Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Walmart to Expand Online Grocery Delivery Coast to Coast

Retail Signs Walmart Will Start Delivering Groceries To A Lot Of Americans — But It'll Cost $10
Frank Williams | 14 March, 2018, 19:18

The move will complement Walmart's rollout of curbside grocery pickup, which is now available in 1,200 stores and will be added to a 1,000 more stores this year.

While the exact metro areas haven't been disclosed, Walmart claims the expansion will allow its delivery service to serve 40 percent of USA households. The test included five other markets: Phoenix; Denver; San Jose, Calif.; Tampa, Fla.; and Orlando, Fla. Walmart says its staff pay special attention to picking produce and meat cuts so that customers needn't worry they're getting old, tired, or lackluster examples.

While Amazon has a grocery delivery service of its own, it has started to use Whole Foods, and its Prime shopping and streaming media service as a mean to add new customers in the sector. "We know organics are important to our Online Grocery customers", said a spokesperson in an email. Then, a driver will deliver them to customers.

In Walmart's case, the orders will be picked by in-store employees, who will receive three weeks of additional training. According to CNBC, Uber will continue to be one of the retailer's delivery partners.

Other big grocers, such as Kroger Co. and Costco Wholesale Corp., use Instacart Inc.'s personal shoppers to handle deliveries. He also said Tuesday that the company now employs more than 18,000 personal shoppers with additional hires planned as both grocery pickup and delivery services are rolled out to a larger audience this year.

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Tom Ward, vice president of digital operations for Walmart U.S. said that they will be able to deliver fresh groceries to the doorstep of millions of Americans.

About 90 percent of Americans live within 10 miles of a Walmart, Ward said.

Walmart's marked focus on "freshest produce" is likely another signal that its countering Amazon's big grocery push - bolstered by the e-giant's $13.7 billion Whole Foods buy previous year.

Despite the increased money and attention from retailers, online grocery remains a tiny part of the roughly $800 billion grocery business in the US. Target announced earlier this year that it plans to offer same-day delivery of groceries from half of its 1,800 stores using Shipt, a delivery startup it recently acquired. Amazon also has spent over a decade trying to build up its AmazonFresh grocery delivery service, but so far seen limited success.

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