Walmart offers grocery pickup in Target's backyard

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Walmart is rolling out grocery pickup in the Twin Cities, even as Minneapolis-based Target discontinues its Curbside partnership.

Three locations in the area will offer the service. Shoppers can place orders online, select a pickup time and then collect their items at a reserved parking spot. A designated associate will bring out the order and load it into the car.

“Our customers have told us that grocery pickup is a game-changer,” Katie Vitela, a Walmart Minneapolis market coach, said in a statement. “They are now able to complete their grocery shopping in a matter of minutes – between errands or on their way home from an after-school activity – without even unbuckling their seat belts.”

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Target had been testing a similar program with Curbside in several states, but ended the experiment in June. 

Walmart has a variety of delivery and pickup tests running in several markets, including dedicated pickup facilities in Arkansas, and even a delivery test with ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber in Arizona and Colorado.