Walmart.com uses Vudu to offer video streaming
Santa Clara, Calif. — Wal-Mart Stores said Tuesday that it is leveraging last year’s acquisition of video-streaming service Vudu to launch digital online movie rental and streaming on Walmart.com.
On Tuesday the retailer started offering 20,000 titles that can be viewed on almost any device with Internet access, from PCs to televisions to Sony’s PlayStation3 and other Blu-Ray disc players.
This is Wal-Mart’s second try at competing with Netflix, as it previously offered a DVD-by-mail service but it stopped that service in February 2010.
"At Walmart, one of our key priorities is to provide a continuous channel for our customers, from our stores to our powerful e-commerce and social media platforms," said Steve Nave, senior VP and general manager, Walmart.com.
Casual Male DXL implements AccessVia for in-store signage
Seattle — AccessVia announced Tuesday that Casual Male DXL is printing color shelf-edge product signs using AccessVia Web dSignShop.
Signs are printed in the store on an as-needed basis, allowing the retailer to produce full-color sign designs immediately on-site.
The AccessVia Publishing Platform allows for printing to virtually any type of printer — from thermal handheld printers to high-end color laser printers or large-format poster printers. Among the signing products that can be produced in-store are shelf-edge labels, fact tags, coupons and more.
Books-A-Million abandons bid to buy 30 Borders stores
Birmingham, Ala. — Books-A-Million said late Monday that it was unable to put a deal together to acquire the leases and assets of 30 Borders bookstores out of bankruptcy.
"The company’s efforts to secure the inventory, fixtures, equipment and leasehold interests for 30 Borders stores has ended unsuccessfully because the parties could not agree on terms and the going out of business sales at these locations commenced," Clyde B. Anderson, Books-A-Million CEO, said.
"We worked exhaustively in an effort to acquire these stores and reach agreements with all of the parties whose consent was necessary. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful,” Anderson added.
Borders Group filed for bankruptcy protection in February, and received court approval last week to liquidate all 399 stores. The retailer said at the time it was talking to Books-A-Million about buying 30 to 35 store leases and inventory.
A group led by liquidation firms Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Group are now holding going-out-of-business stores at all Borders stores.