The global chief executive of Walmart has disclosed crypto’s importance in Walmart’s future. The executive said,
“Crypto will become an important part of how customers transact. We want to make sure that we make it friction free for customers to be able to transact.”
Suresh Kumar, Chief Development Officer and Walmart Global Chief Technology Officer, talked about cryptocurrency at Tuesday’s Yahoo Finance’s All Market Summit. Responding to a question about crypto’s importance in Walmart’s future, Kumar said:
“I think that there are three major areas of disruption. Crypto falls in sort of the middle of it. I have talked before about how customers are getting inspired and discovering products. That is changing.”
Kumar further stated:
“Part of that is going to happen in the metaverse. Part of that will happen on live streams inside your social media app. So whether it is physical or virtual goods, they [crypto] play a part in what the customer wants. Crypto will become an important part of how customers transact. We want to make sure that we make it friction free for customers to transact, and to be able to buy, and how they can derive value out of it.”
In addition, the Walmart executive said:
“And that is where I think a lot of the disruption will start happening in terms of different payment methods and options. The role of crypto is going to continue to play a vital role in that. And obviously, we want to be there where the customer needs us to be.”
“The last part of it is how products get discovered. Products get delivered. A lot of disruption going on over there,” and elaborated by saying,” When you specifically talk about crypto, it is going to be about the discovery of products, whether physical or virtual inside, either the metaverse or upfront, and then how people transact.”
Walmart Into Metaverse
End of last year, Walmart filed many trademark applications covering metaverse, cryptocurrency, and non-fungible tokens and services.
This act generally made way for the giant retailer to offer its NFTs and cryptocurrencies in the metaverse, an online platform connecting worlds that combine augmented, physical, and virtual reality elements.
With the launch of Universe of Play on Roblox and Walmart Land, done last month, Walmart entered the metaverse.
Although Roblox is a traditional Web2 game revolving around user-generated information, Walmart’s decision to launch the game could serve as a stepping stone for a deeper dive into online worlds.
As a result, America’s giant retailer will get into Web3 metaverse games built around NFTs and other cryptocurrencies.
Walmart has also been actively looking into the possibilities of the underlying blockchain technology.
Walmart is an American retail corporation that services several nations across the globe. The giant retailer runs a chain of hypermarkets, grocery stores, and department stores from the U.S headquarters based in Bentonville, Arkansas.