Walmart launches new InHome Delivery service
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The retail giants, Walmart, has launched its new service aimed at serving over 1mn customers in Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Vero Beach.
The new delivery service, InHome Delivery, is aimed at giving time back to families by delivering fresh groceries and everyday essentials into customer’s kitchens or garage fridges. Walmart has introduced simplified grocery shopping in a bid to find alternative ways to make customers’ lives easier. The service enables customers to go about their day-to-day lives without the worry of making it to the store or being home to accept a delivery.
As long as the customer’s address is eligible, residents across Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Vero Beach can choose either the kitchen or garage fridge as its delivery spot. At $49.95 for the corresponding smart device, free professional installation is also provided. Following the installation of the lock, there will be unlimited deliveries for the introductory price of $19.95 per month.
At the time of delivery, associates will have the capability to use smart entry technology and a proprietary, wearable camera that grants access to a customer’s home. This allows customers to control access to their homes and provides the ability to watch deliveries remotely. While the service is only exclusively available to Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Vero Beach for the time being, the innovation is just the initial step for Walmart as it seeks to leverage unique assets to better serve its customers in new ways. The InHomeDelivery is considered an expansion of its existing suite of grocery options, from shopping in store to "Grocery Pickup" and "Delivery" options as well as its recently expanded "Delivery Unlimited" membership.
The news follows Walmart’s celebration of its first official class at the Walmart Supply Chain Academy at its Sanger, Texas, distribution centre. “Within the Walmart Supply Chain, we are focused on creating a great place to work where our more than 100,000 associates can be empowered to solve problems for our business,” commented Greg Smith, EVP of Walmart U.S. Supply Chain. “This first Supply Chain Academy is a pivotal step on that journey. North-central Texas customers will see the impact of the training and hard work of these graduates on the shelves of the more than 140 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs this distribution centre serves.”
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Accenture Acquires SCM Software Firm Blue Horseshoe
Accenture has announced its acquisition of Blue Horseshoe, a US-based supply chain management software provider and consultancy firm.
Upon completion, Blue Horseshoe’s 349 professionals will join Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations group, expanding the professional services group’s capabilities to create more interconnected and resilient supply chains for clients.
“To be competitive, companies need to transform their supply chains to deliver the innovative and hyper-personalised products, services and experiences that are in high demand—and fulfilment is core to that transformation,” said Renato Scaff, Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations North America lead. “Blue Horseshoe’s deep fulfilment consulting experience and methodologies support Accenture’s vision for building customer-centric, resilient and responsible supply chains that benefit people, society and the planet.”
Who are Blue Horseshoe?
- Founded: 2001
- CEO: Chris Cason
- Employees: 349
- Offices: 4 in USA, 1 in Amsterdam, 1 in Estonia
- Key customers: Lids, Pabst Brewing Co., Half Price Books, Britax, Major Brands
Founded in 2001 in Indiana, USA, Blue Horseshoe now operates from six offices across the US and Europe. The company provides cloud-based solutions for supply chain management, ERP, warehouse management and transportation management systems, including its own Supply Chain Cloud platform, as well as Oracle NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management as a Microsoft Inner Circle Partner.
Blue Horseshoe specialises in fulfilment and distribution solutions, with expertise in the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and retail distribution industries. Over the past 20 years, the company has improved around 700 supply chains, including those of leading companies such as fashion retailer Lids, cosmetics company Regis Corporation, Pabst Brewing Co., and family-owned bookstore chain Half Price Books.
“For two decades, we’ve worked with clients to build connectedness, efficiency and automation across their enterprise and supply chain operations,” said Chris Cason, CEO, Blue Horseshoe. “As part of Accenture, we will bring increased scale and combined expertise to help clients put in place next generation supply chain and fulfillment strategies that meet customer expectations and support business growth.”
Accenture's acquisition of Blue Horseshoe is subject to customary closing conditions.