Walmart has announced a new line of business, Walmart GoLocal, that extends its expertise in delivering goods to customers to businesses of all sizes.
Walmart GoLocal has already established several contractual agreements with national and enterprise retail clients and is currently accepting select new merchant partners via Walmart’s official website.
Walmart GoLocal is built on the proven ability of the retailer to efficiently scale delivery capabilities. Because in just three years, the retailer has delivered 160,000+ items to its customers from more than 3,000 stores.
With the introduction of express delivery, it has reached nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population and is growing using its existing delivery network, including drones and autonomous vehicles, according to a Walmart press release.
White-label delivery as a service offering enables businesses to grow using Walmart’s delivery capabilities and nationwide coverage at competitive prices.
These include a variety of deliveries, gem size, and complex requirements, as well as the flexibility to meet different deadlines that will allow the business to expand rapidly for additional innovative offers.
As well, the business is an important part of the company’s overall strategy, which includes diversifying its revenue streams and profit pool through initiatives such as Walmart Connect and Walmart Perfection Services.
It was launched just weeks after retailers announced plans to begin providing technology and capabilities to help other businesses navigate their own digital transformation.
John Furner, president, and CEO, Walmart US said, “In an era where customers have come to expect speed and reliability, it’s more important than ever for businesses to work with a service provider that understands a merchant’s needs. Walmart has spent years building and scaling commerce capabilities that support our network of more than 4,700 stores and we look forward to helping other businesses have access to the same reliable, quality, and low-cost services.”
In the meantime, they have worked hard to develop a reliable last-mile delivery program for their customers. Now, they are pleased to be able to use these capabilities to serve another set of customers, local merchants.
Regard this, Tom Ward, senior vice president, last mile, Walmart US said, “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 so they can focus on doing what they do best, leaving delivery speed and efficiency to us.”