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• Walmart announced yesterday that it is expanding its Walmart Pay, its method of paying for purchases via smartphone, to Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, making it available in a total of 485 of its stores across the four states.

Walmart describes the technology this way: "Built with the goal of improving how customers check out and dramatically expanding mobile payment access, Walmart Pay is like no other mobile payments solution available today. With this launch, Walmart becomes the only retailer to offer its own payment solution that works with any iOS or Android device*, at any checkout lane, and with any major credit, debit, pre-paid or Walmart gift card – all through the Walmart mobile app."

• The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that Walmart is eliminating some 1500 store-level jobs as part of its effort "to become more efficient and focus spending on store employees who interact with customers."

It essentially works out to three jobs per store, at 500 West Coast stores, described as "positions that cover accounting and invoicing ... usually higher-paid hourly workers who count cash or manage invoices for companies that bring products directly to stores, not through Wal-Mart’s warehouses." Those jobs now will be handled at a central office in Arkansas.
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