Walmart will begin a national rollout this month of its Pick Up Today service, which allows customers to purchase items online and receive free same-day pickup at a local Walmart store.
Online orders are usually ready for pickup in about four hours, and orders placed after 6 p.m. are ready for pickup at 10 a.m. the next day.
The discounter presently offers Site to Store, a five-year-old service that ships online orders for free to a local Walmart store within four to seven days.
Site to Store covers tens of thousands of SKUs, most of which are unavailable in stores, while the new Pick Up Today service will eventually expand to include up to 40,000 items, including CE, household appliances and video games. The program is expected to be available at Walmart's 3,600 flagship stores nationwide by June.
"Walmart is uniquely positioned to combine the power of e-commerce with our national retail footprint to offer a leading, multichannel experience that delivers the best savings and convenience to our customers," said Steve Nave, senior VP and general manager of Walmart.com. "We've seen strong customer response from initial tests of Pick Up Today, and we're pleased to expand the program to customers nationwide in the coming months."
The retailer is also testing a FedEx Site to Store program in metro markets without a Walmart presence that allows customers to order online and ship products free to a FedEx Office location.