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Wal-Mart plans to launch a mobile shopping app in China

Wal Mart plans to launch a mobile shopping app in China

Consumers will be able to order products in the app and pick them up in the store or have them shipped, Wal-Mart’s CEO says on a trip to Beijing.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is ramping up its e-commerce operation in China, and that includes offering its first mobile shopping app in that country.

“China is an important strategic market for Wal-Mart. We plan to open 115 stores in China over the next three years,” Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon said in Beijing on Wednesday. “We also plan to provide more e-commerce services in China. Wal-Mart has a huge advantage in e-commerce because we can integrate online with our stores.”

McMillon, who has visited China three times in the past 15 months, says Wal-Mart will soon launch an app that lets Chinese consumers order products, such as foods and household products, and pick them up in the retailer’s stores or have them shipped to their homes or other locations.

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