Walmart announced a new delivery partnership with Google to make online shopping easier for customers.
Walmart and Google shared the news about the partnership on their respective blogs Wednesday morning. Walmart shoppers will be able to order items just by using their own voice through "Google Assistant" which is part of the "Google Home" device, website or app. Walmart will offer the largest assortment of items for sale out of any other partnering retailer through Google for this voice-activated platform.
Walmart products will also be delivered through Google Express, the tech company's delivery service, beginning next month. Google Express is similar to Instacart and other delivery apps in that customers can order items from their Walmart store online, and Google will have it delivered to their home in two days. Delivery is free on Google Express as long as each order is above a store's minimum requirement. There's no membership required to use.
Google Express launched in Florida in October. Costco Wholesale, Whole Foods Market, PetSmart, Kohl's and dozens of other brands are available for delivery through Google Express to shoppers in Tampa Bay with a phone app or laptop.
The partnership with Google comes just two days after the Arkansas-based retailer announced it is expanding its online grocery program in Florida. Customers can have groceries delivered in Tampa Bay and Orlando areas now through a program with Uber. Groceries can also be delivered online and picked up curbside at participating stores.
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