A holiday pick-me-up from Walmart

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A holiday pick-me-up from Walmart

By Gina Acosta - 12/08/2017

Walmart has vastly expanded the list of its eligible items for buy online, pick up in-store on the  same-day, just in time for Christmas.

As procrastinating shoppers look to finish their holiday shopping, buying online and picking up in store allows shoppers to bypass waiting on a last-minute order to be shipped, and also can guarantee inventory is in stock before trekking to a store.

"This year, we’ve tripled the amount of items available on Walmart.com, offering customers a broader assortment for their holiday shopping. We continue to focus on providing them with great deals on must-have items, whether they want to ship those items to their home in two days, or pick them up in a local store that same day," said Scott Hilton, Chief Revenue Officer, Walmart E-Commerce.

According to the company, 90% of Americans live within 10 miles of a Walmart store, making pickup a fast and convenient option for customers who order online and pick up in store.

In fact, Walmart says it sees demand for Pickup Today orders double during the last two weeks of the season when stores turn into Pickup points for millions of online orders. And this year, the retailer is offering more items available for same-day pickup than ever before.

Customers will have the ability to shop qualifying items, notated with “Free Pickup Today,” online until 4 p.m. local time on Dec. 23 and then will be able to pick up those items in store on Dec. 24 by 6 p.m. local time.

Walmart.com also continues to offer free, two-day shipping — no membership required.

And Walmart will be hosting “Gifts that Rock” parties across the country on Dec. 14. Just nine days before Christmas, last-minute shoppers will have the chance to demo the season’s most popular gifts, from video games and top toys to kitchen appliances and cookware.

And for customers who truly plan to shop until the last minute, Walmart stores will close at 6 p.m. local time on Dec. 24.