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07/25/2018

Walmart expands online grocery deliveries

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Walmart is bringing its grocery delivery service to customers in the Golden State.

Through its partnership with Postmates, the discount giant now offers grocery delivery in San Diego and the greater Los Angeles area. With these additions, Walmart now offers the service in seven markets.

The expansion coincides with Walmart’s goal of expanding online grocery deliveries to more than 40% of U.S. homes. Specifically, the company plans to expand its grocery delivery business across the U.S. in 2018, going from six metro areas to 100 during that time

Customers can place orders online, or through the Walmart grocery app. Walmart personal shoppers pick and pack orders, and Postmates associates deliver them to customers during their specified delivery window. (Groceries can be delivered same-day.) Customers can track deliveries in real-time, and are notified when their order arrives.

The service has a flat fee of $9.95 for orders of $50 or more. New customers in California can get their first order delivered for free with a promotion code.

Walmart’s rival Amazon also continues to expand its own grocery delivery service. On Tuesday, the online giant launched same-day grocery deliveries from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now in the New York area, including parts of Long Island, and select areas in New York City, including lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. It also debuted in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Palm Beach, Florida. The service, which initially launched in February, is now available in 24 cities.