Wal-Mart is telling Amazon game on.
The big-box retailer is reportedly warning some tech companies that if they want Wal-Mart’s business, they can’t run applications on Amazon’s cloud platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS), a handful of tech companies have told The Wall Street Journal.
Wal-Mart uses some tech vendors’ cloud apps that run on AWS, Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Toporek told the Journal, though he declined to say which apps or how many of them. But Toporek did acknowledge instances where Wal-Mart is pushing for AWS alternatives, the publication reported Wednesday.
Representatives from Amazon and Wal-Mart didn’t immediately respond to additional requests for comment.
Wal-Mart doesn’t appear to be alone in this push to leave AWS, either.
Other large retailers are reportedly requesting — as Wal-Mart has done — that service providers move away from AWS, technology vendors that work with retailers have told the Journal.
Adding to the many growing conflicts of interest, Amazon has confirmed a number of retailers it competes with use AWS, for example GameStop.
The battle between Wal-Mart and Amazon is only heating up, after Amazon announced plans last week to acquire brick-and-mortar grocery retailer Whole Foods. With Amazon stepping into Wal-Mart’s turf in grocery, Wal-Mart has been trying to beef up its e-commerce presence.
Following news last week of an Amazon-Whole Foods buy, Wal-Mart’s stock sank more than 7 percent.
An Amazon spokeswoman, in a conversation with the Journal, referred to Wal-Mart’s latest moves as attempts to “bully” vendors.
“Tactics like this are bad for business and customers,” the spokeswoman told the publication.
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Wal-Mart is reportedly telling its tech vendors to leave Amazon's cloud