Walmart adds new grocery delivery providers to expand home delivery service
US supermarket giant Walmart has added four new grocery delivery companies – Point Pickup, Skipcart, AxleHire, and Roadie to its team to grow its Online Grocery Delivery services.
The four grocery delivery companies will enable the retailer’s Online Grocery Delivery in metro areas in four states with further expansion planned in the near future.
Currently, Walmart Grocery Delivery is available in 800 plus stores, which will be doubled this year.
Tom Ward – senior vice president of Digital Operations, Walmart U.S. said: “Customers love our Grocery Delivery service. As they are busy managing jobs, soccer practice, dance lessons and social schedules we are on a mission to do more than keep a little extra money in their pockets.
“With the help of these new delivery partners, we’re making grocery shopping even easier by bringing the every day low prices of Walmart right to the front door of customers.”
Walmart said that its personal shoppers, the delivery networks of the four grocery delivery companies, and other key partners will shop on behalf of customers at the stores and deliver the groceries at their doorsteps.
Personal shoppers undergo a three-week training program in which they are taught how to select freshest produce and the best cuts of meat for Walmart’s Online Grocery customers.
Customers through Walmart Grocery Delivery get the convenience of shopping when and where they want for fresh produce, meat, seafood, pantry staples, bakery items, various consumables, and seasonal general merchandise.
At checkout, customers can select a delivery time window for delivery of their shopped items.
Onceorders have been picked by Walmart personal shoppers, a member of the delivery partner’s team collects the order from a Walmart store and delivers it to the customer in the designated time frame.
Customers can receive the delivered groceries as soon as the same day. Walmart’s Online Grocery Delivery starts from $30 minimum worth orders and is said to have a simple fee structure without any need for subscription and comes with no price markups, said Walmart.
Currently, Walmart provides Grocery Delivery in more than 100 metro areas, which are planned to be increased to 300 metro areas by the end of 2019.
Walmart also offers an Online Grocery Pickup Service that lets customers order their groceries online and pick them up at stores without stepping out of their cars. The curbside pickup service from Walmart is currently available in 2,100 stores with 1,000 more to be added through the course of this year.