More trouble at WalmartLabs?

Internet Retailer is reporting this morning that Sri Subramaniam has left WalmartLabs, where he was vice president, for a position with Groupon.  Subramaniam joined WalmartLabs in May 2011, when Walmart acquired the startup Kosmix, where he had been vice president of engineering.

Want to know why WalmartLabs’ Goodies is shutting down? Check out Facebook.

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.

Skeptical voices chime in on Walmart’s eCommerce challenge

Walmart has been working overtime to convince retail analysts that its eCommerce division is finally ready to emerge from a string of failed initiatives which, as The Wall Street Journal notes, left the company playing “catch-up” with Amazon.com. According to the Journal, Amazon’s $61 billion in online sales last year dwarfed Walmart’s $7.7 billion. And despite Walmart’s recent investments on the technology side of things, Retailing Today says the gap “is wide and growing.”