Walmart Inc. and Advance Auto Parts Inc. plan to bring an automotive specialty store to the general merchandise retailer’s website in the first half of 2019.
The new specialty store will complement Walmart’s automotive offering of common parts and accessories online and in stores, including an extensive assortment of tire, lube and battery services in more than 2,500 Walmart Auto Care Centers across the country.
Launching in phases over the coming year, the specialty store will also feature a variety of Advance’s value-added content and product information. The companies also plan to work together to explore new fulfillment options that will bring customers unparalleled convenience, including home delivery, same-day pickup in a Walmart or Advance store and installation of some parts.
In a joint press release, the companies said the omnichannel shopping experience on the Walmart.com website will provide customers with access to Advance’s extensive portfolio of aftermarket automotive parts, accessories and maintenance items.
“This year, we’ve been incredibly focused on building our offering on Walmart.com to ensure we have the specialty assortment that our customers are looking for,” said Phillip Oaks, vice president and group general manager for retail merchandising of Walmart’s ecommerce division.
“In line with this focus, we are thrilled to be partnering with Advance, which will bring us its industry leading automotive product assortment and know-how. This comprehensive partnership will enhance almost every aspect of the automotive customer shopping experience – from the product offering online to fulfillment capabilities," said Oaks.
Advance Auto Parts provides automotive aftermarket parts through its network of 6,400 stores, independently owned Carquest branded locations and Worldpac branches. Advance has more than 70,000 employees serving customers throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands and Pacific Islands. For more information, visit www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.