The same-day grocery delivery service by Walmart has hit a problem. The behemoth retailer had joined hands with Google-supported logistics firm Deliv to get orders to users’ front doors. But the 2 firms are separating paths after Deliv served Walmart with a notice of termination, as per media.
Deliv was one of earliest associates of Walmart for same-day delivery, managing pilot programs in San Jose and Miami. The courier stepped out of the agreement once it became obvious that Walmart had not quite understood the logistics of completing orders. Media reported that Deliv drivers frequently had to wait more than 40 Minutes to get a users’ order. Walmart prioritized in-store users over delivery requests and grappled to process the orders sufficiently fast.
Walmart has not had much luck getting its service for grocery delivery working. The retailer has operated pilot programs with a series of 3rd-party courier firms, comprising DoorDash and Postmates.
On a related note, self-driving delivery startup, Udelv, earlier declared that it was joining hands with Walmart to start a self-directed grocery delivery service. The California-located firm claimed that it was also associating with Baidu to pilot the Chinese search behemoth’s Apollo 3.5, the newest self-directed driving open platform.
It is the newest in a series of declarations centered on the employment of self-directed cars in last-mile delivery situations, underlining a basic truth about the future: it is dangerous to put human travelers in robot cars, but it is much less dangerous to put Amazon packages and groceries in them.
Udelv has been employing its series of self-directed vans to trial grocery delivery with a series of food markets. In 2018, the startup inked an agreement to supply biggest grocery chain of Oklahoma City with self-driving cars. Earlier, the firm’s bright orange cars were supplying groceries in the Bay Area city of San Mateo for the high-end Draeger’s Market chain.