Walmart customers in 2,000 locations in 29 states — including California, Texas and Florida — can now use the retailer’s curbside Grocery Pickup service for their adult beverage purchases.
Shoppers can select a wide variety of wine and beer options, in accordance with state and local regulations, often including regional or local brands. Select locations also allow for the pickup of spirits, depending on local laws.
“No matter what’s on your shopping list, Walmart Grocery Pickup is helping our customers keep time in their busy schedules,” said Tom Ward, senior vice president, digital operations. “Now, without ever leaving their car, customers can pick up the perfect bottle of wine for dinner or beer for the big game. That’s something worth raising a glass to.”
To use the service, online customers can add items, which now include a variety of adult beverages, to their cart. During checkout, customers select a window of time they will pick up their order. If the order includes alcohol, pickup and delivery times may be limited by local law. Walmart’s highly trained personal shoppers will carefully select each item in the order.
For fastest pickup, customers can check in through the Walmart Grocery app. Once the customer arrives at the pickup location, there will be reserved parking spaces marked in orange just for Grocery Pickup customers. If customers choose not to check in ahead of time, there will be a designated number to call to alert an associate of their arrival. An associate will quickly retrieve the prepared order and load it into the trunk of the customer’s car. At the time of pickup, the customer is required to provide valid photo identification verifying that they are 21 years of age or older before receiving the alcohol products in their order.
Walmart will also be making deliveries of adult beverages from nearly 200 stores across two states — California and Florida — with more being added in accordance with local and state regulations.
Currently, about 2,450 of Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart’s U.S. stores provide free grocery pickup, and 1,000 offer same-day delivery. By the end of 2019, the company plans to have grocery pickup available from 3,100 stores and same-day delivery from 1,600 stores, covering approximately 80% and 50% of the U.S. population, respectively.