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Walmart Enters Blockchain Ecosystem with Walmart Leaf (WAL)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9th, 2018

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Jennifer Stanton
Walmart Projects
jens@walmartprojects.com
1-800-331-0085 x208

Walmart Enters Blockchain Ecosystem with Walmart Leaf (WAL)

One billion tokens readily available for purchase.

ARKANSAS– Walmart Inc. is pleased to announce the development of a new blockchain service WalmartLeaf.com, the decentralized financial asset management network, to realize the world’s most reliable retail money transfer system and the ability to finalize transactions in less than 2 seconds. Suppliers will transition ecommerce payments from cash to digital on the Ethereum network in the form of ERC20 Tokens. By combining WalmartLabs payments business expertise with advanced blockchain technology implemented on the WalmartProjects platform, the aim is to offer a new retail payment network service from fiscal year 2019 compatible with IoT and other new technologies.

Blockchain has been attracting attention in the past few years due to its potential to strengthen protection against falsification of transactions and drastically lower costs.  Many financial institutions around the world have partnered with IT firms to test various proof of concept designs. In this environment, Walmart Inc. has engaged in numerous collaborative research projects with VISA, focusing on VISA’s high-speed network and distributed computing technology.

Presale of the Walmart Leaf Tokens (WAL) will begin October 2018 will last until 75% (750,000,000 WAL) are distributed and 25% (250,000,000) is retained for sale to Walmart retailers. In total 1,000,000,000 WAL tokens are assigned. Purchasers from the presale will receive an email to claim their tokens within a few days.

Walmart Leaf has partnered with several top-tier cryptocurrency exchanges including Binance, Huobi, Poloniex, and Bitfinex. Once the distribution is complete, tokens will be available for trade using those platforms.

The new payment network will be a diverse payment service equipped with an interface that can be used as a communications network to track products, and including functions for the transfer and management of value through blockchain. This will allow for a significant reduction of transaction costs for all kinds of payment services and could support a large expansion in transaction numbers.

About Walmart

Walmart Inc., formerly Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,593 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.4 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy, and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

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Taking the Booming Cosplay Industry to the Next Level with Tokenization

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In the past couple of decades, some aspects of Japanese culture have begun to spread like wildfire through the rest of the world. Foremost among them is the fascinating and thought-provoking world of Japanese comics and animation.

At the same time, it’s become increasingly popular for fans to interact with each other and express their enthusiasm for manga and anime through cosplay, where people dress up as their favorite fictional characters or even create their own.

In fact, cosplay has grown to be a jaw-dropping $45 billion industry, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. However, the industry and its participants aren’t without problems.

At the top of the list of issues holding the cosplay industry back are those associated with copyright and revenue sharing. As with most any global industry, there is inefficiency due to language barriers, different currencies, and varying regulatory guidelines for intellectual property.

So, how can blockchain technology help? There are a handful of answers to that question, actually. A few are:

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The race for No. 2: Ripple’s XRP is growing, and Ethereum is shrinking. Why?

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Over the last three weeks, Ripple’s XRP cryptocurrency has been raising in price slowly but steadily. As we write this article, it’s trading in green numbers at $0.422 even during the current bearish run of the market, which means despite regular market dips, it’s doubled its price in a relatively short time.

Moreover, for some days during the recent period, it’s been the world’s second coin, beating Ethereum. But will that be consistent? Should Ethereum be worried? Well, maybe. Ripple advancements and XRP’s massive growth is undoubtedly putting Ethereum’s dominance in question.

Ethereum came live in 2015, and it quickly became the most crucial blockchain in the world, second only to Bitcoin. It became the dominant platform for smart-contracts and many of today’s most exciting blockchain technologies came to life using Ethereum’s operating system (Tron and EOS are the primary examples).

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There is a lot of buzz around Ripple and SWIFT concerning a possible partnership. However, this buzz around them has become more intense as Ripple’s partner, Santander, partnered with SWIFT to launch its services in countries such as Argentina, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The announcement came in today. The Spanish banking giant also plans to expand its services to further countries in 2019.

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The event is slated to hold on the 22nd to 25th of October. The main reason for the speculation that Ripple and SWIFT will be partners is since many FinTech companies – including banks – are using SWIFT for global cross-border remittances, and on the other hand, Ripple’s technology is becoming predominant to aid cross-border payments.

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Santander believes that its partnership with SWIFT will help it deliver “rapid and frictionless cross-border with fast payment tracking.”

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