Sam’s Club has made a huge leap over Costco in the battle for improved convenience in the wake of ongoing supply chain problems. Part of the reason that stores are struggling to get goods into consumers’ hands right now is that there is a severe lack of truck drivers to deliver products into stores, as reported by LP Gas Magazine. The way that Sam’s Club is getting around this problem sounds like a solution from a sci-fi film — but it’s happening as we speak!
In the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, TheStreet reports that Sam’s Club is trying out a futuristic solution to the lack of truck drivers: autonomous trucks. That’s right, driverless trucks are here and Sam’s Club is using them to get you your essential products. Remember the great toilet paper shortage early on in the pandemic? The first product the autonomous trucks are carrying is Northern toilet paper, as well as Dixie products. The autonomous trucks are 26 feet long and made by the company Gatik. One major perk of this innovation, in the eyes of Sam’s, is that the trucks can work to deliver products 24/7. Though the operation is not yet nationwide, the 34 Sam’s Club locations in the network of stores in Texas will help the corporation determine the efficacy of the driverless truck as a workaround to driver shortages. Life sure does come at you fast — in the form of a driverless truck full of toilet paper!