Walmart Stores Inc.’s latest ecommerce addition will expand the company’s grocery delivery options in New York City.
Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart announced Oct. 3 it had purchased New York-based Parcel, a technology-based same-day and last-mile delivery company that specializes in delivery of perishable and non-perishable delivery to New York City customers, according to a Walmart blog.
Parcel will add to the delivery services offered by Jet, the ecommerce specialist Walmart bought in 2016, Nate Faust, senior vice president for Walmart U.S.’s eCommerce Supply Chain, says in the blog. New York City is the top market for both Jet and Walmart.com
“I see even more upside for our own same-day deliveries,” he says. “Jet has been testing free same-day delivery of certain orders to customers in New York City. We can build upon that and plan to leverage Parcel for last-mile delivery to customers in New York City – including same-day delivery – for both general merchandise as well as fresh and frozen groceries from Walmart and Jet.”
Parcel delivers packages the same day, overnight and in scheduled two-hour windows, Faust says. Other services provided by the company include scheduled evening delivery and custom text message notifications.
Parcel has partnerships with several meal kit, grocery and e-commerce companies, and has delivered more than 1 million meals in the past two years, Faust says.
“Our immediate plan is for Parcel to continue serving its existing clients and growing its customer base,” he says. “There’s a lot of upside and I’m excited about the potential there.”