Wal-Mart is testing same-day delivery for holidays

NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart is testing a same-day delivery service in select markets for customers who buy popular items online during the holiday shopping season.

The tests, which started this month, are taking place in northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. About 5,000 items will be available for the same-day service.

The program follows Wal-Mart's launch in April 2010 of same-day grocery delivery in San Jose. That was also tested in San Francisco over the past year.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., operates more than 4,000 stores in the U.S.