WSJ: Battle over home grocery delivery looms

A battle is taking shape over home-delivery of groceries that could have an impact on “last-mile” logistics. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will work with Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to test a grocery-delivery service to compete more directly with Inc., the WSJ’s Sarah Nussauer reports.

amazonfreshLast-mile delivery is proving a hot battleground, with startups like Instacart Inc. and DoorDash Inc. vying for a piece of the market and big players like the U.S. Postal Service, Uber and Amazon looking for ways to operate the business profitably.

Source: Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ – WSJ

Wal-Mart testing 2 day shipping service simlar to Amazon Prime

The Wall Street Journal reports that Wal-Mart is testing a shipping subscription service similar to Amazon Prime. There’s no suggestion that the US Postal Service would be part of the plan- rather, Wal-Mart would use regional delivery companies to handle the last mile:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing a two-day shipping subscription service and building a regional delivery network as the world’s biggest retailer tries to rival Inc.

As part of the project, Wal-Mart will rely on eight massive e-commerce warehouses around the country, the last of which will be built by year’s end. It will also tap regional carriers to deliver more of its packages, say people familiar with the matter. That is a shift away from FedEx Corp., which handles the bulk of Wal-Mart’s parcels.

Last year Wal-Mart began experimenting with a three-day shipping service for members who pay $50 a year. The program called “ShippingPass” is similar to Prime, Amazon’s $99-a-year service with free two-day shipping.

Source: Wal-Mart Bets on Free Two-Day Shipping – WSJ