You all know my obsession with shopping at Walmart Canada during off-peak hours. Yes, I am that girl, bundled up at 7:00am on a Sunday morning, pushing her cart through gloriously non-trafficked aisles. It’s probably one of the best feelings in the world!
Of course, the only snag in the ol’ plan is the fact that I actually have to bundle up and leave my house at 7:00am. Hence, when I heard about Walmart’s brand new e-commerce site, to say I was tickled pink is an understatement.
“Walmart Canada is looking to re-define the way customers shop online with the launch of its new e-commerce site. The newly redesigned site ensures customers get a seamless browsing experience , whether they’re shopping on a traditional desktop or laptop computer, a Smartphone or a tablet. Designed with a “tablet and touch” sensibility, the site features advanced functionalities such as a best-in-class search tool, location-based and personalized services, a simplified one-page checkout process and a guest checkout option, which allows customers to shop online without having to create an account.” – Walmart Canada
Good News: The new www.walmart.ca features a larger product selection across key categories such as baby, electronics, home and dry grocery.
GREAT News: There is FREE standard shipping on EVERY purchase – that’s right, no minimum spend!
Recently, Walmart reached out to me to see if I’d like to participate in a shopping challenge; spend $100 on items I’d normally shop for in-store using their new e-commerce site. Well, you know me – challenge accepted!
The first awesome thing? I was able to shop close to midnight from the comfort of my own home. The site was easy to use, a breeze to navigate, and most importantly, the search function performed better than expected. This is key for me, because I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to shop an e-commerce site with a sub-par search tool.
Second, I was able to find a mix of everything from personal items to gift ideas – all under one virtual roof, and, at fabulous prices! Think it’s epic when you see the “Rollback” sign in-store? Wait until you see it online. It’s like the heavens part, friends.
Finally, I am duly impressed with the “suggested items” feature, because I found the products to be of interest, and I actually clicked through the suggestions a few times (which I rarely do).
So, it’s late at night, I’ve got a list of items I’d normally grab at my local Walmart store, and $100 to spend. What did I grab?
1. Disney Pixar Cars 2: The Video Game (3DS): A little birdie told me that Ryder *may* be receiving a Nintendo DS for Christmas. So, why not have his favourite movie characters ready to play? At just $19.83, I know it’ll bring him hours of entertainment over the long, holiday break.
2. Disney Cars Wheeled Backpack: My little wanderluster deserves his own little rolling suitcase, and this wheeled backpack, on Rollback for just $16, fits the bill perfectly. I’m starting to realize that my boys travel like their mama! They need colouring sheets, activity books, puzzles, snacks, toys… and that’s just what goes into their carry-on!
3. Bob Marley Good Music T-Shirt: My husband and I don’t really trade gifts, but we do trade stocking stuffers. At just $10, it’s a no brainer, and I think he’ll love this jammin’ tee.
4. Playtex Diaper Genie Diaper Disposal System 3 Pack Refill: Remember my new niece? She’s a champion pooper. And I’m remembering a time when both my boys were babies, and the most wonderful thing was when a friend or family member showed up at the house with diapers, formula or diaper genie refills. Because it’s the little expenses that add up; the ones you don’t necessary count on when you’re a first time parent. Therefore, in addition to the toys and clothes she will be spoiled with, the refills are a present for mommy and daddy.
5. Starbucks K-Cups Pike Place Roast: Merry Christmas to me, and all the stress I’ll be under for the next few weeks. Technically, this is not a gift – it’s a way of life.
6. Dial Liquid Hand Soap and Crest Complete Toothpaste: Came across these little wonders on Rollback ($1.96 and $1.67) while I was looking for something else. What did I tell you about finding personal items, video games and tee shirts – all in one place? It’s magical.
So… how did I make out? Did I complete the $100 challenge? You bet – with $0.20 to spare!
Are you as excited as I am that Walmart.ca is now offering enhanced online shopping? Just a few shopping days left to take advantage of FREE delivery before Christmas!