Jet.com and Walmart are expected to announce a deal of $3.3 billion.After being exposed to rumors for more than a week, the retailing giant will buy the online retailer. It is reported that the deal is confirmed, and terms of the acquisition include the startup founder Marc Lore continues to head the online retailer’s division for few years.if the process of Walmart buying Jet.com is finished then it is one of the largest-ever acquisitions of an e-commerce company.
Earlier, Lore worked over two years with Amazon, the leading online sector. Before starting his career in Amazon, he founded Quidisi, best known for his business Diapers.com. He was enforced to sell the company to Amazon for $545 million in 2010. Later he started his new e-commerce venture Jet.com, in 2015. Jet.com has been set itself to be an Amazon Killer right from its launch.
Now, owning this Jet.com may serve the much-needed boost to the biggest retailer’s online strategy. This will provide the much needed supply-chain innovation and change which enabled the startup’s rapid growth. Capturing a firm grip in e-commerce is essential as growth in online consumers in observed.
“Wal-Mart’s E-commerce growth has been slow — they have had a year-over-year decline when the overall market is still growing, What Wal-Mart has been doing for their e-commerce business is not resonating with consumers,” said Michelle Malison, a retail analyst with Euromonitor International.
It is observed that with a 13 percent market share and ranked fourth in e-commerce, Wal-Mart dominates U.S store retailing. Where Amazon Holds 31 percent of share in online shopping market. “Walmart buying Jet.com for trying to short-circuit the learning curve If these guys that come in can help WalMart double their internet sales in one or two years, whatever the acquisition costs are, are minimal in comparison to what they’ll make in profits,” said Britt Beemer, founder of America’s Research Group.
“WalMart still struggles with things like third party marketplaces which Marc and his team have successfully built,” Sucharita Mulpuru, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc., Some analysts say tech companies often built on the hypothesis, and selling was likely the plan along. These companies exits can reward employees and early investors handsomely. If the deal work outs, jet.com will be the considered as a short, 12-months life as an independent company.