In mid-June, Loblaws announced that it was bringing online grocery pickup to the Ottawa area. Today, Walmart is matching its retail rival with a similar service at a similar price point.
At Loblaws, orders have to be a minimum $50 and there is a fee of $3 to $5 depending on the time of day. For Walmart customers, the pickup fee is $3 and customers will be able to order up to 21 days in advance.
Walmart had this to say in a release:
MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 3, 2015 /CNW/ - Walmart Canada today announced the launch of its Online Grocery Pickup service for Ottawa-area customers, offering shoppers a broad selection of grocery items including fresh food at unbeatable prices and having them ready for pickup at one of 11 Ottawa-area stores. The service allows Ottawa customers the convenience of doing their grocery shopping from the comfort of their home or on the go, and choosing a pickup time and location that is convenient for them. Customers will enjoy Walmart’s fresh, top-quality grocery assortment at unbeatable prices with the added convenience of a dedicated grocery shopper.
“Among the top priorities for Canadian consumers are saving time and saving money. Walmart is committed to making the lives of our customers better by helping them do both. By expanding our online offering to include fresh foods at Walmart’s low prices for pickup in-store, we are delivering on that promise,” said Simon Rodrigue, senior vice president, ecommerce, Walmart Canada. “We want to make it easy for customers to order their groceries at home, work or while waiting at the doctor’s office so they can enjoy our unbeatable prices while saving a ton of time.”
A look at the Walmart online grocery order page.
The new pickup service offers grocery pickup, allowing customers to select from Walmart’s top-quality selection of everyday grocery items as well as produce and meats. Trained, dedicated grocery shoppers have been hired at all participating locations to ensure items are carefully hand-picked, and packaged with care. Starting today, grocery orders for pick up can be placed on Walmart.ca. The first pickup will be on July 7 at six locations. The service will be added to five additional stores on July 21. The pickup fee is $3 and customers will be able to order up to 21 days in advance.
“We are listening to our customers and they’re telling us they want everyday grocery items and top-quality, fresh foods at low prices,” said Paul Del Duca, senior vice president, fresh foods, Walmart Canada. “We have added a top-quality assortment of fresh items to our online selection of everyday grocery items, now available for pickup, all backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. This makes it easier for families to save money every week on their groceries, while giving them back part of their day.”
Over the past year, Walmart Canada has grown its product offering to include a wider selection of fresh groceries. Walmart Supercentres now carry a variety of imported top grade fruits and vegetables as well as domestic Canada No.1 and Canada Fancy grade fruits and vegetables in addition to an expanded selection of organic produce. Fresh meats include Your Fresh Market 100% Canadian Angus Beef, Maple Leaf Chicken, Pork and Sausage, and Canadian Salmon. At launch, an assortment of these products as well as a broad range of everyday grocery items will be available to customers using the online grocery and store pickup service.
Grocery pickup will be available on July 7, 2015 at the following locations:
- Barrhaven – 3651 Strandherd Drive
- Carleton Place – 450 McNeely Avenue
- Kanata – 500 Earl Grey Drive
- Kanata – 5357 Fernbank Road
- Pembroke – 1108 Pembroke Street East
- Renfrew – 980 O’Brien Road, R.R. #1
Grocery pickup will be available on July 21, 2015 at the following locations:
- Baseline – 1375 Baseline Road
- Lincoln Fields – 1350 Richmond Road
- Orleans – 3900 Innes Road
- Southkeys – 2210 Bank Street
- Trainyards – 450 Terminal Avenue