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Walmart and Google team up for voice shopping

Walmart and Google team up for voice shopping

This will be a great feature and it will help you out in many ways in order to get you the best of shopping experience through your Walmart.

What are Walmart's plans for voice shopping? In the announcement there was no mention about whether the new service would be extended outside the US. Google is also partnering with Costco and Target on this initiative.

As of Wednesday, Google is offering free delivery on Google Express, so long as a customer's order is above each store's minimum.

Consumers now can use Google Assistant to order from Costco and Target, but Walmart says it is the first to make account histories accessible.

While that continues to be speculative, what is nearly certain is that voice shopping is here big time, and artificial intelligence too will have a big role to play in that.

"Walmart and Google make for odd bedfellows, but it actually makes a lot of sense, " said Krista Garcia, an analyst at eMarketer, a NY market research firm. In that regard, Google is teaming up with Walmart-the equivalent of adding Kevin Durant to an already stacked squad-to take on Amazon and its Prime shipping service, or LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, if we are to keep this analogy going. In select markets, Google Express offers "same-day" delivery from a few merchants. Well, right now there is only one! While Google Home has always been on the point when it comes to answering queries, it is Amazon's Echo that dominates the shopping arena. This new addition would make flawless sense as Amazon Echo Dot's are dotting (pardon our pun) the mini speaker landscape.

Privacy conscious consumers may be a bit anxious.

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An estimated 55 percent of Americans begin their online shopping trips on Amazon, according to a survey conducted previous year.

In recent months, the retail behemoth has bought up a number of other online companies, including ModCloth, ShoeBuy, MooseJaw, and Bonobos.

"However, with most online shopping being done through a computer-centred experience, voice shopping has the ability to transform that into a human-centred experience".

And now Google gains access to this data. So if you normally order a product in a certain size, then Google will already know which specific one you want based on the recommendations from Walmart.

There is no doubt that Walmart is throwing everything and the kitchen sink at eCommerce. But Amazon's competitors don't want to be left out, which is why they partnered up to compete in this nascent business. The online retailer has also given a sturdy competition to Walmart and also to other brick-and-mortar retailers in online sales.

We love to hear your thoughts on Walmart and Google teaming up.


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