Walmart Teams With Google On Voice Activated Shopping

Posted August 24, 2017

There was no mention in Walmart's announcement about the "same-day" delivery options by Google Express.

The Walmart-Google connection will start in late September.

Wal-Mart customers can soon link their Wal-Mart accounts directly to Google Express, Google's online marketplace. The service is available across the continental United States (so not Alaska or Hawaii). "One of the primary use cases for voice shopping will be the ability to build a basket of previously purchased everyday essentials", Lore wrote.

The deal between the two companies will allow you to link your Walmart account to Google and then place orders through Google Home or the Google Assistant. So you'll be able to handle your online Walmart shopping directly from Google Home or Google Assistant hands-free.

"That's why it makes sense for us to team up with Google: They've made significant investments in natural language processing and artificial intelligence to deliver a powerful voice-shopping experience". We know that Google is continuing to improve this feature too as a recent APK teardown revealed hints of shopping list reminders. Instead it will use each store's shipping requirements as the basis.

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Big Picture: Amazon has reasons to worry about a partnership between Google and Wal-Mart.

Walmart also announced earlier this week that it's expanding its grocery delivery service with ride-hailing service Uber.

It's also been drawing in customers with its Alexa-powered devices.

Partnering with Amazon's Alexa was out of the question for Walmart, as they are fierce rivals and Amazon's voice commerce model is more of a closed one, notes Recode. It remains to be seen if voice shopping will through Google Express will spread beyond Walmart or if it will remain an exclusive perk.

Amazon's share of online sales dwarfs every other retailer, including Walmart. Consumers just need to make sure their orders reach retailer's minimum threshold.

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Walmart's average time has been three to five days.

Sadly, Walmart will not be available instantly on Google Express.

He also hinted that Walmart plans additional features and services related to voice shopping - plans that leverage Walmart's brick and mortar stores and fulfillment network.

Walmart next year will launch voice shopping for fresh groceries, which customers can pick up from any of its 4,700 stores across the US.

That means if you say "Ok Google, buy peanut butter", it can analyse your purchase history to make recommendations based on your shopping patterns.

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