Walmart to Offer Home Delivery of Groceries to 100 US Cities

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Walmart is taking grocery delivery out of testing mode, and will offer the service in 100 markets - reaching more than 40% of USA households - by the end of 2018, according to a company release.

Walmart's online grocery delivery is only available in six markets now, but that is set to quickly change. "We know organics are important to our Online Grocery customers", said a spokesperson in an email.

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. With the recent announcement that it will roll out an online grocery delivery option in over 100 cities, the retailer may get to those targets after all, Seth Sigman, an analyst at Credit Suisse, wrote in a note to clients.

The move will complement Walmart's rollout of curbside grocery pickup, which is now available in 1,200 stores and will be added to a 1,000 more stores this year. Those associates must complete a three week training program. Walmart plans to use about 800 stores to operate the service.

Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods Market past year has raised the stakes in the highly competitive grocery delivery wars.

Tampas Walmart delivery began as a soft launch about a year ago in five stores. During a media call yesterday, Tom Ward, Walmart's vice president of digital operations, said in delivery test markets such as Dallas and San Jose, California, the company gained shoppers outside its normal store coverage area. "We are extremely happy with the results that we have had out of the USA", he added, noting the company does not have a specific timeline in mind for the rollout.

Walmart's grocery delivery service - which may bring more competition to Amazon - is the latest in new services announced by the chain. Two-hour delivery service is free and so-called "ultra-fast delivery" within one hour costs $7.99 on orders of $35 or more.

Walmart is charging a $9.95 fee for online grocery deliveries, and your order must be at least $30. All customers have to do is use the special promo code "FRESHCAR" when making their first order.

Tom Ward, Walmart's vice president of digital operations in the USA, said the company would move forward with its delivery service as fast as possible. The same-day service is now available at more than 70 locations.

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