Walmart teams with social hub Nextdoor to get neighborly during tough times

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Source: Nextdoor; Photo: Walmart
Apr 24, 2020
George Anderson

Walmart announced yesterday that it is teaming up with the social media site, Nextdoor, which seeks to connect communities based on proximity and shared interests, in the launch of a new program — “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” — that aims to make it easier for people across the country to help others during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Nextdoor members in cities and towns across America can now request assistance or offer to help someone in their local community by shopping for their essential items at Walmart’s stores.

The initiative seeks to create a support network for the most vulnerable within society by coordinating shopping trips to Walmart. A person who is already planning a shopping trip to their local store can pick up groceries, medications and other essential items for a neighbor or coordinate a home delivery. All of the above can be done contact-free. It cuts down on the number of people going outside their homes and reduces the number of contacts for Walmart associates.

Nextdoor members looking to participate in “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” can do so by logging onto their accounts on the social site or through its app. Members who click on the “Groups” tab will see local Walmart stores in their areas. They will be prompted to share a message in their local group feed to indicate if they need help or want to help. Once they connect, neighbors can work out shopping trip details on Nextdoor’s message board or via its direct messaging. Participants are encouraged to make use of contact-free delivery options and payments.

Janey Whiteside, the retailer’s chief customer officer, expressed her admiration for Walmart’s team members who are “working together during this challenging time, leading with humanity, compassion and understanding.” She cited the Nextdoor partnership as another example of the retailer’s efforts to support its customers and associates.

Nextdoor reports that it has seen a seven-fold increase in the number of people who have joined its “Groups” in recent weeks to help their neighbors.

“We’ve been blown away by the number of members who have raised their hands to run an errand, go to the grocery store or pick up a prescription for a neighbor,” said Sarah Friar, Nextdoor CEO.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Will Walmart’s participation in “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” have a lasting effect on its brand equity? Have you seen other retailers step up to lead the way in community building activities during this difficult time?

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"This partnership can inject compassion into Walmart’s brand image by connecting vulnerable consumers to timely solutions."
"It takes a village. And apparently, a retailer. Walmart is really stepping up in new ways that connect consumers to its stores."
"It’s fascinating to watch Walmart’s evolution from its “nothing but everything at low prices” to being a business and brand finding its soul."

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8 Comments on "Walmart teams with social hub Nextdoor to get neighborly during tough times"


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Mark Ryski
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Walmart has done a remarkable job of supporting their employees and the community at large during this crisis and this program is just the latest example. Yes, I believe that these actions by Walmart – and all retailers who conduct themselves with compassion and caring for the greater good – will be rewarded with consumer loyalty.

Neil Saunders
BrainTrust

This is a great idea as Nextdoor has an established network that links local people. The platform is used by folks of all ages and backgrounds. Being able to see who needs assistance for shopping and then undertake that for them is fulfilling a genuine need. Credit to Walmart for thinking of this.

Richard Hernandez
BrainTrust

Great idea and good community support. I know a lot of people are already doing this on their own, looking in on more elderly neighbors to make sure they have enough food or making sure they are in good health. Other retailers are also doing this independently as well.

Lisa Goller
BrainTrust

Walmart has always been committed to serving local communities. This partnership can inject compassion into Walmart’s brand image by connecting vulnerable consumers to timely solutions.

Georganne Bender
BrainTrust

It takes a village. And apparently, a retailer. Walmart is really stepping up in new ways that connect consumers to its stores. It’s easy to check on people we know, in my neighborhood we text one another when one of us goes on a food run. But Walmart via Nextdoor makes it easy to watch out for neighbors you may not know. It’s a wonderful idea.

Gene Detroyer
BrainTrust

Not only is this a good idea, it will be a lasting idea.

Other retailers will be able to do nice things like this, but few will be able to do it as completely as Walmart. When the world opens up, people will continue to connect this way and help others.

Bravo to the team that thought to do this at Walmart.

Phil Rubin
BrainTrust
5 months 1 day ago

It’s fascinating to watch Walmart’s evolution from its “nothing but everything at low prices” to being a business and brand finding its soul. For the cynical, it likely appears they are attempting to do so, but they are clearly far ahead of Amazon in this area and starting to encroach on, if not surpass, Target.

Nextdoor is likewise fascinating, as it has continued to emerge as filling the void left by the disruption and destruction of local media, namely newspapers.

Bottom line is that this will undoubtedly help Walmart continue to be an increasingly likable, trustworthy and essential brand.

Craig Sundstrom
Guest

I’m torn on this: nice idea, or blatant commercialism? I’ll withhold judgement (but I’m leaning toward the latter).

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"This partnership can inject compassion into Walmart’s brand image by connecting vulnerable consumers to timely solutions."
"It takes a village. And apparently, a retailer. Walmart is really stepping up in new ways that connect consumers to its stores."
"It’s fascinating to watch Walmart’s evolution from its “nothing but everything at low prices” to being a business and brand finding its soul."

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