If you’re a frequent shopper at Walmart like me, then you know how important having fresh access to inventory is. As a Walmart shopper, you may often wonder when the retail giant receives new shipments to keep their inventory well-stocked and satisfy customer needs.
Walmart’s shipment and restocking procedures differ for various products and store locations. Some stores may receive restock shipments daily, while others may only receive them several times per week.
Knowing when these shipments come in, or more importantly when the restocking of inventory takes place can help make your trips to the store more worth it. In this guide, I’l share a bit more about how those things work and what you can expect on your next Walmart shopping trip.
Walmart’s Inventory Restocking
Walmart’s restocking process varies depending on the product type. For non-perishable items, restocking is typically done overnight, and the process is usually completed by 7 a.m. the following day. This efficient overnight restocking helps to minimize disruption to shoppers during the day.
On the other hand, groceries and perishable items require daily restocking to maintain freshness. Trucks arrive at different times throughout the day to deliver these items. It is important to note that truck delivery timing is influenced by accessibility and the distance between the store and distribution facilities.
Some Walmart locations receive restock shipments daily, while others receive shipments four days a week. Regardless of the frequency, Walmart employees restock shelves early in the morning, often before the store opens, and continue throughout the day to ensure products remain in stock and readily available for customers.
Walmart Store vs. Online Restocking
Store restocking and online restocking follow similar trends, but there are some key differences. This is to make sure that they have enough items available for those shopping in person, while still making sure the demand for online shoppers is being met.
First, let’s address store restocking.
As already mentioned, when it comes to Walmart stores, restocking schedules can vary. It’s always early morning for groceries and merchandise. Sometimes this can last into the afternoon. Store location, product categories, time of year, and store traffic can influence the restocking frequency. T
o check product availability, you can use the Walmart app or website, contact the store directly, or visit a third-party site like EntreResource.
As for Walmart.com, the online restocking process differs from physical stores. While specific schedules aren’t provided, the company strives to fulfill online orders faster by leveraging its stores. This means that Walmart.com’s inventory is closely linked to the in-store stock, as online orders can be directly shipped from stores, improving the overall availability of products for customers.
I’d monitor the inventory the same way, via the Walmart app. Many times it’ll tell you the quantity left of an item. You can also use it to search up stores nearby by zip code that may also be carrying the items you want.
Walmart’s Shipping Process and Schedule
Walmart’s shipping process begins when orders are placed based on item availability, customer preferences, and product specifications. They also consider customer traffic levels and adjust shipping times accordingly.
Orders must be placed by 2 pm in the destination’s time zone for the items to be delivered within two business days. Remember that weekends and holidays are not business days for shipping purposes.
Shipments usually arrive at Walmart in the morning and evening. Once received, the goods are sent to various Walmart distribution centers. These centers are responsible for distributing items to Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs within a 150-mile radius.
Walmart offers multiple shipping options, such as seller-fulfilled TwoDay and ThreeDay shipping. This allows stores to increase their exposure, Buy Box prominence, and conversion rates while offering fast and free delivery both nationwide and regionally. These options cater to each store’s unique catalog needs.
Walmart also has disaster distribution centers strategically located throughout the country. These facilities provide a unique merchandise assortment for specific stores and help ensure Walmart’s shipping process remains efficient and reliable, even during unexpected events such as natural disasters.
Tracking Walmart’s Inventory: Apps and Alerts
When wondering about Walmart shipments, it may be helpful to use apps and alerts to keep track of what’s in stock and what isn’t. This makes more sense and takes the guessing game out of wondering when a truck with particular products is goin to arrive.
You can set up Walmart restock alerts to receive notifications when items are back in stock. One way to do this is by using a website monitoring service like Visualping.
To set up alerts, simply enter the product URL you want to monitor and provide your email address. You’ll receive notifications at set intervals, ensuring you never miss out on an opportunity to purchase your desired items.
There’s also the Walmart app itself which his useful but doesn’t sport as many bells and whistles.
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