Walmart out Amazoning Amazon

Interesting situation over there:

Walmart has said they expect a 40% e-commerce increase (in dollar terms) over the next 12 months.

Here’s my view on them vis-a-vis Out-Amazoning Amazon: Amazon is in trouble. Serious trouble.

WalMart has done a lot with their online presence of late. Further, and far more importantly, they do not charge a “subscription fee” for some “premium” tier such as Amazon does with Prime.

Why is this important? Several reasons:

1. Walmart now handily beats Amazon for a lot of products when it comes to price. In fact if you don’t check Walmart’s online listing before ordering from Amazon you are a fool and almost-certain to overpay. It’s that blatant now, and has been getting more-so over the last few months.

2. You need buy no special plan to get free delivery. You can, as with Amazon, get free delivery to your house if you have a modest amount spent in one transaction. However, you can also get free delivery to any of WalMart’s stores irrespective of the amount of the transaction and typically the product is there in 2-3 days — in other words, just as fast as PRIME. WalMart will hold it at their customer service desk for about a week and you can come get it at your leisure.

Over here, ASDA [Walmart] is losing much grocery business to the likes of Lidl and Aldi but George is still doing well, plus they do the collect or deliver business.

What put me off Amazon was that they would deliver damaged or lesser goods than ordered and then insist if I wanted the item replaced, I had to courier it at my expense to them. As for Prime, it’s just not worth that sort of money.

Hope Amazon goes to the wall.

[H/T Chuckles]

5 comments for “Walmart out Amazoning Amazon

  1. dearieme
    October 17, 2017 at 15:30

    I gather that Amazon is a lousy employer, and not just at the level of the warehouses. Being an exec is no joy either. I presume the root of the problem is Mr Bezos.

    If the company goes bust I’ll bet Bezos will still bloom.

  2. dearieme
    October 17, 2017 at 15:32

    And another thing. The people who choose to hate Walmart seem a pretty odious bunch. So I’ll cheer on Walmart.

    • October 18, 2017 at 01:27

      The people who choose to hate Walmart seem a pretty odious bunch.

      It’s not so much Walmart that they hate. It’s the people who shop at Walmart. All those nasty horrid working-class people.

      Pretty much everything about the modern liberal mindset comes back to plain old class hatred.

  3. October 17, 2017 at 16:00

    ASDA still suits me for now, George is good.

  4. The Cowboy Online
    October 17, 2017 at 17:47

    Here in the UK we don’t have Walmart so there’s no real online retailer that’s competing against Amazon. They may be facing competition from Walmart in the US but there’s a lot more to Amazon’s bow these days than just online retail, not least their cloud infrastructure, i.e. AWS, et al.

    Amazon also have sophisticated big data processing capabilities, which is how they’re able to promote items that may interest you when browsing their site. For me, Amazon Prime is well worth the money, for I get streaming music and TV as well as next day delivery on most items.

    So yeah, the rumours of Amazon’s demise are, I think, a little ill founded at this time.

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