BENTONVILLE, Ark. (CNBC) — Walmart is partnering with Instacart to offer same-day delivery starting in a few U.S. markets, making it the latest major grocery chain to team up with Instacart in its fight against Amazon and Whole Foods.
The partnership is currently in a pilot phase in four markets across California and Oklahoma.
Walmart’s partnership comes at a key time. Consumers are relying on grocery delivery demand at an unprecedented rate due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and some analysts believe customers will continue to shop online even as things go back to normal.
“Today, we welcomed Walmart to the Instacart marketplace for the first time in the U.S. Instacart now delivers from Walmart locations in three California markets – Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego – as well as Tulsa, Oklahoma,” an Instacart spokesperson said in a statement. “The new partnership brings thousands of items – from groceries, alcohol and pantry staples to home decor and improvement, personal care, electronics and more – at everyday low prices from Walmart stores to customers’ doors in as fast as an hour.”
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