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• The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that Walmart plans to "expand its online grocery shopping service in the Tampa Bay region. The retail behemoth isn't yet ready to disclose which stores will offer the service but confirmed that it will offer it at more stores beginning next month."

According to the story, "Walmart first debuted online grocery shopping in this region in October 2015 ... More than two dozen Walmart stores statewide offer the service currently."

Walmart's online grocery service gives consumers access either via its website or a mobile app, with orders then available for pick-up at the store.

The Business Journal notes that "Walmart has struggled to keep pace with Amazon, but its heavy investment in e-commerce technology and logistics seem to be paying off, with online sales on the rise." That said, Amazon continues to grow, and Publix has been testing two different approaches in Florida, utilizing Shipt and Instacart in different markets to make deliveries.
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