Walmart expands in-store grocery pickup service

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) is expanding its grocery pickup service to include locations near the retailer's headquarters.

In recent weeks, the big-box retailer has added dozens of pickup locations, including parking lots of Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets around Phoenix, Denver and Huntsville, Alabama, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The retailer will add five additional grocery pickup locations next week. The pickup spots will be in front of smaller-format Neighborhood Market stores in Northwest Arkansas. The very first pickup test launched in Bentonville, Arkansas, about one year ago.

The pickup service allows shoppers to order groceries online and then choose a pickup time. When the customer reaches the Walmart parking lot, a store employee brings the food to the car. The minimum amount for an order is $30.

Although Walmart has tested grocery delivery, it seems in-store pickup is expanding more rapidly. The company even launched its click-and-collect service in 11 Canadian stores earlier this summer.

The news of Walmart's pickup service expansion comes just days after rival Target (NYSE:TGT) announced a partnership with Instacart for grocery delivery.

For more:
-See this article in The Wall Street Journal

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