This week, Walmart is taking on Amazon for Top Online Grocery Deliverer after announcing plans to expand its online grocery delivery option from six markets to more than 100 metro areas and 800 stores across the country by the end of this year, according to a report by CNBC.
“Our commitment goes further than saving customers money,” said Tom Ward, Vice President, Digital Operations, Walmart U.S. “90 percent of Americans live within 10 miles of a Walmart store, and we serve more than 150 million customers a week, which gives us a unique opportunity to make every day a little easier for busy families. Today, we’re expanding this promise by helping even more customers save time and money without leaving their homes.”
Walmart's expanded online grocery service touts delivery as soon as the same day for a fee of $9.95 on $30 orders or more. To help ensure online customers receive the highest quality products including the best cuts of meat, the retailer employs over 18,000 personal shoppers and counting across its stores.
For shoppers not needing direct-to-home delivery, Walmart also announced its Online Grocery Pickup service is now available in 1,200 stores and plans to add 1,000 more by the end of 2018.
“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,” said Greg Foran, President and CEO, Walmart U.S., in a company press release. “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.”
Will Walmart's recent efforts to expand its online grocery presence push it to the top over Amazon? Deli Market News will continue to report with the latest.