Sam’s Club to get 24/7 deliveries from fleet of self-propelled trucks in Texas
A network of nearly three dozen Sam’s Clubs in the Dallas area will begin receiving deliveries from self-driving trucks 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the autonomous technology startup Gatik announced on Tuesday.
“By replacing traditional tractor trailers with autonomous vans, our solution will establish a more responsive and flexible logistics network, increase the cadence for delivery runs and the flow of goods, while reducing logistics costs and enabling almost real-time stock replenishment,”[ads1]; Gatik wrote in a blog post.
The fleet of autonomous trucks will supply Georgia-Pacific goods such as paper towels, napkins and crockery along “known, repeatable routes,” using technology that is “purpose-built for urban, semi-urban and highway environments,” the company said. .
Sam’s Club’s parent company, Walmart, has already started using Gatik’s autonomous trucks to deliver between filling centers and a Neighborhood Market store in Bentonville, Arkansas.
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Walmart is not the only retailer to use autonomous technology, as Kroger partnered with Nuro to deliver fresh groceries with the company’s all-electric self-propelled vehicles.
Uber and Alphabet’s Waymo, two technology giants that once fought in court over autonomous technology, also announced a partnership this week to “distribute large-scale autonomous trucks on the Uber Freight network.”
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“Both companies envision a future where autonomous trucks tackle the long-haul part of driving, easing some of the burden of growing demand for freight, while enabling drivers to switch to short-haul jobs that improve the quality of life in the profession,” Uber wrote on Tuesday.