Wal-Mart expands online grocery delivery test

Wal-Mart expands online grocery delivery test

The retail giant now has 22 stores that offer delivery across Tampa, Orlando, Dallas and Phoenix.

Until now, the pilot service with Uber had been available in Phoenix and Tampa only.

The new program will use Wal-Mart's own employees and a blog on the company's website shows colorful cars decked wrapped with images of produce and topped with giant replica fruits and vegetables.

To order, customers shop online or through a mobile browser at Walmart.com/grocery to build an online basket and place an order, selecting the most convenient time for the order to be delivered.

"In some areas, we're trying general merchandise deliveries led by associates". Food price deflation has been a leading cause in slowed revenues for companies like Target, but Wal Mart has reported that their sales growth in grocery has been the best in 5 years with 56% of their sales come from grocery.

The delivery is only available for addresses near the participating Wal-Mart stores.

It has also added some online delivery "towers" at stores where items are stored for pickup at a discount to customers.

Walmart is also trialling delivery services in NY as it battles with Amazon.com, Aldi and Lidl all of whom are making inroads into the US. The same-day grocery delivery start-up has been growing its list of partnerships with retailers including Whole Foods, Costco, CVS and recently Aldi.



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