Walmart GoLocal teams up with air cargo platform for faster transit times

Walmart GoLocal teams up with air cargo platform for faster transit times

September 27, 2023

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Walmart GoLocal, the retailer’s delivery-as-a-service platform, has teamed up with air cargo technology and logistics solutions company SmartKargo to expand its delivery capabilities for retailers and e-commerce companies, according to a Sept. 13 release.

Cloud-based platform SmartKargo offers air cargo services to provide fast deliveries. It partners with a domestic airline to offer more than 2,500 daily flights across the U.S. to “move packages coast-to-coast in two days and now next-day with no need to utilize multiple distribution centers,” according to the release.

SmartKargo’s technology platform is integrated with Walmart’s GoLocal delivery network.

“We enable organizations to avoid building additional warehouse space and provide next- and two-day time and transit across the country through leveraging Walmart GoLocal’s local delivery solutions and retail and logistics expertise,” Prasanna Gogwekar, COO at SmartKargo, said in a statement.

Walmart initially launched GoLocal, its white-label delivery service, in 2021 to diversify its revenue stream and expand its fulfillment capabilities and larger supply chain offerings.

Since its launch, Walmart GoLocal has surpassed 1 million deliveries, launched thousands of new service pick-up points and secured a number of retail clients, including The Home Depot.

Earlier this month, book retailer Books-A-Million teamed up with Walmart GoLocal to offer same- and next-day delivery for online orders across its 231 locations, starting with its Southeast and Midwest markets.

As Walmart GoLocal continues to onboard new customers like Books-A-Million, the retailer aims to scale up its capacity and plans to have employees operate more last-mile deliveries. Currently, most of its deliveries are made by independent contractors.

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