Welcome to the Friday Five, where SN rounds up the top articles from around the web that you may have missed this week. This inaugural edition focuses on the competitor everyone loves to hate: Walmart.
1. North Dakota defeats Walmart-led effort to overturn pharmacy laws
One election issue that didn’t get a lot of national coverage was a North Dakota measure that would have allowed chain stores like Walmart to operate pharmacies. Proponents spent more than $2 million but failed to convince voters, Governing reports.
2. Sorry Walmart — NFC and Apple Pay have already won
This opinion piece in Forbes thinks Apple Pay will win out over CurrentC because it better serves customers. What do you think?
3. Walmart brings product search to the in-store experience
One area where Walmart has won over smartphone-wielding consumers is the “Search My Store” feature in its Android app, writes Search Engine Land. Customers can access real-time product inventory to find out pricing and item location in-store.
4. Want to boost housing values? Build a Walmart
City Lab summarizes a study that found in the 2.5 years after a Walmart is built, the value of houses within a half-mile of the store increases 2%-3% and the value of houses half a mile to a mile from the store rises 1%-2%.
5. Walmart opens 5,000th store in Greenbrier
Log Cabin Democrat writes about the 5,000th U.S. Walmart that opened in Greenbrier, Ark. It is perhaps fitting, given the transformation of the country’s retail environment since Walmart’s first store opened, that this newest location is a Neighborhood Market.
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