There was a time when Walmart was focusing on its same-day pickup services, leveraging its massive store fleet to mitigate the challenges of the last mile. The coronavirus pandemic changed the game, and the retailer pivoted quickly. In just a year, Walmart has nearly doubled the number of stores offering same-day grocery delivery, bringing the total number of locations offering the service to 3,000.
The service is doubly important because it is a key selling point of Walmart's membership program Walmart+, which costs $98 a year and includes unlimited deliveries of orders over $35 with no added delivery fee.
Walmart’s same-day delivery service now reaches nearly 70% of the U.S. population, according to a LinkedIn post by Meng Chee, the company’s executive vice president and chief product officer.