Kroger and Walmart Battle It Out in China
CHINA - Two of America’s top grocers are duking it out in an away match of the century, as both make grocery moves in China. Kroger laid claim to the Chinese market earlier this year when it teamed up with major China-based retailer Alibaba. But that’s not to say Walmart doesn’t have its own global A-team, which includes the likes of JD.com and Tencent. Last week, however, Walmart took things up a notch in the online grocery space and announced a new home grocery delivery option in China, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.
Unofficially, Walmart is testing Walmart To Go out of one of its stores in Shenzhen. The retail titan is touting purchased goods will be delivered in as little as an hour. The service is offered via Tencent’s WeChat mobile messaging app, but, according to a report by TechCrunch, has not been officially announced because Walmart is using this “launch” as a test to collect consumer feedback.
The Cincinnati Business Courier points out that this retail battle mirrors one the two are having stateside as well, which involves more than just Kroger and Walmart. As an industry reporter, I have to say, it seems like each week brings a new retailer signing on to offer faster grocery delivery services than the one before—a product of doing grocery in the Amazon Era, I'm sure.
How will Kroger and Walmart’s latest grocery battle bode for the retail landscape in both the States and overseas? AndNowUKnow will continue to keep you logged in on the latest grocery happenings.