Walmart Partners With Google for Voice Shopping

24 August, 2017, 02:26 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Walmart and Google Team Up to Take on Amazon's Voice Ordering

"The bigger question that must be posed is if this move will actually help Walmart compete with Amazon".

More than 35 million Americans will speak to internet-connected devices at least once a month this year, more than double the number in 2016, according to a May report from research firm EMarketer Inc.

Amazon has some new competition this morning when it comes to making a purchase simply by speaking a command, and it's coming from a newly-minted partnership between Google Inc. and Walmart.

Google Assistant and Walmart integration will go live at the starting of September.

Walmart is taking another aim at an area rival Amazon has chartered by partnering with Google on voice-activated shopping. You have the choice from thousands of products available in the retail stores, including the ones offered at their Every Day Low Prices.

It has overhauled its shipping strategy and is expanding store-curb pickup for groceries ordered online. Costco and Whole Foods are already partners. Similarly, Amazon's foray into food and grocery items has not gone unnoticed by Walmart.

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

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Amazon doesn't give sales figures for Echo, but Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimated that it's sold more than 10 million Alexa-powered Echo devices in the USA since late 2014. That includes the core $179 Echo as well as the less expensive and smaller Echo Dot and the portable Amazon Tap.

Also on Wednesday, Google announced that it was getting rid of a $95 annual membership fee for Express and would offer free delivery on orders above a certain amount.

"If you're an existing Wal-Mart customer, you can choose to link your Wal-Mart account to Google and receive personalized shopping results based on your online and in-store Walmart purchases", Google said in a statement.

Just to make your shopping more comfortable, you will be able to connect your Google account through Walmart.

The capabilities established by the partnership will expand next year to include what Lore described as "experiences that now don't exist within voice shopping anywhere else". But basically, anyone who wants to use Google Express to have same day delivery for their orders can now do so. "That's why it makes sense for us to team up with Google", Walmart said in a blog post.

"As we see these virtual ecosystems grow and become more widespread, we are likely to see a battle commence between the digital assistants such as Google Home, Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod, as retailers and brands affiliate themselves with one or the other".

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