How Wal-Mart Is Losing to Amazon

This video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which developer Chris Bledsoe and consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Chris and Austin discuss how Wal-Mart is losing to Amazon.com. The 800-pound gorilla that is Amazon continues to slowly creep into brick-and-mortar stores' market share. In February alone, Amazon had twice the traffic of Walmart.com, so the world's largest retailer has some serious catching up to do. Watch the video below to learn more about whether our analysts think the company will be able to pull it off.

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  • Report this Comment On March 20, 2012, at 5:42 PM, Oscanana wrote:

    Sorry guys you missed the meat of the difference between the sites. You may want to order a couple of things from each of these giants to actually experience the difference rather than just go by numbers. "Everybody" checks Amazon first due to their wide selections; however, if one then checks Walmart, often one discovers a better price and the flexible delivery option (that you spoke of) cheap shipping cost or free to store shipping. Walmart is doing great and I now choose them over 50 percent of the time after comparing them to Amazon and I am a Prime member with Amazon since the beginning. The more people try Walmart, the more the numbers will become competitive. This is based on my experience the past year with Walmart and their customer service. They are highly underrated and I am an Amazon fan and stockholder.

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