Nov 18

The winner in Amazon and Walmart’s holiday showdown is you

The holiday season is meant to celebrate peace on earth, but there’s no love lost in cyberspace where an unparalleled battle is shaping up between Walmart and Amazon.

While this is serious business for them, the fun part is that you — the consumer — get to help decide the winner from your smartphone or computer.

Which mammoth e-commerce retailer will get more of your money? This year, it’s more of a toss-up than before.

Through a series of shrewd e-commerce acquisitions and related in-house expansion, Walmart is emerging as Amazon’s most formidable online rival — not only for the year-end buying spree but the foreseeable future.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., during an upbeat Thursday quarterly investor conference call that highlighted a 50 percent surge in the retailer’s domestic e-commerce sales.

Walmart is going to need all the strength and momentum it can muster to beat the always-expanding Amazon at its own game. The Arkansas-based retailer, with dozens of Walmart stores in and around Chicago, is counting on some recent deals to make a huge difference.

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