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Updated: 12/24/2017 08:30:00AM

Retailers scramble to please the ‘same day delivery’ shopper

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This holiday season, as giant shipping operations once again struggle to handle the e-commerce explosion, some mall retailers have found a surprising way to compete: same-day delivery.

Last week, Target Corp. said it would pay $550 million for Shipt, a fast-growing firm based in Birmingham, Ala., that operates a $99-a-year grocery delivery service. In August, Target said it was buying Grand Junction, a San Francisco transportation technology company that connects retailers to a same-day delivery network of more than 700 drivers.

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