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•  CNBC reports that Walmart is making an investment in General Motors' Cruise self-driving vehicle subsidiary, though the exact size of the investment has not been disclosed.

The story says that Cruise now has a valuation of about $30 billion;  the Walmart investment is part of a new $2.75 billion funding round.

“This investment is a marker for us – it shows our commitment to bringing the benefit of self-driving cars to our customers and business,” Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner said in a blog post.

Walmart has been doing a test with Cruise for deliveries in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The company also said it will continue to work with other autonomous vehicle companies.


•  Walmart announced that it will run a test with the  la Madeleine French Bakery & Café company, testing a la Madeleine Express concept in 10 stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.  The concept will have both a grab-and-go and sit-down functionality, as well as offer some of the brand's more popular items as packaged products for home consumption.