Walmart is one of the leading players in the local retail business has been continuously upgrading to use renewable energy for the transport of men and material. In the last couple of years, the company has taken forward multiple initiatives combining with many startup companies in achieving its mission to use 100% energy as a source of fuel. The all-electric self-driving car designed by Cruise consumes electricity as fuel is used for delivering products to its customers. Prior to this Walmart has been using petrol combustible vehicles for delivering its products to its customers. As part of its mission, the company has been eliminating major non-renewable products consuming equipment by replacing with sustainable products.
As a part of Walmart’s efforts to reach zero emissions by 2040. The company has included electrically charged vehicles in the fleet of delivery cars. It’s said that that the company has also been testing the drone for delivering the product to the different locations which consumes much less electric fuel than the cars and also doesn’t need any kind of manual operations. Many startup companies are already working on developing drone devices that are capable to carry heavy load using the electric battery as its prime fuel. There are many chances that Walmart might be using those high powered AI machines in delivering products. Initial testing of these electric vehicles is expected to get started during the Scottsdale, Ariz in 2021.
Self-driving cars developed by Cruise is said to come with Artificial Intelligence application which can successfully make contactless deliveries possible within a short span of time to the local orders. Cruise is not the only company that Walmart is signing a potential deal, other than this company is also in talks with the leading electric automobile manufacturers for developing such delivery vehicles. The company has also signed a project with Udelv in developing autonomous-driving van. This project is also expected to be tested in Surprise, Ariz. Ford has also been included as a strategic partner in providing guidance and support to transport order in fixed routes from the warehouse to warehouse and also for pickup points.
Autonomous delivery is one of the efficient strategies to speed up and improve their delivery performance. The company believes that employing AI device in their work might increase its efficiency to a considerable extent. Walmart+ is a digital product which provides membership opportunities to its customers which is much similar to the Amazon Prime. The company has been upgrading its membership programs to compete with the other similar players in the market. The same-day grocery delivery feature has been in its final stage of testing by partnering with Instacart. This startup company had been developing software digital products that provide excellent features in the logistics business.
Walmart has employed an automated drone pilot for delivering their customers orders in North Carolina through a partnership program with Flytrex. Tom Ward, SVP of Customer Product at Walmart has expressed that using these digital products makes the delivery much faster than before which makes their customers more reliable on their services through their on-time delivery programs. This retail chain of shops has a long time experience in selling products in their local offline stores, where they have a clear understanding of user experience in choosing the product. This forms the base for developing their online platform and delivery business more possible. Walmart claims that they have introduced Express Delivery service for more than 2,800 stores which makes them reach delivery faster for 65% of American households.