Sam’s Club Hops on the Grocery Delivery Train

The same-day delivery retail war gains one more member. Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart, joins the club and will now offer same-day delivery service through Instacart in as little as an hour, according to a company press release.

The delivery service won’t require a Sam’s Club membership, but Sam’s Club members can simply enter in their ID membership number to receive membership awards and lower, member-pricing on items. Nearly all of Sam’s Club items will be available on Instacart, including grocery items, every day essentials and appliances. Instacart’s regular shipping fees will apply.

“We know our members love our mix of exciting items and appreciate it when we make life a little easier for them. Whether it’s Scan & Go, Club Pickup – and now delivery in as little as an hour– shopping with Sam’s Club is getting easier and more convenient and we’re just getting started,” said Sachin Padwal, Sam’s Club’s Vice President of Omnichannel and In-Club Product. “Instacart is a trusted partner by so many customers, we are thrilled to be launching this service with them.”

The same-day delivery service will be available in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and St. Louis, with the company stating in their press release that these three locations are “just the start.” Sam’s Club plans to expand this service to millions of homes across the U.S. throughout 2018.

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The new service comes as Walmart turns its focus on increasing ecommerce sales and raises the question of whether the retailer might partner with Instacart at a larger scale in the future. The company had recently announced Sam’s Club memberships would offer free shipping and that they would turn some of their 60 closed stores into ecommerce distribution warehouses.

As many compete with Amazon, Instacart has turned into the solution for many grocery chains and partners with seven top grocers in North America, including Costco, Whole Foods, CVS Health and recently became new partners with food giants Albertsons and Kroger.

“As Instacart continues to expand to new markets and reach new customers at a blistering pace, valued and respected brands such as Sam’s Club are the driving force behind it,” said Sarah Mastrorocco, Instacart’s Vice President of Business Development. “We are thrilled to add value to their existing operations, while bringing the convenience of same-day delivery to more North Americans every day.”