MINNEAPOLIS - Target has announced it will offer its customers same-day delivery starting in 2018, with the acquisition of delivery company Shipt.

Announced on Tuesday, Target says acquiring Shipt for $550 million gives them the opportunity to launch same-day delivery in about half its stores beginning early next year. By the 2018 holiday season, a majority of Target stores will have the same-day option. The same-day delivery service requires an annual membership of $99.

Same-day delivery will be offered for groceries, essentials, home, electronics and other products.

By the end of 2019, Target officials say all major product categories will be available for same-day shipping.

Customers can place orders online for fresh food and household essentials and select same-day delivery at the checkout. Target's fleet of shoppers will then pick up the items and deliver them to customers' doorsteps within the same day.

Starting next spring, Target customers can visit Shipt.com to see if it is available in their area.

Shipt is based in Birmingham, Alabama and San Francisco.