Riding tandem in today’s retail evolution, technology and delivery have made their marks on both shoppers and retailers. Walmart is taking advantage of the innovation by forging a dynamic alliance with automaker Ford Motor Company and Argo, a self-driving startup, to launch autonomous vehicle delivery services in multiple cities.
"This collaboration will further our mission to get products to the homes of our customers with unparalleled speed," said Tom Ward, Senior Vice President of Last-Mile Delivery at Walmart in the United States, according to Reuters.
As consumer behavior continues to support delivery within 2–24 hours, the news source noted that Walmart had previously partnered with General Motor’s Cruise on a self-driving delivery pilot, as well as with self-driving vehicle startups Gatik and Nuro, as we reported on our sister site ANUK. Walmart aimed to explore delivery through autonomous vehicles utilizing these partnerships to potentially be the next delivery frontier for retail and grocery.
Plans are set to launch this exciting partnership in major cities such as Miami, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Washington, DC, as urban areas usually show a higher affinity for ordering groceries online to be delivered. Currently, the companies shared plans to pilot the investment later this year.
As we continue to automate delivery from store shelves to kitchen shelves, what will be the next piece of the puzzle to fall in place? Deli Market News will keep our eyes and ears open for the next innovation.