Busy parents can rejoice because Walmart plans to expand its grocery delivery to more than 100 metro areas this year. Currently, the same-day service is available to only six areas in the country, but this expansion means nearly 40 percent of U.S. households will have access to grocery delivery—some areas even getting groceries within three hours of placing their order.
The expanded services seem to be Walmart’s direct response to other retailers pushing their own same-day delivery, such as Amazon, Whole Foods, Kroger and Target. And we’re not sad about it because it means more of us can shop from the comfort of our own home without having to drag our kids along for tedious shopping errands.
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To qualify the service, Walmart shoppers will need to have a minimum $30 order and pay a $9.95 flat order fee. But if you’re a parent pressed for time, that is money well spent. And let’s be honest: when’s the last time you spent less than $30 at the grocery store?
Grocery delivery orders will be packed by Walmart’s personal shoppers and delivered by crowd-sourcing companies like Uber. Unlike some other services who promise quick delivery, Walmart assures shoppers they’ll get the same great prices online and through the app, just as they would if they were shopping in-store.
Stay tuned to find out if your local Walmart will be included in the expanded program.
Will you shop Walmart for grocery delivery? We’d love to know in the comments.