Walmart looking to make its grocery delivery service available to 40% of US household by year-end
Walmart has announced plans to expand its Online Grocery Delivery option to more than 40% of US households by the end of the year.
The service is currently available in six markets, but the company plans to serve more than 100 metro areas across the country.
Groceries can be delivered to customers as soon as the same day. Walmart’s Online Grocery Delivery carries a $9.95 fee and a $30 minimum order. There is no subscription charge.
In a statement issued today (14 March), 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.”
Walmart Grocery Delivery includes fresh produce, meat, seafood and bakery items, along with pantry staples, consumables and seasonal general merchandise. Customers place their orders online at Walmart.com/grocery or on the Walmart Grocery App.
According to today’s 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.”