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Beaverton Walmart on Southwest Murray Boulevard rolled out its free shopping app.

PHOTO COURTESY OF WALMART - Walmart in Beaverton on Southwest Murray Boulevard is now offering online ordering and pickup. Walmart in Beaverton recently added online grocery pickup service to its store on Southwest Murray Boulevard.

The free service enables customers to order groceries online and pick them up at Walmart without leaving their cars.

Deborah Herron, Walmart's local director of public affairs, said. "Our customers have told us that grocery pick up is a game-changer. They are now able to complete their grocery shopping in a matter of minutes — between errands or on their way home from an after-school activity — without even unbuckling their seat belts."

Walmart's grocery pickup service features 40,000 items with more than 90 percent of customers choosing to add fresh meat, dairy or produce to their baskets. Other top items selected by grocery pickup shoppers include after-school snacks, diapers and large dog food bags.

Customers visit online or through the Walmart Grocery mobile app. They enter their ZIP codes to select a local store and begin creating their shopping lists. During checkout, they select a time to pick up their orders.

"Personal shoppers select the freshest produce, meats and other items each customer requested," Justin Smyrak, eCommerce market coach at Walmart, said.

Smyrak added the service appeals to busy people and also those with limited mobility or physical limitations.

When a customer arrives at the pickup location, there are reserved parking spaces marked in orange and a designated number to call to alert an associate. An associate then retrieves the prepared order and loads it into the customer's car.

Walmart guarantees the quality of the food being picked up or purchased in the store through its Freshness Guarantee for meat and produce. If customers are unsatisfied with an item, they can bring back the receipt for a full refund.

Walmart is working to roll out this service all over the country. The retailer recently hit a milestone as it opened its 1000th online grocery pickup location.

For special dietary needs, customers on the website can filter their grocery searches by clicking on "Special Dietary Needs" under the "Shop by Department" tab. That allows customers to browse by gluten-free, paleo, meat substitutes, non-Dairy, Atkins and Weight Watchers to find the products that match their needs.

Another tool is the Walmart mobile app with features that help customers refill pharmacy prescriptions, find an item's store location and use Walmart Pay, a way for customers to pay using smartphones in Walmart stores.

By Mandy Feder-Sawyer
Reporter, Beaverton Valley Times
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