Would You Use Same-Day Home Delivery Service from Walmart for a $10 Fee?
Imagine this scenario (as I’m sure it might have happened to me a time or two in the past eight and a half years!):
You are at home with a sick child and a significant other who is at work. Your friends and family can’t make it over to your house, and you are out of ___________ (fill in the blank with a necessity like diapers, formula, or chicken noodle soup). You:
- Get baby bundled and head to the store
- Wait until someone gets home to watch baby while you go to the store
- Ask someone to pick something up and bring it to you, OR
- Cry and then do either one, two, or three
I would likely begin at number four and work my way up the list backwards.
But it’s possible you can skip all of those options in the near future. Wal-Mart is testing out a new program for same day home delivery for items purchased online. This is happening as a trial in a few selected areas for now, but in the future, could it be a viable option for shopping?
Here’s the scoop: For a $10 delivery fee, if you order something online from Wal-Mart before noon, they will deliver that item to your home that day. They are doing this to compete with large online retailers like Amazon, since Amazon has become such a popular online store for people to shop. I use Amazon all the time because it’s convenient and the prices are about the same as what I would find if I did drive to a store and shop. Plus, I don’t need to leave my house to shop, which is perfect when my kids are sick or, several years ago, when they were really small and getting out of the door was about as challenging as climbing Mt. Everest most days. Would I pay $10 to have stuff delivered to my house from Wal-Mart? Possibly, if I couldn’t get to the store and I had an order large enough to warrant the extra money spent in delivery fees.
What do you think? Would this be a convenient alternative for you when it comes to shopping, and would it be a service you would pay for if Wal-Mart introduced it in your area? Do you think the $10 service fee would be worth the cost if you could order what you needed online and have it delivered to your door step that afternoon?