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Walmart expands rapid delivery SkipTheDishes pilot to Western Canada

Shoppers in Vancouver and Edmonton can take advantage of a new 30-minutes-or-less grocery delivery service through the “Walmart Now” pilot program with SkipTheDishes. Walmart Now first launched in June 2022 in the Greater Toronto Area.

“Expanding our Walmart Now pilot to Western Canada is an example of how we’re testing and learning to provide better, faster and more convenient service to our customers”, says Laurent Duray, chief e-commerce officer, Walmart Canada.

SkipTheDishes account holder can access more than 2,000 grocery, convenience and household essentials through the Walmart Now offering within the Skip app and web site. Orders over $40 come with free delivery.

Orders will be delivered through Skip’s courier network from “dark stores”, local Skip fulfilment centres where fresh produce, meat, poultry, baked goods and local favourites are hand-picked on demand for every order. These fulfilment centres are optimized for streamlining orders, with several orders processed per minute during peak demand.

Since the launch of Walmart Now, more than 40,000 customers have experienced the rapid grocery delivery service. 

This marks the first time Walmart Canada has leveraged dark stores for delivery, with customers benefiting from all products being delivered directly from suppliers to each fulfillment centre, with Walmart and SkipTheDishes saying it ensures real-time product availability, product freshness, and customer satisfaction eliminating the potential for substitutions.

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