The giant retailer is no longer making its products available via Google's Shopping Actions service, nor via its related Google Express delivery service.
Walmart is no longer on our website, sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. -TO— Google Express (@googleexpress) January 22, 2019
Meanwhile, Walmart continues to recruit more truck drivers to support its growing home-delivery demand. On Thursday, Walmart announced plans to hire 900 truckers and pay them $90,000 a year -- almost double what it pays some drivers now.
In March, Google unveiled its Shopping Actions program, a tech, retail, voice and interactive hodgepodge that's more comprehensive and perhaps more complicated than Amazon's simple point-and-click shopping experience. Google says Shopping Actions "gives customers an easy way to shop your products on the Google Assistant and Search with a universal cart, whether they're on mobile, desktop or even a Google Home device."
With Walmart out of the picture, it is tough to gauge Google's next step. Perhaps Google will consider a suggestion by activist hedge fund Elliott Management, who say eBay's Marketplace business would be a good buy for it or Walmart or a number of private equity firms. Elliott, who owns 4% of eBay, says Marketplace is worth about $15 billion.
Emails to Google, Walmart and Target were not immediately returned.
Google stock closed up 1.59% at $1,090.99 Friday.