Walmart plans to expand its online grocery delivery service to a fleet of roughly 800 stores by the end of the year, as competition continues to ramp up in the digital grocery aisle. Orders can also be placed via a Walmart Grocery app.
Building off of the company's recent series of grocery updates-including a partnership with Instacart through its Sam's Club wing, the acquisition of Parcel, and the recent announcement of its Eden technology to help reduce food waste-Walmart is now becoming involved in ag tech, with an application for a series of six patents aimed at farm automation, according to The Spoon.
The service, now in six cities, will roll out to more than 40 percent of USA households by the end of the year, the company said on Wednesday.
"It seems, at long last, groceries are making the transition to the digital age", he said. Those stores will be the first to introduce the program, Tom Ward, the vice president of Walmart's digital operations in the US, said on a call with members of the media. No subscription is required.More news: Halep cruises into Indian Wells last eight
Walmart will soon go head-to-head with online retailers like Amazon in a nationwide expansion of its grocery delivery option.
Target acquired Shipt, a grocery delivery service, for $550 million late a year ago and is offering same-day delivery on groceries, essentials and other products in some cities with plans for more.
New customers can get their first order delivered for free with the promotional code "FRESHCAR".
Walmart plans to use its team of personal shoppers to pull together orders in stores and will team up with crowdsourced delivery services including Uber to send groceries.More news: United States gun control: Trump accused of bowing to NRA pressure
"Walmart must expand its delivery capabilities if it is to remain a contender against Amazon and lead the pack against all the rest", Spieckerman said.
Walmart's grocery delivery business will be supported by a number of partners, including Uber, the company said on Wednesday. For now, younger shoppers tend to buy more groceries online, but the large majority shop in stores, Cowen said.
It also complements Walmart's rollout of curbside grocery pickup, now available in 1,200 stores and coming to an additional 1,000 this year.More news: Jake Arrieta, Phillies reach $75M, 3-yr contract