Ace Hardware Tests Same-Day Delivery Near Some Stores

CHICAGO (Chicago Tribune/TNS) -

Ace Hardware said Tuesday that it is testing same-day delivery at 33 of its more than 4,400 stores as it prepares for a wider rollout of the service.

The hardware-store cooperative, headquartered outside Chicago, is offering Express Delivery to customers within five miles of a participating store when the order is placed online by 1 p.m. local time.

A store associate makes the delivery. There is a $5 fee.

The program, which began Jan. 26, is available at 33 stores in select neighborhoods in Florida, Illinois, Colorado, Maryland, Texas and Arizona. The company said it is an extension of its service that allows shoppers to buy online and pick up in-store, which is available at 1,600 Ace stores.

A growing number of retailers, including Wal-Mart and Target, have been testing same-day delivery to compete with Amazon and Google Express. Companies such as Macy’s, Banana Republic and several malls started same-day delivery services last year using an on-demand car service.