July 5, 2022
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Walmart announced yesterday its plans to buy Art.com, a specialty e-retailer of art, posters, and wall decor. Art.com will continue to operate as a standalone site, and its products will be available on other recently acquired Walmart sites like Jet.com and Hayneedle.com. The deal is expected to close early next year.

Art.com offers affordable prints and art pieces, caters to millennials and people looking to decorate their first apartments. The company has been around since 1998, and many people have come across it at some point while trying to decorate their college dorm. It’s a little more grown-up now, featuring home decor offerings and more than 2 million curated images that appeal to millennials with Crate & Barrel dreams on a CB2 budget.

Walmart says the pieces customers choose will allow them to make personalized recommendations and give them a better understanding of design aesthetics, color preferences, complementary pieces like rugs, furniture, etc. and, even insight into the size of the space.

Now what Walmart is trying is to establish itself as a specialty retail destination for the home, and this deal is another step in its quest to take on Amazon. Now, Amazon offers art prints in addition to original work from artists and dealers. 

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