Walmart – rapid expansion of grocery delivery service

US retail giant Walmart has announced plans to make its Online Grocery Delivery option to over 40% of US households by the end of 2018.

Currently the Walmart grocery offering is available to six stores, but there are plans to extend this to more than 100 towns and cities across the US.

The grocery deliveries can be made on the same day. Costing $9.95 they have a minimum order value of $30.

In a statement, Greg Foran, president and CEO, Walmart U.S., said: “We’re saving customers time by leveraging new technology, and connecting all the parts of our business into a single seamless shopping experience: great stores, easy pickup, fast delivery, and apps and websites that are simple to use.

“We’re serving our customers in ways that no one else can. Using our size and scale, we’re bringing the best of Walmart to customers across the country.”

The Walmart Grocery Delivery service includes meat, seafood, fresh produce and bakery items as well as pantry staples, consumables and seasonal general merchandise. Customers place their orders online at Walmart.com/grocery or on the Walmart Grocery App.

According to the statement: “With the help of Walmart’s personal shoppers and crowd-sourced delivery services, the retailer will be able to shop for and deliver fresh groceries to the doorsteps of millions of Americans. The retailer employs more than 18,000 personal shoppers that power this program with thousands more being added this year. These associates must complete a three week training program learning how to select the freshest produce and the best cuts of meat for Online Grocery customers.

“The retailer also offers an Online Grocery Pickup service that allows customers to order their groceries online and pickup them up in stores without ever getting out of their cars.”

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