Knowing the answer to the question, “When does Walmart restock?” can help you schedule your Walmart shopping runs so you can get everything you need in one go and not have to go back another day or hit another store like Walmart the same day.
Walmart started as a small store that Sam Walton, its founder, opened in 1962. Today, there are about 10,500 locations worldwide.
Its chains were once open 24/7, making it flexible for both early birds and night owls. Alas, due to COVID restrictions, Walmart currently has limited operating hours.
There are many convenient amenities Walmart possesses. Besides groceries, this supermarket chain has an auto center, money services like Money Orders, a garden center, a pharmacy, a deli, and much more. Heck, Walmart makes keys also if you can believe it.
In addition, Walmart offers a few grocery pick-up and delivery services:
- In-person: You go in and pick up your order.
- Car Pick-up: Order online, then drive to the store to retrieve your bagged groceries
- Delivery: Order online, and a shopper brings groceries to your home
- In-home Delivery: Place an online order, and an employee will enter your home to put away your groceries for you (Personally, I think this option’s a bit intrusive, but I understand some people might not mind it since it saves time.)
It’s crucial to know the store restocking schedules so you can arrive on time to get what you need (and snag the best deals). Below are Walmart’s online and offline restock times.
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Walmart Restocking Schedule
Here are times when Walmart replenishes grocery items.
When Does Walmart Restock Online?
Times for restocking online products vary depending on the item. To put it another way, high-demand items take precedence over low-demand items. Furthermore, some items are labeled “Low Stock” or “Out of Stock” on the website.
In my online shopping experience, you can’t always depend on the low/out-of-stock labels. There were times when I tried to purchase an item I thought was in stock, but it turned out to be unavailable.
It’s a matter of trial and error at times. (Fortunately, I can sometimes get substitutions for said items.)
There’s another way to check the in-stock status online, which is easier than the method I use, ha!
Though not available for every item, Walmart offers a feature called In-stock Alerts. Just click on the “Get In-Stock Alert” tab, enter your email address, and monitor your email account for an alert. You can also email or chat with customer service.
(Note that the Get In-Stock Alert feature is for online items only.)
If you want, you can download the Walmart app to track the in-stock status of items. Once you get the app, type the item’s name into the “Search My Store” component. It’ll even show you the aisle location at your local Walmart. Cool!
Even if a product’s out-of-stock, you still might want it.
Here’s a way to request an out-of-stock item:
- Visit the Walmart Corporate Feedback page.
- Scroll down until you see “Product Question/Product Feedback.”
- Click on the radio button next to it before pressing “Next.”
- Input the product information, comments, and contact information before submitting.
When Does Walmart Stores Restock?
Like when shopping online, the stocking schedule varies from store to store. That said, the average time is between 10 at night and 7 in the morning seven days a week for grocery items. (Non-grocery items are stocked around 7 am to 1 pm.) It also takes about a couple of days for Walmart employees to restock in-store items.
Additionally, I suggest you shop at your local Walmart around 7 am to 11 am on weekdays and weekends, if possible.
Because during the early morning on weekdays, most people are at work or school; on the weekends, they’re likely sleeping in late. As a result, you can beat the rush plus have an easier time snagging bargain goods. While you’re there, you can also ask an employee to assist you in locating a certain item.
But there might be a time when you either can’t go to a store due to a scheduling conflict or you feel like staying at home. That’s okay because you can call the number of your local Walmart.
Use the Walmart Store Finder to pinpoint your nearest retailer. Search by zip code or via the directory to locate its number, then place a call.
FAQ about Walmart Shopping Times & Restocking
Read the following frequently asked questions about restocking popular items and shopping times.
When do Walmart shipments arrive?
Shipments usually arrive four to seven times per week, and employees restock them during the crack of dawn and in the afternoon.
When and How Often Does Walmart Restock Electronics?
As mentioned earlier, you should expect non-grocery products like electronics between 7 am and 1 pm each day.
While the restocking schedule of items like printers and TVs is random, other electronics are typically restocked about three to four times a week.
When can I expect Walmart to restock Rollback items?
Since rollback items are so popular, Walmart employees restock them in-store and online right away when they get down to zero.
What are the worst times to shop at Walmart?
The worst times to shop at Walmart is:
- On weekdays after lunchtime/noon: When lunch is over, people are either buying last-minute dinner items or doing some quick shopping before picking up kids from school.
- Right before a major holiday: Many people engage in rush shopping right before holidays, especially around Halloween and Thanksgiving.
- After 11 am on weekends: Walmart gets really crowded on weekend afternoons, particularly on Sunday afternoons. That’s because people want to get their shopping out of the way before waking up for school or work the next morning.
Do everything possible to avoid shopping during these timeframes unless absolutely necessary.
Walmart is a great all-in-one store because it offers groceries, electronics, and even a vision center. (I used to get my eye exams and specs from its vision center as a kid.)
So, when does Walmart restock? It depends on your local supermarket, but it’s usually around the late night/early morning hours. Regardless, you now have an estimate, enabling you to catch the best deals ahead of time.