Walmart Express, the company that operates the Walmart grocery store chain in the United States, has announced that its delivery system has gone through a major overhaul.
The changes, which include replacing the company’s standard delivery service with a prepaid service called Wal-Mart Express, have reportedly brought an extra $1.4 billion in revenue to the company.
Walmart says it plans to open new stores in the coming months and has also promised to offer an “all-inclusive package” of new service options, like free deliveries and a 30% discount on merchandise purchases.
Walmart Express will also be offering a “free online pickup” program in addition to the standard delivery option, Walmart says.
While the new service may seem a bit expensive for customers who are already used to getting their groceries delivered by the day, it’s still the cheapest option for consumers.
It’s a small step for a company that has long relied on the traditional grocery delivery method.
In fact, Walmart has been a big proponent of the concept for years, thanks in large part to its long-running partnership with FedEx, which has provided free shipping and delivery services for more than 20 years.
Now, Walmart Express has changed its mind and is offering a prepaid option that is not subject to the same regulations as traditional grocery deliveries.
“We are excited to expand our delivery capabilities and introduce new, more affordable options that will allow our customers to experience the benefits of Walmart Express with more convenience and affordability,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement.
Walmart currently offers two delivery options: a free standard delivery and a prepaid package, but it will be adding new options later this month that customers can choose from.
It will also offer a 30-percent discount on Walmart store purchases, and Walmart Express members will get free shipping on orders that exceed $100.
Walmart will also begin offering a free, 30-day trial of Wal-Marts prepaid delivery service, which is available to all Walmart stores and offers a 15% discount.
Walmart is reportedly offering its first Wal-Mars Express delivery service to customers at the end of September.
For customers that sign up for Walmart Express for the first time, they will get the new “all inclusive package,” which is a prepaid plan that includes a 15-percent savings off the standard Walmart Express delivery option.
The new Walmart Express service will launch in select cities in October.
The company will also continue to offer Walmart Express to Walmart’s more than 100,000 retail partners, and will begin offering the service to Walmart and Wal-mart’s grocery suppliers in the future.
Walmart’s Walmart Express plan is a significant change for the company, which recently signed up more than 250,000 Walmart Express subscribers, according to the Wall Street Journal.