Posts Tagged ‘small-box’

Walmart thinks small in Argentina

A new supermarket concept debuted in Buenos Aires last week. Its significance to the global community? This wasn’t just any grocery store launch but Walmart’s latest development in the world of small-box retailing, following on from similar bite-sized launches across the US, UK, China and India.
Like all of the retailer’s small formats, Walmart Supermercado follows [...]

Catching the Express train

I had the opportunity to visit the first Walmart Express in Gentry, Ark. before its official launch earlier this month. In fact, I was told that I was the very first non-Walmart person allowed in - what a claim to fame! Some thoughts below:
The 15,000 square foot outlet features between 11,000-13,000 SKUs, around 70% of [...]

Shareholders - Day Two

Day Two kicked off with an onsite Sam’s Club update from Brian Cornell and Linda Hefner. Sam’s has really picked up momentum in recent months and it’s clear to see why. Improvements in merchandising and operations are beginning to bear fruit but the buck doesn’t stop there. Today, they announced the launch of 3 new [...]

Shareholders - Day One

Cheering, clapping and chanting at 645am… followed by a Bollywood dance, Argentinian tango and Kung Fu fighting. Not a usual start to a Wednesday morning but what a great way to kick off Walmart’s Shareholders Week. I even got to do the Wiggle.
Lots of interesting things came out of Day One (International Associates Conference) and [...]

Do I hear 8 negative quarters?

One year ago if you asked me to name the retailer that was launching clothing stores in the Middle East, buying stakes in Chinese internet retailers and attempting to convince the South African government to let them in… I certainly wouldn’t have said Walmart.
Walmart has never been one to rest on its laurels, but the [...]

Learning from Todo Dia

Late last year, Bill Simon commented that in order to develop smaller format stores in the US, Walmart would need to “beg, borrow, steal and learn” from the retailer’s Latin American operations. Walmart has been wildly successful in Latam targeting the C, D and E demographics with a small format – from its bodegas in [...]

To China, Love Mexico

Walmart has launched a new compact hypermarket format in China modelled after its smaller stores in Latin America. At just over 37,000 square feet, the format opened under the Smart Choice banner last month in Zhang Shu in Jiangxi province, a town of 500,000 people. The new stores will enable Walmart to profitably penetrate the [...]

From Little Rock to Big Apple

Thirty years ago, Little Rock, Arkansas and Joplin, Missouri were among Walmart’s largest metropolitan areas. At that time, Walmart was still focused on its small-town strategy, targeting the rural areas of America that its competitors had originally considered too small to support a store of Walmart’s size. How wrong they were.
Today, Walmart’s influence across America’s heartland [...]

Say a little prayer for me

Churches, hospitals and shipping containers are not the most conventional of retail sites. However, as organic growth opportunities dry up for large grocery formats, Tesco and peers are becoming increasingly creative in their store planning. This week we saw one of the most bizarre openings to date – Tesco’s first church conversion.

Now Tesco has already [...]

Walmart must think small for future growth

This week we heard some exciting news come out of Walmart’s annual investor conference. Not only did Planet Retail get a few shout outs from the Bentonville team (thanks to my colleague Boris Planer for his formal/informal trade figures) but the world’s largest retailer announced plans to roll out 30-40 small and medium-sized stores in [...]