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Advertising Age reports that Walmart “will expand a car-buying service offered to its customers by opening 250 CarSaver Shopping Centers at its stores, the retail giant said Wednesday. The program, run on CarSaver's digital automotive marketplace, has essentially been in pilot mode at 14 Walmart stores since it was announced early last year.” The service “uses a network of certified dealerships, banks and insurance companies to support its car-shopping and -buying assistance to Walmart customers. In addition, every vehicle bought through CarSaver comes with a lifetime warranty.”
KC's View:
This week alone, Walmart has announced the expansion of FedEx Office and car buying services in its stores … which points to the fact that it is willing to make changes to the bricks-and-mortar environment if it will keep those stores relevant to its shoppers.