Walmart testing out home delivery of online grocery orders

Walmart using Uber, Lyft to test grocery delivery service
Walmart using Uber, Lyft to test grocery delivery service

Forget driving to your local Walmart for curbside pickup of online grocery orders, a free service the company recently announced that it is expanding.

You soon may be able to have those groceries delivered to your own doorstep.

Walmart announced Friday on its blog that it expects to start testing out grocery delivery through Uber and Lyft within the next two weeks. This pilot program will be available in Denver and one other market, which the announcement did not identify.

Here's how Walmart details the process:

  1. A customer in one of the test locations places a grocery order online and selects a delivery window.

  2. Walmart's personal shoppers — who are "highly-trained Walmart associates" — carefully select and prepare the order.

  3. Walmart's team requests a driver from Uber or Lyft to come to the store, pick up the customer's order and take it directly to the customer's location. Walmart will also tell the customer whether the order is being delivered by a driver from Uber or Lyft.

Walmart describes this process as "seamless to the customer," who pays Walmart its normal $7 to $10 delivery charge online and makes no payment to the driver.

According to Friday's announcement, this pilot follows "a very quiet Sam's Club pilot" that started in March in Miami with a same-day delivery service called Deliv.

The Sam's Club pilot involves delivery of general merchandise and grocery orders for business members.

The blog post concludes:

We're thrilled about the possibility of delivering new convenient options to our customers, and about working with some transformative companies in this test. We'll start small and let our customers guide us, but testing new things like last-mile delivery allows us to better evaluate the various ways we can best serve our customers how, when and where they need us.

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