Wal-Mart acquires Jet.com for $3 billion

In an effort to compete with Amazon, Wal-Mart will be purchasing internet retailer Jet.com

Launched in 2015, Jet.com grew quickly, and established itself as a key acquisition target for those looking to dent Amazon’s dominance of the domestic internet retailing market. The Jet.com acquisition will help Wal-Mart grow in this important sector.

As reported by CNBC, “These capabilities should help Wal-Mart grab a larger piece of the growing e-commerce pie. They’re also the best chance it has of closing the wide — and growing — gap between it and Amazon, analysts said. “

Wal-Mart already has a highly advanced distribution system that ensures products are stocked based on demand, eliminating potential inefficiencies in the system. Pairing that system with Jet.com could end up being a powerful match.

Jet.com co-founder Marc Lore to join Wal-Mart

Along with the acquisition, Jet co-founder Marc Lore will join Wal-Mart as head of the global e-commerce division. With Wal-Mart’s e-commerce growth trailing the market, there will be significant pressure on Lore to kickstart growth.

Will Wal-Mart overtake Amazon?

It’s highly unlikely Amazon will lose its dominance of the domestic internet retail space. Amazon has a massive lead – and gobbled up about 60% of digital sales growth according to Forrester.

Still, this acquisition is a good long term move for Wal-Mart.

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