When I saw this question, the immediate answer that came to mind was:
If Walmart wants to radically change its business, then they would need to add services that they don’t currently have to be able to compete with others in the market.
One problem they have long faced is that the traditionally serve the much larger population of lower to middle class income families worldwide.
In doing so, they have had to spread their footprint into areas that are traditionally underserved by transit providers and other types of services.
If they purchased Uber, they can extend the network of transportation, delivery services and even add another class of jobs into a workplace that sorely needs one (until autonomous car production scales up enough to meet this demand.)
The “grey tsunami” of home bound seniors across the US and the world would suddenly be mobile again, able to get out of their house on their own schedule, and have an affordable pipeline of their needed daily needed items.
It’s certainly an interesting thought, but wouldn’t happen, because I don’t see Uber selling to anyone – least of all Walmart.
I wouldn’t put it past Walmart to think along those lines, though.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/What-company-should-Walmart-acquire-that-would-positively-and-radically-transform-the-business-and-why
Originally Posted On: 2016-02-20