Walmart will deliver packages for different organizations across the US in a bid to rival Amazon, which likewise works a purported “last mile” service.
In the new offering, called Walmart GoLocal, representatives of the organization’s Spark delivery network will get items from local stores and deliver them to customers’ doorsteps that same day.
The move comes as Walmart looks to rival Amazon — which runs a “last mile” service called Flex — and as traditional shippers like the US Postal Service, FedEx and UPS battle to stay aware of delivery demand, which has surged over the previous 18 months as the Covid pandemic has pushed more shoppers online.
“Be it delivering goods from a local bakery to auto supplies from a national retailer, we’ve designed Walmart GoLocal to be customizable for merchants of all sizes and categories,” said Tom Ward, senior vice president of Walmart’s US last mile business.
Walmart declined to give points of interest about the program’s expense structure, yet said it would be “competitively priced.”
Walmart’s Spark service at present covers in excess of 500 cities, Walmart Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs said keep going week on an earnings call. It was not promptly clear if the GoLocal services will be accessible in each city that presently has Spark.
The organization — which recently offered warehouse workers $1,000 bonuses to avoid their summer breaks in the midst of a surge in delivery demand — is likewise investigating drones and autonomous vehicles to assist with building its delivery network.
The pandemic-era strain on delivery networks is relied upon to additional increment this holiday season, observers say.
During the current year’s peak holiday season, delivery demand will surpass delivery providers’ ability by a whopping 5 million packages each day, UPS Chief Executive Officer Carol Tomé told examiners in July.
UPS likewise recently said it was additionally investigating super-fast local delivery options like those offered by Amazon and Walmart.
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