Wal-Mart's Global Efforts Getting More Aggressive

Wal-Mart is pursuing a "globally scaleable" system that would essentially act as a kit of online parts--with elements such as data mining and customer analysis--that could be readily deployed in different markets, according to this report in the Financial Times.

The globalization effort is hardly new for Wal-Mart. In the UK, Wal-Mart's Asda unit delivers groceries, general goods and financial services. In Mexico, the re-tailer's 63 upmarket Superama neighbourhood stores also offer an online delivery service that includes groceries. But the retailer is now recruiting software architects and engineers at its San Francisco web headquarters to make a concerted effort, the FT reported.