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Walmart has something Amazon doesn't to safeguard against holiday shipping delays: a network of brick-and-mortar stores that will serve as last-mile fulfillment centers

Walmart has something Amazon doesn't to safeguard against holiday shipping delays: a network of brick-and-mortar stores that will serve as last-mile fulfillment centers


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Walmart's physical retail stores could give it a key advantage over Amazon during the holiday shopping rush.




With industry experts expecting massive shipping delays thanks to a spike in online shopping amid the pandemic, both Amazon and Walmart are urging in-person order pick-ups.




While Amazon has some brick-and-mortar stores plus its network of "Hubs," Walmart says more than 90% of Americans live within 10 miles of a Walmart store.




Walmart is also using its stores as last-mile fulfillment centers, routing online orders to physical stores to be fulfilled and delivered to local customers.




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Walmart could beat Amazon in the holiday delivery rush thanks to its network of brick-and-mortar locations across the country. As the holiday shopping season heats up, industry experts are warning of shipping delays amid a surge in online orders. But both Amazon and Walmart have come up with one solution that may help customers get their orders faster: using physical locations to speed the process along. For Amazon, this means having packages shipped to its small network of physical stores or neighborhood hubs. For Walmart, it means using its thousands of stores nationwide to route deliveries to customers a?? and that may provide a key advantage over Amazon.Theses measures are being put in place at a time when online ordering has skyrocketed. Online ordering has surged 32% year-over-year, with consumers spending $58.9 billion between November 1 and November 23, according to Adobe Analytics data.Retailers and shipping companies are now trying to keep up with the surge. Shipping companies are warning that they are already out of capacity ahead of the holidays, which could mean packages won't arrive on time a?? experts are describing the phenomenon as "shipageddon."
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