Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Walmart Grocery Delivery Coming to 100 Cities by 2019

Walmart Grocery Delivery Coming to 100 Cities by 2019

This means that over 40 percent of US households will be able to order groceries from Walmart, the company claims. Currently, it offers online ordering and delivery in six markets in the US.

The company said groceries - including produce, meat, seafood and bakery items in a minimum order of $30 - can be delivered for a $9.95 fee. In June, Publix announced it would offer same-day grocery delivery from all of its locations by 2020, many of which are already operating in Tampa Bay. It also comes at a time of intense competition within the grocery space and follows Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods previous year.

Walmart Grocery Delivery Coming to 100 Cities by 2019
Walmart Grocery Delivery Coming to 100 Cities by 2019

About 800 stores will operate the service. Just last month, Amazon announced Whole Foods grocery delivery service, offering a free delivery service for Prime Now customers in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Virginia Beach for orders of $35 or more.

To check if Walmart Grocery is available in your area, you can visit its website here. No subscription is required. The retailer also recently took on meal kit delivery services, such as Blue Apron and HelloFresh.

Offering expanded online grocery delivery is an "informed gamble" for Walmart, Knemeyer said, one that will likely serve up side benefits such as data collection and inroads into the affluent urban consumer base.

Walmart has trained 18,000 employees to be "personal shoppers" to prepare online orders for delivery or pick up, and it has teamed up with Uber and Deliv to handle grocery delivery.

A big battle is brewing over the delivery of milk, fruit and cheese, and how Americans will spend their hard-earned dollars on groceries. Walmart is leveraging its vast network of physical stores to keep up with Amazon for grocery services now that the online giant owns Whole Foods. Moreover, the recent kitchen product launches, including a wide variety of meal-kits, are expected to benefit from improved delivery services. Apart from bolstering delivery services, the company has been taking several other e-commerce initiatives, including buyouts, alliances and improved payment systems to strengthen online operations. Soon to play in a market near you: unmanned delivery vans and descending drones.

To order, customers will go to or the Walmart Grocery app to build an online basket, place order and select delivery time.

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