Home Depot is adding a new way for do-it-yourselfers and professional contractors to pick up nuts, screws, tools and paint for home improvement projects quickly: Get them delivered by Walmart.
Two of the nation’s largest retailers announced Wednesday that they are “working together to expand same-day and next-day delivery capabilities for home improvement customers in the U.S.”
Home Depot is the first retailer to join Walmart’s new white-label GoLocal delivery service. Deliveries with the service will be available in select markets in coming weeks, and there are plans to expand to additional markets across the country by the end of the year.
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“This partnership brings us even closer to our goal of offering same-day or next-day delivery to 90 percent of the U.S. population,” Stephanie Smith, Home Depot senior vice president of supply chain, said in a statement.
Products that qualify for scheduled delivery should “easily fit in a car” and will have that option enabled at online checkout, the companies said.
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For larger projects, Home Depot said it’s “building a comprehensive, innovative delivery network to provide customers with same-day or next-day delivery options no matter the product or project.”
“We’re honored to work with The Home Depot in our shared goal of making fast and reliable local delivery available in every community we serve, including rural and suburban areas, where we both have a strong retail presence,” Walmart U.S. president and CEO John Furner said in a statement.
The world’s largest retailer announced its new GoLocal service in August and said it would use contract workers, autonomous vehicles and other means to transport rival retailers’ products directly to their customers’ homes in as fast as a few hours.
But shoppers aren’t expected to know that Walmart is involved as deliveries will not be made by Walmart-branded vehicles.
The move, which pits Walmart against delivery services run by the likes of Uber and DoorDash, is happening as the pandemic has deepened shoppers’ appetite for speedier deliveries.
Walmart itself has been relying on DoorDash and other crowd-sourcing services as well as its own workers to serve its own customers. But it has also been expanding its Spark platform that until now has not delivered non-Walmart goods.
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Contributing: Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Walmart to deliver Home Depot online orders through new service