Walmart has announced Express Delivery, a new service that delivers items from the store to customers’ doors in less than two hours.
The service will cost $10 on top of the existing delivery charge.
Walmart says they've accelerated the development of the service in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, piloting Express Delivery in 100 stores since mid-April.
The service will expand to nearly 1,000 stores in early May and will be available in nearly 2,000 total stores in the following weeks.
Express Delivery allows customers to order across more than 160,000 items from Walmart’s food, consumables and general merchandise assortment such as groceries, everyday essentials, toys and electronics.
“We know our customers’ lives have changed during this pandemic, and so has the way they shop,” said Janey Whiteside, chief customer officer, Walmart. “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.”
Walmart’s Express Delivery joins the retailer’s popular pickup and delivery offerings, all three of which are no-contact services for the customer.
The service relies on the retailer’s team of 74,000 personal shoppers who will pick customers’ orders.
This includes additional personal shoppers hired specifically for Express Delivery.
Walmart says they will utilize its existing lineup of delivery providers to take orders from a store to customers’ doors.
“We have an opportunity to serve our customers no matter what life calls for,” said Tom Ward, senior vice president, Customer Product. “Whether it be a last-minute ingredient, medicine when a fever hits, or the item you didn’t know you needed when checking off your chore list, time matters. Express is a solve for that.”
To get started, customers can go to walmart.com/grocery or the Walmart app and search their ZIP code to see if Express Delivery is offered in their area.
Here’s how it works: