Number of the Day

Walmart’s E-Commerce Explosion, by the Numbers

After years of flailing, the big-box giant seems to have figured out this whole internet thing

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2 min readAug 21, 2020
Number of the Day: 97% — How much Walmart’s U.S. e-commerce sales grew, on an annual basis, in the second quarter of 2020.
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97%: That’s how much Walmart’s online sales grew in the second quarter of 2020, compared to the same period last year.

It was a remarkable performance for the big-box giant, particularly considering Walmart’s reputation as a laggard when it comes to e-commerce. It has long appeared to be fumbling around in response to rival Amazon’s expansion: That includes its big bet on online retailer, a $3.3 billion acquisition it shut down in May, in a move that might have looked like yet another setback. But now it seems Walmart’s e-commerce arm (headed by’s founder, Marc Lore) has found its footing, adding online-ordered curbside pickup options to the mix.

This surprising bump in online orders was an exclamation point on a blowout quarter, with same-store sales up 9.3%. A few other big retailers saw similar boosts: Home Depot’s sales were up 23%, Lowe’s up 35%, and Target’s, which also benefited from embracing curbside pickup, up 24%. Lots of people love to hate on the big-box store phenomenon (seemingly showing its age as a relic of the ’80s and ’90s), but it seems that when tested, these giants can keep up.

In short, Amazon won’t be eating Walmart’s lunch anytime soon.