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Walmart Adds Pickup Points for Faster Deliveries

We know how much people love getting their orders fast, and we’re seriously committed to making that happen. Our goal is to make sure customers receive their online orders as quickly as possible. What sets us apart is that we have a whopping 4,700 stores scattered across the country, situated within just 10 miles of where 90% of people in the United States live.

This unique reach gives us an incredible advantage in getting orders to customers at lightning speed. Our stores have transformed into more than just places to shop. They’ve evolved into central hubs for processing online orders and dispatching them efficiently, thanks to an extensive transportation network and last-mile delivery system.

Presently, we’ve expanded more than 4,000 of our stores to operate as delivery hubs. These hubs handle a wide array of orders, ensuring that different types of purchases are fulfilled and swiftly delivered. But our evolution doesn’t stop here.

We’re thrilled to announce our next step: the incorporation of parcel stations into our hubs. These stations are game-changers, enhancing our ability to transport goods even faster to customers’ homes. How do they work? We utilize our private fleet to move more online orders swiftly.

Packages start their journey in our fulfillment centers, then move through a sorting center or directly to stores. From there, they’re routed to customers’ homes using our last-mile delivery network. Picture a parcel station as a miniature version of a post office, managing the receipt and dispatch of packages efficiently.

The introduction of parcel stations brings benefits to customers, associates, and our business as a whole. For customers, these stations provide extended time windows to place online orders for a wider range of products, ensuring next-day delivery.

For our associates, it simplifies and streamlines the distribution of online orders from stores. Importantly, this entire process contributes to building density, ultimately reducing the cost of delivery. And guess what? We reinvest those savings to further enrich the customer experience.

By the year’s end, we’ll have set up more than 40 parcel stations in stores, just in time for the bustling holiday shopping season. And this is only the beginning! We have plans to expand this innovative capability to even more locations in the coming year.

This expansion is aimed at serving customers better, ensuring faster, more accurate, and more reliable delivery. But it’s not just about benefiting Walmart; we’re also aiming to extend this faster delivery service to other businesses through Walmart GoLocal.

Our founder, Sam Walton, believed in surpassing customer expectations. He famously said, “Give them what they want—and a little more.” Today, home delivery is a preferred method for many customers when shopping online. The introduction of parcel stations is yet another way we’re striving to meet and exceed customer expectations. We’re eagerly awaiting feedback from our customers because their opinions matter immensely to us.

 

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