Walmart is expanding its free curbside pickup of groceries into eight new cities this month.
The company plans to expand the number of stories with the service by a third to about 200 with a footprint of 30 cities in the mix.
“The data we’ve collected gives us confidence that with existing customers we are getting a larger share of their wallet and that’s complemented by new customers we are bringing into the fold,” Michael Bender, chief operating officer of Walmart’s e-commerce operations, told NBC News. “There will be more so stay tuned,” he added.
Bender also hinted to a larger roll out for Walmart’s free grocery pickup service.
Other stores are following in Walmart’s footsteps. 47 Kroger locations currently offer a pickup service. However, the company charges $4.95 per order after a customer’s first three orders.
Walmart’s service is also tested and liked by customers. The company says at 150 stores in 22 cities, customer satisfaction ratings have been in the high 90’s.
The new service will roll out in Kansas City, Missouri; Austin, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Provo, Utah; Daphne, Alabama, and Charleston, South Carolina.
Shoppers can look through 30,000 to 40,000 grocery items depending on the location. Walmart says it’s almost the entire assortment of items available in the store.
After ordering and paying online, customers drive to the store at an assigned time and a “personal shopper” brings the groceries to their car.