The Jet effect revealed at Walmart

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The Jet effect revealed at Walmart


Walmart is borrowing a page from the business playbook and giving shoppers the ability to earn discounts on merchandise picked up at a store (instead of being delivered to a home).

The discounts — a few dollars on online-only items so far including car seats, toys, and TVs — will be available starting April 19. Eventually, Walmart plans to roll out discounts for in-store pickup to 1 million products.

Discounting is something that is really good at, and aligns perfectly with Walmart's historical "Every day low prices" philosophy. Jet pioneered a discounting program called the "Smart Cart," which provides shoppers with additional incentives the more they order. sweetens the pot for example by giving a discount if shoppers forfeit the right to return an item, or pay with a debit card instead of a credit card. 

“Walmart’s announcement that it will begin offering customers discounts to pick-up online orders in-store, which will utilize the pricing algorithm, is another example of a retailer leveraging its physical stores to provide consumers with more options to receive online orders quickly, and we view this move positively,” said Moody’s lead retail analyst Charlie O’Shea. “Walmart has been stepping up its online game since the acquisition of, including making small, but tactical, acquisitions of online retailers to further leverage its improving platform, and this discount offering continues that trend.”

Walmart acquired in August, likely in order to leverage exactly that klind of innovative thinking. Shortly thereafter, Walmart introduced free two-day shipping in January on purchases of $35 and up. That move put the company on equal footing with Amazon for customers who don't have Prime memberships.