A few years back, Walmart purchased Jet.com (the e-commerce retailer) for $3 Billion. A number of people witnessed the decision as an effort to vie against Amazon, and last year around this time, Walmart started providing grocery deliveries via Jet.com to users in NYC. It aimed to extend the service into Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC. But just one year after that, it is ending the service.
Jet.com will no longer work in New York to provide fresh groceries. It will aim, rather, on merchandise and dry goods. As fraction of the alteration, Walmart will supposedly end the fulfillment hub it was employing in the Bronx, terminating in the tune of 200 to 300 jobs, a person well aware of the situation claimed to the media in an interview.
In an interview to the media, a spokesperson of Walmart claimed to the media that the firm “learned a lot by trying grocery delivery Jet fresh in New York City” and will “carry on testing bold ideas that can provide convenience to users.” Although, from the exterior, it seems like Walmart made an effort to copy an Amazon service and was unsuccessful.
On a related note, Walmart earlier claimed that it needs some of your holiday shopping cash, and it rolled out a new initiative that can make you think 2 times about purchasing everything from Amazon. As per media, the retail behemoth aims to provide restricted time sales on products from third-party merchants on its site. The merchants will still receive the complete amount they listed their product for, though, which indicates the firm will consume the difference.
As media claims that the decision is expected to be a response to same Amazon projects launched earlier. Just before the shopping season of 2017, Amazon launched out “Discount offered by Amazon” that slashes the costs of 3rd-party goods without impacting the money vendors receive.