Walmart Blows Amazon Out of The Water with Its Own Free, Next-Day Delivery

Walmart is undercutting Amazon’s newest Prime-member perk and launching free, next-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of products. Walmart’s next-day service, which applies to orders costing at least $35, is rolling out Tuesday in Phoenix and Las Vegas, Walmart said. It will be available to 75% of US shoppers by the end of the year and continue to expand next year, Walmart eCommerce CEO Marc Lore told Business Insider. Unlike Amazon Prime, which costs $119 annually, Walmart’s next-day shipping requires no membership fees. And it will be cheaper for Walmart to execute than two-day shipping, because each order will be fulfilled from a single fulfilment center, Lore said. Walmart’s two-day orders, by comparison, can be filled from multiple facilities and in multiple boxes. Walmart’s rollout of next-day delivery comes less than three weeks after Amazon revealed plans to cut its Prime program’s default shipping speed to one day. Walmart’s next-day shipping offer will initially be available only on a selection of up to 220,000 items, which will vary regionally based on customer ordering habits.
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