Walmart is experimenting with its policies for online orders involving items that are drop shipped directly from the vendor to the customer. Specifically, it is considering changes to products called “everyday consumables.”
In the past, Walmart would pay for UPS ground shipping to have the item shipped from the vendor directly to customers. However, as the retail giant searches for increased profitability in the fourth quarter, it has dropped this policy on lower-priced items (items with a wholesale price of $28 or less).
Many vendors have seen their items on Walmart’s web site display as “out of stock,” even when these items show as “in-stock” in internal Walmart databases. This has resulted in zeroed sales from the Walmart web site for many vendors with lower-priced items in the everyday consumables category.
This post is based on the Talk Business & Politics article, Walmart.Com Tests New Fulfillment Protocol for Consumables, Some Vendors in Limbo, by Kim Souza, August 30, 2018. Image source: creativenature © 123RF.com.
1. Why is Walmart changing its policies?
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