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Target Ecommerce Sales Soar 154% in Q3, Walmart Ecommerce Sales Jump 73% in Q3 and Amazon Unveils Online Pharmacy

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Target Ecommerce Sales Soar 154% in Q3

Target’s third-quarter ecommerce sales show that pandemic-driven shopping is still surging heading into the holidays, and omnichannel services are fueling online growth even more. Online sales reached $3.51 billion during the quarter that ended on October 31, up 153.9% from $1.38 billion in Q3 2019. Web sales accounted for 15.7% during the quarter, up from 7.5% a year ago. Target’s ecommerce business grew even faster during the first nine months of the year: Online sales jumped 163% to $10.37 billion, up from $3.94 billion during the same period in 2019. “These services are fast, convenient, reliable and contactless, which explains why they continue to generate very high levels of guest satisfaction,” CEO Brian Cornell said. “Beyond same-day services, well over half of our packages we ship to guest homes are also fulfilled from our stores, providing speed to our guests while reducing shipping costs.”

What stood out to us?over half of our packages we ship to guest homes are also fulfilled from our stores” = distribution centers across the county


Walmart Ecommerce Sales Jump 73% in Q3

Walmart had a busy third quarter as the world’s largest retailer continues to navigate through the COVID-19 era. And while year-over-year ecommerce growth was slower than in the second quarter, online sales continued to grow rapidly. United States ecommerce sales for Walmart grew 79% in the third quarter of fiscal 2021, 6.4% compared with the year-ago quarter. Ecommerce sales contributed about 570 basis points to the comparable sales growth, Walmart reported. Walmart is fulfilling online orders in a flexible way for the holiday season, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said during a Nov. 17 conference call with analysts. “For example, we’ve turned on nearly 2,500 stores to fulfill online orders. We can quickly flex this number as the holiday season progresses, to help relieve pressure on our ecommerce fulfillment centers, if necessary,” he said, according to an earnings call transcript from Seeking Alpha.

What stood out to us?we’ve turned on nearly 2,500 stores to fulfill online orders” = distribution centers across the county


Amazon Unveils Online Pharmacy

Amazon unveiled its biggest push into selling prescription drugs with the launch of a digital pharmacy and discount for paying U.S. Prime members that sent shock waves through shares of drugstore chains and distributors. The ecommerce giant on Tuesday unveiled Amazon Pharmacy, a section of its retail website and mobile application that lets people order medication. Shoppers can pay using their health insurance and Prime members who don’t use their insurance are eligible for discounts on generic and brand-name drugs on Amazon's website or at about 50,000 participating pharmacies. This move also helps Amazon compete with Walmart Inc. and other large stores that already sell prescription drugs.

What stood out to us? When will CVS and Walgreens realize that they have mini-distribution centers across the county?

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