Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) that will see the two companies increase their level of use of cloud and artificial intelligence. The partnership brings together two major rivals of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).
Terms of the partnership
The two companies signed a five-year agreement which will allow sharing of all Microsoft cloud solutions. Following the agreement, the retail giant will have unlimited access to solutions like Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure. Walmart, which is based in Bentonville Arkansas said that the move is geared at making the shopping experience faster and easier for customers.
The two companies have agreed to set up a team of engineers with members drawn from both sides. The team will be tasked with moving some parts of samsclub.com and walmart.com to Azure.
In a statement, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said that the company is fully committed to developing technologies that have a focus on creating convenient ways to improve customer experience.
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Walmart seem to have devised a plan to counter Amazon’s growing influence. One of the retail giant’s strategies will involve boosting its online presence. Commenting on the partnership, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that his company’s cloud supports several companies and Walmart stands to benefit from faster digital transformation. On its side, Microsoft has been working on having a fully automated payment system. This will eliminate the need for cashiers and checkout lines.
Microsoft has been showcasing the new technology around the world and had initially initiated talks for a possible partnership with Walmart.
In the recent past, Walmart has launched programs aimed at shedding off competition from Amazon. The company has been focusing on growing its business by increasing opportunities from the current business model. Additionally, the company has expanded the margins of the current business model so as to improve its business.
Walmart has also been coming up with ways of brainstorming itself for purposes of coming up with new ways to improve the current business model. This has enabled the retail giant to stand the stiff competition.