Advertisement

WalMart joins the online grocery wars, announces Vancouver delivery service

File photo. WalMart Canada will be working with a Vancouver grocery delivery company to start delivering groceries in the Lower Mainland.
File photo. WalMart Canada will be working with a Vancouver grocery delivery company to start delivering groceries in the Lower Mainland. Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

Walmart Canada is teaming up with Vancouver based online grocery company Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) to bring what it says will be sustainable food delivery to Vancouverites.

The corporation will launch the service this summer in partnership with SPUD’s new delivery platform ‘Food X’.

Walmart is hardly the first grocery store to offer home delivery in the Lower Mainland – Save On Foods, Thrifty Foods and even Amazon, which recently acquired Whole Foods, will ship groceries to your door.

WATCH: Amazon enters grocery store market with multi-billion dollar Whole Foods deal

Click to play video: 'Amazon enters grocery store market with multi-billion dollar Whole Foods deal' Amazon enters grocery store market with multi-billion dollar Whole Foods deal
Amazon enters grocery store market with multi-billion dollar Whole Foods deal – Jun 16, 2017

SPUD CEO Peter Van Stolk says in terms of reducing food waste and packaging, its partnership with WalMart will be the most environmentally friendly online grocery distribution in Canada.

Story continues below advertisement

“We clean out the things we use, we re-use everything, and Walmart is taking on those same practices that we utilize, to provide their customers a very sustainable means of delivering foods.”

Van Stolk says Food X is opening a new warehouse facility this summer on South Fraser way in Burnaby.

WATCH: SPUD talks turkeys

WalMart online grocering vice president Daryl Porter said sustainability is a large part of its focus.

“We have aspirations to be zero-waste by 2025, and this falls directly in line with that. And what SPUD does, it allows us to do it at the local level, and it allows us to learn from tactics that they’ve been employing for a period of time.”

He said they don’t have a definitive date set for the service to launch, but they expect it to happen in the summer months.

Advertisement

Sponsored content