmart wins in Windy City

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SN Price Check: Walmart wins in Windy City

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SN Price Check: Walmart wins in Windy City

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Walmart opens click-and-collect facility

Wal-Mart Stores on Monday began fulfilling same-day Internet grocery orders at a drive-up Grocery Pickup facility in Northwest Arkansas.

The facility is the first “click-and-collect” center to be opened in the U.S. by Walmart, which refers to the facility as a “test.” (Here is a Walmart video about the Grocery Pickup.) Walmart’s United Kingdom-based sister company, Asda, operates several such facilities there.

The facility carries nearly 10,000 SKUs including fresh meat, dairy, produce and common household items. Customers ordering online or by mobile phone can schedule pickup in as little as two hours or up to three weeks after the order is placed, Walmart said. Customers arriving for pickup enter their order information at a drive-up kiosk and wait as Walmart workers deliver the order to their cars.



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