Walmart testing new home drop-off service at NJ stores
First McDonald's. And now Walmart? Pretty soon we may never have to leave our homes.
The big box retailer announced last week that it's been testing a home delivery service, having Walmart employees drop off orders at customers' homes after their shifts.
Walmart already provides online shoppers with discounted store pickup and two-day shipping, but the home delivery would allow customers to get their goods within hours or a day without the extra cost for shipping.
The retailer has been testing the service for the past month at just three of its 4,700 stores — and two of them are in New Jersey.
But Walmart isn't telling which ones.
"We’re not sharing a lot of details about the test – including specific store locations — given that it’s only started within the last month or so," spokesman Ravi Jariwala told New Jersey 101.5.
Walmart President and CEO Marc Lore said the service could be a game-changer in the age of online shopping and Amazon, which is expanding its existing unmanned drone-delivery service.
"Not only can this cut shipping costs and get packages to their final destinations faster and more efficiently, it creates a special win-win-win for customers, associates and the business," he said.
The employees who make the deliveries earn extra cash and it's voluntary.
Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5.
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