Walmart Introduces Pick Up Today

Walmart is introducing a new feature to the way you shop online at Walmart.com.  Up until recently you could choose to have items delivered to your home or to save on shipping you could choose in-store pick up.  With the new feature called Pick Up Today you could virtually pick up the item you buy online at your store on the same day.  For orders placed between 6am and 6pm, you can pick up on the same day and with orders placed after 6PM you can pick up by 10am the next day.  Pick up times are from 10am-10pm.  This new feature is in Beta testing and only certain stores have this available.  It is also only available for appliances, electronics and video games.

So, why would you want to check out Pick Up today when you can just go by the store and pick up the item?  Pick Up Today will save you time by making sure the item is in stock at your store and prevent you from a wasted trip.  Plus you are getting the item that you need the same day.

Walmart asked me to check out this new “delivery” feature since the store nearest me is part of the Beta test.  Using the landing page for Pick Up Today was easy.  What took some time was figuring what items where actually available at my store for Pick Up Today.  Not all items are included but they have made it easier to spot them by adding the In My Store Tab:

Plus you will also notice that below “Order Online” the item has “Pick Up Today” as available.  As you can see not all items offered online are available for Pick Up Today.  But I am sure that as they move forward the Beta Test the availability of items will increase.

I ordered my item by 11 AM on Tuesday and received a text from them by 3:20PM the same day that my item was ready for pick up.  I also received an email with a bar code to use for in store pick up.  Pick up at my store was in the same area as photo and where people apply for jobs.  This made it seem like a busy area and not the quick in and out I had expected.  But this store is also pretty busy.

But in conclusion Pick Up Today is convenient for those who need some thing NOW and want to make sure the item is in stock at their store and don’t want to chance it.  Personally I thought it would be great for those days when I run out of ink.  I can order online, quickly go get it when it’s ready and come back to print those hot coupons.  In what kind of situations do you think pick Up Today could be useful to you?

I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Participation in this program is voluntary. While I have been commissioned to test and write about this new service, all opinions are 100% my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

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  • Cynthia

    Cool idea, if they make it user friendly! Plus, I would like to see it on more items. And you know what else? Wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to do something like that for groceries, and have them get it all together? Then just drop by, pay and load up your groceries…. *drools at the idea*

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  • Marcia S

    I could see using this when I have to send someone to the store to pick stuff up for me. (My hubby) then I know I’m getting what I wanted and nothing extra:)

  • Sarah B

    If the online price was lower than the in store price this could save you a little bit 🙂 Once there was a CD I wanted that was less online than in store, and they wouldn’t price match the online price…

  • Amy O

    I will concur with Sarah B. I once went to Walmart to get an air purifier they had online and said was in stock at my store. I got there only to find that there was an almost $10 difference in price! So I would have had to order for in-store pick up and then come back another day (who knows when) to pick up if I wanted the price. We ended up buying from another online site because the price was even better, and we would have to wait either way. Walmart lost a sale on that one because they wouldn’t price match with their own site!

  • Maria S.

    How about going through shopathome.com , ebates.com , upromise.com , etc. , for a little extra bonus 🙂

  • randy

    It’s about time that Walmart came up with this feature. I always thought it was ridiculous that I would order an item online (because it was cheaper) and I knew it was plentiful in my local store but took over a week to get to the store to pick up. We even have a Walmart distribution center about 10 min from a local Walmart and my SIL works in the online distribution department. I could never figure out why Walmart could not get in line with stores like Best Buy and Sears who have this type of program. Let’s hope that Target, Kmart, and Kohl’s will follow suit.

  • Jess

    Imagine how useful this would be on Black Friday if only it applied to everything in store.

  • Becky

    We learned yesterday that Wal Mart’s on-line prices for Wii games are better than their in-store prices (at our store anyway), so I could see some savings opportunities for us.

    Wouldn’t it be great if it applied to everything? Especially if you were shopping with young children!