Per Grocery Dive, the way it works is that shoppers hop on a participating website and pull up a recipe. In the ingredients section, there’s an option to add each ingredient to an online shopping cart, which is set to your nearest Walmart location by zip code. Folks can pick up their groceries curbside or have them delivered. It’s intended as a one-stop shop from recipe to table.
Compared to other platforms with shoppable content, Walmart is aiming to deliver personalization. Home cooks can swap out, omit, and filter their ingredients via specifications like “organic,” “lowest price,” and even “minimal waste.” Per SideChef, there’s also a tab for “ingredients you might have” at home that filters out staples like canola oil and table salt, which might already be living in your pantry. They even tell you how many leftover ingredients you’re anticipated to have.
In January, Today said this partnership was targeted to home cooks looking to simplify meal planning and grocery shopping – which is also the goal of meal subscription services like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, and online grocery shopping and delivery services like Instacart. SideChef announced its partnership with Walmart in December 2020, emphasizing “real-time prices and availability” for products. According to Jordan Berke, CEO, and founder of Tomorrow Retail Consulting and a former Walmart executive, shoppable content can drive online grocery sales by as much as 5% to 8%. That could be a win for the retail giant.