Walmart Inc. agreed to use Microsoft Corp.’s cloud technology to power functions that could include algorithms for purchasing and sales-data sharing with vendors, the two companies said, deepening a partnership between two of Amazon.com Inc.’s most powerful rivals.
The five-year deal, to be announced Tuesday, pairs Amazon’s AMZN, +0.52% largest retail competitor with its closest challenger in cloud computing. Walmart WMT, -0.07% has warmed recently to working with technology companies, as it fends off Amazon’s retail ambitions and expertise in data.
The shared rivalry with Amazon “is absolutely core to this,” Microsoft MSFT, -0.49% CEO Satya Nadella said in an interview.
“How do we get more leverage as two organizations that have depth and breadth and investment to be able to outrun our respective competition,” Nadella said.
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