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Target Is Following Walmart Into This Huge Market Opportunity

International Business Times

Target (NYSE:TGT) shares have surged in recent years, and one strategic decision is a major reason why. The big-box retailer has invested heavily in same-day fulfillment service, including Order Pickup, Drive Up, and same-day delivery with Shipt. Sales from same-day fulfillment services jumped 90% last year and accounted for three-quarters of its 29% comparable digital sales growth. Those services have emerged as a competitive advantage for the retailer, separating it from flailing mall-based chains and department stores and warding off competition from online retailers like Amazon. Not surprisingly, Target is investing further in the channel, as it's clearly resonating with customers.


Walmart to Offer Home Delivery of Groceries in 100 Cities

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

Under the new program, online grocery orders will be packed in a Walmart store by company workers and then handed off to a delivery company or startup that uses contract workers to bring orders to homes, said a Walmart spokesman. Uber Technologies Inc. will be one of the initial partners, expanding a test started in 2016. Other crowdsource delivery companies will be added later this year, the spokesman said. Walmart currently offers grocery delivery in six cities through Uber and Deliv Inc., a Menlo Park, Calif., firm. The plan also includes using Jet, the online retailer Walmart purchased in 2016, to offer a same-day grocery-delivery service in New York City to compete with Prime Now, Amazon.com


2018 was point of no return for online grocery delivery (But two companies are dominating)

ZDNet

It's hard to find a clear assessment of the impact online grocery delivery is having both on grocers and consumers. The online grocery paradigm is taking shape very quickly, but aside from hodgepodge delivery numbers and mind-boggling market reports predicting a market in excess of $100 billion, the state of the industry is a little uncertain. A new report from CommonSense Robotics, which makes warehouse robots for fulfillment centers, has some striking takeaways, including the eye-popping finding that same-day grocery delivery grew a staggering 500 percent over the previous year in 2018. After years of skepticism in an industry that's been long underpenetrated by e-commerce, grocery retailers made strides in the rollout of curbside pickup and same-day grocery delivery, signalling change for an industry that once appeared to be immune to the shift to online. CommonSense and other logistics automation providers like Tompkins Robotics and Ocado are at the technological nexus of the shift to online grocery fulfillment.


Walmart's AI is getting smarter about grocery delivery – TechCrunch

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It's no surprise that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we shop, especially when it comes to groceries. Grocery delivery apps experienced a record number of downloads in March 2020, and by the following month, Walmart Grocery (which is now integrated into the Walmart app) surpassed Amazon as the No. 1 shopping app on both Google Play and the App Store. But even as pandemic restrictions have eased, consumers are still using ordering groceries for delivery or pickup more frequently than they were pre-pandemic. As Walmart's grocery delivery services have continued to boom, posing competition to companies like Amazon and Instacart, the tech that Walmart uses has expanded too. Today, Walmart shared information about how it's training its AI to make smarter substitutions in online grocery orders.


Walmart upgrades apps due to coronavirus to combine groceries with electronics, toys and more

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Shoppers can now order bananas, chicken breasts, a puzzle and a television in the same purchase on the Walmart app for curbside pickup or delivery. The retailer has combined its Walmart Grocery app with its main app to allow consumers to shop for items in multiple departments, much like a trip to one of the company's supercenter stores. Until the recent upgrade, shoppers could only pickup groceries at curbside but were able to order items from other departments for pickup in the store. The COVID-19 pandemic sped up Walmart's plans to integrate the apps because of a surge in online and mobile shopping, Walmart Chief Customer Officer Janey Whiteside said in an interview with USA TODAY Wednesday. Recall alert:Harbor Freight recalling 454,000 jack stands because they can drop causing'serious injury' "The way I think about it is we don't ask customers to go to two separate stores to complete their shopping," Whiteside said, "So why do we ask them to do that with two apps?"