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Walmart picks up a major grocery milestone

Walmart opened its 1,000th online grocery pickup location on Sept. 7. The free service, which was initially piloted in Denver in 2013, enables customers to order groceries online and pick them up at their local Walmart store without leaving their cars. Locations 995 through 1000 opened in Seattle.

“Customers from Atlanta to Albuquerque and Nashville to New York have told us what an ally online grocery pickup is in their fight to save something so important – time,” said Mike Turner, vice president of eCommerce operations for Walmart U.S. “Our daily mission is to help our customers keep a little more money in their pockets and add more time in their schedules. Online grocery is doing that for the millions of customers who have tried the service, so we won’t stop with store 1,000.”

In celebration of this milestone, Walmart will be giving away sweet treats and $5 promotion codes that can be used with a future online grocery pickup order to customers at online grocery locations across the country. In Seattle, the company will be giving away Google Home devices to the first 250 online grocery customers in the market.

Online grocery pickup gives customers access to more than 40,000 items, including fresh produce and meat, pantry staples and great seasonal items from the comfort of their couch.

Customers visit walmart.com/grocery or the Walmart Grocery mobile app, enter their ZIP codes to select a local store and begin creating their shopping lists. During checkout, they select a time to pick up their orders.

Personal shoppers then select the freshest produce, meats and other items each customer requested.

Once a customer arrives at the store, they can park in one of the specified Online Grocery Pickup parking spaces marked in orange, and enter a designated number to call to alert an associate. An associate will retrieve the prepared order and load it into the customer’s car.