“We anticipate being able to have the iPad later this year,” Gary Severson, senior vice president of entertainment for Wal-Mart’s U.S. stores, told Business Week.
This isn’t much of a surprise because the nation’s largest retailer already sells the iPhone and iPod but it’s another sign that Apple’s tablet is taking off. Wal-Mart is also making a big push for electronics and it wants to take some of the starch out of Best Buy’s collar. It plans to train employees to be more savvy with electronics – they may finally be knowledgeable enough to tell you how to set up a WiFi router or how to properly connect your Blu-Ray player. Don’t laugh, as I’ve found many people tear their hair out over these types of procedures.
Wal-Mart is a critical ally for pretty much anyone who’s selling retail products because it has such enormous reach. This could lead to a boost in iPad sales, but Apple doesn’t seem to be hurting in that regard so far. The tablet has already sold more than 1 million units in less than a month, and it is well on its way to generating $1 billion in the quarter.