For Wal-Mart, one thing is clear this holiday season: Getting shoppers into its stores is key.
The world's largest retailer on Thursday offered its first peek at what consumers can expect from the discounter this holiday season. Plans include amplifying its in-store presentation, by playing carols and beefing up its decorations, as well as bringing photos with Santa Claus to many of its locations.
Wal-Mart also said that it will maintain its $50 minimum spending threshold for free delivery of online orders, which encourages shoppers who want to avoid shipping fees for less expensive purchases to pick up their items in the stores. That's in contrast to Best Buy, which is offering free shipping to shoppers with no minimum purchase required.