Walmart news

13 January 2020
Walmart is due to introduce shelf-scanning robots to 650 additional US stores by the end of this summer, hence increasing its total fleet to 1000 stores. Designed by Bossa Nova Robotics Inc. The robots, which are designed by San Francisco-based Bossa Nova Robotics Inc., are six-foot tall, and equipped with 15 cameras. They are able to update product availability, flag out-of-stocks and ensu...
10 January 2020
Walmart has introduced the automated “Alphabot” system, which picks and packs groceries at high speeds to fulfil orders for pickup and online.  The system, which has been developed exclusively for Walmart by Alert Innovation, will help Walmart to compete with Amazon and Kroger for shoppers’ online grocery spending. Source: Walmart   How does the system work? The Alphabot robots m...
17 December 2019
This is the third blog in a series in which we review how the supply chain trends we identified for 2019 have played out. This week, I’ll be looking at Micro-fulfilment on a macro scale . Today’s fast-moving retail environment prompts grocers to be proactive in order to stay ahead of competitors and meet consumers’ soaring expectations. One way retailers have tackled this is through a relat...
16 December 2019
Flipkart, India’s largest online retailer, and its parent company Walmart have announced a joint investment in Bengaluru-based fresh produce supply chain management company Ninjacart. Strengthening direct sourcing of fresh produce The new partnership will bolster direct sourcing of fresh produce for Walmart India’s Best Price Modern Wholesale stores and Flipkart’s online grocery arm Flipkar...
11 December 2019
Walmart has teamed up with robotics startup Nuro to launch a pilot program that is aimed to test autonomous grocery delivery in Houston, Texas, over the next few months. The pilot to use R2 driverless vehicles The autonomous grocery delivery pilot will be using Nuro’s custom-built driverless and passenger-free delivery vehicle, called R2, in addition to its current fleet of autonomous Toyot...
11 December 2019
In response to intense competition, where consumers are demanding more for less, several retailers have decided to streamline operations and reduce operating costs. One approach to support these objectives is to vertically integrate aspects of the supply chain. What’s vertical integration? Vertical integration is a strategic decision that sees a business take ownership of part, or the ent...
15 November 2019
Walmart Canada has teamed up with blockchain company DTL Labs to roll-out a new automated blockchain-based network for freight tracking and payments management. The world's largest full production blockchain solution for any industrial application The new network uses distributed ledger technology to improve freight and payment processing, enabling users to automatically trace deliveries, v...
16 October 2019
Following plans announced earlier this year, Walmart has made its ‘InHome’ delivery service available to 1m customers in Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Vero Beach, Florida. This enables customers to have their online grocery orders delivered directly into their fridge at home. Membership based programme Through this service, Walmart is aiming to make its customers’ lives easier by not requirin...
14 October 2019
Uber announced that it acquired a majority stake in Santiago-based grocery delivery service Cornershop, paving the way for the expansion of its food delivery service. Context Few days ago, Walmart Canada made a deal with Cornershop to expand its trial of express grocery delivery within the Greater Toronto area, while last year, Walmart has tried to buy the same delivery company for $225 m...
11 October 2019
Walmart Canada has announced the expansion of its pilot of the Cornershop express grocery delivery. About Cornershop Cornershop is a Santiago (Chile)-based online grocery marketplace. Customers can order groceries through the Cornershop app or website. Cornershop personal shoopers then go to a participating store to pick and pack their orders. In case an item is not available, customers are...