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Walmart’s $3.3 billion acquisition of is now official. Next comes the hard part.

It’s an uphill battle as Amazon continues to gain steam. headquarters in Hoboken, N.J.
Jason Del Rey has been a business journalist for 15 years and has covered Amazon, Walmart, and the e-commerce industry for the last decade. He was a senior correspondent at Vox.

Done. Deal.

Walmart announced on Monday that its monster $3.3 billion acquisition of e-commerce startup is official. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon broke the news with a photo posted to Instagram on Monday. Startup-y!

In a blog post, McMillon explained the deal by saying, “Walmart and obsess about saving customers time and money. By joining forces, we’ll be better at doing both, creating seamless shopping from app to site to store.”

After the honeymoon ends, the challenges for both sides will be many.

For one, Amazon continues to gain market share in the U.S. and doesn’t appear to be losing any steam, while Walmart’s e-commerce growth has decelerated for most of the past year and a half. also has to prove that it can develop a loyal customer base over many years, not just one powered by heavy advertising spending. And for Jet CEO Marc Lore, who will also run, there’s the tough task of bridging the gap between the company’s e-commerce efforts based in Silicon Valley and the core brick-and-mortar operation, which still accounts for the vast majority of revenue, in Arkansas.

There’s a lot of money riding on both sides overcoming these challenges.

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