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. “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. “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. “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’. “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. “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.”