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TechnologyWalmart expands 'unlimited' grocery delivery as competition heats up

16:41  12 september  2019
16:41  12 september  2019 Source:

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Walmart is facing increasing pressure to expand its fresh grocery delivery service amid fiercer competition in that space. Amazon changed consumer expectations when it launched two-day delivery for Prime members back in 2005 and forced other retailers to step up their game.

(Reuters) - Walmart Inc said on Thursday it would expand the roll out of its "unlimited" grocery delivery service to 1,400 stores across the United States, as competition intensifies among retailers to deliver online orders faster.

Walmart expands 'unlimited' grocery delivery as competition heats up © Reuters/Kamil Krzaczynski FILE PHOTO: Shoppers at a Walmart store in Chicago Illinois

The retailer's service gives customers the option to pay a yearly $98 fee, or a monthly $12.95 fee, to get grocery orders. The service will be available in more than 1,600 stores in the U.S. and over 50% of the country by the end of the year.

In June, Target Corp expanded its same-day delivery using Shipt, the membership-based grocery delivery platform it bought in 2017, to its online members, where customers pay an annual fee of $99 or $9.99 per order.

Walmart began piloting "unlimited" grocery delivery service in four markets – Houston, Miami, Salt Lake City and Tampa earlier this year, and said it employs more than 45,000 shoppers to run the service.

(Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

Walmart takes its $98 Delivery Unlimited service nationwide.
Walmart began trialling its Delivery Unlimited service -- its grocery-based take on Amazon Prime -- at select locations earlier this year. Now, the company is rolling it out to a further 1,400 stores across all 200 metro areas where regular grocery delivery is already available. Walmart aims to have more than 50 percent of the country covered by the end of the year. The program gives customers the option to pay a yearly fee of $98, or a monthly fee of $12.95, to get unlimited Walmart grocery deliveries, although you still have the option of paying a per-delivery fee without membership. There's also a free 15-day trial on offer, if you're not sure.

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