Walmart tip of the digital iceberg? - initially deployed to meet sustainability targets and soon in vanguard of autonomous trucks to slash costs?
3D Printing, cars, space, aviation, drones, trucks, trains, batteries & off-peak energy storage, self-driving vehicles- converging technologies that will disrupt many industries from autos through haulage, hospitality to insurance and onto space travel.
Barely an industry that is not likely to be disrupted whether by Tesla/Elon Musk or slumbering analogue incumbents that wake up and use their cash & capital and customer base to fight back against the digital disrupters.
Whatever way it changes, their better be a massive retraining and job change management program in place.
Walmart says that it intends to be among the first companies to pilot Tesla’s new all-electric Semi heavy-duty truck. The retailer told CNBC that it’s “excited to be among the first” to test the new vehicle, and to see how it might help them achieve “long-term sustainability goals” including decreasing their overall emissions footprint. The retailer will pilot the Tesla Semi across both U.S. and Canada, the company says. Walmart operates around 6,000 of its own trucks currently to transfer stock from distribution centers to its stores. This is a sign of how the Tesla Semi could make a bigger impact than many might suspect on the trucking industry. Cost of vehicle is definitely a consideration, and Tesla hasn’t said much about what the trucks will retail for once available, but cost of operation is something they addressed, saying it’s below that of diesel Class 8 heavy duty vehicles.