Update: Walmart Acquires Jet.com for $3 Billion

Update: Walmart Acquires Jet.com for $3 Billion

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Tara Bellucci
Aug 3, 2016
(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

Update: Walmart & Jet announced the acquisition today. The sale price was $3 billion in cash and $300 million in Walmart shares.

8/3/2016: Just over a week after its first birthday, Jet is reportedly in talks to sell to Walmart, the Wall Street Journal reports. Acquiring the VC-backed e-commerce site could help the retailer close the gap between itself and Amazon in its quest to boost its share of online shopping.

Jet, which started as a subscription service but quickly dropped that to focus on the "smart cart" —an algorithm of basket size, shipping options and merchandise proximity to buyers, to name a few factors—could be a boon to Walmart, whose mantra is "always low prices."

Walmart has made concerted efforts to gain market share in the online shopping realm, including offering a Prime-like membership and utilizing robots and drones. The deal could be worth $3 billion.

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