Walmart’s redesign builds on its new landing page for home shopping debuted earlier this year. The retailer also is expected to create a “fashion destination” online, starting with its partnership with Hudson’s Bay‘s Lord & Taylor. That’s set to launch “over the coming weeks,” Walmart said. And according to Lore, shoppers should expect similar tie-ups with other apparel brands.
“The focus has been on home and fashion because that’s the opportunity to make the most impact,” Lore said. Those categories have “always been more transaction oriented,” he said, while Walmart wants the shopping experience to include more “browse and discovery.”
The new Walmart.com will also have “specialty shopping experiences.” The goal is to make shoppers feel as if they are browsing a niche shop when they look through different categories on the new website.
Target has already had some success in taking this approach with its website. In launching new apparel and furniture brands like A New Day and Opalhouse, for example, Target has designed landing pages on its website to make shopping destinations with a boutique feel. Macy’s is also in the midst of an overhaul to its website.
Lore, who founded Jet.com, said Walmart customers have called the retailer’s current website “overwhelming” at times, with too much text and too many links on any given page. The redesigned version is much less of that, with modern fonts and clearer imagery. Walmart has opted for a palette of softer colors, straying from the iconic neon blue in its logo.
In fact, the Walmart logo is hardly noticeable on the new website, aside from on a toggle bar in the top corner. Shoppers might not realize, at first glance, they’re scrolling through Walmart.com.
Even the ad placements on Walmart’s new website will be more subtle and blend into the overall aesthetic. “With these changes, brands will have opportunities to better tell their stories on Walmart.com,” Lore said.