Walmart Inc. on Tuesday announced that it would be partnering with Auto Parts Inc. to create an automotive speciality store on Walmart.com.
“The new omnichannel shopping experience will provide customers with access to Advance’s extensive portfolio of aftermarket automotive parts, accessories and maintenance items,” said Walmart, adding, “it will also include an extensive assortment of services in more than 2,500 Walmart Auto Centers in the U.S. Rollout is expected to begin in the first half of 2019.”
Advance Auto Parts Inc. is one of the leading automotive aftermarket providers in the US that serves both professional installers and customers themselves. They lead a chain of 6400 stores across the country that are independently owned Carquest branded locations and Worldpac branches.
“We are absolutely committed to building a best-in-class omnichannel experience and Walmart is an undisputed omnichannel leader,” said Darryl Carr, a spokesman for Advance Auto Parts. “Partnering with Walmart enables us to share our extensive product offerings and trusted advisor with an increased number of do-it-yourself customers and supports our long-term strategic objectives.”
While Carr did not explain how its collaboration with Walmart varied from that of Amazon and Sears, he told Automotive News that “as the partnership progresses in 2019 and beyond, the companies plan to work together to explore new fulfilment options that will bring customers unparalleled convenience, including the future ability to pick up Advance orders placed on Walmart.com at both Walmart and Advance store locations.”