A new study reveals that Walmart puts online consumers’ personal data at risk, given the limited standards Walmart requires for users’ passwords. Walmart was named among the lowest-ranked companies evaluated in the study, with a score of -35, on a scale from -100 to 100, where 100 is the best.
A WalmartLabs’s subscription e-commerce business, Goodies.co, will be closing down. What’s behind the demise of Goodies and the monthly snack boxes it mails out to subscribers? A sampling of the comments on the Goodies Facebook page suggests that there were some fundamental problems with the service.
The weak Q3 earnings report from Yahoo has us wondering, again, about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s role on the Walmart Board of Directors. While Walmart purportedly brought Mayer on to help boost the retailer’s eCommerce performance, it’s clear that she has her hands full just trying to keep Yahoo afloat.
More takeaways from last week’s analyst shindig:
Fascinating New York Times story this weekend on Walmart’s battle to catch up in the likes of Amazon in e-commerce. A few choice quotes:
The evidence is piling up that Walmart will have to make massive new investments in an eCommerce distribution network in order to defend its position against Amazon.com and get back on a growth footing.
In this post, we raise questions about Marissa Mayer’s contribution as a Walmart director. Specifically, given the enormous challenges she faces at Yahoo, does Mayer have the time and focus to help Walmart implement a winning eCommerce strategy? And could Mayer’s aggressive recruitment of top Silicon Valley engineers conflict with Walmart’s own effort to hire the best and brightest for its Bay Area technology shop, known as @WalmartLabs?
An analysis from Supply Chain Digest shows that the company’s share of U.S. retail sales has been on the decline for the past four years:
“…Ms Mayer’s appointment to the chief executive role at Yahoo has made her a new lightning rod for criticism of Walmart.” – Financial Times