Walmart

Walmart’s new automated drive-up ‘kiosk’ is the grocery store of the future

Walmart’s new automated drive-up ‘kiosk’ is the grocery store of the future

Walmart just made a surprise announcement -- it has launched a drive-up 'kiosk' in Oklahoma City, one where customers are given their groceries in a pre-assembled package via an automated system. The actual shopping part of the buying arrangement is completed ahead of time via the company's website in the comfort of your home or office. If all this sounds familiar, that's because it is: Amazon is working on something similar, having just launched its own drive-up grocery store in Seattle.

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Walmart taps VR to train store employees

Walmart taps VR to train store employees

Walmart has revealed the latest method it is using to train store employees: virtual reality. The big-box retailer got the idea from observing football players using VR to train, and it has since implemented the technology into 30 of its 'Walmart Academy' training centers. The idea behind the training method is to introduce future employees and managers to situations they will encounter during the course of their job, but that they would benefit from experiencing ahead of time in a safe environment.

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You can still get an NES Classic Edition, but it’ll cost you

You can still get an NES Classic Edition, but it’ll cost you

Earlier today, the hard-to-find NES Classic Edition was briefly available at Best Buy. As is usually the case with the NES Classic Edition, it sold out quickly, but there's one big difference this time around: this could very well be the final restock Best Buy gets. We might see other retailers get more consoles sometime this week, but once April is over, there won't be anymore replenishment coming from Nintendo.

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NES Classic Edition in stock? Not so fast… [WARNING]

NES Classic Edition in stock? Not so fast… [WARNING]

Over the past week it’s come to our attention that a new scam has come about, targeting those gamers in search of the elusive NES Classic Edition. This gaming console was released late last year by Nintendo and met with ravenous hordes of consumers. This console sold out extremely quickly across the United States, only to be replaced with stock-seekers and flippers - and not the good dolphin kind. The value in the device is in attaining for the original price - anything else is bonkers.

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Walmart’s Vudu service now lets you convert discs into digital movies

Walmart’s Vudu service now lets you convert discs into digital movies

If you have a large movie library on disc and you happen to use Walmart's streaming service, Vudu, then you might like this bit of news. Walmart has announced that it will now allow Vudu users to convert their disc-based movies to digital ones, regardless of if they're DVDs or Blu-Rays. The service goes live today and it supports around 8,000 movies.

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Where to get and buy a Nintendo Switch on launch day

Where to get and buy a Nintendo Switch on launch day

Nintendo Switch launch day is here at last, but if you don't have a pre-order, that means you're out of luck, right? Not exactly – a number of retailers have the Switch in stock for walk-in customers today, but it's still going to be tricky to find one. With pre-orders selling out quickly when they were first announced, there's going to be a lot of competition to get these extra consoles.

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Nintendo Switch in stock at Walmart on launch day

Nintendo Switch in stock at Walmart on launch day

The Nintendo Switch launches in just two short days, but if you find yourself without a pre-order, hope is not entirely lost. Walmart has revealed that it will have a limited number of consoles available to walk-in customers on launch day. That's good news for anyone who couldn't pre-order before the Switch sold out, but in order to get one of these walk-in consoles, you'll probably need more than a little luck.

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Walmart is cutting down lines by expanding ‘scan and go’ feature

Walmart is cutting down lines by expanding ‘scan and go’ feature

Walmart stores can, depending on the time of day and location, have exceedingly long checkout lines, a problem amplified during holidays and major sporting events. That all may be changing in the near future, however, as the retailer introduces a new ‘scan and go’ feature in its mobile app that basically enables users to self-checkout using their phone rather than a dedicated cashier or automated checkout machine. The feature, for now at least, is limited to the stores’ pharmacies and money centers.

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Amazon sets $35 minimum for free shipping to fend off Walmart

Amazon sets $35 minimum for free shipping to fend off Walmart

Less than a month ago, Walmart sounded the battle cry when it announced a subscription-free shipping service that, for a minimum order of $35, would have the items delivered in two-days for absolutely free. It was a clear challenge to Amazon’s prominence in that market segment. Unsurprisingly, Amazon is firing back by now having the same $35 minimum purchase requirement for free shipping for non-Prime subscribers. Coincidentally, this change happens almost exactly a year after Amazon bumped up that price from $35 to $49.

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Walmart’s new two-day shipping is free and subscription-free

Walmart’s new two-day shipping is free and subscription-free

Walmart has fired yet volley at Amazon. Barely two years after it launched it, Walmart is killing its two-day ShippingPass service. But rising from its ashes is an offer that would give online shoppers pause. Still offering that same two-day shipping, Walmart’s new service won’t charge you shipping fees at all. And even better, you don’t even have to be a member of some exclusive club to avail of that convenience. Free and subscription free, your groceries, toiletries, and toys will be there at your door (or at a store) in two-days flat.

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Nintendo Switch Pre-orders up again at Walmart

Nintendo Switch Pre-orders up again at Walmart

While many stores have - seemingly - sold out of the Nintendo Switch well before its on-sale date, Walmart suggests they've got stock. They wont have the device in stores until the street date, just like every other store that we're aware of so far - but they've got numbers. Walmart's suggestion is that they have enough potential stock that they're able to continue offering the Nintendo Switch on pre-order with guarantee of a unit to every person that comes in and orders.

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Walmart Scan & Go finally Android after years on the iPhone

Walmart Scan & Go finally Android after years on the iPhone

Checkout lanes in stores are famous for opportunities to practice patience. They don't have to be, not according to Walmart. Not if you have its futuristic Scan & Go app. Sadly, while that app has actually been in existence since 2013, it only existed for iPhone users. That changes today with Walmart finally rolling it out to Android users to enjoy skipping lines. That is, if you live near the one and only Walmart branch it's currently working in.

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