Latest in Tomorrow

Image credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Jet.com is leaving the fresh grocery delivery game

Just one year after it got in.
84 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

ASSOCIATED PRESS

In 2016, Walmart bought the e-commerce retailer Jet.com for $3 billion. Many saw the move as an attempt to compete with Amazon, and around this time last year, Walmart began offering grocery deliveries through Jet.com to customers in NYC. It planned to expand the service into Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. But just one year later, it's pulling the plug.

Jet.com will no longer deliver fresh groceries in New York. It will focus, instead, on dry goods and merchandise. As part of the change, Walmart will reportedly close the fulfillment center it was using in the Bronx, eliminating between 200 and 300 jobs, a person familiar with the situation told Bloomberg.

In a statement emailed to Engadget, a Walmart spokesperson said the company "learned a lot by testing Jet fresh grocery delivery in New York City" and will "continue to test bold concepts that can offer convenience to customers." Though, from the outside, it looks like Walmart tried to mimic an Amazon service and failed.

Walmart's full statement is available below:

"We learned a lot by testing Jet fresh grocery delivery in New York City, and we recognized the important role our stores play in providing an efficient way to offer groceries to customers through pickup and delivery. We will focus our grocery pickup and delivery in markets where we have this incredible opportunity. Jet will continue to offer millions of dry grocery and general merchandise items to customers in major metros like New York City. And, we'll continue to test bold concepts that can offer convenience to customers."

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
84 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Opera accused of offering predatory loans through Android apps

Opera accused of offering predatory loans through Android apps

View
Huawei will use TomTom for maps now that it's cut off from Google

Huawei will use TomTom for maps now that it's cut off from Google

View
Elon Musk expects SpaceX's first crewed mission between April and June

Elon Musk expects SpaceX's first crewed mission between April and June

View
Apple unveils animated musical series from the creator of 'Bob's Burgers'

Apple unveils animated musical series from the creator of 'Bob's Burgers'

View
Facebook says glitch led to rude translation of Chinese leader's name

Facebook says glitch led to rude translation of Chinese leader's name

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr