Walmart Introduces Free Next-Day Delivery

Walmart plans to reach 75% of the United States with free next-day delivery on orders above $35 this year

"Contrary to what you might think, it will cost us less - not more - to deliver orders the next day", Lore said in an online post.

Walmart is initially offering next day delivery on 220,000 of the most frequently purchased products online, ranging from diapers and laundry detergent to toys and electronics, with more assortment to be added.

According to Walmart, it will actually cost less to deliver orders the next day, because eligible items come from a single fulfillment center located closest to the customer.

The option will first be available in Phoenix and Las Vegas, and Walmart will add it to southern California in the coming days. By the end of 2019, Walmart expects to reach roughly 75 percent of the USA population.


It started with Amazon last month announcing an aggressive expansion of its free shipping perk for Prime membership-it's evolving from free two-day shipping on millions of qualifying items to just one day.

The move follows Amazon's announcement in late April that it intends to make one-day delivery the default for Prime members, who now pay $119 a year for free two-day shipping, along with other perks. The company said a customer need only go to Walmart.com and click the NextDay delivery tab to view items that are available for one-day delivery. NextDay will only be offered on eligible orders of $35 or more. By doing that, Walmart deliveries travel the shortest distance and will typically only require one box for transport.

Walmart notes that it is on track to offer Grocery Pickup from 3,100 stores and same-day grocery delivery from 1,600 stores by the end of the year. "That's in contrast to online orders that come in multiple boxes from multiple locations, which can be quite costly". In 2011, it began offering two-day shipping without a delivery fee - a shot, in part, at Amazon's Prime membership, which now runs at $119 per year. We're on track to offer Grocery Pickup from 3,100 stores and same-day Grocery Delivery from 1,600 stores by year-end, which will provide coverage to approximately 80% and 50% of the USA population, respectively.

He also said the recently implemented tariffs on Chinese imports will not hurt demand as most are best-sellers and popular items that shoppers will keep buying even if prices rise.

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