Walmart and Amazon Expand Grocery Delivery

New services come to California, New York and Florida

Walmart has previously said it wants to bring grocery delivery to 40 percent of the U.S. in 2018. Walmart
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In select locations across the country, it just got a lot easier to shop for groceries.

Walmart has extended its grocery delivery partnership with logistics company Postmates to serve San Diego and the greater Los Angeles area, as well as locations in New York and Florida.

Postmates delivers groceries for Walmart in five additional markets: Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; Oklahoma City; Las Vegas; and Tucson, Ariz.

A media advisory said Los Angeles is the 34th area nationwide to receive the service, and the retailer plans to roll out grocery delivery to 100 metro areas by the end of the year.

The company also works with on-demand delivery service DoorDash in Atlanta, as well as Uber and Deliv in states like California, Texas and Florida. Walmart has previously said it wants to bring grocery delivery to 40 percent of the U.S. in 2018. But it has a lot of other grocery options, including two-day shipping and an online grocery pickup service, as well as in-building and in-fridge delivery with smart access providers Latch and August Home.

Meanwhile, Amazon said goods from Whole Foods Market will be available for delivery through two-hour delivery service Prime Now in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Miami; Palm Beach, Fla.; parts of Long Island, N.Y.; and select areas in New York City, including lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

In a press release, Amazon said the service launched earlier this year and will expand across the U.S. throughout 2018.

Prime members can shop for standard grocery fare and “select alcohol” via the service. Delivery from Whole Foods through Prime Now is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ecommerce company Jet.com recently announced plans of its own to offer deliveries of groceries and other items to the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens in the fall.

And Kroger, which calls itself America’s largest supermarket retailer, has partnered with robotics company Nuro to pilot an autonomous grocery delivery service of its own in an undisclosed market in the fall.


@lisalacy lisa.lacy@adweek.com Lisa Lacy is a senior writer at Adweek, where she focuses on retail and the growing reach of Amazon.
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