A reader sent in a tip about a recent news story detailing Home Depot’s new fulfillment arrangement with Walmart.
Home Depot has been in the news a lot lately, such as how they contracted their own container ship to help prevent freight disruptions, but this new story is a little different.
Walmart has launched a new service called “GoLocal,” which makes their “local commerce power” available to other companies. Walmart’s GoLocal service offers “white-label delivery” which helps retailers “maintain their customer relationship.”
They say that “if you sell it, we’ll deliver it.”
From gears & gaskets to artisanal goods, we work with businesses from a wide range of categories. We can help you meet varying service level demands, reaction time specifications, & regulatory compliance needs. If you sell it, we can help you deliver.
Basically, Walmart has created a “last-mile” delivery service, and they say it’s built for:
- Nationwide leading retailers
- Small businesses
- Peer-to-peer deliveries.
Last week, Walmart announced The Home Depot as their first retail client:
Two of the world’s leading retailers are working together to expand same-day and next-day delivery capabilities for home improvement customers in the U.S. With Walmart GoLocal, The Home Depot customers have another option for same-day or next-day delivery on a variety of home improvement products.
Home Depot already has a fast delivery service, where you pay extra fees for items to be delivered from local stores. Walmart’s GoLocal service will be in addition to this. When ordering for “express delivery,” the rate is usually determined based on whether your order can fit in a car, van, or truck.
It seems that Walmart’s new GoLocal delivery service will accommodate the consumer product or small supply deliveries.
[The Home Depot] will offer delivery with Walmart GoLocal in select markets in the coming weeks, with plans to expand to multiple markets across the country by the end of the year. Products that qualify for this scheduled delivery, including tools, fasteners, paint and other supplies that easily fit in a car, will have that option enabled at online checkout.
The joint press release also says:
The Home Depot is building a comprehensive, innovative delivery network to provide customers with same-day or next-day delivery options no matter the product or project – whether that’s a box of nails, décor items or big and bulky shipments of lumber, drywall or appliances. Its network accommodates products of any size or volume, with delivery options for both Pro and DIY customers.
This suggests that perhaps Walmart’s GoLocal services will complement but not replace Home Depot’s express delivery option. So, tools and smaller supplies might be delivered via Walmart GoLocal, while lumber and building materials would still be delivered straight from stores.
This is an interesting development, and it’ll be interesting to see how it evolves.
Thank you to Mike for the tip!!