If you own a Google Home device, you probably already know that you can use it to order purchases from a host of stores through Google Express, including Bed Bath and Beyond, Costco, the Google Store (of course) and Payless ShoeSource. Well, as of today, you can add retail giant Walmart to the list, as Google had announced last month.
The process is pretty simple. First, you need to link your Google account to a Walmart account. After that, you can shop to your heart’s content. You can use the Google assistant to place your order – all you have to do is tell it what you want, and it will give you a list of different brands, sizes and prices. For example, if you want to order diapers, the assistant will list what’s available (say, Huggies, Pampers, Parent’s Choice) and then the price for each and box size. Once it has re-read your shopping items, it will ask you to confirm your order and you’re good to go. What’s neat is that once you’ve placed an order for a specific item, the next time you want to order it, all you have to say is ‘Order (item) from Walmart’ and the Google assistant will remember which item it was without having to go through the list again. This might have a downfall, however, if you mean to buy a different brand or different quantity – you’ll have to remember what you bought last time and make changes if your needs have changed since your last order.
All in all, Google seems to be making progress with its Google Home and its Google Express feature. Although I’ve read about customers being dissatisfied at the long delivery times, I’m not sure if that’s on Google Express or on the various retailers taking their time to ship items. In any case, it’s about time that Walmart finally joined the Google family. I’m sure a lot of users have been anxiously waiting to be able to shop at Walmart through their Google assistant.