Google Partners with Walmart for Voice Shopping

Posted on August 23, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, iOS, Mobile with 8 Comments

Google Partners with Walmart for Voice Shopping

In an escalation of its online shopping battles with Amazon.com, Google has partnered with Walmart to deliver goods to their shared customers.

“Shopping isn’t always as easy as it should be,” Google senior vice president Sridhar Ramaswamy says. “When was the last time you needed to pick up something from the store but didn’t have the time to make the trip? Or you went to the store only to realize they didn’t have the brand you wanted? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get what you want, however you want, from the stores where you already shop?”

Google has partnered with Walmart to make hundreds of thousands of items available for purchase by voice via Google Assistant. This markets the first time that Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer, has made its products available online in the United States outside of its own website.

The search giant had previously partnered with Costco, Target, and other retailers to bring those shopping experiences to Google Assistant. But Walmart now offers the largest number of items currently offered by any retailer through the Google Express platform.

Google Express is Google’s Amazon.com competitor. It lets you shop from a variety of retail stores from a single location using Google Assistant (voice), or the Google Express website or mobile app. The service is available across the continental United States (so not Alaska or Hawaii). And it now provides free shipping on all orders over a per-store minimum amount (usually $25 to $35). Delivery times generally range from same-day to three days, depending on your location and availability.

Existing Walmart customers who wish to join Google Express will need to link their Walmart accounts to Google. This will enable personalized shopping results and let you order more easily by voice; if you order “Gatorade,” Google notes, your Google Assistant will know which size and type you previously ordered and get the right one.

 

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8 responses to “Google Partners with Walmart for Voice Shopping”

  1. Angusmatheson

    This is a dangerous move. Many Americans have a negative view of Walmart:


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    More importantly for this deal, I don't see them winning the great online battle with Amazon (despite buying the very interesting Jet):


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    Building shopping itself hasn't worked so well for Google...so I don't know what other option they have. But I bet a partnership with Walmart will in the end be more of a hiderance than a help.

    • Tony Barrett

      In reply to Angusmatheson:

      Walmart is as ingrained into US culture as Tesco's is in the UK's. I have a very negative view of Tesco's, but for various reasons, I still have to spend money there. Clever move from Google. Amazon are huge, but in the US, Walmart are the biggest. Might as well start at the top!

  2. SvenJ

    In a related note, Apple is partnering with Tesla. Siri, order me an S3, in Rose Gold.

  3. Alex Marrow

    I use Walmart for regular shopping as well as prescriptions. If the skill connects to all of that and can be 'Local' to me it would be good to use. Especially if you could connect somehow to the store and speak to someone if need be as well.

  4. chrisrut

    Wow. Wait... Newsflash:

    "Rise of the machines... they don't want to destroy us... They want to own us!"

  5. OwenM

    Google Home feature I'm waiting for is Skype calling

  6. Bats

    Microsoft better be taking notes. When they come out of with their Google Home competitor they better partner with someone like Target or something.

  7. Roger Ramjet

    Wud up Microsoft? Did ya refuse the fast follower position in connected speakers just like for mobile phones? Walmart = Enterprise. Now Google will serve all retailers looking to catch Amazon since MS no showed the segment?

    I guess there is always Xiaoce in China ... until the government decides whatever share of take they allowed is too much for foreigners. Oh well.


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