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If you’ve been waiting for the price of the iPad mini to drop before buying one, this is the day you’ve been waiting for. Walmart has the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini on sale for $ 299 in its U.S. stores.
This is the lowest price seen for a brand new iPad Mini and is the same price Apple asks for the refurbished unit.
The price requires in-store pickup, but you can reserve one online and then pick it up at the store.
Fast delivery of products and services is something that most consumers are now demanding, so companies are sparing no expense to accommodate this need. To this end, Wal-Mart is considering utilizing their customers in order to expedite the delivery of goods.
Although it’s still in the planning stages, the retail giant is devising a service system wherein their store customers can earn extra money or get discounts by delivering products ordered online by clients. If this idea pushes through, Wal-Mart is hoping to go head-to-head with rivals Amazon and Google who’re also offering same-day delivery packages.
Based on interviews with several Wal-Mart executives, the idea is to tap the services of store customers who are willing and able to deliver products to the homes of people who order online. Customers doing their shopping in the store who’re willing to deliver packages on their way home can sign up with Wal-Mart’s delivery program. In essence, these shoppers are renting out their time and car space and in return, Wal-Mart will give them a discount on their purchases.
Wal-Mart’s program is quite a novel example of crowdsourcing. While the system might sound new to some, crowdsourcing has been around for a while and is often used by start-up to medium sized companies. Ideas, products or services that these companies need are often solicited from either the online community or other large groups. What makes the process dynamic, and at the same time potentially flawed, is that the services or products needed are outsourced to the general public instead of a specific and known group of people.
The idea might sound exciting to some but several analysts have already pointed out a number of inherent dangers to the program, like theft and insurance liabilities. There are also privacy laws to consider. Plus, the company also has to take into consideration whether their online customers would really welcome the idea of strangers knowing their home addresses and delivering their purchases.
However, a Wal-Mart spokesperson has already squashed reports that say the company is ready to institute this delivery system, saying that the reports are all rumours and that Wal-Mart has no plans yet to turn their customers into delivery guys.
In case you needed any more evidence that the world at large is going batty for the iPhone, here’s something new to think about: Walmart is preparing to bring a new iPhone-based self-checkout option to over 200 of its stores across the U.S.. The system, called “Scan & Go”, is similar in function to Apple’s own EasyPay system used at Apple Retail Stores worldwide.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it is tripling the number of U.S. stores in a pilot program that lets shoppers scan items with their iPhones and pay at self-checkout counters.
Walmart’s “Scan & Go” program will soon be in more than 200 stores, up from about 70. The pilot began near its home office in Bentonville, Arkansas in late 2012, then expanded to Atlanta. While the program is tripling in size, for now it will be in only a small fraction of Walmart’s more than 4,000 U.S. stores.
“We want our customer feedback to dictate the experience,” Gibu Thomas, senior vice president of mobile and digital at Walmart Global eCommerce, said this week. “You’ll see this roll out to more markets.
Areas that Wal-Mart will be bringing the new service to include Denver, Colorado; Phoenix, Arizona; Omaha, Nebraska; Dallas and Austin, Texas; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Wyoming; Bozeman, Montana; Seattle, Washington; San Jose, California; and Portland, Oregon. The Scan & Go system works using the official Walmart app, allowing you to scan items while you shop, then checkout using the app rather than a traditional check stand. Currently, Scan & Go is only available for iPhone, although it might roll out to Android devices at some point also.
It’s a great idea – and hopefully Walmart will bring it to more areas in the near future! Walmart has seen the future of retail – and that future is all about the iPhone. For more information, check out Walmart’s Scan & Go website.
People really get a taste of their own medicine when they are up to no good. And such can be said to Jarad S. Carr, a man from Wisconsin who was planning to make counterfeit bills with his printer.
Mr. Carr got busted because of a simple mistake on his part. Carr went on to Walmart located in Lake Hallie to return his printer/copier that still contained a single sheet of two (2) photocopied $ 100 bills. All things should have been okay for him if not for this persistence. He returned his copier/printer to Walmart without having with him the receipt or proof that he bought it there. He insisted on returning the printer even though Walmart employees were refusing to take it. While it was being inspected, Walmart employees found a sheet of paper that contains imitation of hundred bills in the device.
Police were called to Walmart at around 3:05 pm last Thursday and that was when Carr got arrested. He was placed in custody after verbally threatening police officers. When he was put down, police found an additional $ 300 (three more counterfeit $ 100) on him. Carr happens to be wanted for burglary and armed robbery from St. Croix County. His compatriot who went along with him is still at large and a person of interest for the police.