Walmart partners with Uber, Lyft for grocery deliveries
US retail giant, Walmart, will pilot a grocery delivery service using ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft in efforts to grow its online grocery business.
“We’re thrilled about the possibility of delivering new convenient options to our customers, and about working with some transformative companies in this test,” Michael Bender, EVP and COO, Walmart Global e-commerce, wrote in a blog post.
“We’ll start small and let our customers guide us, but testing new things like last-mile delivery allows us to better evaluate the various ways we can best serve our customers how, when and where they need us.”
The trials will take in place Denver and Phoenix in the next two weeks and come after Walmart quietly launched a similar pilot in March with delivery service, Deliv.
Customers in the test locations can use the service when they order their groceries online and select a delivery window. Walmart’s personal shoppers will pick and pack the orders instore before ordering one of the on demand ride services. The driver will deliver the order to the customer’s location and a US$7 to US$10 delivery charge will be added to the shopper’s order.
Walmart is also expanding its curbside pickup service for groceries bought online to more stores.
Uber has been building its B2B offering, developing its own logistics platform, UberRush, which is being piloted in the US.