BANGALORE, India, Nov. 9, 2011 – Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced that @WalmartLabs is establishing a presence in India. @WalmartLabs, a part of Walmart’s Global eCommerce Division, is the company’s hub for creating technologies and businesses in social and mobile commerce for global shoppers. The move underscores Walmart’s commitment to technology innovation in powering the next generation of e-commerce.
More than 200 million visits are made to Walmart stores across 28 countries each week. New technologies generated from @WalmartLabs are designed to eliminate the boundaries between brick-and-mortar stores and e-commerce to give shoppers a seamless experience anywhere and on any device.
The @WalmartLabs facility in Bangalore is recruiting a roster of developers who have deep knowledge and expertise in the areas of machine learning, social analytics and big data infrastructure. The team will lead and own projects to bring new e-commerce, social and mobile commerce offerings to the global marketplace. @WalmartLabs expects to hire approximately 100 developers.
“Today, we are on the cusp of a new era in e-commerce that is driven by social networks and delivered to consumers over mobile devices,” said Anand Rajaraman, senior vice president of Walmart Global eCommerce and co-founder of @WalmartLabs from the NASSCOM conference in Bangalore today. “@WalmartLabs India will be a strong and talent-dense base for us,and we are looking for developers who want to push the envelope to change the world of e-commerce.”
@WalmartLabs is basedin the heart of Silicon Valley. The business unit creates platforms, products and businesses around social and mobile commerce to support Walmart’s global strategy of seamlessly integrating theshopping experience between brick-and-mortar stores and e-commerce. For more information, visit www.walmartlabs.com.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 9,700 retail units under 69 different banners in 28 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs 2.1 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com and on Twitter athttp://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.