After introducing Scan & Go in its Canadian stores last year, Walmart has announced that shoppers in Vancouver will soon be able to enjoy home delivery, thanks to a new partnership, the company announced on Wednesday.
In conjunction with Food-X, a subsidiary of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD), the retail giant will begin using the Food-X warehouse and delivery platform for online grocery shopping deliveries for Vancouver-area online Walmart customers, beginning this summer.
“Consumer demand for online grocery shopping is growing and that means more trucks on the road,” said SPUD CEO Peter van Stolk in the announcement on Wednesday. ” We have built a best-in-class platform to get food from the supplier to the kitchen while reducing waste, lowering emissions and lowering cost.”
Food-X is comprised of a soon-to-be completed 74,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art warehouse with proprietary technology, which SPUD said it has been refining for the past 20 years. The company will also continue to operate its facility on East Hastings Street.
“We are always looking for new ways to offer convenience and choice to our customers,” said Lee Tappenden, CEO and President at Walmart Canada. “Our strategic collaboration with Food-X allows us to serve customers in the heart of Vancouver in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.”
Once the service is up and running this summer, Walmart customers will be able to shop online for a variety of products, including meats, dairy, seafood, deli, baked goods, frozen foods, and a selection of organic items.
A Food-X truck will deliver groceries directly to customer’s home, as early as next-day, the company added. “Food-X helps Walmart fulfill last mile home delivery and — through shared warehousing and consolidation of orders — reduces waste, truck trips and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the company said in the release.