Walmart, Instacart Partner for Same Day Delivery in 4 U.S. Markets
Walmart and Instacart have joined forces to offer same-day delivery to four U.S. markets, the latest game from a major grocery chain to partner with the delivery service.
Walmart will be available through Instacart in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego as well as Tulsa, Oklahoma as part of its initial launch, which begins on Tuesday, an Instacart spokesperson told FOX Business.
The move helps Walmart, which is in an arms race with Amazon and others to expand the delivery of fresh produce, further exploit one of the fastest growing e-commerce sectors, an industry that has become even more vital during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Customers love the value we bring with pickup and delivery,” a Walmart spokesperson told FOX Business in an emailed statement. “They looked to us during the pandemic to get their goods to them safely and easily. “
Instacart says the partnership will give customers access to items ranging from groceries, alcohol, pantry staples and home decor “in just one hour.”
Currently, Amazon.com offers free two-hour delivery of Whole Foods Market items with a Prime membership. Amazon is the parent company of Whole Foods.
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Earlier this year, Walmart ramped up the development of its express delivery service, delivering items from the store to customers in under two hours. However, the company continues to delay its new subscription service, Walmart +, which is said to be a competitor to Amazon Prime.
Since the beginning of March, Instacart has launched or expanded with more than 100 retailers while introducing more than 5,500 new stores in its market. The company’s retail partners include Albertsons, Aldi, Costco, Kroger, Loblaw, Publix, Sam’s Club, Sprouts, Walmart Canada and Wegmans.
To date, Instacart already partners with 400 national, regional and local retailers across North America to deliver from more than 30,000 stores.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.