A new report says Walmart’s decision to allow online shopping for its employees has helped to free up resources and allow them to work more efficiently.
The report says the decision has led to increased productivity and lower turnover.
Walmart also said the move was one of many it has taken in the last year to make its online shopping experience more convenient.
In its most recent quarter, Walmart reported a 17% increase in revenue compared to the same period last year.
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The company’s US retail network, however, is already available to employees and it has seen an increase in customer traffic over the last 12 months.
But the report from US Retail analyst Matt Murphy warns that even if Walmart does roll out the platform as soon as it has more time, it won’t be easy for customers to use.
“We don’t think Walmart will be able to completely open up their network until after the 2020 elections, which is when they plan to move to a more consumer-friendly environment,” he said.
“The fact that it is open now makes it less attractive to people who may have otherwise been tempted to use it.”
We think the new platform will have limited value for customers who are trying to shop online, and the fact that we have it now, we think it is less attractive for people who might be tempted to try to shop in-store.”
Murphy’s report found that the majority of employees in Walmart’s US network were happy with the experience, with the majority agreeing that it was easier to get started and more productive.
The Walmart online shopping network in the US has seen a rise in customer activity over the past year, according to the company’s latest quarterly results.
Read more from Matt Murphy’s report here.
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