Maui grocery retailers are starting to see a bump in online sales as a new wave of Hawaiian shoppers have moved in, buoyed by the availability of the country’s biggest supermarket chain.
Walmart is the only other major retailer in Hawaii to offer online ordering, but a Hawaiian retailer with an impressive lineup of products including chicken tenders, eggs, and canned tuna says it will start selling online by Thanksgiving, even though it’s still unclear whether Amazon has any plans to open its online grocery store in the state.
On its website, Walmart lists all the Hawaiian groceries it offers and includes information on what it considers a “safe” grocery site.
On the company’s online shopping portal, the Hawaiian grocery store listed by Walmart was marked as “safe.”
That means that while it’s possible that Amazon is still looking for ways to sell in Hawaii, the grocery chain has yet to make a decision about whether or not to open a grocery store.
“Walmart has a strong presence in Hawaii,” said Kaitlin Koo, director of communications at Maui-based grocery store Costco Wholesale and one of the organizers of the Hawaii Amazon initiative.
Walmart said the online ordering feature was first introduced in 2014, but the Hawaiian company said that was only for customers in its local store network, which covers about 4.7 million people. “
Hawaii is a great place to shop for your groceries.”
Walmart said the online ordering feature was first introduced in 2014, but the Hawaiian company said that was only for customers in its local store network, which covers about 4.7 million people.
Costco says it offers more than 700 stores nationwide and operates more than 2,200 in Hawaii.
The Hawaiian grocery chain plans to offer the online grocery shopping feature nationwide by Thanksgiving.
Walmarts Hawaii online grocery program launched in 2016, but it only started offering online ordering in the second half of 2018.
Costco said it had begun offering the option to customers in the past.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Walmart to offer this innovative and simple convenience service to our customers,” Costco spokeswoman Melissa Stebbins said.
“The Costco experience in Hawaii has always been a favorite with our customers.”
Costco is one of several grocery chains that has begun offering Amazon Prime membership, which offers access to more than 3,000 products at lower prices than the traditional store model.
Amazon’s Prime membership offers are available to customers who shop at Costco stores, Amazon.com and other retailers.
Wal-Mart announced in March that it was expanding its grocery program in Hawaii and added more than 1,000 Costco locations to its existing online shopping network.
The grocery chain is also expanding its Hawaiian Prime program, which it started in January.