Opinion: Wal-Mart and Amazon are buying their way to the top

A PEDESTRIAN PASSES in front of the new Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle. The retail giant unveiled technology that will let shoppers grab groceries without having to scan and pay for them - in one stroke eliminating the checkout line.
A PEDESTRIAN PASSES in front of the new Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle. The retail giant unveiled technology that will let shoppers grab groceries without having to scan and pay for them - in one stroke eliminating the checkout line. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/DAVID RYDER
NEW YORK - Amazon and Wal-Mart might once have existed in parallel universes, but these days they're in a price war. Both giants are now seeking to make acquisitions to compete on the other's turf. Amazon.com Inc. is going to have a significant brick-and-mortar presence. The only remaining question is when and how. Perhaps it'll be…

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