LIMA — Grocery pickup service is coming to Walmart’s two Lima locations.
The new service is expected to launch at Allentown Road and Harding Highway Walmart stores on March 20, allowing customers to order their groceries online and pick up at the store later that same day, the company confirmed to The Lima News.
To use the new service, customers can shop online at Walmart.com/grocery, select their store and designate a pickup time. Walmart’s personal shoppers then fill the order and alert customers when their groceries are ready for pickup.
Chris Steingrass, store manager at the Allentown Road Walmart, said grocery pickup customers will be directed to designated parking spaces where they can wait for a personal shopper to load their order directly into their vehicle, without ever having to step inside the store.
“The associate will retrieve the order that’s been prepared and load it into the customer’s car,” he said.
Same-day pickup will be available, but Steingrass noted that customers will have to place their online orders by a certain time in order to have those orders fulfilled by the end of the workday. Customers will also have the option to place orders up to three weeks in advance, he said.
While there is no subscription fee, there is a $30 minimum purchase requirement to use the service. But Steingrass said all items for sale through grocery pickup are priced the same as those found in-store.
Grocery pickup is already available in more than 60 Walmart stores in Ohio as the supermarket chain launches new tech-centered services.
Walmart stores in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo now offer grocery delivery, and the company is equipping sales employees with mobile apps to track price changes and product availability. The supermarket chain also plans to train employees in Ohio to use virtual reality technology by the end of the fiscal year, Walmart announced in January.
Seventeen stores in Ohio are currently testing a new system that scans and sorts items when trucks arrive, which a company news release stated will allow employees “to spend less time unloading in the back room and more time on the sales floor with our customers.”
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