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NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Walmart and Google are teaming up to offer customers the ability to order Walmart's products by voice with the help of the Google Assistant platform.
Marc Lore, president and CEO of Walmart e-Commerce, said Wednesday that the retail giant would be working with Google to "offer hundreds of thousands of items for voice shopping via Google Assistant," starting in late September.
One of the primary use cases for voice shopping will be the ability to build a basket of previously purchased everyday essentials.
"That's why we decided to deeply integrate our Easy Reorder feature into Google Express," said Lore, "this will enable us to deliver highly personalized shopping recommendations based on customers' previous purchases, including those made in Walmart stores and on Walmart.com."
"To take advantage of this personalization, customers only need to link their Walmart account to Google Express," Lore added.
Even though many retailers, such as Target, Costco and Whole Foods, have already worked with Google to sell their products, Walmart will be the first one to offer such capability.
Meanwhile, Walmart will be offering the largest number of items through the platform.
"It makes sense for us to team up with Google. They've made significant investments in natural language processing and artificial intelligence to deliver a powerful voice shopping experience," said Lore.