Walmart auctioned various items from one of its closed stores

They were auctioned for a fraction of their retail cost

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During the pandemic, some of us started using delivery services for groceries. Besides, there aren’t many of us who prefer spending our free time grocery shopping, especially after a long day at work. So, due to the changes in our behavior, traditional stores have fewer customers. That’s why Walmart auctioned off items from its closed stores.

What is the future of supermarkets?

Some of the traditional retailers moved to the online shopping platforms. After all, they cost less because they don’t have to pay rent, utilities, and staff. Also, some of them are using both traditional and online stores. Yet, some retailers didn’t adapt to the omnichannel approach. However, they might do it soon.

Many retailers need to reevaluate their business models. In addition, after closing their shops, they were left with many products and tools. That’s one of the reasons why Walmart auctioned various items from its stores.

Is Walmart closing stores in 2024 in the USA?

Walmart’s online operations are going well. Yet, some of its physical stores are not generating profits. So, the brand closed 24 stores in 2023. According to TheStreet, this decision affected 14 states and Washington, D.C. Also, the retailer is closing eight additional stores in 2024.

In addition, Walmart will close its health centers and terminate its health division because they are not a sustainable business model. On top of that, the retailer might focus more on grocery e-commerce, especially since it has a growing online marketplace and competes with Amazon.

Walmart announced in October that it would shut down one of its stores in Columbus, Ohio. The retailer took this decision because the store did not meet financial expectations. However, its associates have the option to move to other locations. Also, they received severance payments.

Last week, Walmart held a liquidation auction and sold some of its merchandise. The action was run online by Grafe Auction. Some of the items people auctioned for are:

  1. Cash registers
  2. Checkout counters
  3. Display racks
  4. Electronics and technology 
  5. Flat-screen TVs
  6. Laptops
  7. Tablets
  8. Furniture
  9. Small appliances
  10. Coolers
  11. Cleaning supplies
  12. Shelving units
  13. Security monitors 
  14. Anti-theft systems
  15. Stock carts
  16. Hand trucks
  17. Ladders

In a nutshell, you should keep an eye on the auction sites. After all, it’s hard to know when traditional stores will auction their equipment for a fraction of their retail price like Walmart did. Also, more retailers might resort to auction sites.

Did you know about the auction? Let us know in the comments.

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