Walmart expands home grocery delivery service


Walmart expands home grocery delivery service that could boost it in its ongoing battle with e-commerce giant Amazon. Walmart shoppers living in more than 100 metro areas will be able to get their groceries delivered to their door.

The service is already available in six U.S. markets Phoenix, Dallas, Orlando, Tampa, Denver and San Jose. The service will become an option for more than 40%of U.S households.

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.

Shoppers can make their purchases on the grocery section of Walmart’s website or through the Walmart Grocery app.  A minimum purchase of $30 is compulsory and customers will pay a $9.95 as fee.

Customers can get their fresh produce, seafood, or other items at their door within three to four hours.

Walmart has been purchasing its own network of stores by offering shoppers the ability to pick up groceries ordered online at 1,200 locations. That number will jump to over 2,200 by the end of 2018.

Providing this service is another way Walmart is trying to counter Amazon’s convenience and speed. Roughly 800 Walmart stores and more than 18,000 employees will fulfill the online grocery orders. This service will be like Uber helping to ferry the groceries to customer’s doors.

BJ’s Wholesale Club said that it will be offering same-day product delivery by the end of next month. The same-day service is currently available at more than 70 locations.