With acquisitions and partnerships, Walmart no longer plays e-commerce catch-up

Walmart, the retail giant, is using strategic partnerships as a way to drive its e-commerce business forwards.

More and more often, as retail giant Walmart finds that it doesn't yet have the resources to compete in digital commerce with Amazon, it is identifying partners who can narrow the gap.

Case in point: In late October, even as the online monolith was grabbing headlines with the introduction of Amazon Key, a new delivery service that allows couriers to open a purchaser's front door with a compatible smart lock, the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer was already testing an even more advanced program.

Whereas Amazon Lock would enable inside-the-door delivery, a Walmart partnership with August, a smart-lock manufacturer, would take...

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