How Walmart's expanded grocery delivery service measures up to competition

The retailer is launching the service, which offers same-day delivery in as little as three hours, across the USA this year, the company announced Wednesday.

Walmart will also expand its current grocery pickup service this year to an additional 1,000 stores.

Unlike Amazon Fresh, however, there's no subscription fee involved for Walmart's online delivery service.

Customers place their orders online at Walmart.com/grocery or on the existing Walmart Grocery App, and unlike other services, they find the same every day low prices on items that they do in stores.

"We have learned an bad lot from our delivery pilot", Walmarts vice president of digital operations Tom Ward said during a telephone press conference on Tuesday. Jet already sells groceries online in certain cities, but they ordinarily take a few days to arrive.

"A second aspect is that this is a further indication that it will be Walmart, not Amazon, that is the big competitor to supermarkets for the online grocery shopping business", he added. Other delivery companies will be added later this year.

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According to Walmart, 90% of Americans live within 10 miles of a Walmart store, so they see this as a way of serving their customers in "a way that no one else can".

Groceries can be delivered to customers as soon as the same day.

The expanded delivery service will cost $9.95 and will require a minimum order spend of $30. Amazon is using Whole Foods to deliver fresh groceries to Prime customers in a handful of United States markets and plans to expand the service nationally in 2018.

"We're moving fast to save our customers time", Tom Ward, vice president of digital operations for Walmart, said on a call with reporters on Tuesday. The retailer will use some 18,000 personal shoppers to fulfill the orders and delivery services to get the items to the customers.

Walmart's Sam's Club division, which said last month that it would offer members free shipping of online orders for an annual $100 fee, also uses Instacart. All customers have to do is use the special promo code "FRESHCAR" when making their first order.


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