Target Using Shipt to Offer Same-Day Delivery, Expects to Hire 4,000 Shoppers

February 28, 2018 07:17 PM

Starting Thursday, customers will be able to get items from Target delivered to their door right away.

And the program will result in the hiring of 4,000 people to do the shopping.

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The Minnesota-based retailer payed $550 million for a service called Shipt, which will help the company offer the same-day delivery option.

Retailers have been looking for ways to speed up delivery as they try to match the fast service offered by Amazon.com Inc. Earlier in 2017, Target bought a delivery logistics company to offer same-day service to in-store shoppers.
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With Shipt, the company said members will be able to pick out groceries, home goods, electronics, toys and other items and have them on their door step within an hour.

As part of the new program, the companies said they will hire 4,000 people to do the shopping.

RELATED: Target Aims to Boost Same-Day Delivery by Acquiring Shipt

Shipt, founded in 2014, will operate separately from Target and remain in its headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. 

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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