Walmart to offer home grocery delivery to 100 USA cities

Walmart to offer home grocery delivery to 100 USA cities

The largest American retailer says that within nine months, its grocery delivery service will serve more than 40 percent of US households, according to the retailer's press release.

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.

Walmart will offer a flat delivery fee of $9.95 and orders must be $30 minimum.

With such strong endeavors to bolster its position in the delivery services arena, Walmart seems to be striking the right chords when it comes to competing with big box retailers and more particularly with Amazon.com AMZN.

Amazon also is looking to leverage its own grocery footprint following its blockbuster $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods past year. The move - announced via press release Wednesday morning - indicates the seriousness by which Walmart takes grocery delivery threats from the likes of Amazon, Instacart and Target. The online retailer has already started offering free, two-hour deliveries of Whole Foods groceries in a handful of markets to its Prime customers.

It also complements Walmart's rollout of curbside grocery pickup, now available in 1,200 stores and coming to an additional 1,000 this year.

The retail giant has eschewed delivery in the past, choosing instead to focus on a lower-cost store-pickup service.




The retailer employs more than 18,000 personal shoppers that power the program with thousands more being added this year.

Ward declined to directly address rival delivery services.

Increasing sales and foot traffic hasn't been a problem for Costco or Walmart in Canada. Online prices will be the same as those offered in-store, the company said - a point of distinction from third-party delivery companies that mark up prices.

Despite the increased money and attention from retailers, online grocery remains a tiny part of the roughly $800 billion grocery business in the US.

TAMPA — After using Tampa Bay as one of its test areas for delivery, Walmart has begun offering grocery drop-offs to homes and businesses across the country. Soon to play in a market near you: unmanned delivery vans and descending drones.

These employees have to first complete a three-week training program to learn how to prepare online orders, which involves learning how to pick the best produce or the best cuts of meat.

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