Walmart ensuring faster delivery, better availability this holiday

By: Trademagazin editor Date: 2023. 11. 08. 09:24

Walmart is leveraging its enhanced supply chain capabilities to provide a better customer experience this holiday season. 

This will be the first holiday shopping season where in-store and online customers will begin to feel the benefits of Walmart’s next-generation supply chain capabilities, the company said in a post on its web site. Those capabilities will allow the retailer to deliver more convenience with same-day delivery options, more availability on next-day and two-day shipping and more availability and accuracy on products.

Walmart noted it has expanded its reach to nearly 90% of the U.S. population with next- or two-day shipping, including marketplace items shipped by Walmart Fulfillment Services. Its efforts are enhanced by its three new next-generation fulfillment centers (Joliet, Ill.; McCordsville, Ind.; and Lancaster, Tex.), which are now running.

Additionally, Walmart continues to rapidly expand the use of next-generation technology in its distribution centers. This year, over 15% of Walmart stores will receive merchandise from automated distribution centers, helping to get items off trucks and onto the sales floor faster and more efficiently.

In other developments, Walmart will have seven automated market fulfillment centers up and running by Thanksgiving. The centers, which are located within Walmart stores, stock thousands of the most sought-after items.

Earlier this year, Walmart  began offering on-demand delivery slots for same-day delivery. Customers can choose a time that best suits their schedule, which will allow holiday shoppers to  select Express Delivery and receive items in as soon as 30 minutes. With new late night delivery, they can receive items until 10:30 p.m. across 4,000 stores. This is in addition to Walmart’s same-day delivery, Express Delivery and InHome Delivery options.

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