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Google teams up with Walmart to ‘fight’ Amazon

Google teams up with Walmart to 'fight' Amazon

Giants Google and Walmart are teaming up to take on Amazon’s Prime shipping service.

As of September, Google’s commerce platform Google Express will count America’s largest retailer among its list of vendors.

Starting in September, customers will be able to place orders with Walmart at express.google.com, the Google Express app, or through Google Assistant-enabled devices like Google Home.

Walmart will instantly be the largest vendor on the platform when it joins.

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The integration with Walmart goes deeper than any current retailers on the Express platform — Google’s head of commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy called the partnership “the first of its kind.”

Customers can link their Walmart and Google accounts, which allows buyers to access unique Walmart features, like being able to quickly reorder oft-bought items, even through Google Assistant voice software.

Telling a Google Assistant to “add paper towels” to your cart, for instance, will add your most-frequently purchased size and brand of paper towels. Customers will also be able to choose to pickup purchases in-store for a discount — another unique Walmart ability.

 

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