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Walmart announced yesterday that it is working with Postmates “to help expand the retailer’s popular Online Grocery Delivery option to more than 40 percent of U.S. households. Postmates will help power the Walmart’s Online Grocery Deliveries, beginning today in Charlotte, NC with further expansion planned in the coming months.”

According to the announcement, “With the help of Walmart’s personal shoppers and Postmates’s delivery network, thousands of Charlotte customers will be able to shop for and have fresh groceries delivered to their doorsteps. Personal shoppers must complete a three-week training program learning how to select the freshest produce and the best cuts of meat for Online Grocery customers.”

The delivery program is in addition to Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup service that is now available in 1,200 Walmart stores, with 1,000 more to be added this year.
KC's View:
I’ve been arguing here for a long time that if Walmart wanted to really compete with Amazon, it has to made big moves in terms of pickup and delivery - it requires a big statement, which is largely what it has been making lately.

I have to wonder if Postmates is a stopgap measure while it figures out how to do this on its own, either by building a new delivery service or acquiring a company like Postmates or Instacart. I think permanent outsourcing is unwise.