Walmart’s online grocery delivery partnerships with Uber and Lyft have ended, according to a Reuters report, dealing a blow to the company’s plans to go toe-to-toe with Amazon.com in the home grocery delivery channel.
It’s also a setback for the “deliver anything on demand” model touted by the two ride-hailing companies, with one source noting that delivering people and packages are two very different challenges.
Uber ended its deal with Walmart when it decided to close down its “Rush” delivery service, which handled clothes, flowers and other goods in addition to groceries. Walmart, which was Uber’s biggest partner in the “Rush” program, says it will switch to other delivery providers in the four markets where it had been using Uber.
Lyft declined to comment, Reuters said.