Walmart is ramping up its e-commerce business with the acquisition of two Bay Area tech companies and plans to hire more than 150 engineers, technicians and developers for the retailer's tech lab.

Walmart's tech arm, San Bruno-based @WalmartLabs, announced this week it had bought Bay Area startups One Ops and Tasty Labs to help the retail giant grow its cloud computing technology and digital shopping platforms to compete with e-commerce rival Amazon.

One Ops, the brainchild of three eBay (EBAY) veterans, launched last year and sells tools to help developers build cloud-based apps. Tasty Labs, founded in 2010, is a Mountain View software development best known for the Web bookmarking service Delicious. Founders from both companies will join @WalmartLabs.

Walmart has been steadily adding new applications to its mobile and online shopping channels, and is expanding its integration with social networks such as Pinterest. In an effort to match e-commerce competitors eBay and Amazon, the retail giant has also recently added options for shoppers to have purchases delivered same-day to their home or a nearby storage locker.

A company spokeswoman said that Walmart will add more than 150 new tech jobs at its Silicon Valley offices by July as it continues to expand its e-commerce services.

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