Apr 27, 2022
Walmart is leaning into another celebrity collaboration to help boost sales of outdoor living products.
The retailer announced the launch of the Dave and Jenny Marrs Collection for Better Homes & Gardens. The line from the HGTV celebrities includes “30 outdoor home and décor items designed to create the perfect backyard oasis.”
The collection features outdoor furniture, rugs, lanterns and planters with prices ranging from around $ 11.97 for a planter up to $ 997 for a teak wood outdoor dining table.
Julie Barber, senior vice president, hardlines, Walmart US, writing on a company blog, said the new line “features neutral colors and handcrafted elements with natural wood and clay, chunky open weaves and antique brass, reflecting the style Dave and Jenny have in their own home. ”
Walmart is hoping that fans of the Marrs’ “Fixer to Fabulous” home remodeling show will be drawn to the curated collection of “Perfectly imperfect” products that make up the line and catch the attention of shoppers who may not have previously thought of the retailer as an outdoor living destination.
“It’s the perfect time to launch this exciting new brand and assortment of outdoor living items,” wrote Ms. Barber. “Over the past few years, customers have viewed their outdoor spaces as curated design extensions of their indoor living spaces, and we see this trend continuing. New items will drop seasonally, and we are excited to expand to indoor furniture and décor in the near future. ”
The new line gives Walmart an answer to rival Target’s Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collaboration with Chip and Joanna Gaines. The line launched in November 2017 initially featured 300 giftables, home décor and tabletop SKUs.
Walmart’s plans for the Marrs Collection are part of a greater emphasis for it to be seen as an innovative destination for home products. The retailer last year introduced the Gap Home collection on walmart.com. The line, which initially featured over 400 bedding, bath and other home essentials, including products made with organic cotton and recycled materials, has since been expanded to furniture, as well.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Will Walmart’s collaboration with Dave and Jenny Marrs help make it a viable home products alternative to Target and its Hearth & Hand with Magnolia line? Will consumers, previously resistant to shopping at Walmart, view it differently based on such collaborations?
“They may never top Target’s brand recognition and their incredible collaboration initiatives but I’m excited to see what Walmart brings to the table with this new launch.”