Walmart to expand grocery delivery service across the U.S.

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Walmart announced Wednesday plans to expand its popular Online Grocery Delivery option to more than 40 percent of U.S. households by the end of the year. The service, available today in six markets, will grow to serve more than 100 metro areas across the country.

“We’re serving our customers in ways that no one else can. Using our size and scale, we’re bringing the best of Walmart to customers across the country,” said Greg Foran, president and CEO, Walmart U.S. “We’re serving our customers in ways that no one else can. Using our size and scale, we’re bringing the best of Walmart to customers across the country.

Walmart will use its own employees and crowd-sourced delivery services to shop for and deliver groceries. The retailer employs more than 18,000 personal shoppers with thousands more being added this year. Those associates must complete a three week training program.

The Rockford-area Walmart stores currently allow groceries to be ordered online and picked up at specially designated zones outside the store.

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