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09/24/2018

Walmart's online grocery service hits two big milestones

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A discount giant is making good on its promise to get online grocery orders into more shoppers’ hands faster.

On Monday, Walmart announced that it now offers grocery delivery in 50 metro areas across the United States. By launching grocery delivery earlier this month in Akron, Ohio, the company is halfway to its goal of offering the service to 100 metro areas, which equates to 40% of U.S. households.

Walmart added that “more locations on the way,” according to a blog on the company’s website.

Walmart uses many partners to get these deliveries into shoppers’ hands. Earlier this month, the company began testing a crowd-sourced delivery platform service, called Spark Delivery.  In April, the discounter teamed up with on-demand delivery service Postmates to streamline its grocery deliveries. Uber and Deliv have also been helping Walmart test deliveries in select markets, including Dallas, Denver, Orlando, Phoenix, Tampa and San Jose.

In addition to its delivery milestone, on Sept. 20, Walmart began receiving orders at its newest Grocery Pickup location in Fayetteville, Arkansas. With this new location, the company now features more than 2,000 pickup locations across the U.S. where customers can place an order online and pick up their groceries curbside.

By the end of this fiscal year, Walmart expects to have 2,140 access points in 430 markets, covering 69% of all households in the U.S., according to the company.