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Walmart Buys East Williamsburg Package Delivery Service

By Gwynne Hogan | October 3, 2017 2:25pm
 The Walmart announced they had bought the East Williamsburg based delivery service Parcel Tuesday.
The Walmart announced they had bought the East Williamsburg based delivery service Parcel Tuesday.
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BUSHWICK — Walmart gained serious ground against Amazon on Tuesday in the battle for supremacy in the online delivery game. 

The national brick-and-mortar chain announced Tuesday they'd bought the East Williamsburg-based delivery service Parcel and plans to use the company to help them expand their own same-day delivery service within the five boroughs. 

Walmart has already been testing out rush deliveries in the city via their website Jet, said Nate Faust, the senior vice president of Walmart's eCommerce supply chain in the United States.

"We can build upon that and plan to leverage Parcel for last-mile delivery to customers in New York City — including same-day delivery — for both general merchandise as well as fresh and frozen groceries from Walmart and Jet," he said in a blog post on Walmart's website.

Parcel is based in a warehouse at 48 Grattan St. on the border of East Williamsburg.

"Joining forces with Walmart is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we can’t wait to improve the package delivery experience for more online shoppers than ever before," said Jesse Kaplan, the founder of the company. 

Walmart still has has no brick-and-mortar location in New York City and has faced opposition from residents and politicians and union workers.

The retail giant's move comes as the city vies to house the new headquarters of its rival, Amazon. Williamsburg developers have hoped their neighborhood's culture and proximity to Manhattan will woo the internet marketplace.