Wal-Mart China said Wednesday [23 August 2017] it will open at least five new Sam’s Club stores in east China’s Jiangsu Province and to increase investment in the next three years to tap the growing local economy. The Wal-Mart U.S. giant yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Commerce on the new stores…Full Article: ECNS.cn Aug 2017
- As of August 2017, China had 17 Sam’s Club stores (CNY 260 or USD 39 per year membership) located in 14 cities. By 2020, the retailer hopes to have eight Sam’s Club stores in Jiangsu Province, which outlets in Nantong and Suzhou expected to open in 2018.
- In July 2017, 50 Walmart stores located in 12 Chinese cities established online stores on JD Daojia (JDDJ), a delivery app. During the same month, JD.com announced it would enter into a warehouse sharing agreement with Walmart. As a result of the inventory (warehouse) pooling scheme, purchases from JD.com could potentially be delivered from Walmart stores, as opposed to JD.com warehouses, if convenient.
- In June 2017, a Sam’s Club store in Shijingshan District, Beijing, became the first brick-and-mortar store to sell the U.S. beef. On 20 June 2017, China’s AQSIQ granted import approval to US beef. Shortly thereafter, COFCO’s e-commerce platform, Womai, sold 1,423 packages of US rib steaks in three days.
- In April 2017, Walmart announced plans to open 15 new stores in Hubei Province over the next three years. Walmart currently had 30 stores in Hubei Province at the time. During the same month, Walmart signed 14 contracts in Guangzhou at the 2017 China (Guangdong)-US Investment Cooperation Conference, pledging to invest USD 2.29 billion in mainland China.
- In March 2017, Walmart stated they hoped to open 30 to 40 new stores in China, including the to five Sam’s Club stores. In 2016, Walmart opened 24 new stores (21 were hypermarkets) and three new Sam’s Club stores.
- As of late 2016, Daojia.com.cn operated in the cities of Beijing (since 2010), Shanghai (since 2011), Hangzhou (2013), Suzhou (2014), Nanjing (2014), Changzhou (2014), Tianjin (2014), Wuxi (2014), Shenzhen (2015), and Guangzhou (2015).
- In November 2016, Walmart opened 5 new stores including in Shanxi, Hunan, Yunnan, and Tianjin. In total, both Changsha (Hunan Province) and Tianjin have 4 stores, while Kunming (Yunnan Province) has 12 stores. Regarding Sam’s Club, as of November 2016, Walmart had 14 Sam’s Clubs in China, with its Shenzhen store being its best-performing branch worldwide.
- In October 2016, Walmart’s share in JD.com rose from 5.9% to 10.8%. During the same month, select Walmart stores announced they would deliver groceries via JD.com’s new Dada online service. Initially, New Dada’s two-hour delivery service for Walmart stores will be for customers within a 3 km [~1.86 miles] of 20 select stores. Walmart currently has 426 stores located in nearly 170 Chinese cities.
- In July 2016, Walmart announced plans to open 115 stores (including some Sam’s Club stores) in China by 2017. During the same month, it was reported that executives from both Walmart and JD.com meet weekly to discuss their retail strategy in mainland China.
- In June 2016, Walmart sold Yihaodian (e-commerce grocery website) to JD.com in exchange for a 5% stake in JD.com. As part of the deal, JD.com (backed by Tencent Holdings) will open an online store for Walmart’s Sam Club. Both companies will also cooperate on logistics (supply chain and delivery services).
- As of early 2016, Walmart had developed three brands in China including its hypermarket series (420 stores), Sam’s Club stores (12), and the e-commerce site Yihaodian (~130 million registered users).
- In September, 2014, JD.com (e-commerce) and Macquarie Capital (finance) co-invested US$50 million in Daojia.com.cn.
- Founded in April 2010 and headquartered in Beijing, Daojia.com.cn is an e-commerce food delivery platform that currently works with more than 6,000 restaurants.
- In 1996, Walmart opened its first store in Shenzhen, southern China.
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