Walmart Launches Online Grocery Delivery in Japan

Walmart Launches Online Grocery Delivery in Japan

Walmart Launches Online Grocery Delivery in Japan

"Working with Rakuten Kobo enables us to quickly and efficiently launch a full eBook and audiobook catalog on Walmart.com to provide our customers with additional choices alongside our assortment of physical books".

"Rakuten is a strong ecommerce business, and we're excited to collaborate with the top online shopping destination in Japan", said McMillon, speaking in Rakuten's hometown of Tokyo.

The content will be accessible through a Walmart-Kobo app on both Apple and Android devices.

As part of the alliance, Walmart will become the exclusive retail partner of Rakuten Kobo in the United States, enabling it to offer Kobo's almost 6 million book titles.

"We want to be the destination for customers no matter how they want to shop. which includes adding new categories, products and brands", Scott Hilton, the chief revenue officer of Walmart's USA e-commerce business, said in regard to Thursday's announcement.

Walmart Stores Inc.is introducing a line of children's furniture by Robert and Cortney Novogratz, an online grocery delivery service in Japan and sales of digital content through an alliance with Rakuten Kobo.

Ready to get started? Walmart said it plans to use its physical stores to promote the new service. The new service is slated to debut in the second half of the year.

The business will also boost capacity by opening a dedicated grocery fulfillment center this year, they said.

Today, we announced a strategic alliance with Rakuten, the number one e-commerce company in Japan.

Rakuten has online retailing know-how and a good customer base, while Seiyu has a large selection of fresh food and an established delivery network. He added, "We are excited to partner with Walmart because of its commitment to creating the best solutions to serve customers with low prices".

"It's been a while since we've been active in the USA market", Rakuten Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn said in an interview. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under almost 59 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites in 11 countries.

Seven and i Holdings Co Ltd, operator of Japan's largest chain of convenience stores, past year announced it would cooperate on fresh food delivery with Askul Corp. Walmart offers delivery of online grocery orders in several countries including Britain, Canada, and Mexico.

Kobo, which had attempted to make a big breakthrough in the U.S.at the start of this decade through a partnership with Borders, which is now bankrupt, offers approximately six million ebooks.

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