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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    If your employer asked you to deliver something on the way home from work, would you? I'm in the newspaper industry. I came up the circulation side of the house. This was something that was just done. I can't count the number of times I redelivered someone's paper on the way home or dropped more papers at a store.

    Walmart is testing this at three stores, two in New Jersey and one in Arkansas. Could this make service a priority again? When I was a kid we got deliveries from several companies every week to our door. We got milk delivered from Borden Dairy. We had chips and snacks delivered by a company called Charles Chips. Then there was Red Baron Pizza and ice cream from Schwan Food.

    Is to the porch or door delivery a positive step for retailers?
    I have dropped off different things many times on my way home from work and I think this will be great for shut ins or the elderly who don't drive anymore. Good customer service is important to compete for business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    But, fresh food makes humans happy. It's cheaper. It's delicious.

    The possible change is there, Sassy. I think many, maybe most, will stop eating fast food.

    Or at least, as much.
    Some people's taste buds are different. Another Aunt, she always told me her husband cooks. He heats up frozen food. He likes it. They can afford to eat much better, and they live in NY where everything is available! Can you imagine eating frozen french fries with your streak? I make frozen fries every great now and then. A lazy snack. But I most certainly don't prefer them to fresh cut fries or a yummy baked potato.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    All Walmart Orders are paid for at point of order.there is no cash and carry. They would simply deliver. I also imagine they would be provided with phones to check in.
    Exactly. Which is what I've been saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    On what are you basing this? I get my Amazon Prime Now orders in two hours. This is what Wal-mart is trying to compete with, not items that come two days later. And for those, Amazon just ordered the minimum amount for free delivery to non-Prime customers to $25 in response to Walmart making theirs $35. Walmart.com hikes the price of heavy things to stay in the 'free delivery' game and they are losing. Amazon doesn't do that. Wal-mart has met it's match.
    Amazon's Prime Now is only available in a very limited number of cities. Walmart has locations all across this nation. If Walmart rolls out this delivery nationwide, Amazon will not be able to compete with it. The reason is simple, Amazon does not have the infrastructure that Walmart does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    Some people's taste buds are different. Another Aunt, she always told me her husband cooks. He heats up frozen food. He likes it. They can afford to eat much better, and they live in NY where everything is available! Can you imagine eating frozen french fries with your streak? I make frozen fries every great now and then. A lazy snack. But I most certainly don't prefer them to fresh cut fries or a yummy baked potato.
    I love the Salisbury steak frozen dinners by banquet.

    I think they just taste amazing. I've had Salisbury steak at nice restaurants and still think the frozen ones taste better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Amazon's Prime Now is only available in a very limited number of cities. Walmart has locations all across this nation. If Walmart rolls out this delivery nationwide, Amazon will not be able to compete with it. The reason is simple, Amazon does not have the infrastructure that Walmart does.
    But don't forget, Amazon is investing heavily in drone delivery.

    Although it will take awhile and an extreme number of hoops to jump through, if they do pull that off it will be a huge boon for them.

    Of course once they get it then Walmart will also.
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    I'm betting on Amazon. It isn't important for the purpose of this thread, IJS. Walmart.com gives me two detergents and no cereal, crams things into boxes terribly, has excessively large boxes to save money, doubles the cost of bottled water to pretend they are giving me free shipping.I will never order from them again. I LOVE AMAZON.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    I'm betting on Amazon. It isn't important for the purpose of this thread, IJS. Walmart.com gives me two detergents and no cereal, crams things into boxes terribly, has excessively large boxes to save money, doubles the cost of bottled water to pretend they are giving me free shipping.I will never order from them again. I LOVE AMAZON.
    I just run up to the store and have my products back home within half an hour for cheaper.

    How long do you have to wait for Amazon?

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    But don't forget, Amazon is investing heavily in drone delivery.

    Although it will take awhile and an extreme number of hoops to jump through, if they do pull that off it will be a huge boon for them.

    Of course once they get it then Walmart will also.
    Amazon has a lot of difficulties ahead to try and get drone delivery over more than very, very limited delivery areas. FAA regulations require the drone pilot to be within line of sight of the drone. Amazon has very few facilities in comparison to someone like Walmart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Amazon has a lot of difficulties ahead to try and get drone delivery over more than very, very limited delivery areas. FAA regulations require the drone pilot to be within line of sight of the drone. Amazon has very few facilities in comparison to someone like Walmart.
    I know, that's why I said they have a lot of hoops to jump through.

    However if we look at an ideal situation where they have drone stations all over the US they would be able to compete.

    I just watched a show about pizzas where they have a new delivery truck that cooks your order on the way to your house.

    You get your pizza in less then 15 minutes after you order it.

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