Walmart

Wal-Mart Will Allow Workers to Have Early Access to Pay

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., working with two financial-technology startups, will allow its 1.5 million-strong U.S. workforce to draw on their salary ahead …

Business

Walmart Removes 7-Foot Christmas Tree Made Of Marijuana Leaves

As marijuana legalization becomes more politically popular, the natural course of capitalism dictates that companies will try to cash in on the …

Christmas

Happy Holidays, Retailers Are Still Destroying Unsold Clothes and Blankets Instead Of Donating Them

Fucked up reminder: Lots of department stores destroy unsold items instead of donating them.<p>The Outline picked up a tweet sent over the weekend …

Recycling

Target to Buy Grocery Delivery Startup Shipt for $550 Million

Moving to match services rolled out by rivals Amazon, Wal-Mart<p>Target Corp. is paying $550 million to acquire grocery delivery startup Shipt Inc., moving to match services that have been rolled out by rivals Amazon.com Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.<p>Shipt, like rival Instacart, uses thousands of …

Trends

Think Tank: What Retailers Can Learn From Wal-Mart and Amazon

Jordan Kretchmer, general manager of Adobe Livefyre and Adobe Social, discusses.<p>Wal-Mart versus Amazon is perhaps the most notorious debate in recent …

Trends

Rule Breaker's Guide to Cryptocurrencies, Part 2: The Foolish Take on Bitcoin

In this <i>Rule Breakers</i> podcast, Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner recruited Fool analyst Aaron Bush to help him with Cryptocurrencies 101. Turns out that a fair number of his listeners wanted more. So this week -- with bitcoin trading at more than twice the level it was for the previous episode -- …

Stocks

3 Reasons Amazon.com, Inc. Stock Could Fall

The world's biggest disruptor isn't invincible, and many may not see the third threat coming.<p>I'm no doomsday prophet, nor am I pessimistic about the …

Stocks

Rule Breaker's Guide to Cryptocurrencies, Part 2: Will Governments Destroy or Use Them?

In this <i>Rule Breakers</i> podcast, Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner recruited Fool analyst Aaron Bush to help him with Cryptocurrencies 101. Turns out that a fair number of his listeners wanted more. So this week -- with bitcoin trading at more than twice the level it was for the previous episode -- …

Stocks

What Will Happen to Costco's Digital Business?

The chain has made some changes that acknowledge that retailers now operate in an omnichannel world.<p>You can't look at <b>Costco</b>'s (NASDAQ:COST) digital …

Investing

Grain Highlights: Top Stories of the Day

TOP STORIES<p>Grain, Soybean Futures Make 'Pity' Rally<p>Grain and soybean futures rebounded Wednesday after a government report projected ongoing oversupply.<p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday increased its domestic stock forecasts for soybeans and wheat in 2017-18, while cutting its domestic …

Markets

15 Dividends That Have Grown for 10 Straight Years (or More)

It's challenging enough for a company to keep its dividend rising for a few consecutive years at a stretch, but these noted businesses stand out from …

Stocks

Walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlier

NEW YORK – Walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday.<p>The retailer says it teamed up with financial technology startup Even to provide the services to Walmart's 1.4 million workers. The Even app automatically plans ahead for bills or …

Wal-Mart Stores

The next generation of Walmart's giant pickup towers could be coming to a Zara store near you

• <b>Zara is testing the next generation of Walmart's pickup towers.</b>• <b><br>Inditex, the company that owns Zara, is in talks to potentially roll out the technology to more stores.</b>• <b><br>The company behind the machines says they could soon pop up in grocery stores as well.</b><p>Walmart's giant pickup towers for online orders …

Business

How blockchain could revolutionize the food industry

<i>Sylvain Charlebois is professor in food distribution and policy and dean of the Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University.</i><p>There has been a lot of noise on cryptocurrencies and bitcoin of late. While some suggest cryptocurrencies are a fraud, others believe them to be the next economic revolution. …

Agriculture

Walmart releases statement ahead of demonstrations

The activist group Making Change at Walmart is planning demonstrations in Bentonville Thursday.<p>The workers' group will demonstrate outside the …

Why Instacart May Be Wal-Mart and Amazon's Biggest Rival

The delivery service has made some powerful friends.<p>If the enemy of my enemy is my friend, then Instacart may soon have a whole lot of friends.<p>To be …

Investing

I'm Sticking With CVS And Walgreens, My Last 2 Losers

In early 2015 I created a portfolio (skimmed) from the Dividend Achievers Index.<p>I selected 15 of the largest cap companies in that index.<p>To date I've …

Investing

Material World: Wal-Mart Turns to Virtual Reality for the Future of Shopping

Every other week, hosts Lindsey Rupp and Jenny Kaplan guide you through the consumer universe, breaking down what's going on with all the things …

Business

How to Optimize Technology for More Consumer Loyalty

It’s not just the footwear industry aching for advances — customers are, too.<p>“Consumers are demanding better product and looking for lightweight, …

Fashion Industry

U.S. producer prices rise strongly, point to firming inflation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. producer prices rose in November as gasoline prices surged and the cost of other goods increased, leading to the largest annual gain in nearly six years.<p>An employee works in the fresh produce department with a mound of sweet corn at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in …

Economy

Facebook

The short man’s guide to hacking natural selection.<p>Guys, I’m calling it out: Natural Selection is inherently heightist.<p>Darwin’s discovery is widely …

Relationships

Wal-Mart Wants to Eat Blue Apron's Lunch (and Dinner)

Wal-Mart is getting into the meal-kit game, and it has all the ingredients needed.<p><b>Blue Apron</b> (NYSE:APRN) may have pioneered the meal-kit business, …

eCommerce

Credit Card Companies Will Eliminate Signatures By 2018

American Express announced on Monday that it plans to stop requiring signatures when customers make debit or credit card purchases.<p>The company is now …

Banking

We take doctors for granted, until we don’t have one

If you're a Canadian with a family physician, consider yourself lucky.<p>Except, that is, if your doctor is entering her 60s. Then your fortunes may soon change and you could be like hundreds of thousands of others living in this country who don't have a general practitioner to address their basic …

Health Care

How Spotify Might IPO

Spotify is the biggest music streaming company out there, and many investors are eager to get in on the action when and if it eventually goes public.<p>In this clip from <i>Industry Focus: Tech</i>, Motley Fool analysts explain what we know about Spotify's financials, when it might go public, and why all the …

Stocks

Target Should Outperform Wal-Mart Going Forward

On a per share level, Target and Wal-Mart are earning roughly the same amount.<p>Wal-Mart has shown better growth than Target, but the variance does not …

Stocks

Three Reasons Amazon Is Making The Fed Irrelevant

The world obsesses too much over the Federal Reserve.<p>As I wrote in August, the power to control inflation has shifted from the Fed to Amazon.<p>This is not to say that the Fed is completely irrelevant — after all it is crucial in the event of a financial crisis since it can flood the zone with instant …

Economy

Don’t be fooled: New SCOTUS grant in China Agritech isn’t about securities litigation

(Reuters) - Late Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to round out its term with seven new grants of review, including cases that present momentous questions about partisan gerrymandering and the constitutionality of routinely shackling prisoners before they’re tried. And then there’s China …

Judiciary

Mexican retail group says November same-store sales rose 5.4 percent

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's retail association said on Monday that sales at stores open for at least a year rose by 5.4 percent in November, compared to the same month a year earlier.<p>The group, known as ANTAD, includes retail chains such as Wal-Mart de Mexico <WALMEX.MX> and Soriana …

Business

Wal-Mart: Proof Retail Is Staging A Comeback

Q3 2018 was a pivotal quarter, demonstrating that Wal-Mart is still a growth company.<p>Wal-Mart leverages its stores in the battle against …

Stocks