On-demand delivery service DoorDash is the latest last-mile partner to join forces with Walmart as the retailer seeks to bring online grocery delivery to 40 percent of the U.S. by the end of the year.
DoorDash will focus on the Atlanta metro area to start and said it will add more markets in the coming months.
“Our work with Walmart marks DoorDash’s official launch beyond restaurant delivery,” said DoorDash chief operating officer Christopher Payne in a statement. “We look forward to expanding across the country.”
Right now, Walmart is serving eight markets: Atlanta with Doordash as well as Charlotte, N.C., with Postmates and Denver, San Jose, Phoenix, Dallas, Tampa and Orlando with Uber and Deliv.
The combined population of those cities is about 30.4 million people, or roughly 10 percent of the U.S. population.
Customers can place online orders at Walmart.com/grocery or on the Walmart grocery app and select delivery windows at checkout. The online grocery delivery requires a $30 minimum and has a $9.95 fee, so it isn’t really practical for customers who realize they’re missing an ingredient when they’re cooking—unless they really need the olive oil Payne mentioned in a blog post—but it’s certainly a start for America’s biggest retailer in a fledgling space.
Walmart said online grocery pickup is available in 1,200 stores with 1,000 more to be added this year.