Many smaller suppliers agreed to have Walmart handle their freight (to Walmart DCs and stores, of course). What I hear is that Walmart is not a totally reliable provider of transportation and some gripe that they are paying fines for this unreliable performance. Now, the plot thickens.
New charges include:
- A collect pickup fee based on the value of the product. I really want to see how this works. If it is the same percentage rate on all products, I can’t imagine high-value products will ever ship to Walmart DCs on Walmart trucks again.
- A fuel surcharge —given their cost of fuel is likely much lower than other companies’, how will it be calculated?
Does anybody know the details?
Future delivery prices are an indication of the direction the market may go. They specifically exclude all taxes.