Walmart investing in China's largest online grocery platform

Investment deepens strategic alliance among JD, Walmart and New Dada.

Walmart announced Oct. 21 a $50 million strategic investment in New Dada, China's largest local on-demand logistics and grocery O2O ecommerce platform. The company said the investment is an extension of Walmart’s broader agreement with JD.com and cooperation with New Dada, which includes using New Dada’s network to offer customers two-hour delivery on groceries ordered from Walmart stores through the JD Daojia Dada app.

The two-hour delivery service is available to customers within a 3 km radius of more than 20 Walmart stores that are currently part of the program. The number of Walmart stores offering two-hour delivery is expected to double by the end of the year.

New Dada, an independent joint venture of JD.com and Dada, boasts more than 25 million registered customers and provides local on-demand delivery capabilities with 2.5 million crowd-sourced deliverers across more than 300 cities in China. Walmart has 426 stores in nearly 170 cities.

“All around the world, we’re creating seamless shopping experiences that bring together our stores, sites and apps to make shopping faster and easier,” Walmart chief executive officer Doug McMillon said. “Our alliance with JD and cooperation with New Dada will enable seamless shopping to millions of customers across China.”

Philip Kuai, CEO of New Dada, said, "Today’s exciting announcement brings together the global retail leader and China’s largest grocery delivery network to create a unique new shopping experience. Combining New Dada’s unparalleled delivery network with Walmart stores means consumers will enjoy convenient access to a wide range of high-quality goods delivered to their homes and offices in record time. We look forward to deepening our cooperation with Walmart as China’s O2O retail industry continues to evolve and grow.”

News of the investment comes a day after Walmart and JD.com announced their collaboration on three new services: exclusive Sam’s Club and Global Imports stores on JD.com and two-hour grocery delivery through New Dada.

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