World’s largest retailer Walmart introduces online grocery pickup service in Toronto area. The supermarket chain brings in grocery pickup service in its six stores in the area. The retailer said that it has plans to expand the service to more stores in the Toronto suburbans. Longo’s Grocery Gateway home delivery and Loblaw’s “Click and Collect” are the other two major retailers selling online groceries in the area.
Walmart Canada’s senior vice-president of E commerce Simon Rodrigue, stated that the service would be very helpful to busy families and professionals in the area as they would be in a capacity to pickup groceries online. During the cold and wet climate, shoppers won’t have to step out of their vehicles to pickup their grocery, he included.
The online pickup service is available in 12 stores in Toronto, where one could place the order at walmart.ca. The staff would pick orders and and bring them to shoppers waiting in the parking area of the store. Placing online orders are chargeable where shoppers will have to pay $3 for each. Loblaw charges between $3 and $5 for each order depending upon the pickup time. Walmart first started online grocery pickup service in Ottawa last year in its 11 stores. This was the first instance where the US supermarket giant first offered fresh produce, meat and other fresh food online in Canada. According to the company officials this service is part of a pilot project. Rodrigue said that the online grocery services in Ottawa was a huge success.