• Kroger is debuting a grocery delivery service to continue competing with Amazon called Kroger Ship, which is free for orders over $35 and offers 5% off on regularly ordered SKUs. Meanwhile, Walmart has ditched a delivery program pilot that would send store associates to customers’ doors on their commute from work—not surprisingly, too few employees consented to volunteer during the pilot, not least because of their car insurance policies. Kroger’s program also comes less than a month since Amazon announced a new initiative called Delivery Service Partners, which will help keep its own delivery costs down while relying on small businesses rather than FedEx and UPS to fulfill its orders.