Walmart is planning to add 1,100 new grocery stores to the e-tailer’s platform by the end of 2020, as it looks to expand its business into a broader range of retail.
The grocer said Tuesday it has reached an agreement to add about 1,800 new grocery store locations to its delivery service, which offers grocery delivery services to more than 7,000 retail stores.
Walmart said it plans to add another 1,500 new stores through its grocery store delivery service by the middle of 2021.
“We believe this strategic move will help us expand our reach into more locations, drive more revenue, and help us better serve our customers,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement.
We believe the addition of 1,300 additional grocery stores will allow us to expand our delivery footprint, drive additional revenue and serve our clients better than ever before.
“Walton also announced Tuesday that it is expanding its ecommerce presence by adding more than 5,000 retailers in 20 new countries to its existing ecommerce platform.
McMillon said the expansion will help the company grow faster and attract more shoppers to its products, and expand the Walmart online business.
Walmart has been testing grocery delivery since 2014, when it launched a grocery delivery app called Walmart Fresh.
It added about 3,000 locations to the app in that time, and launched a delivery service in April 2017.
In January, Walmart announced it would launch its own grocery delivery network, WalmartFresh, to help it deliver groceries from stores to customers’ homes and businesses.
Walton said it would not disclose the number of stores it plans add.
It is the latest retailer to expand online sales.
Walmart has been working on its own delivery network since last year.
This week, Walmart also said it will add 5,500 delivery trucks to its U.S. delivery network.
Earlier this year, Walmart said it is working with delivery drivers to add drivers to its fleet, to improve safety and efficiency, and increase the speed at which deliveries are made.