By  on March 8, 2019

Bentonville, Ark., will forever be known as the birthplace of Walmart Inc., but a little-known fact is that the retailer has been quietly growing its presence in Silicon Valley since 2011 as it fights back in the Amazon era by plowing millions of dollars into bolstering its digital business and improving the in-store experience.

The drive began when Walmart bought Mountain View, Ca.-based tech start-up Kosmix in 2011 for a reported $300 million, subsequently renaming it Walmart Labs and growing it by acquiring 14 more companies.

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