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Giant server farms: How Walmart plans on taking on Amazon

The effort is helping Walmart to stay competitive with Amazon on pricing and to tightly control key functions such as inventory

Reuters  |  San Bruno, California 

One of Walmart Inc's best chances at taking on Inc in e-commerce lies with six giant server farms, each larger than ten football fields. These facilities, which cost Walmart millions of dollars and took nearly five years to build, are starting to pay off. The retailer's online sales have been on a tear for the last three consecutive quarters, far outpacing wider industry growth levels. Powering that rise are thousands of proprietary servers that enable the company to crunch almost limitless swathes of customer data in-house. Most retailers rent the ...

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 13:38 IST