- What Is Walmart Curbside Pickup?
- How Walmart’s Curbside Pickup Works.
- Everything To Know About Walmart Curbside Pickup.
- Walmart Curbside Pickup Shopping Tips.
If you visited Walmart sometime between 2017 and 2019, you might have encountered one of its short-lived pickup towers. These hulking, 17-foot automated towers acted like giant vending machines, dispensing products to Walmart.com and Walmart app shoppers who elected to pick up their online orders in stores.
In its heyday, Walmart pickup towers were found inside more than 1,500 stores around the country. But these massive robotic vending machines began to be phased out during the pandemic when the iconic big-box chain decided to shift its focus to home delivery and curbside pickup service to promote social distancing.
Now, Walmart pickup towers have largely gone the way of the dinosaur, along with Walmart layaway and Walmart Express stores. The pickup tower service has all but been eliminated, with an estimated 300 towers removed from stores and another 1,300 or so being put into “hibernation.”
In their stead, Walmart introduced another kind of in-store pickup service: curbside pickup. The retailer rolled out the curbside pickup service long before COVID-19 hit, but the service was limited to groceries when it was introduced. As consumers became increasingly interested in safer, contactless pickup options, Walmart expanded its service in May 2020 to include non-grocery items like toys, tech, beauty products, home essentials, gifts and much more.
Although many pandemic-era restrictions have been lifted, Walmart’s curbside pickup is here to stay. Even with social distancing less of a priority, many shoppers still enjoy the convenience.
If you want to try out Walmart’s curbside pickup – whether it’s because you want to play it safe, or simply would rather not have to change out of your pajama pants – this guide will walk you through everything you need to know.
What Is Walmart Curbside Pickup?
Walmart curbside pickup is a store pickup service offered to people who shop on Walmart.com or via the Walmart app. With the Walmart curbside service, you can place your order online and schedule a time to retrieve it from the store. Unlike traditional in-store pickup options, Walmart’s curbside service lets you stay in your car as an associate loads your order into your trunk. With this contact-free option, there’s no need to leave your front seat or even unbuckle your seat belt.
Keep in mind that while the curbside pickup is available on thousands of products, it’s not available on everything sold at Walmart (we’ll talk more about available options below).
How Walmart’s Curbside Pickup Works
You can place an order for pickup on Walmart.com or using the Walmart app. On the Walmart app, you’re able to use the search function to shop for groceries and non-grocery items simultaneously.
The browser shopping experience is slightly different when placing an order for pickup on Walmart.com.
Step 1: Log In To Your Walmart Account. If you don’t have a Walmart account yet, sign up for a free one on the website. To do so, you’ll need to supply your name and email address.
Step 2: Reserve Your Time Slot. Once you’re signed in, scroll down to the middle of the homepage to “Reserve pickup or delivery,” and hit the “See times” icon.
Click the “Pickup” button and make sure your current store is listed. Then, select the day and time you want to pick up your order. Hit the “Save” button.
Step 3: Shop. Now you’re ready to start shopping! Typically, you’ll have an hour to place your order before your reservation expires.
You can use the search bar to shop for items or browse by department. To filter your results by items available for pickup, choose the “Pickup & shipping” filter, then select the “Pickup” option and hit “View results.” Add your desired items to your cart.
Step 4: Check Out. Click the cart icon, then “Continue to checkout” to start the checkout process. You’ll be able to review your order, specify an alternate pickup person and indicate whether you want to allow substitutions if any of the items you ordered are unavailable.
After entering your payment information, hit “Place order.” Once you do, you should receive a confirmation email confirming your order.
Step 5: Pick Up Your Order. Usually, you can retrieve your order any time during or after your chosen time slot. Before heading to your store location, check for an email from Walmart notifying you that your purchase is ready for pickup. If you opted for text alerts, you should receive a text message when your order is ready.
Once you’ve gotten your alert, head to the store and find the curbside pickup area in the parking lot. After you’ve parked in a reserved spot, call the number on the sign to alert a store associate you’ve arrived. For a quicker experience, you can also use the app to check in and alert Walmart when you are on your way.
Regardless of whether you alert them of your arrival with a phone call or mobile check-in, a sales associate will respond ASAP by bringing your order out to your parking spot and loading the items into your vehicle.
Everything Else To Know About Walmart’s Curbside Service
Do I Need the Walmart App To Use Walmart Pickup?
Nope! If you prefer, you can conduct the entire ordering process using your web browser and check-in when you arrive via phone call. Simply call the number on the sign at your designated parking spot when you arrive.
However, the pickup experience is much quicker if you use Walmart’s app to check in before picking up your order. With mobile check-in, you can alert Walmart when you are on your way before leaving home. That way, your order will be ready to go as soon as you arrive at the store.
What Can I Order for Walmart Pickup?
No longer just for groceries, Walmart curbside pickup is available on thousands of items — from video games and art supplies to home improvement and kitchenware to apparel and accessories. To see which items are available for pickup, filter your results by selecting “Pickup & shipping” and then “Pickup.”
In addition, you can identify eligible items by looking for the “Pickup” label listed in the product details on the search pages. Alternatively, you can also look on the product page for an indication that an item is available for “Pickup today.”
Can I Cancel a Walmart Pickup Order?
You are able to cancel or edit a pickup order if the option is shown on your Purchase History. Typically, you can cancel an order while it is in the processing stage.
To cancel an order, find the order you want to cancel and scroll to the bottom to select “Request cancellation.” If your order is canceled successfully, you’ll get an email notification from Walmart.
What If I Miss My Walmart Curbside Pickup Time?
Even if you miss your designated time slot, Walmart will hold your order for you for up to seven days. That means you have seven days from the time you’re alerted the order is ready to visit Walmart and grab your order. If you don’t pick up your order within a week, Walmart will cancel your order and you’ll automatically be refunded.
Do I Tip the Walmart Curbside Person?
Walmart’s policy doesn’t permit associates to accept tips. Instead, consider completing the post-order survey to let Walmart know about your experience.
What Are Walmart Pickup Hours?
Curbside pickup service is available at most participating Walmart locations seven days a week from 7 a.m. until as late as 10 p.m. Note that orders placed after 4 p.m. will not be available until the following morning.
How Much Does Walmart Curbside Pickup Cost?
Curbside pickup is free on orders $35 and over. Curbside service is available for orders under $35 for a $5.99 service fee. In addition, Walmart doesn’t mark up its curbside prices, meaning you’ll get the same prices you’d have paid if you shopped in-store.
Is There a Walmart Curbside Pickup Order Minimum?
Nope! However, curbside pickup orders under $35 will include a $5.99 service fee.
How Does Walmart Pharmacy Curbside Pickup Work?
Walmart offers contactless curbside pickup on prescriptions from the pharmacy at select locations. In addition to curbside pickup, many stores offer drive-through pickup service on prescriptions to minimize contact.
Can I Order Groceries for Curbside Pickup from Walmart?
You sure can! Walmart continues to offer curbside pickup on grocery items, including produce, baked goods, meat and seafood, dairy and eggs, and more. You’re even able to combine groceries and non-groceries in the same curbside pickup order if you like.
Can I Earn Walmart Rewards on Walmart Curbside Pickup Orders?
Yes. Curbside pickup orders are simply online orders and, as such, can earn you Walmart Rewards. The rewards (if you buy an eligible item) will appear in your account within 24 hours, after your order is picked up.
You won’t need to scan your QR code at pickup, since you’ll have already checked out online.
6 Handy Tips for Using Walmart Curbside Service
Ready to place your order for curbside pickup at Walmart? Here are some parting tips to make sure the process is as seamless as possible:
- Plan Ahead. Depending on how busy the Walmart location is, you may be able to get your order in as little as four hours. However, if the store is processing a lot of orders, you might end up waiting longer, so be sure to place it as soon as possible. In addition, if you place your order after 4 p.m., you won’t be able to pick it up until the following morning.
- Indicate Substitution Preferences. If an item in your order isn’t available, Walmart will substitute it with an alternative that is “as good or better” for no additional cost. If you’d rather not receive substitutions for unavailable items, you should indicate this on the Review Order page under “Substitution preferences” before placing your order.
- Check in With the App. As we noted before, you don’t have to use the mobile app to check-in for curbside pickup, but it’s a lot quicker if you do. Using the app’s mobile check-in function, you can alert the store when you’re on your way, so a Walmart service representative is ready and waiting with your order when you arrive.
- Specify Bagging Preferences. Depending on local laws, Walmart may or may not charge a small fee if you want your order bagged up. If you want to skip bagging, you can deselect the “bag fee” at checkout.
- Designate an Alternate Pickup Person. Not sure if you’ll be able to grab the order yourself? If someone else might be picking up your Walmart curbside purchase for you, you can add them as an alternate to the order. To do so, edit “Pickup person” and add their information when you are checking out.
- Don’t Sweat Price Drops or Hikes. Here’s a cool thing about Walmart’s curbside pickup service policy: Let’s say between the time you place your order and pick up your order, the price drops or spikes. Not to worry – Walmart will automatically honor the lowest of the two prices, no returns or price match requests are required.
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