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Got groceries? Wal-Mart testing home delivery
Associated Press ^ | Saturday April 23, 2011 | AP

Posted on 04/24/2011 9:20:13 AM PDT by pyx

Wal-Mart tests online grocery sales, home delivery in San Jose, aims to compete with Amazon


BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Saturday that it is testing home grocery delivery in San Jose, Calif., as the world's largest retailer ratchets up competition with online retailer Amazon.com Inc.

With the new "Walmart To Go," customers can order up groceries, health and beauty products such as soap, shampoo and over-the-counter medicines, and household supplies like paper towels and laundry detergent from the company's website. Wal-Mart will then drive the goods over to customers' homes at their time of choice.


(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: delivery; food; groceries; grocery
With food shortages, it's quite interesting to see the world's largest retailer planning home delivery of food.

1 posted on 04/24/2011 9:20:16 AM PDT by pyx
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To: pyx

I get home delivery from Wal-Mart all the time.


2 posted on 04/24/2011 9:22:39 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: pyx
On the WalMart Website there are suggested items.

I, for one, choose to grow my own. YMMV.

3 posted on 04/24/2011 9:25:30 AM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: pyx

Seems like an interesting idea. If gasoline prices stay as high as they are, their margin is gonna suck, or it’s gonna cost a shitload.


4 posted on 04/24/2011 9:26:20 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: pyx

Hmmm..The People of Walmart bad for their image???....


5 posted on 04/24/2011 9:26:57 AM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me...Make Me Write Bad Checks)
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To: pyx

Well, the profit margin is good because Gasoline and Diesel Fuel are SO CHEAP. (/s)


6 posted on 04/24/2011 9:27:59 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: pyx

Yeah, but the real question is: Will they accept EBT? We wouldn’t want to unfairly exclude the ghetto from this fine service. </sarc>


7 posted on 04/24/2011 9:29:27 AM PDT by RobertClark (I carry a gun because I can't hurl a rock at 1263 fps.)
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To: pyx

Home delivery is not a new idea, there are alot of grocery delivery in the bigger cities. I know when I had 3 small ones at home I could have used this a time or two...like when they all had chickenpox at once. The elderly could use this too.


8 posted on 04/24/2011 9:32:41 AM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: pyx
Being single this would be nice to have at times. Like when I've been on crutches, recovering from surgery or too sick to go out and shop.

Other than the above I prefer to do it myself. I go early in the morning to my local Publix before it gets crowded and get it done and over with.

9 posted on 04/24/2011 9:34:51 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Democratic Party - The party of genocide.)
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To: KoRn
Seems like an interesting idea.

What I find interesting is that this was one of the "Next Big Things" that failed miserably during the Dot-Com boom in the '90's.

Maybe they were just ahead of their time?
10 posted on 04/24/2011 9:36:44 AM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: pyx
I love the feelers extended in a free market.

WTG Walmart!

11 posted on 04/24/2011 9:38:15 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: pyx
Yesterday we went to the local Sams Club because my wife wanted to see if her coffee was back in stock, it wasn't.

I ordered it from Amazon last night.

12 posted on 04/24/2011 9:39:41 AM PDT by Mark was here (It's either Obama or America. There cannot be both.)
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To: BikerJoe

“What I find interesting is that this was one of the “Next Big Things” that failed miserably during the Dot-Com boom in the ‘90’s.”

Same thing, shipping surely isn’t any cheaper. Maybe shipping just a few items and even then in volume.


13 posted on 04/24/2011 9:40:12 AM PDT by mewykwistmas (“An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.”)
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To: Mark was here

I order lots of stuff from eBay and Amazon. It’s super convenient. I keep the UPS guy pretty busy. Having stuff delivered actually seems like it would create big efficiencies to me. It means I’m not making a special trip in my vehicle to grab a few items. Instead it’s a guy with his fully loaded truck making the rounds.


14 posted on 04/24/2011 9:51:24 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: null and void; Vendome

ping


15 posted on 04/24/2011 9:59:55 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: pyx

I LOVE home delivery. One of our great, wonderful supermarkets, RibaSmith, does it. One calls or e-mails in the order and it is at one’s doorsteps the next day. Payment by credit card, check, or cash is good.

Since supermarkets here in Panama also carry adult beverages, they can also be ordered.

Gosh I love it. The only thing missing is an automatic teller machine on the side of the truck. But then, they would probably get robbed. Now that I am thinking about it, since I need not go outside to accept the delivery, I don’t know if they advertise their store on the truck for security reasons. I will ask next time.

Talk about lazy.

I love it.


16 posted on 04/24/2011 10:02:36 AM PDT by Gatn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: pyx

Grocery delivery is not a radical innovation. It’s been going on for over 75 years; only difference here is the national scale, and the interface is the Internet and not the telephone.


17 posted on 04/24/2011 10:11:39 AM PDT by BCrago66
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To: pyx

P.S.

I do go personally to check out their ice creams and different chocolates...not necessarily in that order. While I’m there, I then scan the supermarket for new things they may have on their shelves.


18 posted on 04/24/2011 10:12:27 AM PDT by Gatn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: pyx

It all depends on how carefully Wal-Mart investigates their delivery people. Your former gang-banger deliveryman might be casing out your residence for a future home invasion.


19 posted on 04/24/2011 10:30:31 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
Talk about lazy.

Grocery shopping is about the only real thing that forces me to leave home every week or so. And Walmart is wayyyyyy on the other side of town -- a whole 4 miles. lol
20 posted on 04/24/2011 10:48:39 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: blackdog
Agree and may all the “nay sayers” have to eat crow. Walmart is a giant among retail stores and not afraid to test the waters.
They are not stupid enough to experiment without looking long and hard at the success vs failure odds
21 posted on 04/24/2011 10:52:48 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: pyx

When I was a kid, my grandmother use to order her groceries.


22 posted on 04/24/2011 11:02:05 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: BikerJoe

“What I find interesting is that this was one of the “Next Big Things” that failed miserably during the Dot-Com boom in the ‘90’s.

Maybe they were just ahead of their time? “

A few years before the Internet, interactive TV was the next big thing, and failed miserably. Now, newer TV’s have Wifi, and who knows what else will be connected in the future.


23 posted on 04/24/2011 11:22:36 AM PDT by Moonman62 (If gullible, uneducated and uncivilized people didn't exist, politicians would create them.)
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To: TomGuy

“Grocery shopping is about the only real thing that forces me to leave home every week or so.”

Yes, you are correct.

There are things that I suddenly have depleted and need to run to the supermarket because I can’t wait for the next day. Dang!!! (While there, though, the ice cream and chocolates are checked out.)

If it weren’t for those annoying miscalculations and emergencies, I swear, I would never leave my abode. The traffic is awful here in Panama.

But then again, we don’t have a Wal-Mart. Maybe that would be a different story. I will never know.


24 posted on 04/24/2011 11:22:49 AM PDT by Gatn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: UCANSEE2
Gasoline and Diesel Fuel are SO CHEAP. (/s)

When you get into your car and drive 5 miles to the store and then 5 miles back it's 10 miles spent to deliver, say, three bags of stuff. It's 3.3 car-miles per bag.

When a delivery driver gets into his truck and drives 100 miles on a route, he delivers 300 bags to 100 customers. It's 0.3 truck-miles per bag.

The difference in efficiency is huge even after you count the higher fuel consumption of the truck; but then you will have to count the time too.

Your trip to the store needs you to drop what you are doing, spend the time on the road, then wander aimlessly at the store, then stand in line to the checkout, then load the food into your car, return the cart, drive home, unload the car. That's a couple of hours of your time spent right there.

A truck driver, on the other hand, doesn't walk the isles, and doesn't stand in checkout lines. His truck is loaded at the loading dock, with a forklift perhaps if Wal-Mart knows a thing or two about efficiency. The items will be arranged in the order of delivery, and he needs just seconds to grab your bags and give them to you. Since you paid online already, there is nothing else for the driver to do.

I will consider this delivery option myself, and will use it if the price is right. The nearest food store (Safeway) is about 5 miles from my house. I stop there if I'm passing by, but I never intentionally went there and back; it's easier to stay hungry for a day or two :-)

25 posted on 04/24/2011 11:55:49 AM PDT by Greysard
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To: Greysard
What WalMart will lose will be the impulse purchases that every shopper makes because they are exposed to other items as you go from aisle to aisle looking for what's on your list.
26 posted on 04/24/2011 12:52:39 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: pyx

Sorry, I’m compelled to pick through the fruit and vegetables, choosing my own. I also like to make sure the milk carton is not leaking and the cans are not dented. Besides, I like to see the products that are new on the market.


27 posted on 04/24/2011 1:54:49 PM PDT by GOPBlonde
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To: Red_Devil 232
I get home delivery from Wal-Mart all the time.

LOL!

28 posted on 04/24/2011 2:05:18 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Trump fights to win...if he announces, he's going to fight a fight we've never seen, and will win.)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Pop-ups and live coupons will cover that.


29 posted on 04/24/2011 2:17:26 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Jewels1091

Its a losing idea. I owned Webvan stock and rode it all the way to the bottom. Lost all my money. It just does not work.


30 posted on 04/24/2011 2:18:16 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Greysard

Thanks for that excellent analysis.

If people consider the value of their time, along with the total incremental cost of driving their car to the store and back — then the deliveries could make a lot of sense for many people. Of course, some people enjoy the drive, and walking down the aisles. They won’t want this service.


31 posted on 04/24/2011 3:15:49 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Georgia Girl 2

It’s a losing idea in many areas, but can work in the right market. In New York, for example, FreshDirect is popularvand profitable.


32 posted on 04/24/2011 4:48:14 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: bitterohiogunclinger
What WalMart will lose will be the impulse purchases

Perhaps. But Wal-Mart will also gain elsewhere.

First, the forgotten items. I was at Safeway twice last week, and I still don't have butter at home. Why? Because I don't have a shopping list, so I just forgot about it until I needed it yesterday and had none. With online shopping it is much easier to maintain the cart - you add an item to it when you need it, and that's your shopping list. When you are ready to order all these items are there whether you remember about them or not.

Next, the rush. When I am in Safeway or any other store it's usually during the day or after work. I have other things on my mind, and rarely I can afford to walk the isles and look at products. I just grab what I need and go to the checkout. Stores - especially large ones - are crowded places, they do not necessarily facilitate thoughtful, meditative approach to shopping.

Next, the perishables. You can't just drop them in your car and be on your merry way to a movie theater or to friend's house or sometimes even to work. You'd better go right home. This creates a serious constraint - you have to do your shopping after work or on weekends. Weekends are a precious commodity, and after work I'm usually tired.

Next, the alternative shopping. A Safeway is some distance away from my house. There are stores closer, but they are not as good. Walgreens, for example, will not let you die from hunger, but the prices are high and the selection is minimal. On the other hand, I go within 100 feet from it every day. So if I need food I may just stop at one of these stores and buy what I need; Wal-Mart (or Safeway) will be excluded and see none of my money. However if I can return home on Friday night, not bother shopping, and simply order a home delivery next morning, that would be not only faster, it would be even cheaper.

Compared to all that, impulse buy is a small change. Besides, who says that you can't do an impulse buy online? All you need is to see what else is available, and most online stores are pretty good at that. Just look at how Amazon advertises similar products. It works.

33 posted on 04/24/2011 5:22:43 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Greysard
and will use it if the price is right

I would say that the 'price' is going to go up quickly. However, it could still beat the in store price.

34 posted on 04/25/2011 12:10:08 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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35 posted on 04/25/2011 12:16:48 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Red_Devil 232

I get home deliveries all the time as well, just tell the wife what I want...


36 posted on 04/25/2011 1:20:55 PM PDT by thatjoeguy (Wind is just air, but pushier.)
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To: thatjoeguy

That is exactly what I do! LOL


37 posted on 04/25/2011 1:27:40 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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