Walmart has executed different actions to be ready for the Christmas season sale – Photo: Walmart / Courtesy.
Walmart issued a press release to make it known that its supply chain is stable and strong for its customers this holiday season, whether through in-store or online shopping.
“Over the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen us highlighting how we kick off the holiday season, offering the best deals on the best toys of the season and bringing on additional associates to make sure customers get what they want and need during the holidays,” the retailer said in a statement.
“Our supply chain is essential to how we serve customers during the holiday season, and we all know the past year’s challenges. This year, customers face new challenges such as the economic pressure of inflation,” Walmart added.
The retailer notes that global supply chains have improved but have not fully recovered following the pandemic. It also notes that they are seeing sustained changes in consumer shopping behavior, with people doing their holiday shopping earlier than ever.
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To ensure that the supply chain is ready for this holiday season, Walmart has executed several actions, including:
- Optimizing end-to-end supply chain operations and working closely with carriers at all ports, trains, and deliveries to ensure an efficient flow of goods to stores and solid customer stock levels.
- Fulfilling orders through its 4,700 stores within 10 miles of 90% of the population and offering pickup and delivery options for more than 240,000 items, with express 2-hour delivery and free next-day or two-day delivery on online orders.
- Providing deliveries through the Spark Driver platform, the largest provider of local delivery services, reaching 84% of U.S. households at 10,000 pickup locations.
- Having an extended curbside return policy at customers’ local stores and providing more convenience for Walmart+ members through InHome Delivery and easy return from home.
- Testing and expanding local delivery capabilities with drone delivery and autonomous and electric vehicles, including expanding the DroneUp delivery network to 34 sites by the end of the year with the potential to reach 4 million U.S. households in 6 states.
- Building 4 next-generation fulfillment centers over the next three years, with the recent opening in Joliet, Illinois.
- Implementing automated technology in 3 distribution centers, with three more scheduled to go live before the end of this year.
- Hiring approximately 40,000 associates before the holidays includes investing in and training the supply chain associate team by growing Walmart’s private fleet.
- Expanding the driver network by adding 1,500 associates to ensure the fleet is ready to drive and deliver this holiday season.