Walmart.com Launches "Site-to-Store" Shipping

Need some hentai porn you saw at Walmart.com but don’t want to pay the shipping? Rather pick it up at the store? Now you can! From the press release that is currently being paraphrased by supposedly respectable media outlets as we speak:

Thousands of products carried online at Walmart.com are eligible for the Site to Store service. Specific Site to Store messaging is featured on eligible product pages to let customers know the online item can be shipped to a local Wal-Mart store for free. During checkout, customers can choose the Site to Store option, select the store where they’ll ship their items and even see the amount saved on shipping.

Will any of you use this? It’ll be available nationwide by the end of the summer.—MEGHANN MARCO

Video: Wal-Mart Announces Rollout of Site to Store(SM) Program with Free Shipping to Wal-Mart Stores on Thousands of Online Items
(Press Release)[Business Wire]

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  1. Matthew says:

    No, I’m in the “Conscientious Objector” shopper category, and don’t shop Wal-Mart online, IRL, or in any combination of the two.

  2. FishingCrue says:

    So unlike Circuit City’s in store pickup (which is generally pretty good and nearly always within their 24 minute guarantee) you’re going to have to wait until it’s shipped to the store and misplaced by Walmart employees? I’d rather pay shipping than have to drive to walmart, wait in the ubiquitous line, where they won’t actually have my order, and then repeat steps 1-3 ad infinitum.

  3. matt1978 says:

    Why did you even post? If you don’t shop at Wal-Mart at all, who cares?

    Anyway, I like shopping at Wal-Mart just fine, but I don’t know if I would trust the employees to keep up with my shipped item. Not theft-wise, but just “no complications”-wise

  4. Jae says:

    i agree with fishing crue that for the most part it’s useless because CC and best buy do the in store pick up thing. however for stuff i can’t buy in the store and is delivered by fed ex or ups and requires a signature that option would be awesome. i work during the day and miss a lot of shipments the first time because i’m at work.

  5. castlecraver says:

    Definitely an interesting concept, and one Walmart stands to benefit from greatly — not only from not having to stock as many “niche” items in their stores, but from the guy that goes to pick it up and thinks to himself, “well, while I’m here, I should pick up…”

  6. mopar_man says:

    @Matthew:
    I’m with you. Wal-Mart has to make some massive changes before I’ll shop there again. This isn’t one of the changes that needs to be done to make me shop there.

  7. etinterrapax says:

    Because it’s an awesome idea, when you already can’t serve the customers you have, to add more services! Or, rather, “services.”

  8. konstantConsumer says:

    @castlecraver: yeah. they just want to get people into the store so that they’ll buy more stuff. smart move on their part.

  9. MaliBoo Radley says:

    @Matthew:

    Me too. As they say, you cannot polish a turd. This service doesn’t make walmart better.

  10. codegrl says:

    I was looking at Wally World.com yesterday and they have store shipping available in Atlanta…but it takes 7 days. Yes, SEVEN. WTH?

  11. Employees Must Wash Hands says:

    From the press release:

    Items arrive in stores within 7-10 business days after the order is processed, and customers receive an automated email to indicate their order is ready for pickup.

    Gee, 7-10 business days — that’s certainly expedient! For a company that’s so big on their logistics network, this just seems kind of sad.

    If their website reported which stores had an item in-stock for immediate pickup, and if not, they could get product out to it within 2-3 days, this’d might be worth it for me. It’s tough for me to be home to sign for packages. As it is, though, I’ve never had Amazon’s free shipping take more than a week, so I could still play Post-It bingo with the UPS man for a day or two and still come out ahead.

    I suppose this is aimed at the “Price-Value Shopper” who’s willing to make the tradeoff between waiting two weeks and saving a couple of bucks shipping on a DVD.

  12. iftheresaway says:

    I work at walgreens, where we already do this… but we don’t advertise it, because it’s not really a convenient alternative for most people. I generally have customers use the process when 1) we don’t stock the product in any real store in the area, 2) the shipping would cost as much as the product anyway, and 3) they already come into the store at least once a week anyway. Otherwise, it’s not worth the extra time. It’s kinda silly that they’re advertising this like it is some fancy, convenient new service, without mentioning that the shipping is going to take just as long (7 days is actually on the low side and I would bet that it won’t be in, or at least found, that quickly).

  13. mopar_man says:

    It’s tough for me to be home to sign for packages. As it is, though, I’ve never had Amazon’s free shipping take more than a week, so I could still play Post-It bingo with the UPS man for a day or two and still come out ahead.

    Even if you’re at home, it’s hard to catch a UPS/Fed Ex guy at the door. It’s been my experience that they ring the doorbell and try to get back to their truck as fast as possible. This goes for packages that don’t need a signature either. I’ve seen them toss packages at/near the door, hit the doorbell and hightail it back to the truck. I’d sooner have USPS deliver it to a PO where I can pick it up when I can.

  14. mrhappyfeet says:

    Couldn’t you just have your stuff delivered to work?

  15. gruffydd says:

    When Target starts this – I’ll be all over it!

  16. alicetheowl says:

    Even if you’re at home, it’s hard to catch a UPS/Fed Ex guy at the door. It’s been my experience that they ring the doorbell and try to get back to their truck as fast as possible.

    They ring your doorbell? Lucky duck. We can’t even to get them to knock on our door around here. We’re forever poking our heads outside when we’re home all day to find packages that have been sitting there for hours.

    Still, I’d rather they left it for me to find on my porch than brought it back to their “processing center” for me to pick up.

  17. MeMikeYouNot says:

    I bought a decent printer online from Wal Mart and since I am NEVER home for UPS, I decided to try the in-store pickup. It gave me the same 7-10 day timeframe. I was happily surprised when I got a phone call saying it was ready to be picked up on the 5th day after order. I went to the store and got it at the Service Center in the front and didn’t buy one more thing. I know we all complain about Walmart and I try to avoid buying stuff there regularly but this time it worked great!

  18. In searching for a GPS recently, I looked at the Wal-Mart site and saw this option, but also saw that it would take about two weeks for the item to arrive. I ended up buying at a local marine store, where they match Wal-Mart prices, have actual expertise and customer service, and got a free service plan, without having to wait ANY days. Yay local marine store!

  19. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    I don’t need any hentai porn, but I do need a nazi t-shirt. I’m also a conscientious objector, so I can’t order it online and pick it up at my neighborhood Wal-mart, though.

  20. Morton Fox says:

    Actually, I would rather not pick up hentai porn at the store. :)

  21. strandist says:

    I agree that Target doing this would be a wonderful thing. Target has an incredible selection of furniture and home furnishings on their website that you can’t get in stores. I imagine the same thing could be said to some extent for Walmart. Would I use it for every day things? Of course not, but I might be more likely to use it for those items that have high shipping costs.

  22. jensspark says:

    I ordered a Christmas present for my son and used the ship to store feature. It was a hassle, but the item I bought was a large climbing gym that is not sold in the stores. A large toy store in the area had the item in stock, but at $40 more than the Wal-Mart price and I found them to be using deceptive pricing practices so they weren’t getting my purchase. If I was to order the item and have it shipped, I would’ve paid a rediculous amount of shipping charges, so ship to store was the best option available to me.
    Picking it up was a disaster, but it WAS less than a week before Christmas. We had to go to the old layaway department and were assisted fairly quickly, but had to wait for a manager to come get the package for us. All told it took about 20 minutes to get the actual item (and the box was in horrible shape) from the store room. If I need to purchase something that is not available locally for a reasonable price and will cost a considerable amount of money to ship, then I would use the option again.