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The Information reports that "Walmart has hired Jason Forrester, a cloud veteran who in recent years has helped Amazon and Target develop networking technology for revamping the experience of shopping in retail stores … A Walmart spokesperson didn’t have a comment on what role Forrester, whose title is technical fellow, will play at the retail giant. But Forrester has spent most of his career building networking operating systems that run on unbranded switches, giving companies an alternative to products from companies like Cisco Systems, according to a person who has worked with him."

According to the story, "This type of software is strategically important for retailers because it lets them build custom services and features. At Amazon, Forrester helped create the networking OS that powers the Just Walk Out technology in Amazon Go stores, the person said. At Target, he modified an open-source OS called Sonic to develop services like curbside shopping, said the person. Forrester previously spent more than four years at Apple managing a team that designed and operated its global data centers."

KC's View:

Lots of possibilities, as Walmart may be thinking about to connect the dots among the various facets of its business.