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• The Los Angeles Times reports that “Wal-Mart has officially rolled out its ‘Pick Up Today’ program in all Los Angeles area and Orange County stores. Through the service, shoppers can browse the inventory of their local Wal-Mart store, purchase items online and get free same-day pickup at the store.”

According to the story, the program “includes thousands of items across categories such as toys, home décor, hardware, electronics, household appliances and video games. By the end of June, the service will be available in about 3,600 stores nationwide.”

• In London, the Times reports that Walmart-owned Asda Group is making management changes as a way of “paving the way for a push online and in financial services to close the gap with Tesco.”

Asda’s new CEO, Andy Clarke, has “quietly made sweeping changes at the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. subsidiary that concentrate more power in the hands of Rick Bendel, its marketing chief, and Charles Redfield, the chief merchandising officer who arrived from Wal-Mart last year,” the newspaper said.
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