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Walmart: A Timeline of Key Events

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Key Points

As part of our Retailers’ Timelines series, we examine a timeline of key events in Walmart’s recent history.

  • From 2016 to 2019, we saw Walmart focus on managing its store fleet efficiently, strengthening its e-commerce business and expanding its omnichannel capabilities.
  • To bolster its global online proposition and compete with Amazon, Walmart also made a series of strategic acquisitions.
  • In April 2019, Walmart launched Intelligent Retail Lab, an AI-powered “store of the future,” in Levittown, New York.
  • In May 2018, Walmart acquired a majority stake in Indian e-commerce marketplace Flipkart.
  • In 2017, the retailer acquired Bonobos, a US-based e-commerce company focused on men’s apparel, and Moosejaw, an outdoor apparel retailer.
  • In 2016, Walmart acquired online women’s clothing and accessories retailer ModCloth and e-commerce platform

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