In another attempt to keep up the fight against Amazon, Walmart is expanding its grocery delivery service. The retailer announced today that it will expand the service, currently available in six markets, to more than 100 cities by the end of 2018. While the exact metro areas haven’t been disclosed, Walmart claims the expansion will allow its delivery service to serve 40 percent of US households.
Customers can order groceries online through Walmart’s website or through the company’s dedicated grocery app. Walmart’s network of personal shoppers then gather the items in each order and prep them for delivery. Walmart already employs 18,000 personal shoppers and plans to hire more to support the expansion of this program. The company uses crowdsourced delivery services, such as Uber, to deliver orders to customers. Each delivery order must reach Walmart’s $30 minimum, and customers pay a $9.95-per-order fee as well.
Walmart will also expand its current grocery pickup service this year to an additional 1,000 stores. Currently available at 1,200 Walmart locations, this service lets customers order groceries online and pick them up from a store without getting out of their cars.