It’s a lot more fun to Wal-Mart watch than it is to Wal-Mart shop. When you shop there, you have to worry about supporting a venture that is dicey at best for the greater economic good. When you Wal-Mart watch, you get to hypothesize about its complete lack of fear when it comes to using its size to squeeze impossible deals out of suppliers.
My latest Wal-Mart watching has to do with that hammerlock leverage. Wal-Mart just announced it’s buying Vudu, a startup which supplies movie rentals and purchases over the internet. Vudu has deals with all the major studios, including a large library of high-definition movies.
[read the rest of my column at digiday:DAILY]