NBC News: Walmart, Kroger raise at-home COVID test prices after White House agreement expires

NBC News: Walmart, Kroger raise at-home COVID test prices after White House agreement expires. ” Walmart and Kroger raised the price of Abbott’s at-home Covid-19 test kit after an agreement with the White House to sell the tests at a reduced price expired, the companies said Tuesday. The BinaxNOW kit, one of the first at-home tests to be authorized by the federal government, was listed on Walmart’s website Tuesday for $19.88, up from $14 last month. Kroger listed the tests for $23.99.”

CBS Miami: Walmart Temporarily Closes Miami Store For COVID Cleaning

CBS Miami: Walmart Temporarily Closes Miami Store For COVID Cleaning. “Walmart has temporarily closed a store in Miami. The chain said their store, at 3200 NW 79th St., would close Saturday starting at 2 p.m. as part of a company-initiated program to allow thoroughly clean and sanitize the building. They said the store would be closed through Sunday and would reopen Monday at 6 a.m.”

NBC New York: 2nd NJ Walmart Abruptly Closes as State’s COVID Outbreak Worsens

NBC New York: 2nd NJ Walmart Abruptly Closes as State’s COVID Outbreak Worsens. “A second New Jersey Walmart will close on short notice for cleaning and restocking, the company said Thursday afternoon, though it was not clear if there was a COVID outbreak there like the first store. Walmart sent out an email to reporters just after 12 p.m. Thursday saying its Kearny location will close at 2 p.m. and remain shuttered through Saturday morning, which ‘will allow extra time for a third-party specialist to further sanitize the store and will also give our associates additional time to restock shelves and prepare the store to once again serve the community.’”

Washington Post: FTC demands information from top companies, such as Amazon and Walmart, in sweeping supply chain probe

Washington Post: FTC demands information from top companies, such as Amazon and Walmart, in sweeping supply chain probe. “The Federal Trade Commission on Monday ordered nine large U.S. companies, including Walmart, Amazon and Procter & Gamble, to provide detailed information about their operations, in a bid to unravel the causes of the supply chain disruptions that are clouding the economic recovery. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)”

New York Times: Walmart becomes largest U.S. vaccine provider to join push for digital vaccination credentials.

New York Times: Walmart becomes largest U.S. vaccine provider to join push for digital vaccination credentials.. “The retail giant said on Wednesday that it had signed on to an international effort to provide standardized digital vaccination credentials to people. The company joins a push already backed by major health centers and tech companies including Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic Systems, the Mitre Corporation and the Mayo Clinic.”

TechCrunch: Walmart to host a new livestream shopping event on TikTok, following successful pilot

TechCrunch: Walmart to host a new livestream shopping event on TikTok, following successful pilot. “In December, Walmart partnered with TikTok on the first pilot test of a new livestreamed shopping experience in the U.S. on the video platform. That test seemingly performed well, as today Walmart announced it will return to TikTok to host another livestream shopping event, the ‘Spring Shop-Along: Beauty Edition,’ which will feature TikTok creators and influencers in an hour-long livestream.”

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.”

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.”