Walmart to give discounts to shoppers who pick up online orders in stores

Walmart announced today that it plans to give a “pickup discount” to shoppers who order items online and then pick them up at their local store.

FILE – In this May 9, 2013, file photo, a worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Habra, Calif. Wal-Mart will now let you pay with your phone at all 4,600 stores nationwide. With Walmart Pay, the cashier scans a QR code on the phone screen to complete the payment. The effort is part of Wal-Mart’s overall strategy to making shopping easier and faster. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The discounts start on April 19 and will initially be available on about 10,000 items, the retailer said.

“We will then roll out the discount to more than one million of the most popular items by the end of June,” Walmart said on its website.

According to the announcement posted on Walmart’s website, “Customers shop an item notated with “Pickup Discount” on Walmart.com and ship to their local store for pick up. These shoppers will then receive a discount based on each individual item.”

Here are some examples:

Britax B-SAFE 35 Infant Car Seat, Slate Strie – $148.05 will have an additional Pickup Discount of $7.40 ($140.65 new price)

LEGO City Great Vehicles Ferry, 60119 – $23.99 will have an additional Pickup Discount of $2.55 ($21.44 new price)
Coleman 150 qt Heritage XP Marine Cooler – $111.49 will have an additional Pickup Discount of $4.46 ($107.03 new price)

VIZIO SmartCast M-Series 70″ Class 4K Ultra HDTV (M70-D3) – $1,698 will have an additional Pickup Discount of $50 ($1,648 new price)

Walmart cuts Christmas Eve hours

Walmart announced Tuesday that it will scale back its hours on Christmas Eve so employees can spend more time with their families.

FILE - In this May 9, 2013, file photo, a worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Habra, Calif. Wal-Mart will now let you pay with your phone at all 4,600 stores nationwide. With Walmart Pay, the cashier scans a QR code on the phone screen to complete the payment. The effort is part of Wal-Mart's overall strategy to making shopping easier and faster. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
FILE – In this May 9, 2013, file photo, a worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Habra, Calif. Wal-Mart will now let you pay with your phone at all 4,600 stores nationwide. With Walmart Pay, the cashier scans a QR code on the phone screen to complete the payment. The effort is part of Wal-Mart’s overall strategy to making shopping easier and faster. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The company said it plans to close its stores at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve – two hours earlier than in previous years.

“Our associates work hard all year to make this Holiday season special for our customers, and we truly appreciate what they do every day,” Judith McKenna, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart’s U.S. unit, said in a prepared statement released by the company. “We also know that getting home on Christmas Eve to spend time with families is important. That’s why this year we’ll be closing at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.”

Walmart employees more than 2 million associates worldwide.

Black Friday 2016: Walmart Thanksgiving ad released; check out the deals

Walmart has released its Thanksgiving/Black Friday sale  advertisement, and deals include 4K TVs, the popular Hatchimals toys and FitBits.

Walmart released an early copy of its ad through its app on Thursday, but the 32-page circular has been posted on several Black Friday websites, including BfAds.net and BestBlackFriday.com.

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Stores are set to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. BfAds.net says many of Walmart’s deals will be available to purchase online or using retailer’s app at 12:01 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.

RELATED: Best Buy unveils Thanksgiving Day doorbusters

“Walmart is bringing back wristbands that guarantee specific doorbuster items to shoppers in line and they’re bring back interactive store maps for in-store shoppers,” BfAds.net said.

Shoppers stream into the new Super Walmart Center on Belevedere Road during the store's grand opening in 2004. Wal-mart's latest advance may be coming online.
Shoppers stream into the new Super Walmart Center on Belevedere Road during the store’s grand opening in 2004. Wal-mart’s latest advance may be coming online.

According to BfAds.net, highlights from this year’s ad include:

Phillips 55-inch Smart 4KTV for $298 (special buy)
Samsung 50-inch Smart 4KTV for $398 ($230 off)
Vizio 60-inch HDTV for $398 (special buy)
40-inch HDTV for $125 (special buy)
50-inch HDTV for $225 (special buy).
PlayStation 4 Slim Uncharted 4 500GB bundle for $249 ($50 off) plus a $30 gift card
Xbox One S White 500GB Battlefield bundle for $249 ($50 off)
90 video games starting at $8
Hatchimals for $48.88
Disney Princess Cinderella Royal Dreams Dollhouse with Furniture for $88 ($61 off)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RC Mikey for $39 (a Walmart exclusive at a $10 off)
Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard for $273 ($125 off)
DJI Drone Phantom Standard 3 for $369 ($130 off)
Promark 3D Virtual Reality HD Drone for $99 (a Walmart exclusive at a $49 off)
Samsung Chromebook 3 for $119 (special buy)
HP 15.6-inch Touch Laptop for $249 (special buy)
iPad Mini 2 32GB for $199 ($70 off)
Nest 3rd Generation Learning Thermostat for $199 ($50 off)
Nest Cam for $149 ($50 off)
Fitbit Charge 2 for $129 ($20 off)
Fitbit Alta for $99 ($30 off)
Fitbit Flex 2 for $69 ($30 off)

Walmart is also offering its app users access to select Black Friday Deals now, according to BfAds.net. These items will be ordered through the app and shipped to home. Specific offers include:

Hitachi 65-inch 4K Ultra HDTV for $599 ($400 off)
Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Console with Bonus Controller for $279 ($20 off)
Acer 15.6-inch Core i5 Laptop for $299 ($150 off)
Cricut Explore One Special Edition Bluetooth Bundle for $169 (special buy)
1 Carat T.W. Diamond Sterling Silver Pendant and Earrings for $139 ($361 off)
RCA 11.5-inch 32GB Quad-Core 2 in 1 Tablet with Keyboard for $98 (special buy)
Bounce Pro 7-Foot Trampoline for $79 (special buy)
Lifetime 44-inch Portable Basketball Hoop for $69 (special buy)

 

Black Friday 2016: When will Walmart, Target, Kohl’s & other retailers open on Thanksgiving

Black Friday is just under a month away, but the holiday shopping experts at BestBlackFriday.com have already nailed down when more than 50 national retailers plan to open their doors this year.

Although Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and Best Buy haven’t released their Black Friday hours, BestBlackFriday.com predicts they will all be opened on Thanksgiving.

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Last year, Walmart and Target opened at 6 p.m., while Toys R Us and Best Buy opened at 5 p.m.

Kohl’s hasn’t released its holiday hours either, but The Milwaukee Business Journal reported that a Kohl’s in Glendale, Wisconsin has filed a request with the city to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Kohl’s opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving last year, BestBlackFriday.com said.

Here is BestBlackFriday.com’s complete list of holiday store hours. The website says they have confirmed the opening times with each of the retailers.

Black Friday 2016 Hours:

AAFES – 4 a.m.
Academy Sports + Outdoors – 5 a.m.
AC Moore – 5 a.m. (most stores; restrictions on mall and plaza stores)
Bealls Florida – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to Midnight and 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday
BJ’s Wholesale Club – 7 a.m.
Burlington – 7 a.m.

Chico’s – 7 a.m. or Mall Hours
Costco – 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Normal Hours. Hours May Be Changed by Specific Region/Manager Before Black Friday.)
Crate & Barrel – Hours Vary by Location (Call Your Local Store)

eBay (online) – 12 a.m. and New Deals Every Two Hours
Fossil – Thanksgiving 9 p.m. Overnight Into Black Friday For Most Stores
Fred’s Pharmacy – Regular Hours Thanksgiving and Black Friday (pharmacy closed)
GameStop – 5 a.m.
Gardner-White Furniture – 8 a.m.
Guitar Center – 6 a.m.

Harbor Freight – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Helzberg Diamonds Outlets –  Thanksgiving 10 a.m to 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Black Friday

Helzberg Diamonds Mall Locations – Hours Vary by Location
hhgregg – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Hobby Lobby – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Home Depot – 6 a.m.
HomeGoods – 7 a.m.

Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry – Hours Vary by Location
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Jos. A. Bank – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m
Lowe’s – 6 a.m.
Macy’s –  Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday
Marshalls – 7 a.m. (most stores)
Modell’s –  Thanksgiving 6 p.m. and Black Friday at 6 a.m. (hours vary by state/county)
Navy Exchange 5 a.m. (most stores)

Nordstrom – Hours Vary by Location (Call Your Local Store)

Nordstrom Rack – Hours Vary by Location (Call Your Local Store)
Office Depot and OfficeMax – 6 a.m.
Patagonia – Normal Hours

Petco – 7 a.m. (most stores); the rest at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m.
PetSmart – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Pier 1 Imports – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m (most locations)
Publix – 7 a.m to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. (depending on location)
Raymour & Flanigan – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rite Aid – 7 a.m. (most stores also open Thanksgiving, but hours are unknown)

Sam’s Club – 7 a.m
Shoe Carnival – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to Midnight and 6 a.m. on Black Friday
Sierra Trading Post – 6 a.m.
Staples – 6 a.m.

Stein Mart – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday
The Container Store – Normal Hours

The Original Mattress Factory – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.
T.J. Maxx – 7 a.m. (most stores)
Tractor Supply – 6 a.m.
Von Maur – 9 a.m.

 

 

Black Friday 2016: When will the Walmart, Macy’s, Target and Best Buy ads be leaked

Black Friday is more than a month away, but deal experts predict the first major shopping advertisement will be leaked long before you polish off your Halloween candy.

The website BestBlackFriday.com predicts Macy’s will be the first major retailer to see its Black Friday advertisement released.  The Macy’s Black Friday ad is expected to be leaked around Oct. 28, according to Phillip Dengler of BestBlackFriday.com.

Black Friday advertisements for four other major retailers – Walmart, Best Buy, Kohl’s and Target – are expected to be released during the first two weeks of November, according to BestBlackFriday.com.

BestBlackFriday.com predicts you’ll see those ads leaked according to this schedule:

Kohl’s – November 7

Target – November 8

Best Buy – November 9

Walmart – November 10

Harbor Freight’s Black Friday ad  was the first to be released this year. The 8-page ad was posted on several Black Friday shopping websites this week.

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(Getty Images)

“In order to come up with the predictions, we analyzed all of the ad scan leak dates for the stores since 2012,” Dengler said. “We also took into account that Black Friday is a bit earlier this year, so we think everything will be slightly earlier this year.”

Dengler said shoppers can also expect to find more doorbuster deals available on retailers’ websites the night before Thanksgiving.

“We think it is going to be much more common this year for online sales,” Dengler said. “Many of Walmart’s online doorbusters went live last year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and we think stores are going to continue to start earlier.”

Walmart giving away free samples to celebrate remodeled store

Walmart has finished remodeling its Greenacres store and the company is giving away free food samples this weekend to mark the occasion.

Wal-Mart shopping carts sit outside of a store on February 20, 2014 in San Lorenzo, California. The mega-retailer announced Monday it is buying Jet.com.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Wal-Mart shopping carts sit outside of a store on February 20, 2014 in San Lorenzo, California. The mega-retailer announced Monday it is buying Jet.com. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Sept. 2 at 8 a.m., followed by free food samples while supplies last,” the company said in a news release announcing the completion of the project. “On Saturday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 4, from noon to 5 p.m., customers can enjoy a grand reopening event with sampling.”

The store is located at at 6294 Forest Hill Blvd. in Greenacres.

“We are looking forward to re-introducing our store to the community with expanded offerings and a fresh look,”  store manager Derrick Peterson said. “Our everyday low prices will remain the same, but we’re adding greater convenience and a new and improved local grocery shopping experience.”

 

 

 

Wal-Mart to close 269 stores

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced on Friday that it plans to close 269 stores across the globe.

Wal-Mart said will close 154 locations in the U.S., including the company’s 102 smallest format stores, Walmart Express, which had been in pilot since 2011. The company also plans to close 23 Neighborhood Markets, 12 Supercenters, seven stores in Puerto Rico, six discount centers, and four Sam’s Clubs.

Customers peruse the aisles of a local Walmart.
Customers peruse the aisles of a local Walmart.

Wal-Mart said it is also closing 115 stores outside the United States. This includes 60 recently-closed, loss-making stores in Brazil, which represents only 5 percent of sales in that market, Wal-Mart said in a news release announcing the closures.

According to Wal-Mart’s website, none of the stores slated to close are in Palm Beach County.

Three Wal-Mart Express stores are closing Jan. 28 in Florida:

• Store No. 3358, 1113 S.R. 20, Interlachen

• Store No. 4265, 1209 East Wade St., Trenton

• Store No. 4267, 15726 S.E. Highway 19, Cross City

For a complete list of store closures, click here.

Wal-Mart operates nearly 11,600 stores worldwide.

In total, the impacted stores represent less than 1 percent of both global square footage and revenue, the company said in a news release.

“Actively managing our portfolio of assets is essential to maintaining a healthy business,” said Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “Closing stores is never an easy decision, but it is necessary to keep the company strong and positioned for the future. It’s important to remember that we’ll open well more than 300 stores around the world next year. So we are committed to growing, but we are being disciplined about it.