Walmart Canada cancels grocery pickup fee

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Rouse comes as grocers brace for increasing competition, particularly online

The Canadian Gentlemen of the press Posted: Aug 01, 2017 10:47 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 01, 2017 10:47 AM ET

Walmart Canada is voiding a fee it charges shoppers who order groceries online for pickup in stores.

The retail mammoth had charged customers $2.97 for the service when it launched it in July 2015 in Ottawa.

The online grocery pickup secondment later expanded to the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary and Edmonton.

The gesticulation comes as grocers brace for increasing competition, particularly online, in a occupation where profit margins can be thin.

In June, Amazon announced a $13.7-billion US see to to buy Whole Foods, an acquisition that some industry observers say could upend the supermarket sector.

Wizards have said the move could force Canadian grocery checks, some of which have been slow to embrace e-commerce likened to their U.S. counterparts, to boost their online services.

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