Walmart enhances shopping experience with new mobile apps

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Walmart is looking to offer shoppers ways to access Walmart both in-store and online with the launch of new mobile applications for iPhone and iPad devices.

Walmart said the free apps are the first of several mobile products to be rolled out from the recently formed @WalmartLabs group under Walmart’s global e-commerce unit.

The updated iPhone app includes such new features as:

  • Voice: Users can add items to shopping list by speaking, typing or scanning bar codes;

  • Budgeting tools: Users can calculate total price in real-time as specific items are added to mobile shopping lists;

  • Manufacturers’ coupons: Users can view applicable manufacturer coupons for products carried in local Walmart stores;

  • Product information: Users can gain access product details, including customer ratings and reviews, as well as local product availability and prices;

  • Sharing: Users can email shopping list to friends and family; and

  • Store Item Finder beta: This feature will display in-store aisle location of products in select stores across the country.

Meanwhile, the new iPad app features the following attributes:

  • Touch-optimized shopping: Users can browse, search and purchase favorite items by combining traditional ways of shopping with the unique capabilities of the iPad;

  • Browse My Store: Users can select any local Walmart store to see product availability and detailed information specific to that store; and

  • Extended inventory: Users can shop and purchase merchandise, in addition to viewing local store inventory.

"Today, mobile allows us to have a similar personal relationship with our customers that Sam Walton had with his customers 50 years ago when he opened the first Walmart store," Walmart SVP mobile and digital Giby Thomas said. "We can greet each of our customers by name, guide them through our stores, and give them product recommendations and real-time savings — all from their mobile devices."


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H.SMITH says:
Jun-21-2013 09:40 am

I didn't know they have this kind of apps, I'll make sure to check them out on my next shopping trip! Right now my sister and I are shopping in Atlanta, enjoying what's left of our vacation, but I can't wait to tell her about this once we get home!

s.india says:
Nov-21-2012 05:21 am

Thanks for this kind of experience shared with us, i think it will helps both users ans well as service providers to to know more about online shopping, i think many will follow this information, thanks for the post. Best buy deals

m.allen says:
Nov-10-2011 07:02 am

Walmart works a little different than other stores. You can always combine a Walmart Web Coupon and a MFR Coupon together to maximize your discount. The coupons are found on their website or check Printapons for coupons link



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Stop & Shop debuts new format in Mass.

BY Gail Hoffer

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop announced that it is debuting a new store format in Chelmsford, Mass.

According to the company, the 72,000-sq.-ft. store will replace the former 38,500-sq.-ft. location in Chelmsford.

"We are constantly seeking ways to improve the customer’s overall shopping experience each time we open a Stop & Shop store," said Mark McGowan, president of Stop & Shop’s New England division. "This new Chelmsford Stop & Shop is a leader when it comes to providing the breadth of selection and options for our customers. Our aim is to not only help simplify their shopping experience — allowing customers to shop the way they prefer to shop — but make it truly enjoyable as well."

Store features include:

  • An expansive produce department that will include more than 1,200 items;

  • A prepared foods section and full-service deli department that will feature fresh fried and rotisserie chicken, a full salad bar, more than 250 varieties of world-class cheeses, a sushi bar, hot soup, sandwiches and more;

  • Full-service meat and seafood departments that will offer only USDA Choice or higher meat, certified angus beef, Nature’s Promise organic meats, free-range all natural beef, and Choice Catch sustainability seafood;

  • An expanded bakery department; and

  • An expanded assortment of natural, organic and private-brand products.

According to the company, the store will be fully operational with Stop & Shop’s latest technological innovations, including Scan It! Mobile, a grocery shopping mobile app that allows customers to use their smartphones to shop, scan, and tally their groceries while they shop.

In addition, the store will have six self checkout lanes, 60 handheld devices that allow customers to scan and bag groceries while they shop and two deli kiosks where shoppers may pre-order deli items.

Another feature unique to the store is the on-site nutritionist, Julie Menounos, who will be available to assist customers with questions on healthy lifestyles and for one-on-one consultations by appointment. Customers also can look for the nutritionist in the aisles while they shop.

The Stop & Shop store also will offer a supervised play area for children ages 3 to 9 years. Further catering to families are special check-out lanes that will be merchandised with ‘better for you’ snacks and beverages for both young kids and adults as well as "family friendly" magazines and travel size items, according to the company.

An added convience of the store is the availability of Citizens Bank, which offers seven-day banking and extended hours, knowledgeable bankers, enhanced ATMs, and the convenience of banking where you shop.

The new store, which will pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in the coming months, is anticipated to use up to 20% less energy than a typical grocery store of this size, according to the company.


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Safeway raises $14M for breast cancer research


PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway has announced its stores raised $14.5 million in October for breast cancer research. The company thanked its customers and employees for their commitment to finding a cure for the most common form of cancer for women.

"We continue to be humbled by the generosity of our customers and the commitment our employees have for the cause," said Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation. "This kind of fundraising outcome will have a real and measurable impact on the science of finding a cure."

During the last 11 years, Safeway and its nearly 1,700 stores — including Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Genuardi’s, Carrs and Pak ‘N Save — have raised more than $108 million for the cause.


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