Walmart's India engineers will craft next-gen e-biz platform

18th April 2012
Walmart's India engineers will craft next-gen e-biz platform
The Electronics department in a Walmart Store in Rogers, Arkansas (US). Inset: Jeremy King VP & CTO, Walmart Global e-Commerce ( left) and Ananda Rajaraman, Senior VP, Walmart Global E-Commerce and Head, Walmart Labs at the media event in Bangalore on April 17 2012.

Bangalore, April 18, 2012 – US-based global retail trade giant, Wal-Mart Stores, is expanding its R&D arm, @WalmartLabs in Bangalore, with the hire of 100 additional developers and a move into a new 5000 square metre facility on the city's Outer Ring Road. A unit of Walmart Global e-Commerce, @WalmartLabs, is the company’s hub for creating platforms and products around social and mobile commerce to its gobal strategy of anytime, anywhere access where millions of customers can discover, research and shop for products through mobile devices, online or at physical stores. 
Over the last five months, @WalmartLabs, has been building its India operations with a focus on social and digital technology. The additionally hired engineers specialised in high scale computing, network infrastructure, systems administration and big data, will help create a next-generation e-commerce platform, designed to connect Walmart’s digital and physical properties worldwide giving customers and suppliers a seamless way to interact and shop across any device or store anywhere in the world. 
Says Jeremy King, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Walmart Global e-Commerce: “In the past few months, @WalmartLabs India has attracted best-of-class talent into the group. As we expand our operations, we look forward to adding to this base to create a team whose focus is to build products that matter to millions of customers around the globe.”
Wal-Mart Stores 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.
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