Wal-Mart Expands Free Curbside Grocery Pickup Service

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 10:56 PM

Wal-Mart said Wednesday it'south expanding its service that allows customers to order groceries online and then choose them up in the parking lot of their local store.

The online grocery wars are getting fiercer.

Wal-Mart said Wednesday it'south expanding its service that allows customers to order groceries online and then choose them up in the parking lot of their local store.

The nation'south largest food retailer said it's adding eight new markets this mo to its free curbside grocery pickup service. They comprise KS City, Missouri; Austin, Texas; and Charleston, South Carolina.

Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, has been offering the service in roughly one hundred fifty stores in twenty-second markets. By the finish of April, it'll proposal it in roughly two hundred stores in thirtieth markets. Wal-Mart operates more than 4.500 namesake stores in the U. S.

It says it'll to add more locations offering the curbside service over the course of the year.

The move comes as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. aims to further capitalize on its power to combine its brick-and-mortar stores with online shopping. That focus is different from other rivals love Amazon. com and Instacart, which are delivering groceries directly to shoppers' homes.

Wal-Mart says more than 30.000 fresh groceries, baby products and household items can be ordered online and picked up at the participating stores.

It works this way: Shoppers order groceries online and can obtain same-day choose up if ordered by ten a. m.. Wal-Mart workers load the customer's car.

Wal-Mart says ninety % of its curbside customers are repeat users and more than ninety % of its baskets comprise fresh grocery items love dairy and produce.

The other new markets for the curbside service are: Boise, Idaho; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Provo, Utah; and Daphne, Alabama.

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