Walmart ups delivery game with next-day shipping

Walmart takes on Amazon Prime with free, next-day deliveries

One-day shipping marks the latest salvo in a fight between two retailers that have consistently tried to outdo each other in everything from online order delivery to grabbing a bigger share of the online grocery market. The next-day service will cover 220,000 popular items from diapers and non-perishable food items to toys and electronics.

Las Vegas and an unspecified area in Southern California will be first up for the service, which begins in "the coming days", according to Lore. Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart eCommerce U.S., says NextDay delivery will roll out gradually over the coming months, with a plan to reach approximately 75 percent of the U.S. population by the end of the year. Amazon Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky said at the time that the change to its Prime delivery time was "all about the core free two-day offer morphing into a free one-day offer".

Retail giant Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT) said Tuesday it will be able to offer 75 percent of the US population a one-day delivery option by the end of the year. There is no membership fee for the service, but there is a minimum purchase requirement of $35. By doing that, Walmart deliveries travel the shortest distance and will typically only require one box for transport. Walmart says that will provide coverage for Grocery Pickup to 80% of the United States population and same-day delivery to 50% of the United States population by year's end.

And, today, to complement our same-day Grocery Delivery, we're excited to announce a new offering we've been working on for a while now. Cut-off times vary by location.

To have an online purchase delivered the next day, a customer visits Walmart.com and toggles into the next day delivery section of the site to view items that are eligible for free next day delivery. This news comes on the heels of an April 25 announcement that Amazon will be moving to make one-day shipping the standard for Amazon Prime members. All items in the basket must be eligible for NextDay shipping. The free offer to consumers keeps Walmart "in the game" against online rival Amazon.com, Inc.

Walmart sends out boxes from multiple warehouses around the country under its two-day shipping program, but with one-day shipping, it is stocking inventory in the closest single warehouse to the shopper, Lore said.

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