Walmart will work with Postmates as part of its effort to expand its online grocery delivery to more than 40% of U.S. households. The partnership kicked off April 10 in Charlotte, N.C., and will expand to other cities in coming months.
Walmart personal shoppers will pick items at the store, with Postmates delivering the orders within a specified time window. The Online Grocery Delivery service carries a flat fee of $9.95 and a $30 minimum order, with no subscription or price markups.
Walmart is expanding its buy online, pick up in-store (BOPIS) program as well. The service is currently available at 1,200 stores nationwide, and the retailer plans to add 1,000 more locations in 2018.
Internationally, Walmart is seeking to grow its e-Commerce presence by taking a major stake in Flipkart, an Indian e-Commerce company. The retailer could acquire an initial 20% to 26% stake before growing its share in steps, ultimately investing $10 billion to $12 billion and bringing its total to 51%.