CNN: Walmart reports shortages of toilet paper and cleaning supplies at some stores

CNN: Walmart reports shortages of toilet paper and cleaning supplies at some stores. “Officials at Walmart (WMT), the largest retailer in the country, said Tuesday that supply chains have not kept up with rising demand, and these goods have been harder to stock consistently in locations with sharp spikes in new virus cases. The United States has recorded more than 100,000 daily infections for two weeks straight, and on Monday reported more than 166,000 new cases.”

CNN: Walmart is joining Microsoft in the pursuit of TikTok

CNN: Walmart is joining Microsoft in the pursuit of TikTok. “Walmart is partnering with Microsoft in an attempt to buy TikTok, as the popular yet embattled short-form video app seeks a US buyer amid intense political scrutiny. The retail giant told CNN Business Thursday it is participating in the negotiations with Microsoft over a potential deal. CNBC was first to report the effort by the two companies.”

CNET: Walmart, CVS won’t enforce mask rules to avoid conflict with customers

CNET: Walmart, CVS won’t enforce mask rules to avoid conflict with customers. “Shoppers who refuse to wear a face mask will still be able to shop at Walmart, CVS and other retailers regardless of the companies’ policies. The stores are apparently hoping to avoid confrontations between employees and angry customers.”

CNN: Walmart, Kroger will start requiring customers in US stores to wear masks

CNN: Walmart, Kroger will start requiring customers in US stores to wear masks. “Other national chains made similar moves on Wednesday. Kroger and Kohl’s announced they would start requiring all customers to wear masks, signaling that more retailers are lining up behind mask-wearing mandates. The National Retail Federation, the main lobbying group for the industry, also called on retailers to require masks for customers.”

CNET: Walmart will soon open drive-in movie theaters

CNET: Walmart will soon open drive-in movie theaters. “Walmart. What doesn’t Walmart sell or provide? Well, soon, it will provide a place of entertainment in the form of drive-in move theaters. Yes, the massive retail chain apparently plans to operate drive-in theaters at its Supercenters across the US starting next month, according to a teaser internet page published July 1. Walmart followed up the webpage with a tweet announcing the ‘select’ stores will turn into drive-in theaters, thanks to a partnership with with Tribeca.”

CNET: Nextdoor app teams up with Walmart to make it easier to help your neighbors get groceries

CNET: Nextdoor app teams up with Walmart to make it easier to help your neighbors get groceries. “The Nextdoor app is partnering with Walmart on a program called Neighbors Helping Neighbors. The effort is meant to make it easier for neighbors to help each other grab groceries or other household and medical items from Walmart during the spread of COVID-19. Nextdoor users will be able to request assistance through the app and on Nextdoor.com, and those able to head to the stores can offer to help.”

CNET: Put a stop to coronavirus price gouging, state AGs tell Amazon, Facebook and others

CNET: Put a stop to coronavirus price gouging, state AGs tell Amazon, Facebook and others. “Thirty-four state attorneys general are calling on companies like Amazon, Craigslist, Facebook, eBay and Walmart to take a harder stance of price gouging in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The letters to each company cite specific examples, like a Craigslist ad for a 2-liter bottle of Purell Advanced hand sanitizer with a $250 price tag. While the attorneys general acknowledge that these companies have taken steps toward curtailing price gouging, the latter calls for further action.”

Engadget: Google Lens now lets you virtually dye your hair

Engadget: Google Lens now lets you virtually dye your hair. “Coloring your hair is a fun way to change your look — but you never quite know how the end result will turn out before you pull the trigger. Until now, that is, as L’Oréal has partnered with Google Lens for a pilot which offers a fast way to try out hair colors virtually.” As long as you’re at a participating Walmart.

The Next Web: Google will start earning even more money from your shopping searches

The Next Web: Google will start earning even more money from your shopping searches. “Google already earns revenue when you search for anything using its service and see ads, but it’s now turning shoppers’ queries into an even bigger money-spinner. Reuters reports that the company is partnering with major retailers like Target Walmart, Home Depot, and Costco to let them list their products in search results when you enter a query like, ‘Where can I buy this?'”

VR Scout: Walmart Acquires VR Startup to Develop ‘Immersive Retail Environments’

VR Scout: Walmart Acquires VR Startup to Develop ‘Immersive Retail Environments’. “The world’s largest company by revenue and the United States’ biggest supplier of jobs has just made a major investment in virtual reality commerce. Walmart has agreed to purchase a little-known VR startup called Spatialand for an undisclosed amount. Spatialand creates tools that let content creators transform their 2D work into immersive VR experiences.”

Washington Post: Walmart and Google are plotting to change your shopping habits

Washington Post: Walmart and Google are plotting to change your shopping habits. “Move over, Alexa. Walmart is going high-tech in its fight against Amazon.com. Beginning next month, shoppers will be able to buy Walmart products by speaking to their Google Home devices. The retailer is the latest — and largest — to make its goods available on Google Express, the company’s e-commerce and delivery platform.”