Walmart launches GoLocal delivery service for other retailers
Walmart has announced that it is commercialising its delivery platform through the creation of a new line of business called Walmart GoLocal.
Forming part of the US retail giant’s strategy to diversify its revenue streams and profit pools, the move will enable companies of all sizes to benefit from its delivery capabilities.
Walmart said businesses taking advantage of the service will be empowered to grow and will benefit from nationwide coverage at competitive pricing. This will include delivery for a range of businesses, including those with size and complex requirements.
John Furner, president and chief executive of 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.”
Over the last three years, Walmart has launched and scaled delivery and express delivery for customers and now offers the service on over 160,000 items from more than 3,000 stores. It also reaches nearly 70% of the US population.
Tom Ward, senior vice president of last mile at Walmart US, said: “We’ve worked hard to develop a reliable last mile delivery programme for our customers. Now, we’re pleased to be able to use these capabilities to serve another set of customers, local merchants. Be it delivering goods from a local bakery to auto supplies from a national retailer, we’ve designed Walmart GoLocal to be customisable for merchants of all sizes and categories so they can focus on doing what they do best, leaving delivery speed and efficiency to us.”
Walmart said it has already established a number of contractual agreements with national and enterprise retail clients and is currently accepting new merchant partners for the service.
The retailer has also recently announced plans to begin offering its technologies and capabilities to help other businesses navigate their digital transformation.
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