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Wal-Mart testing drones in warehouses

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing drones that it says will help it manage its warehouse inventory more efficiently, and which it said Thursday could be rolled out in the next six to nine months across its distribution centers.

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:33

C'mon Walmart: Practice what you preach

In October 2011, Walmart announced its price match guarantee where if a customer bought an eligible product there between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25 and found the same product advertised for less at another store, the retailer would give the customer a gift card for the difference. Since then, the company has taken what was originally a competitive Christmas marketing campaign and launched their everyday Ad Match Guarantee that operates under the same guidelines. The only difference is they'll match it right at the register.

The concept sounds rather simple: If you see an item advertised for a cheaper price at a local competitor and you have proof, they'll match it. Yet as simple as it sounds, sometimes the retailer doesn't always practice what it preaches.

The first time I tested their program, I didn't have any problems. They gave me the lower price of the item and accepted all my coupons. In fact, it was great not to have to travel all over town to shop that day and I thought this could be my new shopping strategy. However, I tried to use their ad match guarantee a few weeks later and when I handed the cashier the coupon, she said, 'Sorry, we don't price match and take coupons on that product; it's one or the other.' I explained the success of the prior transaction a few weeks back and she said their policy had changed. She did say she would do it for me this 'one time.' Yet I thought why would I even bother? I can just go to the other store and use my coupon with their sale price.

Published in The Frugal Edge

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