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• The Sacramento Bee reports that Walmart is offering grocery click-and-collect services at three of its Sacramento-area stores.

The Bee writes that "Walmart’s Sacramento-area launch is part of a Northern California rollout. The service was introduced Monday in Patterson, Tuesday in Stockton and Wednesday in Lodi."


Forbes reports that Walmart "is taking another crack at China’s e-commerce market" with a new two-hour delivery service developed with JD.com.

According to the story, "The company announced today that more than 20 of its 423 stores in the country will provide the service for customers ordering on New Dada, a joint venture JD.com established last year with logistics site Dada, with the number expected to double by year end. Walmart also said it will open a Sam’s Club store on JD.com and sell imported products on the site’s cross-border e-commerce unit, JD Worldwide."

Forbes notes that "the move comes after Walmart nearly doubled its stake in JD.com from 5.9% to 10.8% in October. It first invested in the Chinese site in June, selling its Yihaodian marketplace to JD.com."


Bloomberg reports that Walmart and its foundation have pledged to invest $25 million over five years in food safety research in China, in part through the establishment of the Walmart Food Safety Collaboration Center that will "facilitate research in areas such as the root causes of food-borne illnesses, and developing solutions for China’s food supply chain."

The goal, the story says, is to "support projects in applied science, education and communications." CEO Dough McMillon says that "by bringing together the best food safety thinkers from across the food ecosystem, from farmers to suppliers, retailers to policy regulators, we’ll accelerate food safety awareness and help make Chinese families safer and healthier."
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