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• The Wall Street Journal reports that Walmart "is expanding its grocery-pickup services to several dozen locations, as it tests shoppers’ desire to get their groceries without leaving their cars. The world’s largest retailer by revenue will next week add five additional grocery pickup locations to the parking lots of existing smaller format grocery store-style Neighborhood Markets in Northwest Arkansas. The company already operates one stand-alone pickup location in the area, home to Wal-Mart’s headquarters."

The story goes on to say that "the new locations are part of a bigger expansion of the service, said a spokesman for the company. In recent weeks, the retailer has added dozens of grocery-pickup locations to parking lots of Supercenter and Neighborhood Markets around Phoenix, Denver and Huntsville, Ala. ... Wal-Mart’s growing investment in grocery-pickup locations comes at a time when grocers and other retailers are scrambling to find a way to make grocery delivery or pickup popular and profitable. The logistics of handling fresh, frozen and room-temperature food and delivering to a wide swath of homes for a reasonable price is tricky."

City Wire writes that "Wal-Mart did not disclose how fast it may continue to roll out the grocery pickup noting there are still issues to resolve before the service is ready for a nationwide rollout. Wal-Mart executives told the media in June that it aimed to be No. 1 in the pickup format, and grocery was going to lead the way."
KC's View:
I still think that at some point, Walmart ought to announce that within 90 days, the vast majority of its US stores will have click-and-collect options with facilities built in their parking lots that will allow for ease of pickup. It'd be an enormous statement of intent that would grab the attention of every Amazon customer.