Home Depot joins the same-day bandwagon
Home Depot is now offering same-day delivery across the U.S. as it looks to stop the flow of shoppers ordering their hammers and hoses on Amazon.
The company announced it has rolled out express same-day and next-day local delivery for more than 20,000 of its most popular items to 35 major metros across the U.S. The new service is part of the company's ongoing $1.2 billion supply-chain upgrade and overall five-year expansion of its delivery offerings for DIY and Pro customers.
The retailer has already been using trucks to deliver large items such as building materials from stores, but qualifying products for the new express delivery option include everything from power tools to décor to garden supplies, with delivery options starting at $8.99.
Home Depot competitor Lowe’s has been testing same-day delivery in a few markets and does offer next-day shipping for in-stock appliances.
"This is just the beginning of our expansion of improved delivery options, but it's a significant milestone in the way we're serving customers," said Mark Holifield, executive vice president of supply chain and product development.
To use the service, customers simply choose "Express Delivery from Store" through homedepot.com or The Home Depot app, where available.
The company is partnering with car and van providers like Roadie and Deliv to offer the new delivery options for smaller items, while continuing to expand its supply chain network for faster shipments of large bulk deliveries. The ongoing investment calls for additional direct fulfillment centers and more than 100 new distribution sites to further extend delivery speed and reach.
The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,286 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico.