Walmart is a near monopoly in brick and mortar retail stores but not online, that title would go to Amazon.
Amazon has been offering 1-day delivery for many locations for some time now and Walmart seeks to leverage its physical stores to deliver products within a 2-hour window with a service called Express Delivery. This is a service that is sorely needed during life under Corona.
Walmart has been piloting Express Delivery since the middle of April in 100 physical stores, with a planned to expand out to almost 1,000 stores by early May, the another 1,000 stores in the weeks that follow.
When checking out, you can select Express delivery (if it is available in your area) and as long as your have over $30 worth of items in your cart.
“We know our customers’ lives have changed during this pandemic, and so has the way they shop. We also know when we come out of this, customers will be busier than ever, and sometimes that will call for needing supplies in a hurry. COVID-19 has prompted us to launch Express Delivery even faster so that we’re here for our customers today and in the future,” Janey Whiteside, Walmart’s chief customer officer, said in a statement.
This kind of competition is welcomed and consumers will only benefit when these companies compete.