Walmart is starting a new autonomous delivery pilot, this one focusing on moving customer orders on a two-mile route between to of its stores near its Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters. The retailer announced a deal with robo-van startup Gatik.
"We're testing new and innovative capabilities that will make us even better and shape the future of retail for everyone," says Tom Ward, senior vice president of digital operations for Walmart. "We aim to learn more about the logistics of adding autonomous vehicles into our online grocer ecosystems, operation process changes, and more opportunities to incorporate this emerging technology."
Gatik vans will help move goods from a Rogers, Arkansas, Supercenter to a Neighborhood Market in Bentonville. Customers can then pick up the order there, getting goods that aren't typically offered at the Neighborhood Market.