Walmart Expands From Online Groceries, Adds Next-day Delivery of Everything Else in Texas

While Walmart focused its e-commerce efforts on grocery curbside and deliveries, it was also building up its online infrastructure for general merchandise.This week, the largest U.S. retailer and largest grocer started offering next-day deliveries of general merchandise in Dallas-Fort Worth. The service is also launching in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Texas is Walmart's biggest state. Walmart kicked off curbside grocery delivery in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2015 and expanded in 2016 with same-day home delivery of groceries. It's had same-day pick up of general merchandise in stores since 2011 and added its automated orange pickup towers here in 2017. And now it's circling back and catching up with Target and Amazon with next-day deliveries. Target started testing its next-day restock delivery option in Dallas in 2017. It was a response to Amazon Prime Pantry.Walmart's service is free for orders of at least $35 and there's no annual membership fee such as Amazon Prime, something that Walmart CEO Doug McMillon has said he doesn't believe online customers should have to pay.  Continue reading...

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