June 19--Walmart plans to expand its grocery pickup service in the St. Louis region as the retail giant tries to keep pace in a market where consumers increasingly expect the items in their shopping carts to be delivered or ready for pickup at a moment's notice.
A spokeswoman for Walmart said the Bentonville, Ark., chain will add its online grocery pickup program to approximately 10 local stores before the end of this year.
One of the new locations is the Walmart in Kirkwood, at 1202 South Kirkwood Road. The other locations weren't disclosed.
Already, the pickup service that launched locally in 2016 is available at 10 stores in the St. Louis metro area and five stores in the Metro East.
The free service at Walmart, available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., is targeted to parents who don't want to get their children out of car seats to shop and busy professionals who don't have the time to spend in stores.
The new pickup locations come as retailers of all kinds tinker with new ways to offer shoppers more convenience.
Walmart in April announced a new partnership with delivery service Postmates to expand its grocery home delivery service to 100 metro areas.
Grocers such as Schnucks, Fresh Thyme, Sam's Club, Whole Foods and Straub's offer delivery through Instacart. Dierbergs, meanwhile, offers delivery through Shipt, a subsidiary of Target.
Amazon, which acquired Whole Foods last year for $13.7 billion, allows its Prime members to receive a 10 percent discount at Missouri Whole Foods stores, although not yet at its three local stores. Amazon is in the process of scaling its ability to offer Prime members free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores, although that service is also not available in St. Louis yet.
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