In the next couple of years Walmart can beat Amazon with its physical retail presence i.e. if Walmart moves quicker than it does. The biggest advantage would be buy online & return in-store and also for a few product lines the consumer’s inherent need to see the product physically.
Walmart has 11,718 stores and clubs in 28 countries, operating under 59 different names. Out of the 11.718 stores Walmart operated 4000+ stores the US. With this fire power Walmart definitely has a great chance to build a omni-channel powerhouse. Walmart would have to come out of its snails pace to compete with ever advancing competitor Amazon.
There is no doubt that innovation and implementation of technology at Amazon is done at rocket speed as compared to Walmart, still Walmart with its deep pockets should be able to bridge the gap of innovation and implementation of technology.
Surely these are exciting times for technology & transformation of retails giants.