Walmart to offer home grocery delivery to 100 US cities
Walmart has revealed that it intends to expand its online grocery delivery service to more than 40% of US households by the end of the year, in a bid to compete with rival retailers such as Amazon.
Supported by a number of partners such as Uber, the grocery delivery expansion will allow the retailer to target 100 metropolitan areas as it expands delivery to about 800 stores by the end of 2018.
The plan also involves used Jet, the online retailer purchased by Walmart, to offer same-day delivery service in New York City to compete with Amazon’s one- and two- hour delivery service Prime Now.
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The expanded delivery service will cost $9.95 and will require a minimum order spend of $30.
Walmart has increasingly invested in its online offerings to keep up with changing consumer habits however the retailer stumbled in its last quarter, experiencing a 23% slowdown in its online sales growth.
Competition in the $800bn US grocery market has intensified in recent years, following Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods last year.
As such, several retailers have begun pushing delivery services more aggressively.
Costco Wholesale and Kroger have used delivery startup Instacart to offer more cities and products that shoppers can order and meanwhile, Target acquired Instacart rival SHipt in December to tap into growing delivery demand.
In recent years, Walmart has expanded its curbside grocery pickup service whereby shoppers can order online and pick up their items from their car in the store’s parking lot.
Jim Donald appointed the CEO of Albertsons
Donald, who previously worked as the company...
The Idaho-based grocery chain, Albertsons, has appointed Jim Donald as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Donald, who previously worked as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, will keep his presidential role.
The new CEO will replace Bob Miller, who will continue in his position as Chairman of the Board.
“Jim Donald has built an exceptional career in retail,” remarked Bob Miller.
“His knowledge of our company and industry is unmatched, and I know his contributions will be invaluable as we enter the next chapter of Albertsons Companies.”
“We look forward to tapping his experience in leading large consumer brands as we work every day to meet our customers’ needs, both in-store and online.”
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In his career, Donald has held positions such as the CEO of Starbucks and the CEO of Pathmark Stores.
The newly-appoint CEO also worked for Albertsons for 15 years, starting 1976, becoming the Vice President of Operations in Arizona.
“Albertsons Companies is uniquely positioned to operate in both a 'four walls' traditional environment and the 'no walls' world of technology,” stated Jim Donald.
“We serve 34 million customers each week across our 2,300-plus stores and serve 5.5 million patients in our 1,700-plus pharmacies.”
“That's a significant food, health and wellness footprint. We're well positioned to serve the evolving needs of today's customer, wherever and whenever they choose to shop with us.”
“I am looking forward to leading this dynamic company as we focus on innovation and customer-centric retailing in all its forms.”