Walmart Announces Big Changes This Holiday Season

Tracy Stengel
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Walmart has been working to streamline their supply chain and enhance store and delivery capabilities to give customers the ultimate shopping experience. Now it is paying off.

They have made huge investments in cutting-edge technology to meet or surpass Walmart customer’s expectations, whether they shop in-store or online.

This is the first holiday season customers will start to see what this next-generation supply chain can do. Coupled with Walmart associates, they have the ability to offer same-day delivery options, offer next-day and two-day shipping to more customers with increased accuracy, and make the toys, food, and gifts on the top of this season’s wish list more available to everyone.

As the holidays approach, you can take advantage of On-Demand delivery slots for same-day delivery. Just select Express Delivery and receive your order as fast as 30 minutes. Late Night Delivery services run until 10:30 PM across 4,000 stores.

Walmart also has other Express Delivery and In Home Delivery options in addition to their same-day delivery. Walmart is determined to meet the demands of their customers no matter how, what, or when they want it.

Walmart announced their stores are staffed and ready. They have more independent contractors on the Spark Driver platform than ever before. They estimate they can offer same-day delivery service to more than 80% of the population.

Walmart estimates their next-day or two-day shipping reach has grown to 90% of the population. This includes orders sent out by Walmart Fulfillment Services.

Several next-generation fulfillment centers, each around 1.5 million square feet, allows Walmart to have a bigger supply of the most in-demand toys, electronics, clothes, and gifts. The huge fulfillment centers and vast improvements to their transportation network have drastically increased the number of orders they can fill and ship the next day.

Walmart now has an AI-generated inventory management system that distributes products according to customer demand. For instance, their AI can detect if a particular toy is in high demand on the West Coast, an article of clothing is wanted primarily in the Midwest, a certain food is popular on the East Coast, or an appliance has high appeal in the South and then automatically send more of those items to the stores in that region.

Seven automated market fulfillment centers will be up and running by Thanksgiving. They are capable of stocking thousands of the hottest products. The inventory inside the centers is arranged to expedite and fulfill pickup and delivery orders.

In today’s press release, Walmart states, “We know convenience and speed of delivery are top of mind for customers, and we’ve done a lot to prepare in advance of the holiday season. We’re ready to deliver the holiday magic to our customers with speed and precision, helping them spend less time worrying and more time focusing on what matters most.”

When doing your holiday shopping, are you more likely to shop in-store or online? How important is fast shipping to you? Would you order a different gift from a different store if you couldn’t get it delivered in two days or less? I’d love to read your opinions in the comments!

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