Walmart employees, Assistant Manager of E-Commerce Dale Kosan, and Store Manager Jeff Welker cut the ribbon to celebrate Walmart's online grocery pickup service. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Walmart employees, Assistant Manager of E-Commerce Dale Kosan, and Store Manager Jeff Welker cut the ribbon to celebrate Walmart's online grocery pickup service. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – On Saturday, the Van Wert Walmart held a ribbon cutting to celebrate their online grocery pickup service which will go live on June 5. While the pickup doesn’t start until Wednesday, residents can put an order in now on the Walmart Grocery app and reserve a time to pick up their order. As of Saturday, five residents have already put an order in.

To use the service, customers will want to download the Walmart Grocery app which is orange and looks similar to the traditional blue Walmart app.

Nine orange spots are currently located near the pharmacy drive-thru and a door has been painted orange to signify the pickup location.

The new service allowed for an additional 10 jobs to be created at the Van Wert Walmart.

“The team is fully trained,” said Walmart Assistant Manager of E-Commerce Dale Kosan during Saturday’s event. “We’re excited to serve the Van Wert community.”

Customers will pay when they order online with a credit or debit card. Orders can also be customized as far as pickups. For example, a person can place an order on Monday but set the pick up for Thursday. And if an item that is ordered is not in stock, Walmart will offer a substitution for no extra cost.

While there is no additional charge to use the online grocery pickup service, customers must spend a minimum of $30.

Online grocery pick up will be available each day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Customers must order at least four hours in advance of their pickup.

“We know a lot of people have a lot of things going on from single parents to parents who work all the time; we just want to make it convenient for them,” said Kosan in a previous interview with The Times Bulletin. “It’s going to make it easier for all of our customers.”

During Saturday’s event, Walmart featured various vendors who handed out samples. Shoppers were also able to celebrate with a cake and were able to learn how to download and use the Walmart Grocery app.