Walmart is Delivering for Customers This Holiday Season
Walmart | September 29, 2022
Walmart has a long history of supporting customers, especially during the busiest and most important time of the year – the holiday season. In recent weeks, you’ve probably seen Walmart highlighting how their kicking off the holiday season, offering the best deals on the season’s top toys and bringing on additional associates to ensure their getting customers what they want and need during the holidays.
Optimizing Walmart's supply chain operations end-to-end and working closely with their carriers across ports, rail and delivery to ensure an efficient flow of merchandise into stores and strong in-stock levels for customers. Serving customers by fulfilling orders through their 4,700 stores located within 10 miles of 90% of the population. Walmart's offering convenient pickup and delivery options for more than 240,000 items, Express Delivery within 2 hours and Free Next-Day or Two-Day Delivery on online orders.
Bringing customers fast, reliable delivery through the Spark Driver platform, their largest local delivery service provider reaching 84% of U.S. households across 10,000 pickup points.
Introducing an extended return policy along with convenient curbside returns at customers’ local stores and providing more convenience for Walmart+ members through InHome Delivery and easy return pick-up from home.
Testing and expanding their local delivery capabilities with drone delivery and autonomous and electric vehicles, including expanding their DroneUp delivery network to 34 sites by the end the year with the potential to reach 4 million U.S. households across six states.
Building four next generation fulfillment centers over the next three years, with their first opening recently in Joliet, Illinois. These investments in automation and innovation enable Walmart to flow products faster through their distribution and fulfillment network into stores. Deploying automated technology in three distribution centers with three more slated to go live before the end of this year.
Hiring approximately 40,000 associates across their U.S. business ahead of the holidays, which includes investing in and training their team of supply chain associates by growing their Walmart Private Fleet. Walmart is building on their network of drivers by bringing on an additional 1,500 associates to ensure their fleet is prepared to drive and deliver this holiday season and beyond. This holiday season, Walmart customers can rest assured that their ready to deliver the items they want and need this holiday season at the Every Day Low Prices they expect from Walmart.